I see a lot of people recommending finding proper reference for poses, even taking pictures of yourself in the pose you want to draw, but how about figure posing programs like Poser? I have been thinking a lot about this lately, I have tried the program and I think there are some real benefits to using it. To be able to swing the camera around and look at your character set-up from any angle and in any light can give you a lot of compositional ideas that you might not have thought of if you were just sketching, your ideas, and when you have found a pose and a composition you like, you have a great anatomical reference right there of the exact thing that you want to represent.
But for me, as a beginner, I can also see some potential drawbacks. I want to be able to create figures from my imagination, and technically a figure drawn from a model I have posed in Poser is a figure from my imagination, but it is from reference. If I create images this way it will take me longer to learn how to draw the figure without ref, which is something I can't really do convincingly. I'm a little bit afraid it would act as a crutch as well as a tool if I create images this way at my skill level, but I also feel that I learn a lot from doing it.. any thoughts?
Also, it would be interesting to know if there are any pros you know of who use programs like this in their work flow.