Behind the majority of cool photos there's a skilled and creative photographer, but how creative can they get? Sure, nowadays digital photo manipulation is a big part of the final image but a lot of photographers still use physical photography tricks in ways that the rest of us couldn't even come up with.

Compiled by Bored Panda, this list will certainly enlighten you about the things photographers are capable of. From teleporting people into other locations to making them levitate, these behind the scenes images prove there's a lot more to beautiful photos than first meets the eye. Scroll down to vote for your favorite ones, and if you're hungry for more ugly truth (or lies, depending on how you view this) behind photography, check out our previous lists here and here.

#1

Wedding Photography

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Janine
Community Member
3 years ago

So now her wedding dress is covered in another guys saliva. Beautiful photo tho ;)

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#2

Miniature Car Models Create Realistic Historical Photos

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Brenda Olano
Community Member
3 years ago

Perspective photography

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#3

Reality Behind Photography

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Momogi
Community Member
3 years ago

Gotta admit it, it's so pretty.

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#4

Reality Behind Photography

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Victoria Jolley
Community Member
3 years ago

kinda looks like a advertisement for air freshener or candles

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#5

Reality Behind Photography

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Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

hahahahahahahaha ΧD

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#6

Audi Asks Photographer To Photograph Their $160,000 Sports Car, He Uses $40 Miniature Toy Car Instead

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Sheralyn
Community Member
3 years ago

They do this for your Windows wallpapers I think.

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#7

Reality Behind Photography

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Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

''Instagram post'' spot!!!

Kira Thesloth
Community Member
3 years ago

I truly despise instagrammers. Never did I expect people to be that dang self absorbed.

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Vanessa
Community Member
3 years ago

wow the queue...

Socially Awkward
Community Member
3 years ago

I can't believe belive anyone would wait in that line just to take a picture

Tigerlily Wolowitz
Community Member
3 years ago

People do it at Disney all the time to get a picture with a random person in a cartoon character suit.

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J.E.C.
Community Member
3 years ago

Is it just me? I would never stand in a line that long just to take a picture

Friedlander Rosenzweig
Community Member
3 years ago

So let me get me get this straigh you are on vacation from the stresses of the world and in paradise (literally) and you waste the day standing in line to take a picture to impress your friends. My mind = ☄️💥🔥

Kjorn
Community Member
3 years ago

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Alexandrine Brodeur
Community Member
3 years ago

People are seriously lining up for this? wtfffff

Gilles Verreault
Community Member
3 years ago

Monkey see...monkey do

Marcio Junior
Community Member
3 years ago

really? is there a crowd to post a pic at instragram?

NWB
Community Member
3 years ago

Reminds me of allllll the people you see at the Leaning Tower of Pisa......ends up looking so damn lame! hahaha

DancingToMyself
Community Member
3 years ago

It fascinates me how some people (tourists in this case) can be predictably superficially stupid.

Jason Andrews
Community Member
3 years ago

How people who aren't that brave take on danger

Jo Bebe
Community Member
3 years ago

You can do this in SF too ;)

J Jr
Community Member
3 years ago

Wait... how do we know that long line isn't just a digital manipulation too HMMM?

Gina O'Brien
Community Member
3 years ago

Look at that queue!

Chris Andrews
Community Member
3 years ago

Face palm!

endelbendel
Community Member
3 years ago

Sigh of relief.

Kaye
Community Member
3 years ago

No I CANT EVEN

JulieDom1979
Community Member
3 years ago

ROFL!

Robin Ellison
Community Member
3 years ago

The pic with the dad holding his son off the rock just about made me scream! My gut clenched up!

Vanessa Starr
Community Member
3 years ago

That's a long ass line but the pic is worth it.. I'd wait! lol

Erica
Community Member
3 years ago

Did they edit in a different background or something? I can't see how the "what it looks like on instagram" pics (top two) to the "behind the scenes" relates.

Barry Parker
Community Member
3 years ago

Nah, when they take the photo, they focus at an angle down the beach where it's far away. The stuff up close and straight out behind is ugly where further down the coast looks better and creates some depth to the photo

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phoenix McCabe
Community Member
3 years ago

wow

F Off
Community Member
3 years ago

Lol

Just a Purpler
Community Member
3 years ago

I would love it if the kid started fake crying, it'd be fun to hear from all those know-it-all parents. Only to then shut them down with this picture.

Sheralyn
Community Member
3 years ago

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Honestly I've been taken in by these photos :3

Louis Klar
Community Member
3 years ago

Well done, manipulation of backdrop around image...... another A+

Talise Snyder
Community Member
3 years ago

Actually I think this one is just about the angle. They just take the shot so that the ocean is behind the rock and it looks very dangerous

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#8

Photos Of Hidden Pain Behind

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Momogi
Community Member
3 years ago

Can I just unsee this? 😅

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#9

Smoky Photoshoot

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Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Vaping??? ΧD

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#10

Adding Steam

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BobbyK
Community Member
3 years ago

Been there. Done that. I was an Art Director in advertising.

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#11

Reality Behind Photography

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Anonymous Confetti
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful.

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#12

Reality Behind Photography

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V4vendetta14
Community Member
3 years ago

Gangsta!!!!

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#13

Reality Behind Photography

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Intensive Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

this is creative, gonna try it out myself

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#14

Reality Behind Photography

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

So that's how it's done !

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#15

Reality Behind Photography

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Stille20
Community Member
3 years ago

ah ha ha... the bare legs crack me up

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#16

Reality Behind Photography

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Bambi
Community Member
3 years ago

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Different tops in both pics..

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#17

Reality Behind Photography

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

That is a brave photographer.

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#18

Reality Behind Photography

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Malinee Murray
Community Member
3 years ago

If you can't go to the moon, and the moon won't come to you, bring your own moon! ^_^

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#19

Reality Behind Photography

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Stille20
Community Member
3 years ago

ha ha, her "look what I have to do for a decent photo" face

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#20

Reality Behind Photography

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

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Ugh ! If that's sand, I'll pass ! I don't even like to get it on my feet.

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#21

Power Of Photoshop

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Vanessa
Community Member
3 years ago

it's not a lie, it's 100% photoshop

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#22

Reality Behind Photography

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Lara B.
Community Member
3 years ago

Pressure produces more pressure. You can't force a horse by pulling on it's lead rope. It will always win (with it's 600 kilos). Learned that lesson early enough 🙈 But i think it is a great idea to photograph them like that anyway. So different to any other horse portraits.

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#23

Reality Behind Photography

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Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

*Dead* ΧD

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#24

Reality Behind Photography

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

A drycleaner will be needed for sure !

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#25

The Lake View

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

I never would have figured this out

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#26

Reality Behind Photography

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
3 years ago

It's a bit of a weird photo with that on her face!

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#27

Even Murky Rain Puddles Can Make Great Surfaces

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Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Euphoria............ ΧD

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#28

Reality Behind Photography

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Wolfik
Community Member
3 years ago

Ha ha ha

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#29

Reality Behind Photography

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Stille20
Community Member
3 years ago

OMG! The kids look so excited to tie up, who I am guessing is their little brother

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#30

Reality Behind Photography

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Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

Seems pretty real so far. If it's about the depth of the water: he can probably use that boat on much deeper waters than he is in, right there.

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#31

Reality Behind Photography

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NWB
Community Member
3 years ago

I guess if it was shitty day outside and it ruined your day I'd be pretty happy with the result!

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#32

Reality Behind Photography

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Sunniva Jønsson
Community Member
3 years ago

That picture dosent look right...

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#33

Reality Behind Photography

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Kira Thesloth
Community Member
3 years ago

This looks exactly like what it is.

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#34

Reality Behind Photography

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Tengericsillag
Community Member
3 years ago

Both pics are cool.

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#35

Reality Behind Photography

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Melissa Apple
Community Member
3 years ago

This is pretty awesome

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#36

Reality Behind Photography

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Annabell
Community Member
3 years ago

Well, that's not a very realistic rain *splash* waterfall on one side of the umbrella

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#37

Reality Behind Photography

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Stille20
Community Member
3 years ago

Okay, that whale doesn't look real even when photo shopped

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#38

Reality Behind Photography

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Helping Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

This is way more real than I thought it would be.

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#39

The Reality And Fantasy Of Cosplay Photoshoot

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Rico Scherf
Community Member
3 years ago

Is there any reason why japanese people are so strange?

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#40

Levitation

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Michael Gleason
Community Member
3 years ago

There go my hopes of a flying lady. Dashed. :'(

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#41

Reality Behind Photography

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Blue Cicada
Community Member
3 years ago

But Mooooom, it's OUR swimming pool!

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#42

Reality Behind Photography

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Stille20
Community Member
3 years ago

I like the second photo better, the action pose and the slight smile

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#43

The Cottage In The Woods

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Naomi Prior
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3 years ago

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Hate hate hate these miniature sets, if you can't take a real photo you should not be a photographer!!

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#44

Full Body Portrait

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Edyta Złotucha
Community Member
3 years ago

Another one that is actually an opposition to fake sooo...

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#45

Reality Behind Photography

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Anne Madag
Community Member
3 years ago

nice :)

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#46

Reality Behind Photography

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JEFF THE KILLER
Community Member
3 years ago

Gotta do whatcha gotta do

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#47

Reality Behind Photography

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Socially Awkward
Community Member
3 years ago

Me: *dies

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#48

Behind The Scenes

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Francis Burns
Community Member
3 years ago

not fake, just photoshop

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#49

Reality Behind Photography

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Edyta Złotucha
Community Member
3 years ago

And how this one is fake? Those colors aren't even photoshopped, come on :|

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#50

Reality Behind Photography

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Imma Letchofinish
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3 years ago

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You've got the photography thing down...now spend some money on wigs. Oooh, gurls...they look BEAT the hell up.

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