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The internet is full of beautiful and amazing photographs, but do you ever stop and wonder just what went into that perfect shot? I'm not just talking about the digital manipulation side of the process, although there's certainly plenty of that involved. No, I'm talking about the physical hard work combined with the often super-creative approaches that photographers employ in order to ensure that their final shot is the very best it can be.

Take a look at these behind-the-scenes pictures to see what we mean. Compiled by Bored Panda, they're sure to give the budding photographer some fresh ideas while giving the rest of us an enlightening glimpse into the reality that hides behind many a perfect picture.

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Miniature Car Models Create Realistic Historical Photos

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Brigitte
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wait... what? That is really cool. I clicked to flip umpteen times to believe it.

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Wedding Photography

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Water Reflections

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Yvonne Bernal
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And now we know!!! I often wondered how certain photos had been created underwater!

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Surreal Miniature Photography

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Girl Enjoying Rain

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Yvonne Bernal
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

An observant person would have noticed that it's only raining on the leaf. But I do still love the effect!

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Fox Close Up

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Levitation

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Yvonne Bernal
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd think she would still have to be some sort of gymnist to be able to balance (and hold) like that. Wowza!

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Wedding Photography

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#11

Photoshoot 25m Under The Sea In A Sunken Shipwreck

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Brigitte
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's not really a photography lie. The girl is really there, under water, with no air tank. Very impressive.

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M&M’s In Water Drops

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Cyndie Birdsong
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the m-n-m's on the main pic are lined up like rainbows, yet the reveal pic has them all mixed up in the bowl - a lie within a lie! ;)

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How Landscape Photos Are Really Made

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Splashing Roses Photography

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Heart-shaped Photo

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Jotaeme Isola
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the one who post this things doesn't know what a LIE means i think. this is bokeh, a light effect, not a lie

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Levitation Shot

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Elizabeth Edelmann
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This had to take a lot of editing... a little too much for my liking but still a cool aftershot

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#19

How Rare White Curtain Auroras Are Made

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Creating An Indoor Blizzard

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Rock Climber

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That's How It Looks Like In Real Life

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The Illusion Of Different Spaces

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Close-ups Of Snowflakes

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Nuno Queirós
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why is this fake? This is a legitimate way to achieve a good macro picture of ice...

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Dreamy Effect

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Wedding Photography

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Underwater Dog

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Background Trick

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Umbrella

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Underwater Photoshoot

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How Mountains Landscape Photos Are Made Of

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Sarah Locke
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've seen real life pictures just like this... why go through all that work?

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Levitation Shoot

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Elizabeth Edelmann
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lol so they just cut out the end of the dress where it's tied to hold up.. i don't like that they added a fake floating chair post production

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Volcano Photography

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Food Styling Photography

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Surrealistic Photoshoot In The Sea

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Aurora Borealis

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Romulus ANGHEL
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a lie only if you can't travel to a Nordic country where you can actually witness a superb aurora borealis.

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Romantic Couple Photoshoot

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Ovidiu Löwe
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really don't understand why the title of this post is so negativistic. It's not a lie, it's actually ART.

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#49

Capturing The Hummingbirds With 3d Camera

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A Long-Exposure Picture While Zooming Out

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