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.

#1

Miniature Car Models Create Realistic Historical Photos

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Michael Paul Smith Report

Brigitte
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#2

Wedding Photography

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Chris Chambers Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
5 years ago

Anything for the sake of that reflection !!!

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#3

Water Reflections

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Vogue Korea Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#4

Life In A Drop Photography

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D' Third Photography Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
5 years ago

So nice idea!!!

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#5

Surreal Miniature Photography

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Felix Hernandez Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
5 years ago

Fooled again by another miniature... incredible indeed!

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#6

Girl Enjoying Rain

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FunLeak Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
5 years ago

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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#7

Fox Close Up

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Dan Dinu Report

YUZAFFI
Community Member
5 years ago

Well how else are they supposed to take the picture?!?

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#8

Water Splash Background

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snowfairy88 Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
5 years ago

LOOOL!!! ΧD

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#9

Levitation

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Luke Sharrat Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
5 years ago

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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#10

Wedding Photography

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Chris Chambers Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
5 years ago

And after the shooting, clothes straight into the washing machine!!! ;-)

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#11

Photoshoot 25m Under The Sea In A Sunken Shipwreck

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Benjamin Von Wong Report

Brigitte
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#12

M&M’s In Water Drops

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Northwest Dad Report

Cyndie Birdsong
Community Member
5 years ago

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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#13

Floating

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The Photo Fiend Report

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
5 years ago

The power of editing

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#14

How Landscape Photos Are Really Made

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Matthew Albanese Report

varwenea
Community Member
5 years ago

Well, at least it's safer than actually chasing a storm.

Patrick Farley
Community Member
5 years ago

not as much fun, though

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Lycie Wray
Community Member
5 years ago

Not all are like this! This is just someone being creative and trying something different! Funny that lol

Dawn Tabor
Community Member
5 years ago

This particular picture you mean.

Kat Blak
Community Member
5 years ago

The created picture doesn't look real. clouds that look like that don't exist, and tornadoes don't look like that either.

Liliana V
Community Member
5 years ago

Well, clearly... that was obvious.

Megan Pawlak
Community Member
5 years ago

I take exception to this one. Maybe SOME artists fake it this way but a lot of them really would take thousands of photos of a REAL landscape to catch that perfect shot. Or maybe overlay two or three. But point is actual place-specific photography. Not Hollywood shenanigans

Danael Gabalova
Community Member
5 years ago

This artist makes artifical landscapes and than photos of them. I find it amazing. I am sorry I dont remember his name.

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Deborah Johnston
Community Member
5 years ago

The clouds still look like puffs of cotton & tornadoes are not that consistently dense. Maybe it was Dumbo's trunk! He can fly, he can fly, he can fly! lol

Dani Elle
Community Member
5 years ago

Now I understand why many such pictures do not even look real

ClintandElizabeth Wright
Community Member
5 years ago

In Oklahoma these are real shots

Lee-Ann Conway
Community Member
5 years ago

OK i'd never have thought of that, at least it's safer but no near as fun

Samantha Summerson
Community Member
5 years ago

Damn it!! I love storms and am peeved this shot isn't real! ( although it is still a great picture!!)

Zainub Farooqui
Community Member
5 years ago

Hahahahah oh shit. Can we believe anything we see on the Internet? Here I was, sitting, getting inspired

Snafflepuss
Community Member
4 years ago

That's not how most landscape photos are made!

Enfamous Keru
Community Member
5 years ago

Sorry not all, i have seen myself

Caroline Cassano
Community Member
5 years ago

I need to change my wallpaper!

Letitia Hedding
Community Member
5 years ago

what that is awesome and confusing

Jamal W
Community Member
5 years ago

Now i'll be forced to question every epic storm photo

Lucy Vlyminck
Community Member
5 years ago

mine are real :-)

Miguel Denyer
Community Member
5 years ago

Some of us are a bit more "purist" than that... this is a totally different style of photography... some of us actually brave the elements to get our images... because being there is a large part of why we do what we do.

Annamie Murray
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow! That sure had me fooled!

gpc1965
Community Member
5 years ago

stupid idiot

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
5 years ago

Again: movies' special effects

Sheila McCarthy
Community Member
5 years ago

Not all landscape photos are fake! My brother is a weather watcher. He has some fantastic (unedited) photos of weather patterns.

Joan Connorton
Community Member
5 years ago

neat

elijah77a
Community Member
5 years ago

sneaky

Dennis Hughes
Community Member
5 years ago

Incredible skill!

Agdga Asfcasf
Community Member
5 years ago

How NASA photos are really made... At least it's safer! <3

Speranta Regasire
Community Member
5 years ago

Omg! That's a lie-lie!

Lezlea Ross
Community Member
5 years ago

Some, not all

Community Member
5 years ago

I think that at least some weather pictures must be taken like this! If you noticed, the grass and the clouds don't look very real in this.

Elizabeth Edelmann
Community Member
5 years ago

Nothing in life is real to me anymore! It's all lies! Lol

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
5 years ago

All lies...

Theresa Jensen
Community Member
5 years ago

That just looks dumb and fake.

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#15

Splashing Roses Photography

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Lilian D'Mello
Community Member
5 years ago

This is beautiful, nonetheless :)

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#16

Underwater Photoshoot

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Phoebe Rudomino Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
5 years ago

Is this an underwater room?? :O

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#17

Heart-shaped Photo

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Globetrotter Diaries Report

Jotaeme Isola
Community Member
5 years ago

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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#18

Levitation Shot

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Elizabeth Edelmann
Community Member
5 years ago

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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Roman Noven Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
5 years ago

The result is so beautiful......

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#20

Burning Lava

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Kawika Singson Report

Sarah Locke
Community Member
5 years ago

The photographer's feet are on fire!

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#21

Mirror Lake

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Erik Johansson Report

Sarah Locke
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow

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#22

Large Bust

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Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
5 years ago

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD

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#23

"Milk" In Cereal Commercials Is Often Glue

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Joel Ei
Community Member
5 years ago

mmmm tasty

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#24

Creating An Indoor Blizzard

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Joey L. Report

Sarah Garland
Community Member
5 years ago

Honestly... I need a pic like this #holidayphoto

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#25

Bouncing Baby

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Pat David Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
5 years ago

So happy baby!!!!

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#26

Rock Climber

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Corey Rich Report

Katherine Dagold
Community Member
5 years ago

not not a lie so much as a crazy photographer. gahhh shiver

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#27

That's How It Looks Like In Real Life

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Murad Osmann Report

Mario Dinis
Community Member
5 years ago

That sunset with with vertical shadows cracks me up!!

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#28

The Illusion Of Different Spaces

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www.diyphotography.net Report

JEFF THE KILLER
Community Member
5 years ago

well i dont really count this as a lie but as a tool

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#29

Close-ups Of Snowflakes

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Alexey Kljatov Report

Nuno Queirós
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#30

Dreamy Effect

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Jesse David McGrady Report

Pi...
Community Member
5 years ago

But...can't u get these effects in post processing?

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#31

Wedding Photography

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Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
5 years ago

I laughed way too hard at this..!!! ΧD

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#32

Underwater Dog

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Seth Casteel Report

Nathan Delaney
Community Member
5 years ago

This series was one of the best Ive seen!

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#33

Background Trick

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Sarah Locke
Community Member
5 years ago

Trick photography basics

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#34

Perfume On A Glassy Surface

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Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago

Parfume on a dirty surface.

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#35

Umbrella

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Fluttergirl
Community Member
5 years ago

Reminds me of the unofficial video for AWOLNATION's "Sail."

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#36

Underwater Photoshoot

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Phoebe Rudomino Report

Nuniks Gayatri
Community Member
5 years ago

She is still underwater so not really a lie.

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#37

How Mountains Landscape Photos Are Made Of

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Matthew Albanese Report

Sarah Locke
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#38

Levitation Shoot

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Dani Diamond Report

Elizabeth Edelmann
Community Member
5 years ago

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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#39

Volcano Photography

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Matthew Albanese Report

Maureen Howard
Community Member
5 years ago

he didn't want to burn his tripod or his feet like the other photographer!

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#40

Flour Photoshoot

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Hola Media Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
5 years ago

They could use masks tho.........

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#41

Macro Photography

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Robin Wong Report

Pi...
Community Member
5 years ago

He looks so amazed!

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#42

Food Styling Photography

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Sam Kaplan Report

Lihi Porat
Community Member
5 years ago

Why the tomato slices are green..?

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#43

Surrealistic Photoshoot In The Sea

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Ronen Goldman Report

JEFF THE KILLER
Community Member
5 years ago

does anyone else notice they are holding jellyfish

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#44

Aurora Borealis

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Matthew Albanese Report

Romulus ANGHEL
Community Member
5 years ago

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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#45

Sinking Photography

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Stephen Criscolo Report

Ariane Galloway
Community Member
5 years ago

Shouldn't the shirt be floating up...

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#46

Baby Photography

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Kelley Ryden Report

Prescotte Martin
Community Member
5 years ago

Notice mother hovering...

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#47

Levitation Photography

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Dani Diamond Report

Natalie Singer
Community Member
5 years ago

I so want that skirt...

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#48

Romantic Couple Photoshoot

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Dee Motion Wedding Report

Ovidiu Löwe
Community Member
5 years ago

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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conquestoftheskies.com Report

Leah Halliwell
Community Member
5 years ago

That's David Attenborough filming bats not hummingbirds

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#50

A Long-Exposure Picture While Zooming Out

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th3clara Report

Alex Kharnam
Community Member
5 years ago

That is the laziest "reveal" photo imaginable.

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#51

Dreaming Of Flying

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Paula Chang Report

Frimpong Poku-Dankwa
Community Member
5 years ago

looks painful!

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#52

Bokeh Hearts

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Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
5 years ago

<3 <3 <3

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#53

The Seashore

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Satyavrat Jadeja
Community Member
5 years ago

Are those choco chips?

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