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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Brigitte
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

So nice idea!!!

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#5

Surreal Miniature Photography

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Felix Hernandez Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

LOOOL!!! ΧD

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#9

Levitation

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Luke Sharrat Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

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

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#15

Splashing Roses Photography

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Alex Koloskov Report

Lilian D'Mello
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

Wow

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#22

Large Bust

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Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#23

"Milk" In Cereal Commercials Is Often Glue

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Joel Ei
Community Member
4 years ago

mmmm tasty

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#24

Creating An Indoor Blizzard

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Joey L. Report

Sarah Garland
Community Member
4 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
4 years ago

So happy baby!!!!

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#26

Rock Climber

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Corey Rich Report

Katherine Dagold
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

Trick photography basics

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#34

Perfume On A Glassy Surface

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digital-photography-school.com Report

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

Parfume on a dirty surface.

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#35

Umbrella

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Fluttergirl
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

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

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#41

Macro Photography

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Robin Wong Report

Pi...
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

Notice mother hovering...

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#47

Levitation Photography

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Dani Diamond Report

Natalie Singer
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

looks painful!

Roxanne Veinotte
Community Member
4 years ago

All for the sake of a few bucks!

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Sylvia Faust
Community Member
2 years ago

What's in her hand?

David Martin
Community Member
3 years ago

I've lost count of how many times this article had included different examples of this very same effect.

Caroline Cassano
Community Member
3 years ago

ouch

Sylvia Faust
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't envy the model in that picture. She must be very athletic, holding the tension of her body for that picture. Think she will has muscle ache the next day

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#52

Bokeh Hearts

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Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

<3 <3 <3

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#53

The Seashore

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Satyavrat Jadeja
Community Member
4 years ago

Are those choco chips?

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