Photography is undeniably one of the most impressive and meaningful tools invented in our modern world. The ability to capture a moment right then and there is incomparable and simply spectacular.
However, we now live in a digital world where photos are manipulated to such an extent that often they don’t capture the moment as it really happened.
Rarely do photos taken in this modern age remain exactly as they are without any kind of retouching or filtering.
And with pretty much everyone on the planet having either a Snapchat or Instagram account, it’s not just professional photography that relies on special effects.
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However, professional photography is definitely the frontrunner when it comes to making photos look heaps more majestic than they actually are.
Photos are modified with modern editing tools like Photoshop, taking away from their natural simplicity, but in turn making for an extraordinary picture.
So, we’ve compiled a list of some the world’s most beautiful photographs that are actually just one big lie. These stunning photographs will be accompanied by photos of what the set actually looked like before it was digitally modified.
1. To create this historical scene, mini cars were used
The deception is real.
2. I guess it’s fairly clever
Still a lie though.
3. Underwater visuals aren’t as impressive as they look
Where’s the water at?
4. Size doesn’t matter
It’s how you use… the camera angles and zoom in button.
5. Teaching kids deception, one fake photo at a time
What has our world come to?
6. Behind every great man is a great woman…
…But behind every great woman is a man jumping into a pool like a maniac.
7. I mean, the lie should have been obvious from the get-go
Still a stunning photo though…
8. A little water is all you need
But boy, is the original photo underwhelming…
9. The girl and the water are real
You just don’t take into account how photo must have been snapped by a team of people in their modern underwater gear.
10. They almost had me – I thought the photo was 100% real
I guess we all just wish we could fly.
11. You’d never guess how this was made…
I mean, the guy does have talent!
12. Another water-based lie
You gotta do what you gotta do…
13. Because this totally seems real and 100% unaltered
Psych – of course, it’s a massive fake.
14. So these are thousands of city lights
Or are they tiny little hearts?
15. They definitely get brownie points for effort
16. These are not the northern lights of Iceland
Just a bunch of tube lights…
17. It would be impossible to get that close to hot, burning lava
Still an impressive shot though!
18. Milk in cereal commercials isn’t actually milk
It’s actually just a load of glue.
19. A lake made of broken glass?
In reality, it looked rather different.
20. “Man, she has massive… oh wait…”
Yeah, they’re just her knees…
So there you have it: take every beautiful photograph with a grain of salt because many of them are not all that they seem!