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Here's Why You Shouldn't Trust Photos You See On Social Media

Everyone is a keen photographer nowadays. Thanks to the smartphone, what was once an expensive hobby is now a very accessible one.

But how do the best photographers stay ahead of the game and still get paid for their work? They do it by creating unforgettable images and to do that, it often requires a little "cheating" off camera.

Take a look at these incredible images and you'll soon see how they were made and when you do, you'll be able to create even more amazing photos of your own. We know that you're absolutely going to love these ideas. We did! 

1. A Less Than Perfect Romance

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You can't persuade the world to produce mist on demand, so you have to fake it. Spraying water out of someone's mouth made this a wonderfully romantic image. 

2. A Trip Back To The Past

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Recreating street scenes of yesterday are beyond the budget of all but the biggest movie studios. Unless, of course, you use models instead. Just like this.

3. Making The Best Of What You Have

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The trick to capturing great images is not to go hunting for the perfect location, but rather making the most of that location you are in, no matter what. 

4. Awesome Food Photography

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Getting food photography right is hard work. Here the light was carefully controlled by the use of slate-colored filters and reflectors on either side of the food. 

5. The Weightiest Subject

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If you want that shot of the girl spinning round, then you need to stay still and that means adding extra weight to your shoulders. Very clever. 

6. Model Cars For The Win

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It's going to be hard to capture supercars in the desert if you don't have thousands of dollars to spare, but you can improvise with a model car and some sand. 

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7. Not-So-Death-Defying Images

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It would be foolish in the extreme to risk someone's life for a photograph, but if you can get the right pose, Photoshop can do the rest. As it did here. 

8. Uncomfortable Positioning

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When the model is too tall for the shoot, you still have to get the shot. So, she has to go through contortions to get you there. 

9. Smoke-Breathing Atmosphere

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Here you can see a great way of creating a smoky atmosphere. Get someone to breathe smoke all over the model. Consent forms may be required. 

10. The Piping Hot Illusion

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Those super food shots of steaming food aren't always easy to capture. So you can add your own steam and take your time over things. 

11. Something Fishy Is Going On Here

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The incredible power of Photoshop can lead to scenes that are quite literally impossible to stage in real life. You can't fill a room with water without technology.

12. Bagging The Bling-Bling

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If you haven't got the cash for a serious gold necklace, you can always pretend you've got the bling-bling and use a bag instead.

13. Not So Picture Perfect

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This is a very clever way to take this photograph but as you can see, even once you've got the frames and models in place - it takes a little work to make it look right.

14. The Colander Of Light

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Photography is all about the use of light and to get this effect on the model's face, you need to cheat the light a little using a colander.

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15. It's Snow Good, This Is Faked Too

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That awesome perfect snow scene can't be captured outdoors, the light is wrong and the camera gear will get wet. So, you can set it up inside instead without any real snow in sight.

16. Get An Eiffel Of This

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If you can't afford to take your model to Paris and the Eiffel Tower, you can probably afford to bring the Eiffel Tower to them.

17. An Illuminating Deception

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Of course, you can't arrange for the moon to look the way that you want it to but you can use a stand in lantern instead.

18. Highlights Bring The Truth Out

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There are very few easily accessible places on earth that offer solitude and natural beauty combined but that doesn't stop you from pretending in the editing suite.

19. The Not So Glamorous Devil

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This is probably the truth behind 99.9999999% of fantasy art pieces, they require a lot of sacrifice on the model's behalf. The finished work looks great though.

20. A Talc-ing Point For Photographers

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As you can see, these amazing shots require a studio and a lot of talcum powder. The background is then substituted during editing for a pure black tone. 

Even if these shots do somewhat mislead the viewer, they are truly incredible to look at. 

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We hope that you'll be able to incorporate some of these ideas in your photos and take them to the next level. 

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