How those amazing Instagram shots were created

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  • Some Instagrammers use clever angling and Photoshop to transform images
  • One man took a beautiful portrait of a young woman while in a roadside ditch
  • Another photographer took an image of his feet in the sand – at a building site 

Sadie Whitelocks for MailOnline

Millions of heavenly images flood Instagram – but the way they were created is often very down to earth.

Armed with a good eye and the wonders of Photoshop, many Instagrammers manage to transform pretty uninspiring scenes into lust-worthy landscapes.

A gallery of images from BoredPanda show just how some of the dreamiest shots are created.

One image from mvpetri shows how he shot a beautiful portrait of a young woman by getting her to crouch down in a weed-ridden roadside verge.

Another image from U.S.-based Nick Fancher shows how he shot an image of a Calvin Klein aftershave bottle by putting it in a muddy puddle in the middle of a potholed road.

The resulting image has a luxury high fashion look, with a blue filter giving it a sunny Mediterranean feel. Scroll down to see how the camera can sometimes tell the odd porkie… 

Immersed in nature: One image from mvpetri shows how he shot a beautiful portrait of a young woman by getting her to crouch down in a weed-ridden roadside verge

Immersed in nature: One image from mvpetri shows how he shot a beautiful portrait of a young woman by getting her to crouch down in a weed-ridden roadside verge

Immersed in nature: One image from mvpetri shows how he shot a beautiful portrait of a young woman by getting her to crouch down in a weed-ridden roadside verge

Clever angling: A behind-the-scenes images shows how the dreamy shot was set up 

Clever angling: A behind-the-scenes images shows how the dreamy shot was set up 

Clever angling: A behind-the-scenes images shows how the dreamy shot was set up 

Luxury edge: U.S.-based Nick Fancher shows how he shot this high fashion image of a Calvin Klein aftershave bottle

Luxury edge: U.S.-based Nick Fancher shows how he shot this high fashion image of a Calvin Klein aftershave bottle

Luxury edge: U.S.-based Nick Fancher shows how he shot this high fashion image of a Calvin Klein aftershave bottle

Photo trickery: The photographer actually took the shot by putting the product in a muddy puddle in the middle of a potholed road

Photo trickery: The photographer actually took the shot by putting the product in a muddy puddle in the middle of a potholed road

Photo trickery: The photographer actually took the shot by putting the product in a muddy puddle in the middle of a potholed road

Going the extra mile: Audi asked photographer Felix Hernandez Rodriguez to shoot their $160,000 sports car but he used a $40 miniature toy car instead. He achieved the shot using props, lighting and in-camera effects

Going the extra mile: Audi asked photographer Felix Hernandez Rodriguez to shoot their $160,000 sports car but he used a $40 miniature toy car instead. He achieved the shot using props, lighting and in-camera effects

Going the extra mile: Audi asked photographer Felix Hernandez Rodriguez to shoot their $160,000 sports car but he used a $40 miniature toy car instead. He achieved the shot using props, lighting and in-camera effects

Unique landscape: The 11-kilometre hike up to 'Troll's Tongue' cliff near Trolltunga, Norway, is a much-Instagrammed shot. The image above was posted by @norge

Unique landscape: The 11-kilometre hike up to 'Troll's Tongue' cliff near Trolltunga, Norway, is a much-Instagrammed shot. The image above was posted by @norge

Unique landscape: The 11-kilometre hike up to ‘Troll’s Tongue’ cliff near Trolltunga, Norway, is a much-Instagrammed shot. The image above was posted by @norge

Taking turns: But behind the scenes photos show how dozens of travellers queue to get a quiet shot at the landmark, showing a landscape seemingly devoid of human life

Taking turns: But behind the scenes photos show how dozens of travellers queue to get a quiet shot at the landmark, showing a landscape seemingly devoid of human life

Taking turns: But behind the scenes photos show how dozens of travellers queue to get a quiet shot at the landmark, showing a landscape seemingly devoid of human life

Straight from a fairy-tale: His scenes are much more colourful than they are in reality thanks to a spot of skilful retouching

Straight from a fairy-tale: His scenes are much more colourful than they are in reality thanks to a spot of skilful retouching

Straight from a fairy-tale: His scenes are much more colourful than they are in reality thanks to a spot of skilful retouching

Instagram celebrities: #Followmeto photographer Murad Osmann, from Russia, shared  behind the scenes footage of how he captures his famous  hand-holding snaps with his wife

Instagram celebrities: #Followmeto photographer Murad Osmann, from Russia, shared  behind the scenes footage of how he captures his famous  hand-holding snaps with his wife

Instagram celebrities: #Followmeto photographer Murad Osmann, from Russia, shared behind the scenes footage of how he captures his famous hand-holding snaps with his wife

At one with nature: YouTube user BiKip SongAo made video showing how some of the most iconic Instagram shots can be replicated in an urban environment 

At one with nature: YouTube user BiKip SongAo made video showing how some of the most iconic Instagram shots can be replicated in an urban environment 

At one with nature: YouTube user BiKip SongAo made video showing how some of the most iconic Instagram shots can be replicated in an urban environment 

Looks can be deceiving: An image of a girl smelling fresh foliage was actually taken against a city hedgerow. She had to awkwardly crouch down to get the shot  

Looks can be deceiving: An image of a girl smelling fresh foliage was actually taken against a city hedgerow. She had to awkwardly crouch down to get the shot  

Looks can be deceiving: An image of a girl smelling fresh foliage was actually taken against a city hedgerow. She had to awkwardly crouch down to get the shot  

Summer sun: In another scene, BiKip SongAo takes a shot of himself seemingly sunning it up on a beach with bare feet and colourful swimming shorts

Summer sun: In another scene, BiKip SongAo takes a shot of himself seemingly sunning it up on a beach with bare feet and colourful swimming shorts

Summer sun: In another scene, BiKip SongAo takes a shot of himself seemingly sunning it up on a beach with bare feet and colourful swimming shorts

Heave ho: However, the social media fan actually took the image at a building site 

Heave ho: However, the social media fan actually took the image at a building site 

Heave ho: However, the social media fan actually took the image at a building site 

The leaning tower of Pisa is Instagrammed by thousands of visitors every week

The leaning tower of Pisa is Instagrammed by thousands of visitors every week

But many tourists have to tussle over getting the ideal shot

But many tourists have to tussle over getting the ideal shot

Fiction and reality: The leaning tower of Pisa is Instagrammed by thousands of visitors every week (left, a shot by Instagrammer @buysseellen) but many tourists have to tussle over getting the ideal shot (right)

Low cost travel: Commercial photographer Vatsal Kataria, who is based in New Delhi, India, shoots big photos with small budgets

Low cost travel: Commercial photographer Vatsal Kataria, who is based in New Delhi, India, shoots big photos with small budgets

Low cost travel: Commercial photographer Vatsal Kataria, who is based in New Delhi, India, shoots big photos with small budgets

Winterscape: He took the mountain image by building a detailed miniature set in his studio

Winterscape: He took the mountain image by building a detailed miniature set in his studio

Winterscape: He took the mountain image by building a detailed miniature set in his studio

Retouching wonders: The sky was made bluer and the trash deleted in the photo editing studio to get the winning shot

Retouching wonders: The sky was made bluer and the trash deleted in the photo editing studio to get the winning shot

Retouching wonders: The sky was made bluer and the trash deleted in the photo editing studio to get the winning shot

Another before and after shot by YouTuber BiKip SongAo shows how this dreamy hand-in-hand shot was set up

Another before and after shot by YouTuber BiKip SongAo shows how this dreamy hand-in-hand shot was set up

The image certainly loses its romantic edge when the magic is unveiled

The image certainly loses its romantic edge when the magic is unveiled

Three’s a crowd: Another before and after shot by YouTuber BiKip SongAo shows how this dreamy hand-in-hand shot was pre-planned

Turning a new leaf: Vietnamese photographer Wake Lee took this softly lit portrait which looks as if his subject is lost somewhere deep in the jungle

Turning a new leaf: Vietnamese photographer Wake Lee took this softly lit portrait which looks as if his subject is lost somewhere deep in the jungle

Turning a new leaf: Vietnamese photographer Wake Lee took this softly lit portrait which looks as if his subject is lost somewhere deep in the jungle

Hold that pose: However, a behind-the-scenes shot shatters the magic, showing Lee's subject laying on a manicured park lawn 

Hold that pose: However, a behind-the-scenes shot shatters the magic, showing Lee's subject laying on a manicured park lawn 

Hold that pose: However, a behind-the-scenes shot shatters the magic, showing Lee’s subject laying on a manicured park lawn 

Photographer Rey mangouta took this photo of a ten-year-old boy in Congo

Photographer Rey mangouta took this photo of a ten-year-old boy in Congo

Although the shot looks natural it was carefully set up

Although the shot looks natural it was carefully set up

Lights, camera, action: Photographer Rey mangouta took this photo of a ten-year-old boy in Congo. Although the shot looks natural it was carefully set up (right)

Hazy days: This wedding photo by Rom Celano has a magical feel, with a flattering golden light

Hazy days: This wedding photo by Rom Celano has a magical feel, with a flattering golden light

Hazy days: This wedding photo by Rom Celano has a magical feel, with a flattering golden light

Bridal shower: Bizarrely, the shot was created with one of Rom's friends spurting water out of his mouth 

Bridal shower: Bizarrely, the shot was created with one of Rom's friends spurting water out of his mouth 

Bridal shower: Bizarrely, the shot was created with one of Rom’s friends spurting water out of his mouth 

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