- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hold that pose: However, a behind-the-scenes shot shatters the magic, showing Lee’s subject laying on a manicured park lawn
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
Bridal shower: Bizarrely, the shot was created with one of Rom’s friends spurting water out of his mouth