By AN Jay on April 18, 2009

21 Brilliant Photos That Look Like They’re Photoshopped But Are Not

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There are hundreds of posts available on the internet about photoshop and photo manipulation. You probably have also seen many photos or images that have been photoshopped and inspire others. Today, we are posting another post that probably will make you look twice. In this post we are listing 21 Brilliant Photos That Look Like They’re Photoshopped But Are Not. These are not photoshopped in terms of that all the objects and their actions are real but might be editied for colors and adjustments. I appreciate to all those talented photographers who taken these excellent photos with their efforts, imaginations and creativity to give us a chance to see these photographic wonders from their creative eyes. This list is not long in numbers but I promise you that when you start browsing them in details it will surely refresh you and force you to know more about these photographers. These are the wonder creations of photographers who use their creativity with a different angle and approach to get the result that makes a difference.

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Infinite Possibilities by Philip Perold

Infinite Possibilities

She by Adam Holweg

She

Cloud Shadows and Rays by philliefan99

Cloud Shadows and Rays

In Memoriam by Frank Daske

In Memoriam

Bubbles by Flor

Bubbles

Torch for Seattle by hb19

Torch for Seattle

Fall by A. Zahron

FALL

A cloud of tea by Gilles Pinault

A cloud of tea

The metallic eye by Diego Salom Pedemonti

The metallic eye

Seemingly by Jean Leopold

seemingly

Water by Katosu

Water

holding on to daylight by hb19

holding on to daylight

Trampet in the Sunset by Hye

Trampet in the Sunset

Falling Up by nikki.jane

Falling Up

Magic Mushroom by CSD

Magic Mushroom

Nelly by chriskaula

Nelly

Rose Of Many Colours by Jonathan Jones

Rose Of Many Colours

Ball of Life by BigRPhoto

Ball of Life

ZIPPER by KPK

ZIPPER

Clouds by Jotamyg

Clouds

Dancing Water by Nevery

Dancing Water





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Wonderful Photos!!!

These are photoshopped. I can tell by the pixels and having seen many a photoshops in my time.

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people must have untrained eyes or something. these don’t look chopped to me. whether they are or not, you could replicate them all easily without chopping.

These don’t look photoshopped at all. They’re still awesome photos though.

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Wow those are great my favorite was the water spout.

that is really great collection of pics.. cannot believe. that bubble picture is amazing !

Hmm. I think the title you’re looking for would just be ’21 Brilliant Photos.’ They don’t look Photoshopped at all…they just have interesting composition (some of them, at least).

These don’t look Photoshopped at all… Unless you’re trying to tell me that large hands don’t come out of the sky to point at out of focus swimmers?

it’s pretty simple to see that these aren’t photoshopped. they’re really good photos, but “brilliant” is stretching it a bit. remember: when you use terms like “brilliant” to describe something, you’re using a subjective term, which means that just because you think it’s “brilliant” doesn’t mean that everyone on the internet will. what i would like to see is the hand in the seattle picture to be in focus, and the kids on the beach to be in focus as well. the water bubble picture was most likely taken after popping a water balloon, using a fast shutter setting.

Yeah, they’re neat photos but they’re not that amazing.

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sorry but most of these photos HAVE been photoshopped in one way or another. either cropped, brightened, balanced, etc…

As a photog. student, I know these photos COULD have been photoshopped dealing with the brightness/contrast. A professional photog. has the ability to photograph these type of photogs using the right techniques (shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, etc.)

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Awesome pictures. I am impressed.

I wanna see the same type of post but only pictures taken with a iPhones.

Um….these are all mediocre photos that don’t even look remotely photoshopped. Almost all of them could have been taken using a phone camera. They’re not impressive in any way at all. Sorry.

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I think what you meant was that these aren’t composite images.

Whether they are Photoshopped or not doesn’t make a difference to me … the images captured are delightful and imaginative.

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I like it! Great shots! Well done to the photographers!!

MUCH better than your last post of this nature. However, I’d bed hard cash that none of these is straight from the camera and that all of them have had some kind of processing or ‘treatment’ in Photoshop or a similar program. You would have been be far more accurate to title the post “21 Brilliant Photos That Look Like They’re Photo-Manipulated But Are Not”. Then again, SEO makes the web turn ’round…

Quite a few of these dont even looked photoshoped… just look like photos, which they are.

I is hard to believe that any photo published today is not tuned with Photoshop. Anyhow, the photos are fantastic.

to be honest, I hoped for something more interesting – beautiful photos but nothing more, maybe just 2-3 photos look like could be photoshopped..

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For all you rocket scientists that point out that photoshop has been used on them. READ THE ARTICLE! “These are not photoshopped in terms of that all the objects and their actions are real but might be editied for colors and adjustments.” There is more here than just pretty pictures. I like the zipper best.

I have to agree that they are nice photographs. I do not really care whether they are “shopped” or not but some of them would make really nice backgrounds. Thanks for sharing!

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I had a brilliant photo of myself keeping the leaning tower from toppling over…but I lost it.

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Magic Mushroom by CSD -> LSD
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these photos are amazing who cares if they are photoshoped or not they are beautiful. the people on here leaving negative comments are very hateful people and have nothing better to do than to critisise everything its very annoying.

Amazing photo, except for the fingers and the sun nothing special about that one.

WOW! These are great photos — creative eye!

Absolutely beautiful photography… my favorites are Zipper and Falling Up (cute girl btw).

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I remember the days when I had to deal with 35mm negatives and no Photoshop. The guys that can pull off pictures like this and other ones like the work of Ansel Adams are very skilled.

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To the person who picked apart the use of the word brilliant, relax, its one person’s opinion on something they saw…God, there’s one in every crowd. I think what’s ‘brilliant’ about these photos is just the fact that people can have that much of a creative eye, ya know, instead of a ‘narrow’ eye on things….I think I’ll use the word ‘stunning’ to describe these pics—my opinion of course…..

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Ball of Life is most impressive! Great collection of photos…

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It’s really sad that when there is something beautiful people still have to find some negative comment. Maybe you don’t find the pictures “brilliant” but they are still good pictures. Try being more positive and not having to be so negative and find something wrong with every simple little thing.

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none of these look “photoshopped” aside from the obvious filters and basic editing that was done. anyone who knows anything about photography – or who has even an inkling of creativity – would know how these shots were taken.

also, why does every critical comment have to be labeled as “negative”? true artists should know the value of constructive criticism. not everyone has to like everything!

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Falling Up by nikki.jane and the rose pictures is really awesome…..

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none of these look “photoshopped” aside from the obvious filters and basic editing that was done. anyone who knows anything about photography – or who has even an inkling of creativity – would know how these shots were taken.

great photos…

Great photos…

anyone who doubts the capacity of a truly talented photographer needs to get out from behind the desk

sorry guys, but photoshop isn’t the only source of entertainment, the world is a beautiful place and once you stop criticizing it i can only hope you’re given the chance to appreciate it

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either photoshoped or not its good to see photos like these…. can all of you appreciate that!

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None of those pictures look photo-shopped. This is lame as fuck.

These are so obiviously shopped. My blind old granmother could tell that these are shopped and shes 110! I should know. I am a professional photographer fro 50 years. So don’t go telling me what is shopped and what isn’t shopped. I have been photoshopping for 30 years! I can tell these things. the pixels are all wrong. in every one of them. The seattle one its obvious that they found a picture of the space needle on the internet and put there hand in front of it and took the shot. they used a point and shoot disposable and held their hand up to the monitor and took the shot. these are all lies. Just like the moon landing, JFK, the Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, and Sheakspere!

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Photoshopped or not, what’s so brilliant?

Thanks for posting. These are good.

I was expecting the first “Photoshopped!” comment to be first, but alas, the idiocy was delayed ’til comment number two.

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Beautiful pictures. That colorful rose is real? How to breed that? :D

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i think what he means by not photoshopped is that they are not composite images. he MAY have used photoshop to adjust NORMAL THINGS like contrast, and sharpening the image.
and all of you who are criticizing the pictures, its POINTLESS, unless it is constructive, like what graphicartist2k5 said.

i happen to think these pictures are amazing, photoshopped or not. and if YOU think you can do better, stop leaving useless comments, get off your high horse, and go post your own “brilliant” pictures.

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Absolutely beautiful photos! Love the In Memoriam by Frank Daske and Falling Up by nikki.jane.

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