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Incredible Game Engine Demo Blurs the Line Between CGI and Reality

Earlier today, Epic Games released a "first look" at the Unreal Engine 5 video game engine, and the results are mind-blowing. Using a gameplay demo running on a Playstation 5, they showcase an environment that is so close to photorealistic that it's often hard to tell the difference.

These Car Ads Were Shot with Toy Cars

A few months ago, the Czech car brand Škoda got in touch with Hungarian photographer Benedek Lampert and asked him to shoot car photos. But instead of expensive shoots featuring real Škoda cars, the company asked that Lampert only use 1:43-scale models of the cars.

These Celebrity Portraits Are Actually of Wax Figures

Photographer Peter Andrew Lusztyk recently shot a series of portraits of some of the biggest celebrities on Earth. But look a little closer and you'll notice that there's something "off" about each one, and that's due to the fact that each headshot actually shows a realistic wax figure.

These Picture-Perfect Outdoor Scenes Are Entirely CGI

Most of the photos in IKEA's catalog are CGI these days, and more and more video games are adding serious photo modes. As the virtual and photographic worlds converge, we'll be seeing more and more demos of photorealistic CGI that may trick our eyes. Here's one example.

How I Made a Surreal Photo of a Mind Being Opened

My name is Kristjan Järv. I'm a 17-year-old photographer from Estonia, and today I'll be sharing about how I recently created a surreal photo titled "Miseducated."

A Look at How Michael Paul Smith Creates Historical Photos with Incredibly Detailed Models

Here's a fascinating video about how photographer Michael Paul Smith creates and photographs Elgin Park, a 20th century town created through miniature 1/24th-scale models. Smith creates incredibly realistic photos by capturing the detailed dioramas with an ordinary compact camera, and his images have gone viral in recent years on the Internet (the project has over 70 million views on Flickr).

The Nikon F SLR Recreated with LEGO

Check out this highly realistic life-sized SLR camera created entirely out of LEGOs. It was created by a LEGO enthusiast named Suzuki and is modeled after the Nikon F from the mid-1900s. We've featured a number of LEGO camera creations here in the past, and this one ranks at (or near) the top in terms of realism.

Artist Has Self-Portrait Painting Approved as Drivers License Photograph

Check out this portrait photograph of Swedish artist Fredrik Saker. It's actually a self-portrait that Saker painted by hand. While we've seen and shared photo-realistic drawings before, Saker's came up with a clever way of validating his photo's realism: he managed to have it approved as his drivers license photo.

Realistic Small Scale Dioramas That Are Photographed and Then Destroyed

Seattle-based photographer Bill Finger creates and photographs amazingly realistic small scale dioramas showing various imaginary locations. The things contained in each miniature model are 1/6th to 1/12th the size of their real world counterparts. Finger builds each of the dioramas while looking through his camera's viewfinder, which ensures that everything he constructs conforms nicely to the perspective limits of his lens.

Amazingly Realistic Pencil Drawings that Look Just Like Vintage Photos

Check out this vintage photo of a halloween party group portrait. It might be hard to believe, but it's not actually a photograph, but a pencil drawing by 28-year-old Scottish artist Paul Chiappe. He creates insanely detailed artworks that look just like old, fading, blurry, black-and-white photographs from decades ago. The "photos" show family pictures, elementary school class pictures, and even standard yearbook pictures.

Epic Stop-Motion Batman Short Created with Action Figures

Filmmakers Derek Kwok and Henri Wong of Parabucks created this ridiculously awesome stop-motion short film titled "Batman: Dark Knightfall" using highly-realistic 1/6-scale collectible action figures by Hong Kong toy company Hot Toys. Be sure to turn on HD when you watch it.

The cinematic lighting and sound effects give this film a realism that you'll be hard pressed to find in a stop-motion video -- at times you won't believe that what you're seeing isn't showing real actors.

Cameras Sculpted Using Found Paper

Artist Jennifer Collier uses found and recycled paper as if it were fabric to recreate common household objects, including cameras! Here are a few that were made using maps, postcards, and letters.