These incredible photos of optical illusion cars are driving TikTok wild

iPhone photography has come a long way since the first model launched in 2007. But we didn’t think these two (or three) lenses were quite capable of magic until we laid eyes on these photos incredible, which drive TikTok wild.

Anthony Schmidt has amassed a sizable following on the platform, and even Apple CEO Tim Cook is a fan. The secret to his great car photos is that they are not real cars at all, but rather toys. (Check out the best iPhone 13 Pro deals if you want the best iPhone camera available right now.)

iPhone Optical Illusion Pictures

The final picture…. (Image credit: Anthony Schmidt)

iPhone Optical Illusion Pictures

…and how it’s done (Image credit: Anthony Schmidt)

By using forced perspective (which uses the optical illusion to make an object appear further, closer, larger, or smaller than it actually is) and positioning them in a real environment, Schmidt makes toy cars look like real things. You can see more pictures on his website (opens in a new tab).

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Schmidt, 14, has already published a book of his photographs, titled Small Cars, Big Inspiration (opens in a new tab), described as “the remarkable story of a young man with autism who has a passion for collecting and photographing model cars”. And on World Autism Day this month, Tim Cook shared some of Schmidt’s stunning iPhone photos (above).

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It’s no surprise that Schmidt’s photos are such a hit on TikTok — while the finished photos themselves are stunning, it’s the insight into the production process that makes the whole project so delightful.

We’ve seen some awesome iPhone photography tricks lately, including the sunny editing hack that’s all over TikTok — but Schmidt’s forced photography pics might just be the most impressive yet. Check out today’s best iPhone 13 deals below, and if you’re in the mood for more jaw-dropping, check out our round-up of the best optical illusions.

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