There is a difference.
I see it immediately. The “cut it out and paste it” scenario. It’s a quick inexpensive way to showcase a product and some are really good, others? Well, not so much lol. You can tell when some thought has been put into the final image. The cut-out is precise, the scale matches the surroundings and the rendition gives a good representation of what the equipment will look like in it’s natural environment.
I may be biased, but nothing beats the real thing in it’s real environment. #miningphotog.