Before and After: Weekly Photography Challenge


This week your challenge is to take and share a photo (or photos) on the theme of ‘Before and After’.


You can interpret the theme in any way that you choose. You may wish to make it a bit of a post production challenge (and share a photo before and after you processed it with your favourite processing software), you may choose to capture an event (before and after a kids birthday party for example), you may wish to photograph the same scene before and after sunset, a hair cut, a…. well anything. Choose whatever you like!

Once you’ve taken your ‘Before and AFter’ Images – choose your best 1-2, upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and either share a link to them or – embed them in the comments using the our new tool to do so.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSBEFOREAFTER to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Note: while we don’t mind you posting previous images that you’ve taken that fit this topic – the real point of these ‘challenges’ is to inspire you to go out and take NEW photos. So perhaps instead of just trawling through your old photos to find one that fits – grab that camera and go use it too!

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the great shots posted in last weeks Panning challenge where there were some great shots submitted.

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  • raghavendra March 22, 2012 06:40 pm

    the climate changes before and after.
    And it's impact on the nature

  • Théo February 12, 2012 11:22 am

    I am a newbie to photography. Here is my before and after photos inspired by the pregnancy photos above. Canon EOS 550D on fully automatic.




  • fox photos December 10, 2011 01:15 pm

    I hope I made it in time to enter. I had a hard time thinking of something to shoot for this challenge. I was eating my favourite Xmas fruit (that only comes out in December for Xmas) and thought it was a perfect submission.

    Before Exif info:
    Taken December 8, 2011
    Camera Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
    Exposure 0.077 sec (1/13)
    Aperture f/29.0
    Focal Length 30 mm
    ISO Speed 1600
    Flash Off, Did not fire

    After Exif Info:
    Taken December 8, 2011
    Camera Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
    Exposure 0.02 sec (1/50)
    Aperture f/4.0
    Focal Length 30 mm
    ISO Speed 400
    Flash Off, Did not fire

  • Anastasiya December 10, 2011 11:22 am

    Here is my before and after:

    Idea came just while lunch :) and thanks to friends!

    Have a nice weekend!!!

  • Michelle December 10, 2011 08:21 am



    Ah, how the weather changes in Acadia.

  • Carina Viljoen December 10, 2011 01:29 am

    We went to an elephant sanctuary for our work end year function. One of my coworker’s partners received a kiss from an elephant!

  • weapher December 9, 2011 02:02 pm

    Here are a couple of shots from my project I did this week.

    Have a great day!

  • Kanishk December 9, 2011 05:25 am



    A little bit of photoshop

  • iggy_l December 8, 2011 03:23 pm

    and here is the photo

  • iggy_l December 8, 2011 03:22 pm

    forgot to embed mt photo
    so here it is again
    my son before with a sad face after with a smile (in a split of a second)

  • Jean-Pierre December 8, 2011 09:22 am

    Super Cute Kitten: Mali!

  • Jean-Pierre December 8, 2011 09:21 am

  • iggy_l December 8, 2011 01:55 am

    my son
    before sad
    after smile
    all in a split of a second

  • Donna@Collage Ideas December 7, 2011 08:04 am

    Excellent idea for a contest! I adore the one with the baby. It evokes some really warm memories.

  • Veni December 6, 2011 08:49 am

    Pictures of beads ..



  • RD Harjai December 6, 2011 06:18 am

    check out my version @

  • Milton Riaño December 6, 2011 04:18 am

    She was sleeping like an angel. Unfortunately I woke her up with the shutter sound.

  • JC December 6, 2011 03:20 am

    Here is my entry, tried to have some fun with the last beer in the fridge.

  • Deborah J December 6, 2011 02:46 am



  • AnZanov December 5, 2011 08:28 pm

    This time I try without the embeddind feature....

  • Joel Bailey December 5, 2011 02:23 pm

    I just got my NEW Nikon D5100 and I wanted to test out the ISO settings. I call this post "Let there be light!".

    Before: My wife watching the 8pm news with the kitchen light in the background and the TV glare on her face.

    After: Seconds later, maxing the ISO and using Lightroom for the first time.

  • Lauri Garcia Jones December 5, 2011 02:32 am

    Here's one of my faves!

  • Mridula December 4, 2011 10:51 pm

    I did it with strawberries!

  • Stefano December 4, 2011 09:52 pm

    Here is another one: before and after birth.

  • LauriGarciaJones December 4, 2011 06:02 pm

    My before and after can be viewed at:

  • raghavendra December 4, 2011 05:02 pm

    what does a cat do before and after!

  • Rob Brady December 4, 2011 04:21 pm

  • Elaine Haberland December 4, 2011 01:08 pm

    After the Snow. These two photos are of the Shoshone River, just outside the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park. The first shows the beautiful fall foliage while the second, taken today (12/3) shows the same location after a week of snow and cold temperatures.[eimg url='' title='377116_327569907258414_100000162223683'][eimg url='' title='381019_327664007249004_100000162223683']

  • Stefano December 4, 2011 06:54 am

    Sorry if this comment is duplicate, but I cannot see my first one.

    Anyway, here is the before and after of our 2011 Xmas tree:

  • Richard December 4, 2011 06:02 am

    Mom and Baby

  • Erik Kerstenbeck December 4, 2011 03:38 am


    This post called Monster Lighting shows the before and after images of this wonderful model. In the first shot we used harsh "Monster" light, which is not very flattering. We re-positioned the moel and, Voila...Nice!

  • Stefano December 4, 2011 03:35 am

    Before and after my wife and my son worked on our Christmas tree.

    [eimg url='' title='6447296209_eff2005a55.jpg']

  • Marcy December 4, 2011 02:55 am

    This is a before and after shot of my boys' haircuts. The twist I did was to Photoshop them so that the same boy is in each shot, before and after the haircut.

  • Anthony Bopp December 3, 2011 03:30 pm

    I've been doing some posts along this theme the past week, explaining how I attempt to make interesting photographs out of less than inspiring originals here's a link my latest example.

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer December 3, 2011 03:26 pm

    This is a before and after of the same great egret in flight photograph with some of the background distractions removed with details about how I made the edits in Photoshop:

    Having some clone stamp skills can really help an image by removing just one or two stray objects that distract from the intended subject matter of the photograph.

  • Melisa December 3, 2011 01:13 pm

    LFMF: don't ask two 2 yr olds to jump together:

  • Danish S. December 3, 2011 12:48 pm

  • Kiran @ December 3, 2011 11:25 am

    I hope the person in this after photo did not sustain bad injuries :(

    Anyways, some of before and after photos:
    [eimg url='' title='man-vs-game']

  • Jeff E Jensen December 3, 2011 10:50 am

  • -cr December 3, 2011 08:13 am

    "Natural" beauty retouch practice using GIMP:

  • Larry Lourcey December 3, 2011 07:41 am

    What a funny idea for a contest - love it! That sample image is a classic - heads up camera work!

  • Scott MC December 3, 2011 07:33 am
    A delicious and juicy orange, before..... & after

  • Matt Baldwin-Ives December 3, 2011 06:49 am

    Midnight Feeding Frenzy and Living After midnight were taken at the recent Whitby Gothic Festival (2011) by Matt Baldwin-Ives and Ian Thurlby of
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  • Richard December 3, 2011 06:05 am

    View on black
    [eimg link='' title='Tara and the Milk Pirate' url='']

  • JesseAdams December 3, 2011 05:16 am

    Here are a couple of self portraits before and after a much needed haircut.

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