Behind Every Good Photographer There's..... Weekly Photography Challenge

Behind Every Good Photographer There’s….. Weekly Photography Challenge

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Over on Facebook this week I started a thread that asked people to complete the sentence:

Behind Every Good Photographer There’s…..

The response to the thread was fantastic (well over 400 responses so far), there was both insightful and funny responses.

A number of readers asked if they could submit visual answers so I thought perhaps it’d make a good weekly assignment. So – finish that sentence, but with an image to show us.

What (or perhaps Who) is behind you as a photographer? Feel free to take your response in any direction, perhaps it is a person, perhaps it’s about your gear, perhaps it is some kind of resource, perhaps its some kind of principle that you can put into a picture.

If you’re lost on what to do – take a look at the answers on the facebook thread to get a little inspiration.

Once you’ve taken your image, upload it to your favourite photo sharing site and either share a link to it below or embed it in the comments using the our new tool to do so. Please also tell us what type of camera phone you were using!

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

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some Older Comments

  • Sohel January 15, 2011 12:14 am

    Well, I think it's photographer's own naked bottom (original picture), then the clothes covering it (photoshop) and lastly the empty wallet in the back pocket (desperate source of inspiration). You need something else?

  • Rupesh Jadhav August 27, 2010 05:51 pm

    Behind every photograph are his loved ones and an eye to capture the emotions .............

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/rjshoots/4874718901/' title='IMG_3013' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4143/4874718901_2d7bb7feaa.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/rjshoots/4840354692/' title='IMG_28301' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4113/4840354692_a29eb6c6c4.jpg']

  • Heather July 2, 2010 06:04 am

    A pivotal moment in life where one realizes that the mundane world surrounding them is beautiful, awe inspiring and forever changing…

  • Joyce Sinnett July 2, 2010 05:13 am

    Behind every photographer is the desire to share experiences, to record the moment, to capture an instant and to communicate with others. Whether it's the final maple leaf hanging to an autumn branch or family members believing faces listening to my husband telling one of his tall tales with a gleam in his eye, each moment is precious.

  • Maree Jamieson June 30, 2010 01:34 pm

    ...is a whole lot of housework that you neglected because you were out taking photos!!

  • Anonymous June 28, 2010 09:10 am

    @Manav Tuli: Comments are good!!! no matter what they say. the good ones encourage you and the critiquing ones help you know what to do next time. I'm only 13 and I put my photos on flickr! It's a good place to start and you might be surprised at how good your pictures really are!

  • mary n king June 27, 2010 10:01 pm

    there's the love of my life and best friend who makes it possible [eimg url='http://www.fotothing.com/photos/849/8498f8502f09b1bec2144f1831d96d66_884.jpg' title='8498f8502f09b1bec2144f1831d96d66_884.jpg']

  • Sanjeev Banga June 26, 2010 11:20 pm

    Behind every photographer there are your loved ones....who inspires you to do better

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotoclick26/4732789229/' title='Tanishq' url='http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1226/4732789229_cb700a2347.jpg']

  • Steve Coleman June 26, 2010 11:55 am

    there's the front door of my house and the driver's side door of my car. Can't get a good shot if I'm sitting at home.

  • Krasimira Georgieva June 26, 2010 05:10 am

    Behind every good photographer there's thought, humanity, professionalism,curiosity respect for the events in the world and desire to reflect in photos.

  • Mariette Grobler June 26, 2010 01:50 am

    Behind every photographer... is the long awaited moment !!!![eimg url='http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab229/mhgrobler/IMG_6231forchallenge.jpg' title='IMG_6231forchallenge.jpg']

  • Sanjeev Banga June 26, 2010 01:36 am

    Behind every photographers, sometimes your loved ones are there ........to support you ...to inspire you to do better, here's my daughter Tanishq

    [eimg link='' title='' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com//4454087074_.jpg']

  • Dominika June 26, 2010 12:22 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/54087943@N00/4733217400/' title='dude' url='http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1097/4733217400_5952dfac16_b.jpg']

  • NOODLES June 25, 2010 10:04 pm

    Behind every great photographer there's...........................an empty wallet!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Julia Kovac June 25, 2010 03:08 pm

    Behind every good photographer there's ... Photoshop
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/26319709@N07/3496341173/' title='TechnicalReflection' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3359/3496341173_e8c400322f.jpg']

  • FocalFrenzy June 25, 2010 12:24 pm

    There's the thought that this shot would be better if I stood over there, if the light was different, if the subject was posed differently, and dozens of other thoughts. To me, the value of a great photograph comes not only from the shot itself, but from what the photographer learned from the shoot.

  • Dennis San Pedro June 25, 2010 10:10 am

    ...is a stop and go. You must have a quick eye, quick draw, quick shot, or it will be gone.

    [eimg url='http://images.denciosp.multiply.com/image/3/photos/92/600x600/6/DSC1549.jpg?et=frP63%2B8b7SFsxNa31H0eMQ&nmid=339585640' title='DSC1549.jpg?et=frP63%2B8b7SFsxNa31H0eMQ&nmid=339585640']

  • Dennis San Pedro June 25, 2010 09:59 am

    ...is a can of Coke

    [eimg url='http://images.denciosp.multiply.com/image/3/photos/92/600x600/22/05-17-22-2010-SydneyMay17to22-2010SydneyMay17to22-2010SydneyMay17to2210-DSC1649Sydney.JPG?et=Ul3KwjZ6svosnzcyYeis%2CQ&nmid=339585640' title='05-17-22-2010-SydneyMay17to22-2010SydneyMay17to22-2010SydneyMay17to2210-DSC1649Sydney.JPG?et=Ul3KwjZ6svosnzcyYeis%2CQ&nmid=339585640']

  • Tea June 25, 2010 08:41 am

    Behind every photographer... IS A RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME ;-)

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/tiarra_lee/4645879749/' title='nocturnal secrets' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4645879749_87ba470a8b.jpg']

  • Meagan June 25, 2010 08:16 am

    Behind Every Great Photographer there is a different perspective!

  • Meagan June 25, 2010 08:14 am

    Behind Every Great Photographer there is a different perspective!

    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1026/4730935533_12deff13a8.jpg

  • Meagan June 25, 2010 08:08 am

    Behind Every Great Phoptographer is a Different Perspective!!

    Read more: https://digital-photography-school.com/behind-every-good-photographer-theres-weekly-photography-challenge/comment-page-1#comment-118094#ixzz0roLYLzuw

  • Meagan June 25, 2010 08:07 am

    Behind Every Great Phoptographer is a Different Perspective!!

  • Gecko0 June 25, 2010 06:58 am

    Behind a good photographer.... there's a little big inspiration

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?profile=1&id=1046387485#!/photo.php?pid=31328564&id=1046387485

  • Gecko0 June 25, 2010 06:56 am

    Behind Every good photographer

    There's a little big inspiration.[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/gecko0/4430697180/' title='Los Amorosos Esposos.' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2731/4430697180_a4e632021a_b.jpg']

  • v June 25, 2010 05:29 am

    Behind Every Good Photographer, there is still much to learn.

  • Jim June 25, 2010 04:48 am

    ...Is the entire weight of the history of an art form, waiting to be forgotten, if only so that one may proceed undaunted.

  • Elyse Hoffman June 24, 2010 03:16 pm

    Behind every good photographer there is a lot of adrenalin flowing and an internal message firing away that says, "Capture this; shoot it now! You need it to feel satisfied."

  • David June 23, 2010 04:22 pm

    I love you guys, all those comments are so totally inspiring!

  • Yeganeh June 23, 2010 03:45 am

    to shout her passion inside ....

    http://picasaweb.google.com/nannigia/COMEOUTOFYOURSHELL#5353224269711382898[/img]

  • Keri Always June 22, 2010 11:45 pm

    ... the humbling experience of being bested by your teenaged neice. She is my inspiration. I remember taking her with me when she was 8 or 9, to get a shot of deer in the Smoky Mountains. She told me then that she wanted to be a photographer. And, that, she is...[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/45463344@N02/4724459996/' title='the photographer' url='http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1144/4724459996_e91b1dbee5.jpg']

  • drizzlin' June 22, 2010 10:40 pm

    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1326/4723727744_340649dffe.jpg ...of course there's his worthy camera, tripod, and his other accessories. But, his heart above anything else brings out the best!

  • Zack Jones June 22, 2010 09:30 pm

    Backpack! At least there is in my case. This is the Think Tank Street Walker Pro backpack and I just love it!

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/zackojones/4722623220/' title='Behind Every Photographer is a Great...' url='http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1127/4722623220_4f84fb6e94.jpg']

  • Sudha karthish June 22, 2010 04:27 pm

    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1326/4723727744_340649dffe.jpg ... of course there's his worthy camera, tripod, and his other accessories. But, his heart above anything else brings out the best!

  • Sudha karthish June 22, 2010 04:10 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/drizzlin/4723727744/' title='Heart!' url='http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1326/4723727744_340649dffe.jpg']

  • JMarro June 22, 2010 09:02 am

    Although VERY unrealistic I still thought I would give my take on the topic.

    Behind every photographer there is another beautiful scene waiting to be captured.

  • Hetul Kothari June 21, 2010 10:44 pm

    for me, its the kids! they are a bundle of joy and i live to capture every moment... the pic is from the beach visit this sunday... Niv was engrossed in castle building... [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/sydcc/4720942754/' title='at the beach...' url='http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1372/4720942754_eac1483ae0.jpg']

  • O'Hara June 21, 2010 08:35 pm

    Behind every good photographer there is a desire to capture a moment that we think is so beautiful, unic or original that we just don't want this moment to disappear without trace ... we want this moment to live forever at least in our photos...

    This moment will definitely live forever in my photo :)

    http://picasaweb.google.at/lh/photo/x6xEwDOsRi5Ne64VCOeXsQ?feat=directlink

  • O'Hara June 21, 2010 08:34 pm

    Behind every good photographer there is a desire to capture a moment that we think is so beautiful, unic or original that we just don't want this moment to disappear without trace ... we want this moment to live forever at least in our photos...
    This moment will definitely live forever in my photo :)

    [eimg url='http://lh6.ggpht.com/_CJYLqekaqu8/TB9ADbB1IpI/AAAAAAAACHs/NWlAxPqQMVk/s640/DPS_moment.jpg' title='DPS_moment.jpg']

  • O'Hara June 21, 2010 08:14 am

    Behind every eood photographer there is a desire to capture a moment that we think is so beautiful, unic or original that we just don't want this moment to disappear without trace ... we want this moment to live forever at least in our photos ...

    This moment will definitly live forever in my photo :)

    [eimg url='http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs131.snc4/36923_128596547173190_100000685367415_182204_506723_n.jpg' title='36923_128596547173190_100000685367415_182204_506723_n.jpg']

  • Brittany June 21, 2010 03:52 am

    Behind every good photographer there are 10,000 not so good images.. =]

  • gopal shroti June 21, 2010 02:56 am

    behind every photographer there is an inspiration which he gets from within, from family and friends.

  • Jo June 20, 2010 11:47 pm

    ...a great many mistakes!

  • Adam June 20, 2010 10:52 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/adam-m-m/4716573167/' title='behind every focused photographer there's a camera bag that shouldn't have been left there' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4062/4716573167_540e7dc262.jpg']

    Behind every focused photographer there's a camera bag that shouldn't have been left there.

    The first tip in ] was "move your feet". Don't move your feet whilst you've got your eye glued to the viewfinder.

  • Aileen Mossor June 20, 2010 04:55 pm

    Behind every good photographer there's a dreamer.... Behind every good photographer there is someone who sees the world and it's people through their heart, their mind and their soul...[eimg link='' title='' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com//4716634766_.jpg']

  • Jason Collin Photography June 20, 2010 03:55 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasoncollin/3193410519/' title='Dude, seriously, could you get closer?' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3456/3193410519_6584a6c5c4.jpg']

    Taken in Tokyo, Japan

  • minute June 20, 2010 02:21 pm

    Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.

  • Kathie M Thomas June 20, 2010 11:14 am

    My backpack that carries everything I need. Often behind me it's sometimes to the side.

  • Bill Anderson June 20, 2010 10:04 am

    ......A brilliant light source!

  • Kari June 20, 2010 09:13 am

    Behind every great photographer is: People Watching

  • Devansh June 20, 2010 07:16 am

    Behind Every Good Photographer There’s…..
    a pair of durable and a well worn out footwear, especially for photographers who prefer shooting with prime lenses, and so, need to zoom with their feet.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dynastyphotoinc/4378200851/

  • Delia June 20, 2010 05:38 am

    My answer? Behind every good photographer is inspiration. Whether some would like to admit it or not, we are influenced by everything around us. A good artist learns from, is inspired by, and builds on what others have taught them and shown them. I am NOT a fan of copying other artists but I do believe in letting your own artwork be inspired by someone else...and it ultimately is whether we realize it or not.

    Even when we create something after the style of the "classic" artists such as Van Gogh and Michelangelo were they not inspired by those who came before and so on... and them by the ultimate creator and artist God?

    I took this snap shot of an astounding artist I found at our summer art show in town. The colors, the depth, perspective and freshness of his art is so inspiring! Even though he is working in a different medium, I learn so much from just viewing his work.

    So...for me...Inspiration and the influences of a myriad of other artists of all varieties are behind any GOOD photographer. [eimg url='http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_nY8EJnhqkYU/TB0bvsLDbnI/AAAAAAAAChk/rHHmVJqnXNc/s640/June.19.2010+camera+phone+%283%29.jpg' title='June.19.2010+camera+phone+%283%29.jpg']

  • Chris June 20, 2010 05:08 am

    Why camera phone ?

    Behind Every Good Photographer There’s a ... [eimg url='http://photos4.pix.ie/7D/35/7D3526A019D14A4EB8EA1A3E1E91700F-500.jpg' title='7D3526A019D14A4EB8EA1A3E1E91700F-500.jpg']

  • Manav Tuli June 20, 2010 04:39 am

    I agree with u Darren.
    The weekend photography challenge has helped me a lot in improving my photography; but still a bit scared to share my pics with everyone; scared of the kind of feedback i will get!! :(

  • Kunal Bhatia June 20, 2010 04:33 am

    ... usually another photographer :D

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/kunal_bhatia/4414517094/' title='photo line up' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4006/4414517094_6050c00317.jpg']

  • Facundo June 20, 2010 02:04 am

    There's another great photographer....

    [eimg url='http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs048.ash2/35764_1397135260416_1593291380_982518_574621_n.jpg' title='35764_1397135260416_1593291380_982518_574621_n.jpg']

  • Dharam Kothari June 20, 2010 01:43 am

    [eimg url='http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs097.snc4/36228_10150201507050487_556125486_12920774_3127427_n.jpg' title='36228_10150201507050487_556125486_12920774_3127427_n.jpg']

    drive to see an image out of nothing...

  • JCPhoto June 20, 2010 01:00 am

    Is the one who agreed to spend the money for the first DSLR. [eimg url='http://www.jm-cohen.com/Download/DPS-Images/DPS-Challenge-JCP.jpg' title='DPS-Challenge-JCP.jpg']

  • Katy June 20, 2010 12:28 am

    is the photographer's behind!

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/ktsdz/4714452304/' title='Back Pocket 3' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4029/4714452304_e2b73e764c.jpg']

  • con June 19, 2010 11:19 pm

    There's a good crew

  • Maher Al-Ahdab June 19, 2010 06:18 pm

    ..... There's an LCD screen! The learning speed with digital must be a million times faster than with film. The instant result and ability to shoot as many pictures as the memory card can store without worrying about added cost is amazing. Being able to view the image and adjust my exposure or composition instantly has allowed me to learn and improve in a relatively short time.

  • Dimman June 19, 2010 03:52 pm

    ....an open mind!
    f:2.8 kinda!

  • Phillipa Chan June 19, 2010 02:41 pm

    Waited under the scorching Sun till dark for a total of 5-6 hours to get this shot >_<

    For more photos, please click: http://www.fotop.net/Phillipa/Phillipa177?page=1
    (taken in Hong Kong Victoria Harbour)

    [eimg url='http://images5.fotop.net/albums5/Phillipa/Phillipa186/2009_Fireworks_36_fotop.jpg' title='2009_Fireworks_36_fotop.jpg']

  • Gloson June 19, 2010 01:34 pm

    Behind Every Good Photographer There’s….. Weekly Photography Challenge << That's the answer. Weekly Photography Challenge.

  • Chris June 19, 2010 11:39 am

    Why camera phone ?

    Behind Every Good Photographer There’s a [eimg url='http://photos4.pix.ie/7D/35/7D3526A019D14A4EB8EA1A3E1E91700F.jpg' title='7D3526A019D14A4EB8EA1A3E1E91700F.jpg']

  • Terence Jones June 19, 2010 09:26 am

    ...There's a lot of passion. The one below was shot will I as standing in the rain. Got totally soaked ;-)

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/terence_s_jones/4712326159/' title='Street light in the rain' url='http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1300/4712326159_cc7d61c709.jpg']

  • Immanuel Aditya June 19, 2010 09:24 am

    ...another photographer
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/46641385@N02/4713091778/' title='641res' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4021/4713091778_87d00b06fb_b.jpg']

  • Chucko June 19, 2010 07:17 am

    "Please also tell us what type of camera phone you were using!"

    why is this limited to camera phones? Up until this statement, camera phone was not even mentioned.

    c