Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to create an account to post comments?

We have added a bunch of new features to the site, and have many more planned for the near future. In order to do this we now require you to register an account of Fstoppers. Creating an account is free and our hope is that by having individual user accounts Fstoppers will become a much more friendly and personal experience.  

I never received my account activation email.

Check your spam folders. If it ended up there add to your address book or otherwise whitelist emails coming from

Due to the nature of how emails work, any message coming from our server to Amazon email servers to across the globe to your inbox, it could take an email up to 48 hours to get from point A to point B. Please be patient and refrain from asking us any questions unless 48 hours have passed.

How do I claim comments that I made on the old Fstoppers site for my account?

If you registered with the same email address that you used for your Disqus account, any comments made for that account will be attributed to your new Fstoppers account. If you did not use that same account to register, you can add that email address to your new account. To add an email address to your Fstoppers account, Go to: My Account > Account > Emails. You will need to verify each address you add, so you must have access to the email address used for Disqus. Once you verify that address your comments will be attributed to your new account.

Doing this will also update the "Member since" line on your profile to correspond with the date of the first comment you posted rather than the date you created this new account.

Images that I posted in the comments of the old site are not showing up?

Unfortunately, we were not able to migrate over any images that were posted in the comments of the old site. This did not affect many posts.

What happens when I "follow" somebody?

When you follow someone, you receive notices when they add new content, such as photos and videos on the recent activity stream on your "My Account" page.

What happens when I "follow" a discussion thread?

When you follow a thread, notifications of new comments are shown in the recent activity stream on your "My Account" page.

How is user "Karma" determined?

There are several factors that determine your Karma score. Generally speaking, the more active you are on the site, the higher your score you will be. You get points when someone "likes" your comments, photos, and when someone follows you, etc. You also get points when you post comments, add photos, follow people, "like" content, and otherwise contribute to the community.

Your Karma score also decreases over time, so if you are inactive your score will slowly decrease. Having high karma helps your chances of showing up in popular members lists, increases your visibility on the front of, and even gains you access to special "Fstoppers VIP" perks from time to time.  

How many photos can I add to my portfolio?

The upload limit is 10 photos. However, for each photo that has an average rating of at least 3.5 stars and has been rated by at least 5 people, you will earn an extra upload. In other words, you can potentially have unlimited uploads if all your images are rated highly by the community. 

You also earn an extra upload if your photo is selected as a Photo of the Day.

How can my photo be chosen for Photo of the Day?

There is an article about that here.

How do I close my account?

You can close your account at any time from your "My Account" page. When you close your account, your profile is deleted along with everything in your portfolio. Comments that you have left are not deleted to keep the continuity of the discussion it was posted to in tact, but your name is removed from them.

Once you close your account, there is no getting it back.

How do I submit content for consideration on Fstoppers?

We love featuring work and articles on the photographers who read Fstoppers.  If you have an interesting photo project or educational behind the scenes video, send us the story through our Contact Us section of the website.  

What does NSFW content constitute, and why do I need to flag it?

Since our website caters to readers of all ages, genders, and locations, we'd like to make sure it is family-friendly. Our website also uses Google AdSense to generate income, so we need to abide by their rules, and one of which is to censor out the NSFW content. We can't police and monitor everything you upload, so we ask that you please flag your content as "NSFW" (not safe for work) when it's appropriate. If you have any questions regarding the definition of NSFW, please visit Google's page for more details.

Basically, "if you’re unsure about whether or not something might be considered adult content, our general rule of thumb is this: if you wouldn’t want a child to see the content or you would be embarrassed to view the page at work in front of colleagues."