Happy Birthday! Fstoppers Turns 2 Years Old

Happy Birthday!  Fstoppers Turns 2 Years Old

Welp we have done it again; we've made it another year! According to CDC.org, we should be on our way to making sentences with 2-4 words, playing simple make-believe games, pointing out cats, dogs, and birds, and of course climbing up and down furniture without anyone's help. In all seriousness, Lee and I (along with everyone else on the Fstoppers staff) are incredibly grateful to still be sharing to this community we created back in March of 2010.

We have a lot of exciting and interesting things coming up in the near future, and we will continue to bring you the best BTS, photos, news, gear, and Fstoppers Originals we possibly can in the next year. Thanks for reading, commenting, emailing, tweeting, and sharing. We have the best readers in the world and we are so thankful to have each and every one of you hanging out here and on the Fstoppers Facebook Page. As we continue to launch the new site design (preview it here), I thought it would be fun to revisit some of the older editions of Fstoppers from the past...crazy to how much we've grown in so little time.

For the few people who knew about Fstoppers, this is what they first saw back in Q1 of 2010:

The first design was extremely bare bones with no design element at all. I hope no one remembers this one!

The next site design was a humble attempt by two photographers who weren't very good graphic designers. This was back when we thought we could do everything ourselves :)

Fstoppers recieved its first major facelift thanks to the guys at Novum Studios

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28 Comments

Albert Koops's picture

You guys have accomplished so much in 2 years, congratulations on your success!

Congrats, I started mine almost two years ago today as well. Thanks for sharing.

Congratulations Fstoppers n crew! One of my daily routines is a stop by Fstoppers.

Sean Shimmel's picture

Alright everybody, on three... "Happy... Birthday... to... you... Happy...birthday... to... you...

Daniel Svensson's picture

Congrats. I hope you´ll live a long time with this site.
I fricking love it.

ferminrf's picture

You are one of my prefered photo sites in the world... Congrats from Spain mates... Keep pushing!!

Congrats and Happy Birthday all the way from Hawaii.....

Jaber Alhameli's picture

congratulations Fstoppers and Happy Birthday .....i have been browsing FS daily since the early days of this Amazing site......... all the way from Dubai.

Happy Birthday From Chile, and Thanks !!!

Dave Wallace's picture

Congrats guys! Thanks for the daily inspiration!

I visit numerous times a day since you are the 2nd tab (of a total of 4) on my Homepage tabs on FF...

So, Happy BDay FStoppers and to a lot more to come!

Cheers guys!

I wish Fstoppers would go back a year ago!The post quality is getting lower. At the beginning posts were objective and focused on really interesting things.
Now you're just trying to promote your sponsors.Sorry guys but I think the time for me has come to move on...

Patrick Hall's picture

back a year ago all we did was post one behind the scenes video a day...now we still do that and also post news, interesting creative artists, contests, and reviews.  If you liked what we did a year ago we are still doing that but offering other content our readers have been emailing us or asking us to do.  Let us know what you would like to see more of and we will work hard to give our readers more of that content.  

what you were doing a year ago is what made Fstoppers unique.
Now it's becoming no more than just another website talking about photography.I know a lot of people who used to look at Fstoppers every single day, and a lot of them just gave up.
Maybe categorizing the posts in a better way and keeping only the BTS as may articles would avoid all that pollution, and could help going back to what we loved in Fstoppers, behind the scene videos 

Jerrit Pruyn's picture

Thanks for the feed back Daniel. I think you can choose a tag to only see those articles. I hope the new design coming with help more. 

Happy BDay FStoppers !

Happy Birthday Fstoppers! )

Congrats from Lithuania ;]

Congrats from the Netherlands, Brian D.
Hope there will be much more years to come.

Paul Jarrett's picture

Keep it up, enjoy the site very much. 

John Maxwell's picture

happy birthday guys, roll on number 3

Congrats From Venezuela!!! Happy B-Day fstoppers! 

Shamir Fersobe's picture

Congratulation my friends.. been here since the first bts contest and enjoye every single post you guys make!

what do you know, it's my birthday today haha

You guys do such a tremendous job and contribution to all of us. I enjoy your site as my daily form of inspiration not only for my photography, but also a great positive way to start each day. I wish you much more success. I'm glad I found your site in those early posts. And after meeting you in person, made me a bigger fan of your work. Congratulations Patrick and Lee!. And Happy 2nd Year to the entire FStoppers Team!. 
Fernando Garcia - NYC

Congrats to everyone involved in Fstoppers, keep up the great work.

Congrats from Copenhagen, Denmark. My favourite place to go when in need of some inspiration or just need a quick break from reality. Peace and love
 

Nathan Cashion's picture

Wow, I actually like the first website design the best. "No design element at all"? Really? Ever heard of whitespace? The first design was comfortable. Sure, it could have used a better typeface and some more texture or depth, but at least it wasn't cluttered with ads in every nook and cranny.
This latest redesign is a big step backwards, mainly because the post title gets hidden away next to a big fat ad. Not the best improvements.