February 14, 2016

About Us

F Stop Lounge is a site that inspires to bring the photographers of the world together.

F Stop Lounge was created by photographers for photographers. The photographers behind the site come from all over the world, places like the USA, Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Singapore and China.

With decades of experience in the photographic arena, the founding photographers decided to create a website which would help others learn about photography. Social media was our meeting place where over months we developed strong friendships centred around photography.

Across F Stop Lounge you will find an array of inspirational photographs, insightful real world reviews, detailed tutorials and helpful hints & tips about photography. We encourage visitors to follow us and interact with the contributors on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Legal information: All articles on F Stop Lounge are the opinion of the respective author and do not represent the values and opinions of imaging companies, imaging stores and/or imaging manufacturers. The author is solely responsible for the content and legality of his / her articles. If you have questions or issues with an article, please contact the author of the article. Thank you.


André Appel

André AppelI’m a professional photographer from Central Germany where I run a photo studio. I love to shoot portraits and I always like push to the limits. Whenever I’m not in the studio I’m outside chasing the light. I’m totally addicted to photography!

Senior Contributors

Leigh Diprose

Leigh DiproseI’m a professional photographer, networker, business manager, blogger, entrepreneur and helper to all. Photography is my life. I don’t categorise myself as a portrait or landscape photographer… I just photograph it all. You can find me hanging out in several locations at a time. My time is dedicated to various social platforms with the main one being Google+ where I run the Google+ Photographers Community.


Brent Mail

Brent MailBrent Mail is an award winning pro-photographer who loves to help fellow photographers improve their craft. He has created more than a dozen popular photography courses and now spends most of his time in the Share-Inspire-Create Lounge: an online community dedicated to helping photographers master their photography, become inspired and connect with other passionate, creative people.
Brent grew up in Africa, lived in Colorado and now runs a successful portrait photography studio close to the beach in Australia.

Johny Spencer

Johny SpencerJohny Spencer is a Professional Wilderness and Landscape Photographer with the NSW Parks Service, owner of Johny Spencer Photography, co founder of the Share Inspire Create Lounge and presenter on The SIC Show. He has a passion for helping people achieve their photography goals by sharing his many years of photography knowledge, by inspiring others through his photography, and by empowering others with the skills they need to create amazing photography.


DL Cade / Editor in Chief at 500px

Guest Article Curator

DL CadeDL Cade is the Editor in Chief at 500px, the premier photography community for discovering, sharing, buying and selling inspiring art. A lover of the written word, photography nerd, and former med student, he’s constantly coping with a severe case of wanderlust thanks to his job, where they keep forcing him to browse through beautiful photos from around the globe all day.

Simon Pollock

Senior Workshop Content Director

Simon PollockPhotographer, Social media manager and global content curator for multiple award winning photography brands. Also likes coffee.. a lot.. Are you going to drink that espresso or just photograph it?.

Hayley Wiegmink

Global Workshop Liaison Manager

Hayley WiegminkMusician, come web designer, come administrator with a love to dabble in a little bit of everything creative. I have a special love for the arts and the entertainment industry, but also a desire to succeed in the corporate world. For the moment, however, I am striving to find the perfect balance between the creative and analytical worlds.

Ben Kossenberg

Global Workshop Liaison Manager

Ben KossenbergMusician, actor, entertainer. I love the entertainment industry and one day hope to immerse myself in it completely, but for now I work as an activities co-ordinator by day and by night a songwriter & music producer. I enjoy being creatively challenged and love to travel.


Will Anlezark

Photographer / Cinematographer and all round tech geek.

Jasmine Skye Banks


Mother of 2, paediatric nurse, and business owner and photographer of Jasmine Skye Photography- based in Perth, WA.
I love everything to do with maternity, family, wedding and newborn photography. Capturing those life-changing moments is far more then just taking photos!

Ugo Cei

Ugo CeiUgo Cei is a travel, landscape and fine art photographer from Italy.
A geek at heart, he loves the technical aspects of digital photography and understanding what goes inside the machine.
His clients include Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, and Alitalia.

Grace Chen

Ugo CeiI’m a lover of conceptual digital art and photography. I enjoy creative writing and have an interest in literature, technology, philosophy, performance art, theatre and music.

Suzanne Clements

Suzanne ClementsMy background as a fine artist (painter/illustrator) and graphic designer gives me a somewhat unique perspective when at a shoot composing my photographs. I came to photography a bit later in my creative career, but I’ve embraced the challenge and excitement of harnessing a new medium and have worked to make it my own.

Mark Condon

Mark CondonBritish wedding photographer currently residing in sunny Sydney. Founder of the photography site Shotkit and more recently a makeup site called Shimmerkit. Random fact: I was in a prime time Japanese tv show playing the boyfriend of the most famous actress in Japan (at the time)! My acting was… terrible!!

Adam Crawford

Adam CrawfordAdam Crawford is a seasoned photographer & journalist, and has been a staff editor at various photography magazines in the United States. His credits include Digital Photographer magazine (now defunct), Outdoor Photographer, DigitalPhotoPro, Digital Photo, HDVideoPro, Rangefinder, AfterCapture, and has also written for Popular Photography & Imaging, and other magazines and websites. Adam’s current role is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Precise Moment magazine, an online photography magazine with long-form articles that contextualize the modern landscape and philosophy of photography. Visit us at www.precise-moment.com.

Peter Eastway

Peter EastwayPeter Eastway G. M. Photog., MNZIPP, Hon. FAIPP, Hon. FNZIPP, FAIPP
Peter Eastway is a contemporary Australian photographer who is known internationally for his landscape and travel work. Peter has been involved in photographic magazine publishing for over 30 years, establishing his own title, Australia’s Better Photography Magazine, in 1995. It is now one of Australia’s leading photography magazines.

Kylie Eustace

Kylie Eustace
I’m Kylie, an Australian freelance Makeup Artist and photography lover.
In 2014 and also 2015 I was lucky enough to become a finalist for Makeup Artist of the Year in the Australian Beauty Industry, Awards. A wonderful honour and recognition for myself and the many talented and hard working creative’s I am fortunate to work with.
As a Makeup Artist I would best describe myself as: Passionate, creative, resourceful and meticulous, closely followed by, friendly and approachable. I am also a qualified Hairdresser, an employer and an educator and with more than 20 years in the hair, Makeup and beauty industries, I bring a wealth of experience to any job or occasion.
Even when not in the middle of a major project I admit I am more than a little makeup obsessed. Makeup is rarely from my face, wrists, arms or thoughts and I am at my happiest when playing with products and colours. I am still as enthusiastic about my work as when I first started and love sharing my experience and knowledge in the regular training courses I offer and also in mentoring Makeup Artists. I am also very passionate about photography and how it relates to my world.
As well as my valued salon makeup and hair clients I regularly do work for:
Please feel free to Contact me if you have any Questions .

Harmeet Gabha

Harmeet GabhaI’m a digital age photographer who picked up a camera when I could afford to buy one. So I never learned anything in the darkroom or with classic SLR cameras. I started with a clean slate.
As a child I was always fascinated by cameras and how they could capture life as it was. I had taken pictures with my dad’s camera but never really understood the principles. So once I got my first digital camera I practiced and practiced. I’m mostly self taught so I have made every mistake possible, but with each mistake I’ve learnt something new. I also don’t follow any particular genre of photography, I love photographing everything.
I enjoy sharing what I have learned through various social networks and blogs as I feel it makes me a better photographer by helping others. My belief is that if I can’t explain something to a novice correctly then I don’t know enough myself, so I continue learning.

Mathieu Gasquet

Mathieu GasquetMy adventure into the world of photography began during my childhood. My parents gave me a Yashica fx2000 that I accidentally broke during a holiday in Rome. Growing up, my interests changed, only to return upon completing three years of cinema school in France. Over the years, photography turned into a profession, and the website MirrorLessons that my partner Heather Broster and I created became an outlet for my creativity. I haven’t settled on a favorite genre as of yet, but to travel and photograph are definitely the two things that make me feel “free”.

Andy Gray

Andy GrayNorthumbrian born and bred, a true home bird and the very opposite of the “Travel Photographer”. Andy rarely travels and shoots further than 20 miles from home …however he does live in one of England’s most spectacular and rugged counties with a stunning historic coastline and Northumberland’s many castles on his doorstep. With limited chances to travel, whereas many photographers simply fly to the next dream destination to shoot, Andy sees experimentation in techniques and styles as his outlet from the cabin fever that shooting the same area can occasionally bring.

Lee Herbet

Lee HerbetLee Herbet was born in the Middle East, grew up in Africa, lived in Europe, New Zealand and now calls Australia home.
Lee is a trainer, videographer and photographer. Lee worked in the Apple world for 10 years as a trainer, which was a great place to feed his creative spark. He now has his own company creating corporate videos and running workshops around the world on photography and video production.

Daniel Kennedy

Daniel KennedyI specialize in corporate events, sports photography, car photography and portrait work.

Kenji Kwok

Kenji KwongKenji Kwok is a photojournalist and documentary photographer from Singapore, whose work is driven by his belief to give others a channel to voice out their grievances, as well as to document the need for change regarding social issues around the world.

Jessica Lark

Jessica LarkI am not yet half the person I know myself to be capable of being. I am feminist and ferocious, I am an artist, and love being so because it allows me to create, and creation is the opposite of War. The greatest thing I have ever created is my children and that’s why I have a special place in my heart for maternity and children photography. I believe that War is only the embodiment of frustration between two who would rather oppose than compromise. I think that empathy, compassion and forgiveness are the greatest gifts we have to share with each other. I am very strong in my beliefs and am unshaken in my sentiments of certain subjects but always try to hear and understand other sides. I think that in general our society is incredibly blessed for our freedoms and rights and that we have lost our sense of fight, we have progressed much and are now comfortable to simply complain but not take action. I believe that every single person in this world, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, or gender deserves the same freedoms, rights, and the chance for their voice to be heard, and their story to be told. I think that we can not begin to comprehend the suffering and tragedies that affect other parts of the world, but if we genuinely opened our eyes and hearts it would enable us to see our own blessings and not be so detrimental to our own happiness. I hope to one day change the world.

Ken Lyons

Ken LyonsPhotography is about vision; I love making photographs that tell a location’s story – the place, the people and the culture. I’m a photographer with a relaxed approach. I’m an experienced traveller and love teaching others. Images can be made anywhere – right in your own backyard or in exotic overseas locations. I can teach you not only to look at your surroundings, but also to really “see” what’s there. Photography is more than just pressing a button. It’s also about vision.

Matthew Maddock

Mathew MaddockMatthew Maddock is a commercial photographer based in the Lake District, UK. He is an official Fujifilm X-Photographer and a Getty Images contributor. He runs a site dedicated to the Fujifilm X-Series cameras at photomadd.com. A personal portfolio can be seen at memaddock.co.uk.

Craig McCormick

Craig McCormickHi there! I’m Craig. I’m an amateur landscape photographer living in Shanghai, China. I’m also a skateboarder, gamer, tech lover & a proud nerd. Hailing from the UK originally, I grew up in Hong Kong and have spent most of my life either living or travelling in Asia. Thanks to my job, I sometimes get to travel around the world and whilst I’m there I try to take pretty pictures. I do this weird thing called YouTube videos. Specifically, the “vlog” type of videos where I film myself when I go out to shoot my photographs. I enjoy it. Other people seem to enjoy it too. If you are the social type, don’t be afraid to say “Hi”. I’ll certainly say “Hi!” back. I like being friendly.

Jay Patel

Jay PatelI can start off like this – “Seeds of Jay Patel’s appreciation for beautiful places were planted early in his childhood….” but it would get boring really fast. I will just sum it up and say that I am a Landscape and Wilderness Photographer who loves to capture dramatic light. My photographs have been published in various magazines, calendars and advertising materials throughout the world.
Varina Patel and I offer variety of educational material such as ebooks, offer workshops and webinars to help you learn photography. For more information please visit our websites.

Varina Patel

Varina PatelThere is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature. It is both cataclysmic and subtle. Slow and continuous erosion by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by catastrophic events – and minuscule details can be as breathtaking as grand vistas that stretch from one horizon to the other. Nature is incredibly diverse. Burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks… Brilliant sunbeams and fading alpenglow… Silent snowfall and raging summer storms… each offers unique opportunities. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding my next photograph, and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively.

Simon Patterson

Simon PattersonSimon is an enthusiastic hobbyist photographer who also likes discovering the truth about things. He loves hiking and camping in the wilderness and the challenge of learning to communicate through the art of photography. Simon aims to create images that affect people emotionally. When not out shooting or processing images, he reads everything he can about photography.

Francesca Pedersen

Photographer, model, blogger and youtuber. Young and awesome! Started into photography at the age of 6 and is always looking for new creative ways to inspire others!

Paul Pichugin

Paul PichuginPaul Pichugin is a passionate commercial and landscape photographer based in Western Australia. His award winning work has been published internationally and his limited edition prints attract discerning private collectors. He has also founded The Creative Mind, a blog about creativity and being a creative. Paul can be reached on various social platforms with Google+ being his main point of contact.

Jack Salzke

Jack SalzkeI’m a high fashion and beauty photographer working full time out of my studio (Warehouse 100) in Melbourne, Australia. Having shot some of the highest end fashion in the world including Valentino, Givenchy, Raf Simons, Victoria Beckham, Lanvin and Balenciaga; I’m so happy to be able share my work with you all and bring you the occasional tutorial or two to help you further your photography career. And please, don’t hesitate to get in touch through any of my social media channels if you have any questions!

Mark Soon

Mark SoonI am a Brisbane-based portrait and product photographer whose creativity and inspiration draws from my 15-year computer graphics career. I just love creating things that do not exist in real life, but also love making every day subjects look more amazing than they really are.
My most used tools are Photoshop and my 3D modelling applications that enable me to bring the many ideas from my mind to life.

Nick Rains

Nick RainsNick is a Master of Photography with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and is a National Judge at the annual Australian Professional Print Awards (APPA). In 2002 Nick was awarded Australian Geographic Magazine Photographer of the Year and continues to shoot assignments for the magazine all around Australia. Post-production is another of Nick’s strengths, he is an acknowledged Photoshop and Lightroom expert and has been involved in teaching advanced courses in these two industry leading applications for the past five years. Nick is also a skilled printer, making fine prints for exhibitions and often takes on consulting roles with inkjet manufacturers.

Matt Widgery

Matt WidgeryI fell in love with photography as a kid. My dad had an OM-1 which fascinated me from as young as I can remember. I’ve always had cameras and taken pictures all my life. I couldn’t imagine not doing so. My professional life only really started about 3 years ago as an in-house product and commercial photographer for a company selling electric bicycles here in the UK. I have recently branched out on my own and now shoot my first love which is music as a full time job. Most of my life revolves around the music industry these days. I am a music photographer and I am in a band called the Hope Brothers. I shoot a lot of other commercial work too and I love it all. My other big passion is street photography. I have an exhibition this summer called Mill Road Faces in Cambridge, UK where I am from, and where the photos were taken. It is a long term photo story about an area that has a very special vibe to it and some very special people.

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