Forum Rules

You agree, through your use of the Friendly Photo Zone forum, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal law. You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also forbidden on this forum.

Note that it is impossible for the staff or the owners of this forum to confirm the validity of posts. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the posted messages, and as such, are not responsible for the content contained within. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information presented. The posted messages express the views of the author, and not necessarily the views of this forum, its staff, its subsidiaries, or this forum's owner. Anyone who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to notify an administrator or moderator of this forum immediately. The staff and the owner of this forum reserve the right to remove objectionable content, within a reasonable time frame, if they determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, please realize that they may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately. This policy applies to member profile information as well.

You remain solely responsible for the content of your posted messages. Furthermore, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the owners of this forum, any related websites to this forum, its staff, and its subsidiaries. The owners of this forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any other related information collected on this service) in the event of a formal complaint or legal action arising from any situation caused by your use of this forum.

Creating and Managing Your FPZ Guild

Interested in creating your own guild? Want to learn more about what's involved in creating your own guild? The information in here will get you up and running!


PhotoLink Coming Soon!

What is the FPZ PhotoLink? In its simplest terms, the PhotoLink is a directory of everything that is photography. Think "Yellow Pages for Photographers". An all-encompassing resource to help photographers find information on retail locations, equipment, other photographers, etc. Need to find a camera store in your area? Look it up in the PhotoLink. Need to know if a retailer is any good? There might be a review for that very retailer in the PhotoLink. Want to learn more about a specific lens? It's probably in here, along with tons of user reviews and links to professional reviews. Can't find it in the PhotoLink? Make a request for it to be added!


Select a PhotoLink Section

Please select the PhotoLink section you'd like to add an entry to:

Terms of Service

You have the ability, as you register, to choose your username. We advise that you keep the name appropriate. With this user account you are about to register, you agree to never give your password out to another person except an administrator, for your protection and for validity reasons. You also agree to NEVER use another person's account for any reason. We also HIGHLY recommend you use a complex and unique password for your account, to prevent account theft.

After you register and login to this site, you will be able to fill out a detailed profile. It is your responsibility to present clean and accurate information. Any information the forum owner or staff determines to be inapropriate or vulgar in nature will be removed, with or without prior notice. Appropriate sanctions may be applicable.

Friendly Photo Zone was created so that photographers would have an online community where they can share their interest in photography and learn from one other. Comments posted to the site should be either in the form of sincere questions or responsive answers; otherwise they are not likely to be useful. To that end, from time to time site submissions may be deleted, edited, moved, or otherwise changed in order to maintain the direction and tone that has been established for the site.

We encourage the sharing of ideas and opinions on the topic of photography, but Friendly Photo Zone is not an "anything goes" website. Friendly Photo Zone users come from all locations and backgrounds, and have diverse thoughts, beliefs, and feelings. Keep this in mind when you participate in the community, and treat others with respect. Postings that attack another person's motivation, intelligence, or character degrade the quality of the discussion and discourage thoughtful comments by others. There are many places on the internet where you are welcome to have moral or political arguments, however, in almost every case, Friendly Photo Zone is not one of them. Neither is this community a place for you to harass, abuse, threaten, or otherwise bother other members, and it's not a place for you to do anything illegal. We don't want to kick you out of the community, but if you do any of these things, we will. So don't do them.

Please note that with each action, your IP address is recorded, in the event that you need to be banned from this forum or your ISP contacted. This will only happen in the event of a major violation of this agreement.

Also note that the software places a cookie, a text file containing bits of information (such as your username and password), in your browser's cache. This is ONLY used to keep you logged in/out. The software does not collect or send any other form of information to your computer.

We respect our users' intellectual property, and claim no copyright to anything posted on the site by our users. However, as a stipulation of using Friendly Photo Zone, we retain the right to keep and display anything posted by users on as part of the site indefinitely. If you are not prepared to accept this, please do not upload or contribute anything to Friendly Photo Zone.

...and now for the legal mumbo-jumbo that protects our asses...

Web Site Terms and Conditions of Use

1. Terms

By accessing this web site, you are agreeing to be bound by these web site Terms and Conditions of Use, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this web site are protected by applicable copyright and trade mark law.

2. Use License

  1. Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials (information or software) on Friendly Photo Zone's web site for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:
    1. modify or copy the materials;
    2. use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);
    3. attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on Friendly Photo Zone's web site;
    4. remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or
    5. transfer the materials to another person or "mirror" the materials on any other server.
  2. This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by Friendly Photo Zone at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.

3. Disclaimer

  1. The materials on Friendly Photo Zone's web site are provided "as is". Friendly Photo Zone makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, Friendly Photo Zone does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet web site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

4. Limitations

In no event shall Friendly Photo Zone or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on Friendly Photo Zone's Internet site, even if Friendly Photo Zone or a Friendly Photo Zone authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

5. Revisions and Errata

The materials appearing on Friendly Photo Zone's web site could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. Friendly Photo Zone does not warrant that any of the materials on its web site are accurate, complete, or current. Friendly Photo Zone may make changes to the materials contained on its web site at any time without notice. Friendly Photo Zone does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

6. Links

Friendly Photo Zone has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its Internet web site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Friendly Photo Zone of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user's own risk.

7. Site Terms of Use Modifications

Friendly Photo Zone may revise these terms of use for its web site at any time without notice. By using this web site you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

8. Governing Law

Any claim relating to Friendly Photo Zone's web site shall be governed by the laws of the State of Vermont without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

General Terms and Conditions applicable to Use of a Web Site.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we have developed this Policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate and disclose and make use of personal information. The following outlines our privacy policy.

  • Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
  • We will collect and use of personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
  • We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
  • We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.
  • Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
  • We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
  • We will make readily available to customers information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.

We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.

Forum Help

What we'll do here is try to familiarize you with how to use our forum and its many options. When you get done reading this you will be able to reply to existing posts as well as make new posts. You will know how to format your text, make links, add images and videos and much more. We're not going to teach you how to use every little button, gizmo or forum feature but rather provide you sufficient working knowledge to feel comfortable enough to get involved here in the forum. After that, you can do a sleuthing around to learn what the rest of the goodies do.


About FPZ Guilds

More than just the simple user groups offered elsewhere, the FPZ Guilds allow members to create organizations with specific goals or interests within our community. Is there a specific brand you're interested in discussing? Perhaps you have an older Alpa camera and would like help learning how to make best use of it? Then join the Alpa Guild! Alpa Guild doesn't exist? Then create it!


Adopt A PhotoLink Entry

Want to adopt an existing PhotoLink entry? No problem! If you're a registered Friendly Photo Zone member, you can request to adopt an entry that isn't already managed by someone else.


The Benefits of Registering

We offer many features that are only available to registered members. Registration is free and takes a couple of minutes so please, come and join in.Smile


Critiquing Guide

Critiquing not only helps the person who's picture is being critiqued, it helps you produce better pictures. Please don't just say that you like a picture, it may make the photographer feel good but it doesn't help them take a better picture. These are not hard and fast rules but just suggestions to bear in mind when critiquing images.