The world of content curation has gained some additional momentum with the recent release of Flipboard Magazines. Flipboard is an app for iOS and Andriod that lets you aggregate and organize all the sources of information that you consume on the Internet. It connects to your social media networks and to your favorite blogs and websites (through RSS) to present all that content in an easy-to-view magazine layout style.
I have been using the Flipboard app on my iPad for some time now to manage the tons of information about photography that is published every single day. Until now, I have not made a big fuss about that. It was simply a great tool in my arsenal that helped me in my daily work.
But with the recent release of the Flipboard Magazine feature, this tool has transformed from a content organization and consumption tool into a serious content curation tool.
What does this mean for you?
Well, there are two ways in which you can make use of Flipboard Magazines:
- You can create your own magazines to share the content you like with the world.
- You can subscribe to some great magazines to get more relevant information about your area of expertise more quickly.
This article is about the latter: It helps you find great Photography Magazines on Flipboard!
What are Flipboard Magazines?
Before we get to the list of photography magazines, let me quickly explain to you what magazines are. With the recent update, every registered Flipboard user has the ability to create their own magazines about arbitrary topics. A magazine is essentially two things:
- A collection of articles (blog posts, social media posts, photos etc.) that the magazine creator collects and adds to the magazine over time.
- A visually appealing presentation of that content in a magazine-like layout with a cover and pages that readers can easily flip through.
For me, that is the easiest and best way to consume content on any mobile device.
In order to get started with using Flipboard magazines in general and to get an idea of the magazines I have created personally, check out my little video guide. It will give you an idea of what to expect and you will learn how to install the app on iOS, how to subscribe to a magazine, and how to read, like and comment on articles.
(Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Flipboard in any way. I just love the app.)
Flipboard currently has over 50 million users, and the new magazine feature has inspired many of them to create multiple magazines within the first few days of the release. Finding the best magazines for your personal interests is anything but easy right now. Flipboard itself is presenting a selected set of magazines in the app in a section called ‘By Our Readers’, but that only scratches the surface.
Top Photography Magazines on Flipboard
To help you make the most of the new feature, I have collected a few interesting, noteworthy and promising magazines for you. There were some obvious choices that already have a solid base of readers, but there are also some quite small (in terms of subscribers) magazines that you would probably never find. Give them a try to find out if they suit your needs.
For PC and Mac: You can install and run any Android app (including Flipboard) on you PC or Mac using the Bluestacks app player. So, not having a mobile device is no excuse! 😉
In the following list, I’ll give you my top picks roughly categorized by photography genres. Note that this is a living list. It is not complete (in terms of genres) and I will update it when I find new interesting magazines that are worth sharing with you.
Tip for Android users: Install Flipboard and open this page in the default browser (not in Chrome or any other browser that you installed later). Tap on any of the magazine links to open the magazine in the Flipboard app. Tap the ‘+’ next to the magazine name to subscribe.
If you are on an iOS or Android device, clicking on the respective link will bring you directly to the magazine in Flipboard (if you have installed the app).
Photography in General
All things Photography
Description: Articles from all areas of photography including tests, reviews, news and stories.
Cool Photography Stuff
by skelby (Scott Kelby)
Description: This is a collection of diverse content related to photography in general curated by one of the world's most famous photographers and best-selling author Scott Kelby.
Photography One Love
The best photography
by Aleksey Kudyma
Description: This magazine presents general articles about all areas of photography.
News, Stories, Tutorials, Tips & Tricks... Everything you need to stay up to date in photography
by Klaus Herrmann
Description: Photography InSight covers all areas of photography from landscape to architecture, to portraits, to street photography and many more. It provides links to tutorials, tips, techniques, reviews of cameras and gear, news and stories.
Photo of the Day
A collection of some of our favorite Photos of the Day.
by National Geographic
Description: In this magazine, National Geographic presents its Photo of the Day selections. It contains an amazing collection of photographs from all disciplines and from all over the world.
The Photo Portfolio
by Mandi Maenhout
Description: This gallery magazine presents a variety of photos from different genres.
The best photos of the world in one place!
by Klaus Herrmann
Description: Top Photo is all about the photos themselves. I love viewing great photos from other amazing photographers and this is the place where I present my absolute favorites.
Beautiful places to explore
by Mike Mccue
Description: This is actually a magazine about travel locations. However, as such, it presents numerous beautiful photos of different places around the world. Mike Mccue is a co-founder of Flipboard.
Tips, tricks and stunning imagery from the world's top travel photographers.
by Lonely Planet
Inspiring wedding photography from all over the world
by Wedding Reporter
Wedding photojournalism and engagement/pre wedding photography news and tips.
Description: A magazine dedicated to street photography.
Here you will find a collection I have put together on my passion, street photography. I hope you enjoy the articles.
Description: A magazine dedicated to street photography.
Social and Humanitarian Photography
Social documentary and fine art photography
by Mark Abouzeid
Description: Photographer Mark Abouzeid concentrates mainly on social documentary in his magazine.
Learn about everything from the fundamentals of digital photography to basic maintenance techniques and accessories.
Description: This magazine is dedicated to presenting articles that educate you about photography.
Nature and Wildlife Photography
Into The Wild
A homage to wildlife photography, natural vistas and the transient spirit
by Alex Stackhouse
Apps for taking and editing photos on the iPhone
by Christel van der Boom
Description: This magazine is dedicated to presenting articles specifically about photography apps for your iPhone.
Food & Photography
A food-blogger's paradise: Beautiful photos of food, delicious recipes and tips on food photography, all rolled into one!
by nicolesy (Nicole S. Young)
Description: This magazine is curated by one of the best food photographers out there: Nicole S. Young. It presents photography-related content as well as food-related things like recipes.
Art and Photography
Photo & Painting
by Chan Hau Yan
Description: This magazine is dedicated to the boundary between photography and painting, presenting interesting art work that mixes the two.
How do I determine what’s ‘Top’? (Update)
The question was raised as to which metrics I use to decide what’s top and what’s not. Do I use any metrics, or is this just a gut feeling kinda thing???
Hey, I have been a scientist for a long time. Of course I have metrics! 😉
Ok, here are the criteria that I am looking at:
- Is the magazine really about photography? It should not be just a mix of arbitrary stuff with a bit of photo in it.
- Is the curator investing a sustained effort in maintaining the magazine? There should be regular updates of the contents. If all articles have been put in on one a single day two weeks ago, that is not the case.
- Are there already a number of articles in the magazine? I am putting the number of articles in the magazine in relation to its age. If 3 articles found their way into the magazine within a month, the volume is just too low.
- Does the magazine present an original topic? Starting the n-th magazine on Blah Blah Photography is not a good idea. If there are already 5 established magazines out about a topic, the next one is probably not going to attract readers or add anything.
- Does the magazine stick to its topic? Readers are subscribing to a magazine with the expectation that they will get what’s announced on the cover. Calling your magazine ‘Bycicle Photography’ and putting in articles about shooting landscapes will confuse people.
- Is a magazine for the whole family? Now, don’t get me wrong here. Tasteful nude photographs are fine, and if you decide to start a Nude Photography magazine with photos, tutorials, gear tips etc. that’s great. But if you have only nacked girls in your magazine with only weak or no links to the photography side of things, it’s probably not a photography magazine.
- Is my gut feeling right? Hey, c’mon! You knew that guts would come in here at some point, right? At the moment, the magazines are very much at a flux. It’s still very young and things change quickly. So I have to trust my intuition that a particular magazine is going to be great. If it’s not, it’s going to be off the list soon.
Found a great magazine that’s not on the list? Tell me about it!
If you know a magazine that should be on this list (according to the above criteria), feel free to write a comment below and tell us about it. Do not forget to include a link to the magazine.