Flipboard Launches New Destination For Photography Enthusiasts (Which You Should Check Out)
Flipboard’s first photographer in residence is Ryan mense, wildlife photographer and PetaPixel contributor. Ryan was instrumental in the development of Flipboard the ultimate destination for photography enthusiasts looking to hone their craft and stay on top of essential news from PetaPixel and other industry voices.
Flipboard #Photo subject Now has six new areas that bring you the best related articles, expert advice, videos from top YouTube photographers, hardware roundups, online course listings, and more.
For this new destination, Ryan creates collections like “How to Capture Amazing Fall Photographs” and “How to photograph birds. “It also offers its expertise around camera systems such as Sony and Olympus, by organizing”Photo of the day, ”And contribute to a library of fundamentals.
Learn more about his personal photography journey and how he believes photographers can get the most out of Flipboard.
Flipboard: You are a fantastic wildlife photographer! What prompted you to adopt this style of photography?
Ryan Mense: To some extent, I think he’s always waited inside of me to photograph and film wildlife. I grew up in a very small town. I had to entertain myself, and there was always an abundance of nature to do so.
When I was about 13, I took the family camera and used it as an escape. Fast forward many years later and my main focus was still photographing nature and landscapes because those places were where I felt most comfortable in my job and as a person.
Things really clicked when I saw my first indigo sparrow about four or five years ago, a bird with a bright blue male. I had no idea that such a beautiful bird lived in my area, and it was the spark that ultimately made the connection that I had to photograph birds and wildlife. After that it was a chore to photograph something else.
What are your favorite animals to photograph?
Birds. They have incredible diversity and it is impossible to get bored with them. I find the difficult challenge of getting good bird photos comes with huge personal rewards. It is a demonstration of patience, perseverance and endless love.
I happen to be the type of person who is perfectly fine with sitting for hours without looking at anything, just waiting for my topic to come up. The more success I have, the more I am willing to go deep to get something better than last time around.
Show us your favorite shot and let us know how you got it.
My favorite bird overall is the sandhill crane. This photo was taken in March 2020 of a sandhill crane at one of my local sites in west-central Wisconsin. It captures one of their mating behaviors where they pick up grass or sticks, then jump and throw it in the air. When they are young, they first learn this behavior from their parents and continue to practice it throughout their lives.
I took this photo with a Sony a7R IV and 200-600 mm lens straight out of my car window. Vehicles are actually very good “camouflage” shades because many birds are used to seeing them and don’t see it as a threat like they would if you were standing in the open. I just talked about the patience needed and being able to sit around for hours on end, but I don’t want to give the false impression that this is what it takes to find amazing wildlife around you. It only takes a few days to go out and show up and I recommend everyone to give it a try when they find the time. You will be very surprised at what you see when you make that little effort to just be there.
How would you recommend photographers to use Flipboard?
It’s actually an ideal platform to consume the seemingly endless amount of photography-related content that exists. Previously I had my list of photography sites I visited to read and that was it. What I love about Flipboard is that content curation means I get information from places I know, but also from lesser-known but equally worthy voices that I wouldn’t have been able to seek out. in the first place.
My recommendation would be to ensure that the The “For you” page is adequately personalized, that you also customize the subject #Photography to your interests and that you follow posts you already like, like PetaPixel. The more you feed Flipboard on your interests, the better the experience.
Where does Flipboard fit into a photographer’s (social) media regime?
In addition to simply consuming content, Flipboard also allows any photographer to create their own magazines. In doing so, the handpicked content for a magazine is obviously a reflection of that individual photographer and his or her interests. This means that following your favorite photographers on Flipboard would be a much different insight into their thinking than what you typically get through short Instagram photo captions or quick Twitter thoughts.
Plus, frankly, not many people have the time to write full articles in order to say what they think about the topics that interest them. Flipboard can help me have a profile where I share the things I think are important, and people can see that I was the one who signaled to watch it, but I also don’t have to put all the effort into. do the story myself.
You organize very cool magazines and storyboards on your profile. What’s your approach?
I am particularly satisfied with “The animal filmmaker” and “The wildlife photographer“The magazines I work on. There really aren’t any good one-stop-shop resources for these, especially animal cinema, so I find it worth the effort to be the one to compile it. The way I started to organize these magazines was to add the Flip It button to the favorites of my browser. That way, whenever I stumble upon something that piques my interest, I can quickly add it to the relevant magazine without further thought.
Sometimes these flips can generate a bigger idea for a Story board where several relevant articles and videos come together. Storyboards are also great for sharing a number of my own articles or videos in a complete package. For example, I have made some videos on bird photography and I can compile them in a Storyboard. Likewise, I can just share the material i use or share the podcasts that I like to listen to. Like I said earlier, Flipboard offers an interesting way to follow someone’s interests that other social media platforms don’t really target.
If you are a photographer who wants to get involved with Flipboard, email your name and website or social media links to [email protected]. They seek to collaborate with photographers and other enthusiasts on a variety of endeavors.
Full disclosure: This article was brought to you by Flipboard.
Image credits: All photographs by Ryan Mense