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Out of the Box

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Ideas for reducing certain risks when venturing into the full-time business of creating.

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Going The Opposite Direction

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Learn to stray off the path a little, lose the fear of taking risks. It may be a scary step, but when you do take that first step, it could change your life.

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Set Design 101

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It was difficult to hear. This was my first portfolio review. I wasn’t expecting a blue ribbon or anything, but to be told nothing in my portfolio was on track was disheartening.

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When To Leave a Great Job

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If you think this sort of risk sounds enticing, I would caution you that taking a leap may not be a wise course of action. At worst you could lose possessions, or shelter, your reputation. That’s heavy stuff. Prepare yourself.

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The Stuff of Simplicity

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Pop a lens on a camera body – don’t think too hard about the combination – put it in a lightweight bag and go for an adventure. Let’s see familiar and new places with wonder.

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Learning To Teach

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The fresh new batch of college photography students are now staring blankly at me. All those faces looking to me for hope in creating a photography career.

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Strength Lies in the Team

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After mulling over how to make money as a photographer, I dug deep into my experience to see how I could use some of the strengths acquired over my past career to build a business now.

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Water Drops That Make You Go “Hmmm!”

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This little undertaking has been my “go-to” winter venture for the last few years. As I progressed through this project, I decided I didn’t want to just create interesting images, but I wanted them to be visual puns or a play on words.

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Issue 4: The Long Middle: Staying Motivated

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In this issue we share stories of motivation and heart to keep you true to your initial idea. With time, and hard work, you can get through the Long Middle. And we hope these articles serve you along the way.

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Adapting in Wedding Photography

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Now could a better, more experienced photographer captured all of this in one photo, in just one attempt? Sure, I have no doubt. But that’s part of the photography journey. You do the absolute best that you can with what you have.

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Your Personal User Manual

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You don’t come with a manual. It would be beautiful if you did and life would be so much easier, but you’re unique. So, you have to write your own manual.

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The Turbo Dandelion Wind Farm

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The challenge I had set myself was to make a wind turbine look like a dandelion seed head! An organic, fuzzy looking, ‘turbo dandelion’ set against a turbulent sky (should I drink less coffee?)

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Finishing Well: An Illustration

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It’s challenging and stressful to be a full-time mom and a freelance working illustrator. But, on the other hand, it really isn’t. I get to work bit by bit.

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48 Hours of Creative Mayhem

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For the past 10 years I’ve been entering the 48-hour film festival in New Zealand and it has taught me to be creative within some major constraints.

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Photography, A Two-Dimensional Art

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I appreciate photography most particularly for its documentary capacity, as well as its potential to be a creative outlet. However, I am not just a photographer, but also a potter – and the relatively intangible nature of photography frustrated me.

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Interview with Justin Eisner

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In this interview we learn of Justin’s film photography recovery work in honor of his late grandfather. We also learn what bringing these photos back to life has taught Justin about art, family, and himself.

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Finishing Well

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Then it hit me. There is this cool thing called Google. It can give you loads of information in mere seconds. And hey, it might even help you find a solution or two, or twelve.

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Capturing Behind The Scenes

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I don’t have the funds available to have a dedicated videographer follow me around and shoot behind the scenes all the time, so how do I get around this problem and still capture video?

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Developing Style

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Style hardly develops by simply wishing your work looked a certain way. It develops by trying things, making mistakes and being conscious of the process.

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Subject First

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Our job as photographers is to create meaningful art for our clients. As artists, we have to be able to connect with those whom we photograph. If not, every image we create will feature a disconnect.

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Pushing for Better

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Nothing says “hire me” like showing up unannounced, out of breath, and covered in perspiration when you are begging for someone to glance at your photography portfolio.

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Interview with Keean Afrasiabi

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In our interview with Keean we talked about the limitations he faces as a visual artist with partial vision, how he got into 3D design, and how he engages in client work.

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“I Just Don’t Photograph Well.”

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Our job is to get them to forget for a few moments that they’re even having their picture taken. That can only come from your professionalism, confidence in your abilities, and a friendly disposition.

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Photography, Like Falling In Love

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For me, the camera is so much more than just a device that creates images. It’s so much more than just something that exposes a roll of film, or delivers way too many megapixels. It’s a key. A key that opens doors.

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Don’t Get Stuck

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I’d like to shed some light on a place I’m certain every single creative person has visited, but very few willingly admit to having been…the creative wasteland found in The Long Middle.

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Interview with Dewi Natalia

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For me success is when you can be content with yourself and not compare yourself with others. Success is never comparison. Success is judging yourself by your own ruler.

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The Art of Not Making Great Art

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Creation is an experience, not a manual to be followed step-by-step. As soon as I stopped trying to force my creativity to fit into predetermined boxes, it got easier and easier to pull my visions into the physical realm.

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Passion Isn’t Everything

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Deep down, I was disappointed. I was letting myself down. It was another project that I was putting in the “unfinished pile”. I knew I had to arrest this downward spiral before it degenerated into total failure.

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Analog Effects in a Digital World

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Learning the ways of these old-school effects not only gave me newfound respect for the art and craft of the masters that went before me, but instilled a sense of practical creativity and problem solving that I’m not sure I would have gotten in the purely digital world.

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Beginning vs Starting

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Naturally, you’re not quite as good at starts as you are at beginnings. Starting is a bit harder. They require intention, community, courage, and a dose of naiveté.

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Life Lessons From a Farmer’s Market Vendor

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If you had told me that I’d learn more about business and my creative potential from running a booth at a farmer’s market than from working with Victoria’s Secret in New York, I would’ve thought you were crazy.

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Interview with April Soetarman

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As an artist and designer, April has altered the user experience of the fortune cookie, caused unsuspecting pedestrians to look twice at street signage, and coded a bot to tweet out food-inspired romance.

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10 Nudges to Move You Toward Action

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Certainly you’ve heard of analysis paralysis – that catatonic state your mind enters into when overthinking causes complete immobilization. Perhaps you’re visiting this post now in an attempt to flee the very action that you know you must take next.

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Listening for Creativity

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I believe all sentient beings are creative beings. If that weren’t so I don’t think there would be a Facebook or Instagram, bicycles, ice cream or bologna.

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Do

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So maybe you’ve been inspired by Aaron Nace, but when you compare yourself to him you realize he has over a million subscribers and your idea seems an utterly impossible reality.

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What is PHLEARN Magazine?

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A visual exploration of why we launched a magazine and how we aim to inspire the Phamily through everything we share. Illustrated by Jimmy Lazer.

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Interview with Matthew James Harrison

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In our interview with Matthew James Harrison, we sought his perspective on how to successfully start new endeavors, how and when to turn down work, which experiences he thinks any creative professional should face, and much more.

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Letter From The Editor

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Beyond photo-focused tutorials, we asked ourselves: How might we nurture even more creativity within this remarkable group?

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