Once the shine of a great idea wears off, and its implementation or execution begin to feel like, dare we say, work, it’s easy to lose motivation – distractions pile on; excuses become readily available; despair may even begin paying visits. We think of this phase in the creative process as: The Long Middle – a time when the initial creative spark has come and gone, and yet the finish line is still a long way off.
Throughout July, PHLEARN Magazine will be smack dab in the middle of this phase. Stick with us, however, and we won’t have to remain here long.
“The true measure of our progress is seeing how many hurdles we can pass before we feel we have conquered our personal bests.” – Daniel Green, Phamily Member
3 Strategies for Surviving the Long Middle
If you feel like you’re trudging through an uninspiring wasteland in one of your projects, here are some stories and strategies to make sure you get out of there alive.
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Dane Johnson was the former Editor of PHLEARN Magazine, where he helped creatives share their stories. Dane currently is the co-founder of Clementine Coffee Roasters and he accepts most assertions of his hipster-ness and millennialism without flinching.
The biggest struggle that photography business owners say they have is not getting enough leads. In this guide, we’ll go over the three main reasons why your leads aren’t booking, what you can do to change that and why you should be investing in newsletters and email marketing campaigns.
With nearly 300k followers on Instagram, Dave Krugman posts regularly with a style primarily featuring foggy, rainy cityscapes of NYC. We caught up with Dave to see what this street photographer uses to capture the perfect candid moment.
Leland Foster has a knack for capturing dark scenes that evoke a feeling of uneasiness and exclusion. He tells us how he shot a nostalgic series of images one night in Phoenix, including one particularly dramatic scene of a local diner.
Continuing with our digital marketing for photographers series, we talk about two things that you need for a successful digital marketing strategy and how they can help you build trust with your customers: link building and content creation.
Having grown up in the south of France, with a sailor father and surfer brothers, Ben Thouard learned about the water early on. Now, he photographs pro surfers from France to Tahiti and is a master of the underwater shot. Here’s what’s in his camera kit.
New York City street photographer Manuel Pena always has his camera on hand – even on his daily commute, which is why he was able to capture this intriguing shot of everyday life. Manuel explains how he took the shot and his editing process to draw out the beauty in the everyday.
Surreal self-portrait artist Natalia Seth has become quite the Instagram sensation, working with the likes of Adobe and Club Med – and she’s only 18! In our interview, Natalia talks about her new book, her Instagram success and her new PHLEARN tutorial.
Concluding our series on the exposure triangle, we discuss ISO, which plays its own specific role in exposure and light. This guide explains what ISO is, how it affects your images, the pros and cons of using ISO, and how it interacts with shutter speed and aperture.