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.
Dog photographer Anne Geier has a knack for capturing each pet’s unique personality, and her stunning portraiture truly showcases the energy and spirit of man’s best friend. Anne tells us what gear she prefers to use to bring her portraits to life.
Astrophotographer Geoff Moore tells us how he pre-plans his night sky shoots by researching meteor showers and scouting locations free of light pollution to capture amazing, clear shots of the Milky Way and shooting stars.
Jefferson Kent York was only having fun with photography when he started on social media a few years ago. He wasn’t expecting to become an Instagram suggestion or get featured by HuffPost as a must-follow Instagram photographer. Now, his audience is over 200k.
The key to understanding aperture is knowing that it’s all about harnessing light. This in-depth guide goes over everything you need to know about aperture and how it makes up one side of the exposure triangle, along with shutter speed and ISO.
Ready to make the leap from photo enthusiast to pro photographer? In the first installment of our two-part series, we discuss easy and effective practices for attracting clients and keeping them… like a pro. Plus, we talk about how to meet other pro photographers and the benefits of finding a mentor.
Fashion and portrait photographer Marta Bevacqua’s dreamy images blur the lines between editorial photography and art – evoking intriguing stories that make viewers want to know more about what’s going on behind the scenes. Here’s what’s in her bag.
England’s ancient coastline offers incredibly spectacular landscape shots. One noteworthy location is Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, with prehistoric rock formations and expansive sunsets. Martin Dolan takes us back in time to the beautiful area.
Learn how to see your scene in thirds before you compose the shot. Our comprehensive guide on the Rule of Thirds will teach you how to utilize the rule and compose eye-catching images that draw the viewer in. We also demystify the “rule” and offer scenarios when it’s ok to break it.