Do you ever have those excited conversations with friends about some incredible idea that you can’t wait to bring to life? Someone grabs for the sticky notes to document, another purchases a domain name for the project’s future website, and there’s a lot of, “yes, and….!” happening. It’s wonderful.
And then what?
Well, the next steps depend entirely on you and your motivation. In time, some of your collaborator friends may begin to get busy, stop replying to messages regarding the idea, and reveal a general lack of enthusiasm. This could be its end right here. But, if your idea lives beyond the fever-pitched roar of its inception, then it will soon enter an arduous in-between area we call 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.
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.
“Don’t you owe it to yourself and to other people to share that magic inside you?” – Christina Castillo, Phamily Member
How I Picture Change
The story behind one photojournalist’s efforts to make storytellers out of those who go unheard.
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.
Whether you’re a professional, semi-pro, or hobbyist with big aspirations, the middle point of your endeavour can often feel like the most prominent feature of your creative journey and it’s easy to get stuck there.
Are you in the middle of a challenging project/process right now? Tell us about it! Tweet it out with #PhamilyWisdom 🙂
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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.
Brooke Shaden is known for her hauntingly dark, surreal self-portraits that urge the viewer to take a closer look at profound themes. We talk to Brooke about how she creates worlds in which she sees herself living.
The f-stop can be a pretty daunting thing when you’re trying to wrap your head around the math and how it affects aperture. But, it doesn’t have to be so confusing. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about f-stops so you can take perfect exposures every time.
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.