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.
Shooting in RAW has its ups and downs, but the flexibility it offers is a big plus for photographers. And, while it’s often the preferred format for pros, should you always shoot RAW? Here are some myths and realities of RAW vs. JPEG.
We scoured hundreds of apps to bring you the perfect stack to get as close to PRO level photos out of your iPhone as possible. Here, we compare 10 different apps to find out which is the best photo editing app to use on iPhone. Plus, we review each one in detail to help you decide.
If you’re trying to break into professional photography, you need to do more than just create a website and post a few photos on Instagram – you need to commit to a consistent content and social media schedule across all platforms.
As a team, the Rivera family works hard to create dynamic, inspiring images that spark the viewer’s creativity, taking them back to a time of child-like magic and wonder. Vanessa Rivera tells us how she turned daily photo shoots with her kids into a successful business.
Should you be displaying your photography on Behance, 500px, Tumblr and DeviantArt? We explore who these portfolio sites are best suited for, their pros and cons, whether they’re a good fit for your needs and how you can integrate them into your existing sites.
Marcus Soriano tells stories of American cities through his lens. In a series on San Francisco, Marcus was inspired by this neon-lit window sign of a fortune teller and a poem he wrote about telling a palm reader of the doubts he faces as an artist.