Over the years, as the number of tutorial viewers and subscribers has grown, we’ve not only witnessed the great skill and technique of individual photographers and photo editors develop, but also the formation of an amazing community of creatives that transcends industry, age, and nation. We’ve seen a Phamily form.
Among this diverse community are photographers, designers, writers, illustrators, entrepreneurs of many stripes, and storytellers. And what connects everyone in this Phamily is a drive to become more skillful in their creative pursuits.
So, beyond photo-focused tutorials, we asked ourselves: How might we nurture even more creativity within this remarkable group?
Our response to this question was informed by feedback received from the Phamily paired with something that we love here at PHLEARN: great stories. Naturally, we needed somewhere to collect and share all of these stories, so we started a magazine.
PHLEARN Magazine is an online publication that looks behind the scenes at the creative process of photographers, artists, writers, and creative professionals, by sharing honest stories of their successes and failures.
Everything we share aims to move readers to be more successful in their creative endeavors. After reading an article, we want people to feel like their limits have expanded and that they can now dive deeper into their craft.
Each month we focus on a theme specific to the creative life. Then, every week, we post new stories that explore those themes through narrative essays, interviews, and other creative content. We also send out a bi-monthly newsletter containing all of the latest posts from the site, along with delightful gems to keep you creating and/or laughing.
A prerequisite for all our magazine contributors is that they demonstrate courage and care in the stories submitted. As a result of this criteria, we are proud to pass along insights and learnings that come from incredibly talented and transparent people.
If reading this has motivated you to share a story of your own, we invite you to reach out to us with your submission idea. Simply fill out this form so we can get to know you better. I look forward to making your acquaintance.
All my best,
Dane Johnson, Editor
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.
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.
Part 3 of 3 Camera Reviews: Concluding his series, professional lifestyle photographer Josh S. Rose reviews the cameras he works with for professional and personal shoots. Here, Josh talks about the Leica M-P, with a full year of photoshoot examples showing us when it performed at its best.
Erik Johansson is a Swedish photographer and image creator currently based in Prague, Czech Republic, specializing in surrealism, photo manipulation, and montages that will really make you question reality. Let’s have a look at what’s in his camera bag.