Friday Happy Hour: 10 Things An Art Director Looks For In A Photographer

Friday Happy Hour: 10 Things An Art Director Looks For In A Photographer

What does an art director look for in a photographer? Check out a post by advertising photographer Dennis Davis for some quick tips. We also have 12 ways you can use your camera for good, and four photo series that will pull at your heartstrings.

10 things an art director looks for in a photographer

Advertising photographer Dennis Davis has shot for businesses ranking from Bank of America to Intel to Swarovski and even NASA. This week he posted an article on 10 Things an Art Director Looks for in a Photographer, and what keeps them coming back for more. On the top of his list is being enjoyable to work with, able to problem solve when the unexpected happens, and loving your job. (via PetaPixel)

12 ways to use your camera for good

Earlier this month Pop Photo posted 12 ways to give back through photography, which was a huge hit with their audience. Our post, 5 Ways Photographers Can Give Back, also gained a lot of traction. It’s inspiring to see so many photographers interested in using their skills for philanthropic causes. Among our favorites are Flashes Of Hope, which photographs children with cancer, and Heart Gallery, which helps raise awareness of the foster care system and provide children with respectable portraits.

Kickstarter: Black Tsunami by James Whitlow Delano

Photojournalist and PhotoShelter member James Whitlow Delano was there the day of the nuclear meltdown following the devastating tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. Delano has lived in Japan for 20 years, and photographed the conditions immediately following the disaster and “eerie emptiness of the contaminated no-entry zone and the conditions facing displaced people.” He plans to publish a hard copy of his book “Black Tsunami: Japan 2011″ with FotoEvidence. Preview some of his work and consider donating to his Kickstarter campaign here.

Photo by James Whitlow Delano

Sedar Sunny Unal photographs Los Angeles to Buenos Aires via motorcycle

Editorial travel photographer and PhotoShelter member Serdar Sunny Unal traveled for two years and 42,000 miles from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires via motorcycle to explore and photograph the Americas. Upon his return, he started working on the photo-travelogue of his epic journey, which was recently released exclusively for the  iPad. Check out his route and resulting images here.

Jill Knight’s emotional series “Special Delivery” explores surrogacy

Kristen Broome originally contacted photojournalist Jill Knight for advice on website design. Kristen was starting a site to document her surrogacy, which she took on after her second cousin Jamie Pursley lost her 16-week old baby and became infertile. Knight followed the remainder of Kristen’s pregnancy, up until the point that the baby boy was born, and the Purselys named him Liam and took him home. Her series “Special Delivery” explores the emotional connection between both mother and surrogate, and of course the newborn.  In an essay she plans to publish soon on her blog, Kristen writes, “I have been asked more times than I can count how I felt when I gave Liam away. My first response is always that I didn’t give Liam away; he was never mine to give.” (via Lens Blog)

Photo by Jill Knight

The faces of McDonald’s customers

Is there such a thing as an average McDonald’s customer? Photographer Nolan Conway set to find out, photography 150 restaurants in 22 states. You’ll be surprised by some of the results. (via Co.Create)

Photo by Nolan Conway

Photo by Nolan Conway

Photo by Nolan Conway

Photo by Nolan Conway

Photo by Nolan Conway

Photo by Nolan Conway

Photo by Nolan Conway

Photographer hitchhikes with teenage freight train riders

In 2004, photographer Mike Brodie began documenting a group of his friends who hitchhike across the country by freight train. The project came about somewhat by accident when Mike discovered a Polaroid camera behind a car seat. Now his adventures have taken him through 46 states and over 50,000 miles. His amazing images shot with 35mm film are part of a collection featured in his book, A Period of Juvenile Prosperity. Check out a few shots below. (via So Bad So Good)

Photo by Mike Brodie

Photo by Mike Brodie

Photo by Mike Brodie

Photo by Mike Brodie

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