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Syd Weedon

Syd Weedon

Louisville, United States

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I’m a graphic artist, photographer and writer. In terms of graphic art, I’ve done everything from designing and building theater sets to producing some really sharp looking junk mail. Currently, I do graphic design, photography and electronic publishing to pay the bills. My work has appeared in many publications.

I have always aspired to fine art photography, but the majority of my work is the normal bread and butter kind of photography: products, portraits, events and ad fodder. I shoot a lot for the agriculture industry so you are more likely to find me in a soybean field or cow pasture than in a studio on Fifth Avenue. And yes, making a soybean plant look interesting is a creative challenge.

The alchemy of photography has always fascinated me. A photographer, a subject, a camera and the light converge and this new thing, an image, is produced. It represents the subject, but it is always a lot more because it also is shaped by the photographer’s response to the subject, the time and place where it happened, and the meanings brought to it by those who will see the picture in the future. It’s a multi-dimensional chain reaction of vision, feeling, technology, time and nature. I could go on about this for hours. It is one of my favorite ideas. You can’t think too much about his stuff when you’re shooting because it would hang you up, but it continues to inform me and give a sense of purpose to my photography, regardless of the style or subject matter I’m shooting.

  • Joined: June 2010

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What Do We Shoot?

I look at a lot of photographs. It’s part of my job, and if that wasn’t enough pain, I do it in my off hours so I can tweet my favorites to my friends. Also, I study the masters of the art in a vain attempt to discover the secret of their magic. When one looks at a torrent of thousands and thousands of excellent photographs, some patterns and characteristics begin to takes shape. It appears to me…
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Talking Photography with a Greenhorn

My friends often ask me for advice about how to use their cameras and how to solve particular problems they’re having with their photos. Usually, I look at the picture, do my best to diagnose the issue, and then begin to happily rattle away about f-stops, shutter speed, depth of field, ISO and image size. About thirty seconds into my sermon I notice I’m getting that look that says, “I’m sure this…
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