The personal blog of photojournalist Noah Darnell.

Teach a light…

Teach a light…

My advanced photography class this semester has been extraordinary. It has been like the all-stars of all my past Photography 101 classes all at once. And that makes for a brilliant class. Today we have been discussing rather technical use of flash. Strobist kinda stuff. And, though not everyone has access to such equipment, many

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Unbelieve it, little tree…

Unbelieve it, little tree…

When I started photographing this afternoon, I got the feeling that nobody will believe the color. Well… believe it. Please? The wildest sunset colors I’ve seen in a long time. A storm approached from the east as the sun set in the west, the world became sepia. That, my friend, is real. Nikon D700 with

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A release for lighting normalcy…

A release for lighting normalcy…

NOTE: If you are reading this from Facebook, please click here to view it on the original web page. Now, as a photojournalist, most of the time I am able to photograph completely willy-nilly and unrestrained all “found” things. They are usually public or at least acknowledged. Not so with situations like this: To portray

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Get back up again…

Get back up again…

Then there are those assignments that you just don’t know what to expect. The Rolling Razorbacks basketball team in a traveling exhibition is not the usual assignment… It was bizarre. Now, imagine a situation in which the University basketball teams must be handicapped 1:3 to be able to keep up with these guys. That’s right,

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Circular reasoning and pretty stuff…

Circular reasoning and pretty stuff…

I see light. I don’t see color very well. I’ve mentioned that before, I’m not colorblind or anything, but I see color in brightness values… so… I see light. I see photographs in their black and white equivalents. Looking at tens of thousands of black and white images over the years has done it to

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What’s with this light…?

What’s with this light…?

So… for the 3rd straight day, this blog is featuring the lovely sunlight that comes immediately before dusk. When the sun is very low on the horizon, the shadows are very long and walking in the cool Autumn air between the shafts of sunlight between the trees causes you to walk just a little faster.

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Smash and grab at dusk…

Did you know that a guitar smashed on the side of a brick building sounds like a gunshot? Well, now I do. Seriously, had a ringing in my ears for 10 minutes. Okay, for the technical stuff I know people might wonder: Nikon D3s with SU-800 wireless controller. Bare SB-800 flash around the corner, camera

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Domain of power…

Domain of power…

To spare you that cheesy, “behind every great man” quote… the University’s president’s secretary in her domain. As for a little technical tidbit: this was taken with a lens that I bought a long time ago and forgot I owned for a while. I mean, with a DX camera, who needs a 17-35/2.8 when you

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Environmental music…

Environmental music…

So, what do you do when there are hundreds of people in the space where you need to make a quick portrait for a fairly major university advertisement? Take it anyway. This photo was taken in the university’s main lobby, probably a couple hundred people – new students, freshmen, parents – standing around waiting in

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Coffee with teachers… and students…

Coffee with teachers… and students…

So for some advancement stuff for my University… …that I – as usual – don’t really know where its going to end up. Thinking… the College of Bible and Religion’s advancement stuff. Since it WAS students and teachers from the College of Bible and Religion: My boss and I were using a pair of SB-900’s

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Many person portrait…

Many person portrait…

If you work for a university or school of any kind, it would be likely that you will take a few group photos. I mean, after all, what is a yearbook for? But! When having to LIGHT a relatively large group? …having the light consistent, natural, no conflicting shadows, and convincing… um… not artificially lit?

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Teachable moments…

Step into my studio… on location in the back stairway of the Benson Auditorium. Full-length portraits to be used “as is” OR to be masked out. This week is the big shoot for the Spring Sing program. This is Sam, one of the Hosts. As you can see from this photo, the light setup is

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