The personal blog of photojournalist Noah Darnell.

Teaching portraits…

Teaching portraits…

For those unaware, I teach. But it really helps to bring in others to help sometimes. Sometimes I just know someone does it better than me. Sometimes I know that to have someone else say what I’ve said but in a voice that is not one they commonly hear, that goes far, too! On this

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A study in the trees of winter…

A study in the trees of winter…

There’s a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons — That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes — Heavenly Hurt, it gives us — We can find no scar, But internal difference, Where the Meanings, are — None may teach it — Any — ’Tis the Seal Despair — An imperial affliction Sent us of

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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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A solid portrait and a fragment…

A solid portrait and a fragment…

Yesterday, I talked about portraits with un-boring backgrounds. Today, it’s a boring background. However… The portrait up top is an example of what I call a “solid” portrait. While the tightly shot, cinematic portraits of yesterday’s post are of a certain ilk, the portrait here is something different. This portrait does not venture too far

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Editing the background…

Editing the background…

So, I learned early on in photography that backgrounds are a significant part of the photograph. It is basic Photo 101 stuff to talk about “mergers” and distracting backgrounds. Now, with portraits, it is easy to get comfortable with completely solid backgrounds. They’re easy, let’s face it. So… Whenever possible, I really try to do

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A classic look…

A classic look…

Photographers are notorious for being a little gear-happy. Many get caught up in the pursuit of the highest quality equipment to make the highest quality photos. Now, to some extent, there is some merit in having high-quality equipment: high-quality equipment typically can handle more abuse than low-end equipment, high-quality glass does truly make a difference

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Hang in the sky…

Hang in the sky…

When you live in airports, doing something other than sitting at the gate between flights can make a huge difference. Thank you, Delta. Stay tuned… -Noah D.

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Good friends and famous houses…

Good friends and famous houses…

Something that everyone expects from the photojournalism life is constant travel, exotic locations, and fascinating people. Imagine my surprise when I realized, only after a short time “in the field” that all that world is a fragment of the actual work. But every once in a while the planets align. Was it Hong Kong or

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Oaths and wind…

Oaths and wind…

I do a few weddings a year. Weddings, engagements, bridal things… …but as posed as weddings tend to be, my favorites are the moments of silence between the poses. Between the preening and the fluffing and straightening and etcetera… There are natural motions and moments that trump anything posed. At least, that’s what I like. Usually people

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Two and the same…

Two and the same…

The same pose in two extremely different places. Different light, different clothes, different colors… …different feel. Stay tuned… -Noah D.

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Links and lights…

Links and lights…

Every-once-in-a-while there comes an opportunity to do something fairly unusual with my trade as a photojournalist. Photographing people on stage, performing on the court or the field, being out in public on the spotlight… but usually overseas in the darkened corners of the world do I ever photograph the average person in their average environment

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Christmas card creativity…

Christmas card creativity…

Like parents do, my parents have been sending out Christmas cards for as long as I have been alive. And, as per the nature of a Christmas card (a photograph of the kids/family in the most fun place of the year) we’ve had photos in all the usual locations – Disney world, the beach, etc

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