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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The reason for daily commute…

The reason for daily commute…

So, I’m back to teaching! For those just joining us, I taught at Harding University literally the semester after I graduated. Kinda weird for both me and the students that were my same age, but… The normal teacher and University Photographer came down with a pretty serious case of dengue fever from mission work slash

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Finishing a final…

Finishing a final…

By no means have I been teaching long. But my first semester was the Fall after I graduated from college. Since then, I’ve taught the same Photography 101 class four times. Then this time – the fifth – I was lucky enough to teach Advanced Photography with a slant toward Photojournalism. Tonight was the end

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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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For the beauty of the blue hour…

For the beauty of the blue hour…

So many people get caught up in the golden hour. It is easy to shoot in because the light is so bright and brilliant. With high-ISO capabilities comes a little special moment of time in the late late evening just before the sun completely disappears and stars begin to show.   It is the time

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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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Teaching models…

Teaching models…

In a few years past, we have relied on the generosity of a couple of students to sit while other students photographed. Then swapping around. This year, we decided to go with… models. And, oh, what a moment of “why have I not done this sooner!?” Teaching this class four times now and this makes

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Shortness of time…

Shortness of time…

**EDIT** I had misplaced lost a card; that’s why I keep double back-ups! If you have seen this post before, there are now twice as many images. It is easy to see a foreign place as a little slice of Disney World. Don’t deny it, it’s okay, everybody does it. Travelers are on Safari, everything passes by

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Old people, young people, and beautiful light…

Old people, young people, and beautiful light…

Before I knew anything at all about photography, I knew the name Leon Kennamer. For old-school photographers, they might know that name. For those of you in the modern era of tiny high-power, remote control flashes, think David Hobby (Strobist) or Joe McNally but in reverse. Instead of adding lights whenever needed, you start with

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A stabilizer for the warp in all of us…

A stabilizer for the warp in all of us…

Quite a divergence from my usual still image-only blog, yes? Well, I’m working with some video these days. And to demonstrate a certain little magic in Adobe After Effects CS5.5 called “Warp Stabilizer” to a client, I made this video in a few minutes. Very simple, very straightforward… …and Warp Stabilizer is – I guess

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A third of a day…

A third of a day…

Teaching a class on the “Rule of Thirds” bothers me slightly. Why? Because I break the “rule” more than I follow it. I teach my students the “Suggestion of Thirds” to be completely honest. It isn’t because the “Rule” isn’t relevant. It works, it is a mathematical and logical truth of our world, how nature works,

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While local color is as real as it gets…

While local color is as real as it gets…

Sleepy little towns are the most difficult in which to photograph. Or maybe its because that’s where I’m originally from and maybe I hardly see the little “quaint” and “awwwwww, that’s SO Americana!” as nothing special. Nothing to photograph here, move along… move along… Its my fault, there’s plenty going on (I mean, kinda?) but

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