Daniel Norton Explains How to Balance Camera Settings for Perfect Pics

Camera Settings

To get the perfect exposure, you must have a basic understanding of how to balance your camera settings; this video will show you how to do just that.

Why did you use those particular settings for your shot? It’s a question we get asked a lot, and if you haven’t experienced being asked that question yet, it’s just a matter of when. Daniel Norton gets asked this question often, so he decided to make a very short educational video that explains how to balance your camera settings for the perfect shot every time. We have the video for you after the jump, so be sure to join us there.

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Learn How to Use Lens Compression to Your Advantage in Small Spaces

If you work in tight spaces using narrow backgrounds, this video will show you how lens compression can help you get the shots you want.

If you work in a studio that is a little short on space and you need to find a way to make narrow backgrounds work, this tutorial from Daniel Norton is for you. After the break, we will share a video that shows why using a longer lens is the way to go, and how the wonderful effects of lens compression will solve a lot of the problems of working in a smaller space.

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Two Ways to Shoot Single Light Portraits with the Chimera Lantern

It’s possible to get amazing results even if you’re using a single light source, and Adorama shows us how to do it using the Chimera Lantern.

Whether you’re looking into experimenting with a new lighting technique, or simply want to keep your shoot minimal, a single light setup will do the trick. There are many different ways to do this, but Adorama adds one more to the list. In a recent episode of OnSet, Daniel Norton demonstrates how to achieve simple but beautiful headshots in the studio using the Chimera Lantern, a less commonly used light shaper.

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Learn the Basics of Softbox for Controlling and Creating Soft Lighting

Ever thought about what a softbox is for? Do you really need it? Here’s a quick video that will give you some quick answers.

So, you’ve decided to play around with different lighting setups for doing studio shoots. One of the very first equipment you’ll come across and need to learn is the softbox. If this is the first time you’re hearing about it or it sounds complicated, let this quick video by Daniel Norton guide you on some basics.

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How to Take Beautiful Portraits with a Single Lighting Set Up

In case you’re still wondering: yes, you can take some of your best portraits using only a single light source.

When you’re shooting portraits in a studio, you’d usually pull all the stops and use a lighting set up that requires at least two light sources to properly illuminate your subjects. But when you’re looking for something a bit more dramatic (or if you’re working with limited equipment, really) you might want to try using just one light source.

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Tutorial: When to Use Constant Lighting vs. Flash

Knowing when to shoot with constant light vs. flash is one of the most important lessons to learn if you’re keen on doing studio photography

When you’re shooting in a studio, you’re typically also working with different lighting equipment which is often either constant light or flash. The key to making great shots in the studio is knowing when it’s best to use one over the other. Learn how the pros do it in an in-depth lesson from Adorama TV‘s On Set with Daniel Norton.

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How to Get Stunning Low Key Portraits with One Light Source

Find out how you can achieve great low key portraits with a simple light setup.

Do you have a portrait project in mind that requires a contrasty, low key look? Unlike high-key lighting, this technique usually lets you play with light and shadow to lend a dramatic mood on your portraits. However, it’s also possible to get beautiful results without all the harsh shadows dominating your subject’s features. Daniel Norton shows us how to put together a simple setup for clean-looking low key portraits in his recent OnSet episode.

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How Photographers Can Use Hard Light for Beautiful Portraits

Screenshot image from the video by Adorama on hard light

In some of the previous video tutorials we shared, we were told that a soft light setup is the best for portrait work, especially if you’re working with female models. If you’re curious about how hard light can be used to make beautiful portraits, even for female models, this quick Adorama tutorial by Daniel Norton shows us how.
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Learn Proper Lighting for Men vs. Women for Great Portraits

Whether you’re planning to practice portrait photography for personal projects or build a career out of it, one of the lessons you’d find valuable is knowing proper lighting for your subjects. It’s actually not as straightforward as keeping your subjects evenly lit. Daniel Norton of Adorama tells us why it’s important to know how to light men vs. women to create the most eye-catching portraits.

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