Lighting Portraits with Character: OnSet with Daniel Norton

  • Published: 01 November 2019
  • Learn how to use light to showcase character in your subjects.

    Join us On Set as Daniel Norton shows you how to create dynamic portraits using a variety of lighting tools and techniques.

    Creating clean/correctly lit images is the baseline for photographers, but to get to that next level, we must shape out light to capture the essence of the character before us. Whether that image truly speaks of the person is not always important, but rather, a viewer must be able to imagine certain traits based on the light.

    Is she kind? Stern? Bold? Proud? Powerful? Fearful? Goofy?

    All these things can be expressed with light.


    Daniel Norton is a Photographer, Creative Director and Educator with 15+ years in the advertising and editorial markets. Daniel also produces and hosts FREE weekly training for Adorama and on his Youtube channel as well as the Adorama TV series On Set with Daniel Norton
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Comments • 21

  • Andre Felix Studio
    Andre Felix Studio  1 weeks back

    You guys look like your having some fun with photography LOL

    • Neum LePhotoDude
      Neum LePhotoDude  1 weeks back

      Great stuff! And sort of funny too! ;) - As a suggestion for a future OnSet with Daniel Norton live episode I'd like to suggest a whole show around a two light portrait setup. Like the one "AdoramaNYC Portraits - OnSet" ep. 37 from June 8th 2015. You could go into more detail and explain how to achieve this unique look.

      • Gordon Elwell
        Gordon Elwell  2 weeks back

        Hey Daniel . . . the shot of Marissa at 24:32 is PERFECT for a new image in your logo . . . it works!

        • Mani
          Mani  2 weeks back

          How to shoot I foreground Bokeh sir.

          • Reynaldo Mercado
            Reynaldo Mercado  2 weeks back

            ... Creepy. ? “Oh I'm you...” Hahahaha!

            • Jason Singleton
              Jason Singleton  2 weeks back

              I would just like to add: thanks for the good laugh and tutorial!

              • Marcelo Prince
                Marcelo Prince  2 weeks back

                Amazing class again, Mr. Norton. Tks for share!

                • fmrff70
                  fmrff70  2 weeks back

                  Loved it! Do you have to be present to submit photo for critique?

                • Wilson Newman
                  Wilson Newman  2 weeks back

                  Daniel in that shirt is one of the most disturbing visuals on YouTube, and yet still ends up being a GREAT video... as usual!

                  • Arco Mxxnxn
                    Arco Mxxnxn  2 weeks back


                    • alexander pons
                      alexander pons  2 weeks back

                      That was a lot of fun Daniel Norton and we learned about creating a mood through lighting, thank you!

                      • CharleyL
                        CharleyL  2 weeks back

                        Two Daniel Norton's ? Now that's truly a scary sight, but funny, Thanks again for the great session, but I like Marissa the normal way.

                        • Matti ausm Norden
                          Matti ausm Norden  2 weeks back

                          AWESOME. The real and official DARISA <3

                          • Jerry Mccarthy
                            Jerry Mccarthy  2 weeks back

                            Thanks for the laughs Marisa and Daniel, You Guys are First Class Goofballs 😁 👍🏼👍🏼

                            • PiDsMedia
                              PiDsMedia  2 weeks back

                              It's fabulous to see how well the three of you work together, and the joviality with the Adorama 'togs watching. And it's uncanny how good Marissa is as getting Daniel's expressions.
                              That Purple & Green speccular set up is looked great.
                              Suggestion for more spooky, go the CosPlay and get Marissa to do Velma and Erica as Daphne, because Daniel is Shaggy and Seth is Fred. ;)

                              • Mike James
                                Mike James  2 weeks back

                                This was great, seeing all of you (again) having fun, rather than being stiff "instructors". One thing for sure... Marissa had several of your "Danielisms" down. Fun to watch, and interesting results to learn from, as you went through all the steps. Thanks to Adorama for hosting these things, which I always enjoy.

                                • Jerry Mccarthy
                                  Jerry Mccarthy  2 weeks back

                                  Marisa is Smokin in this one, specially with the Magnum on her head 😍🥰

                                  • Simon Brown
                                    Simon Brown  2 weeks back

                                    Fantastic fun video, Kept me smiling throughout! 😂 😊.
                                    Great work all

                                    • Alan Johnstone
                                      Alan Johnstone  2 weeks back

                                      Thanks Daniel, Marisa and Seth, very amusing reversal and Happy Halloween :)

                                      • Gilga
                                        Gilga  2 weeks back

                                        Marissa has a beard! Hair raising...