Amanda Coulter Part 1 – Studio Photoshoot

Amanda Coulter’s studio photoshoot was shot right after we finished filming her rooftop video. We came downstairs and proceeded to do a studio photoshoot and the transition was very easy!

Amanda Coulter Studio


Set up… or more to the point, lack there of, was very simple!
Panasonic Lumix GH3
Lumix 12-24 f/2.8 IS lens
Lumix GH3 battery grip
Panasonic FL360L flash
Light stand
32” shoot through umbrella
The model

Amanda Coulter Studio


By keeping the same lens on the camera as I did when I was shooting the video, there was practically no transition work needed. I simply adjusted my white balance, ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and I was ready to shoot! It is so quick and easy to simply use the Panasonic FL360L flash with the Lumix GH3 because they wirelessly sync together. No need for expensive pocket wizards here!

Amanda Coulter Studio


Studio shoots can be very easy to edit afterwards, so with simply a little bit of Adobe Lightroom I adjusted my levels slightly and I was done! You don’t have to spend hour and hours of your time in post production. The more you shoot the more you learn and the more you learn the more you can get in camera what you want in the image. Use your time exploring, shooting, having fun and creating your art. Leave the countless hours in front of a computer to graphic designers.

Next week we’ll dig into part 2, the rooftop fashion video. Don’t forget to leave me any questions or comments below.

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About Bradley Thornber

Bradley Thornber is a NYC based street photographer focused on alt lifestyle photography and motion. You can often find him out late at night with smokes in one had and his GH3 in the other. His work can be found at

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11 Responses to Amanda Coulter Part 1 – Studio Photoshoot

  1. Randall July 30, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    I have the Oly FL600 flash. Is there any reason to purchase the Panasonic FL360?

    • Bradley Thornber August 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

      Hello Randall,
      The Olympus FL600R flash and the Panasonic FL360L flash are practically the same and there is really no substantial difference between the two. I have found that TTL communication works best when sticking with the same brand. So if you have an Oly camera, use the Oly flash, and if you have a Panasonic, use the Panasonic flash.


  2. Greg July 30, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Here’s a question regarding M4/3 shooting- I recently purchased an OMD-EM5. I love it for outdoor shooting but when you enter the studio, setting the aperture at f/11 for your flash, focusing with the EVF is hellish! How do you manage focusing in-studio with an EVF?

    • Brad Calkins August 1, 2013 at 1:10 am #

      The key is to toggle the Live View Boost option to On for the studio. When set to off it is trying to simulate the exposure, which is dark with those settings (pre flash). It is in custom menu D.

      • Greg August 2, 2013 at 10:07 am #

        Perfect- Thank you!

  3. Bradley Thornber July 31, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    Hello Greg,

    Thank you for your question. Most of the time when I am shooting in the studio I am usually at f/5.6 or 6.3. As for the autofocus, I always use the touch screen LCD and simply touch on the model’s face to focus on her and then snap the photo. This is the same as when I shoot outside as well. There is aldo face detection autofocus which i have found works very well. This is all on my Lumix GH3, I have not shot with the Olympus OMD-E5, but I know that the OMD-E5 also has the touch screen LCD for auto focus and it also has face detection. Perhaps you can try either of those for better auto focus in the studio.


  4. tom carson August 1, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Hi Bradley,
    This looks great for such a minimal set-up.
    Do you have any examples of the video?
    Currently using 2 Canon 7D’s and a few lenses.

    • Bradley Thornber August 1, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

      Thanks Tom!

      I used the Canon 5d MKII and MKIII for years before switching to mirrorless, and I couldn’t be happier with my choice!

      The video I shot of this model will be posted here on SCBP next week. STAY TUNED!


  5. Mark August 22, 2013 at 1:37 am #

    Hi Bradley, did you use the ETTL flash function or some form of manual on the flash? Also, where did you have the shoot through umbrella positioned? thanks. I’ve got a Canon 7D right now but am seriously considering moving to mirrorless. Particularly, the Panasonic G6 + 35-100 + 25MM Leica and Flash.

    • Bradley Thornber August 28, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

      Hello Mark,

      When using hte FL360L flash wirelessly it is manual, you can only do ETTL when you use a hotshoe sync cord. Whats great is that you can easily adjust the power output of the flash in the flash menu in the camera!

      I had the flash with the shoot through umbrella on a light stand positioned centered right behind me. It was raised up about 7′ and slightly angled downwards. I was standing about 6′ away from the model while shooting.

      Being a 10+ year canon user and now strictly a Lumix mirrorless shooter, I LOVE the change!


  6. JC September 22, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Can you make a quick video on how to set up the FL360L flash wirelessly with the GH3 like you did for the OMD + wireless flash set up? Also how many flashes can the GH3 control?
    I’m having some issues and new to this, thx!

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