My First Studio Shoot With Mirrorless

Lumix FL360L Flash

Lumix FL360L Flash

I recently had my first studio shoot with mirrorless.  It has been an exciting transition into the new world of mirrorless photography, and I have to say that I am LOVING IT!!!! As a versatile photographer, I do a lot of street shooting here in NYC and also do a lot of studio work. Keeping with the “less is more” mentality, I recently sold all of my Alien Bee’s equipment and am now shooting with just a single Lumix FL360L  flash. This is radically less gear that I am used to, but I was determined to make it work.


Wireless communication

For starters, I really love the fact that the Panasonic Lumix GH3 wirelessly communicates with the FL360L flash. I can easily and remotely control the output power of the flash directly in my camera which is just fantastic! In addition, you can have 3 groups of flashes all controlled independently so that you can easily add more or less light where needed. Since I am currently working with just a single flash at the moment, I did not need this, but I certainly will be using it in the future as I add more flashes to my set up.


Johannie Bradley Thornber fotobrad Panasonic Lumix GH3

Model: Johannie

Easy set up

Secondly, it is practically effortless to set up. I simply attached a flash mount to my light stand, attached my flash to the mount, and used a shoot through umbrella also attached to the mount. I set my flash to wireless, and in my camera I set my flash output to wireless, and it was good to go.

Johannie Bradley Thornber fotobrad Panasonic Lumix GH3

Model: Johannie

Fast and powerful

Thirdly, I was quite impressed with the fast recycle time of the flash. I didn’t have to slow the pace of my shoot at all and wait for it to recharge. In the flash I was using standard rechargeable Energizer batteries. Additionally this little flash was quite powerful! Being used to working with 800 w/s strobes, I thought I was going to have no where near enough light with this one small flash, but I was wrong! Shooting at full power, I was easily able to shoot at f/7.1 at 1/100sec and 200 ISO, which is my pretty normal set-up for studio photos.

Johannie Bradley Thornber fotobrad Panasonic Lumix GH3

Model: Johannie

Lastly, the quality was fantastic! I easily got the look that I was going for and that is what is most important… the image.

I have since done a few more shoots with the same set up and each one gets easier and better. I have also noticed that using a smaller camera away from my face makes the interactions with the model much more laid back and easy going. The model has a lot more fun and we end up getting a lot better shots in a lot few takes.

Quick, easy, fun, with big results from a very small set up. I couldn’t be happier!

Here is what I used for this shoot (click items to buy on Amazon):

Panasonic Lumix GH3 Panasonic Lumix Battery Grip Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 IS Lens Panasonic Lumix FL360L Flash


What mirrorless gear do you like to you on your shoots?  Leave me a comment 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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17 Responses to My First Studio Shoot With Mirrorless

  1. JabariHunt April 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    You mind posting some 100% crops, especially face/eyes?

    • Bradley Thornber April 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

      Hello Jabari,
      Thank you very much for your question! Unfortunately we generally do not post 100% crops here. The images already being 600px by 800px provide a proper representation of the image. Afterall, it’s about the photo, not the pixels. Cheers!

      • JabariHunt April 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

        I always find it a little odd to hear photographers say what you did in your last sentence, especially anyone in the advanced enthusiast to pro category.

        I agree that it is all about the photo! However, every photo is made up of two different parts…image content and technical aspects. Content includes your subject, background, composition, etc. The technical part includes exposure (shutter speed, aperture, ISO), white balance (if digital), and a few others (including sharpness). As photographers, we should always strive to improve and maintain our skills as well as evaluate the tools that we use to make up all of the different parts of a photo.

        All that said, there is nothing wrong with evaluating individual components of a photograph seperately, including sharpness (which is why I requested 100% crops), with the hopes of using that knowledge to make better all around photos in the future.

        At any rate, this is just my personal viewpoint. I understand not all photographers will agree…

  2. Lane April 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Bradley, love the way you have composed these images! The model’s light skin with the stark white background works very well. Add to that, the diffuse shadow, and you get what I feel is a very appealing image! Well done!!!

    • Bradley Thornber April 23, 2013 at 2:04 am #

      Thank you very much Lane! It is always a pleasure to please and inspire others.

  3. Joe Gunawan April 23, 2013 at 4:07 am #

    Welcome to the world of studio shooting with mirrorless. I’ve been shooting fashion and commercial for the last 2 years with almost nothing but mu4/3. Shooting with studio strobes is great because you can shoot low ISO all day. I’ve been on the GH2 all through last year, but just bought the GH3.

    You can see my work at

    Love to hear your thoughts on them =D

    - Joe

    • Bradley Thornber April 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

      Thanks Joe,
      Your work is absolutely gorgeous and a testament to the power and capability of 4/3! Keep up the amazing work!!

      • Joe Gunawan April 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

        Thanks Bradley! mu4/3 is here to stay and it’s just getting better every year. Good luck with your shooting also and let’s make this community grow!

        - Joe

    • Jabari Hunt April 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

      Outstanding work, I love your concepts…

      • Joe Gunawan April 23, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

        Thanks Jabari! I appreciate it!

    • chris May 8, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

      Love the work on your site Joe, are all of the images m43?

      • Joe Gunawan May 9, 2013 at 2:23 am #

        Thanks Chris! Yes, almost all of them are mu43. Ironically, the ones that aren’t are shot with a Phase One medium format camera with an 80mp back. Talk about going extreme on the other end the spectrum right, lol?

        - Joe

  4. john May 2, 2013 at 9:45 pm #


    Does anyone know where i can buy a Canon ef lens for a cheap price ? Thanks in advance guys :)

  5. John Pszeniczny July 9, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your workflow Bradley. It means a lot to the rest of us dipping our toes in m43 and seeing impeccable results from people like You, Giulio, and Joe Gunawan is truly inspiring.

    • Bradley Thornber July 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

      Thank you very much John! It is an absolute pleasure to be able to share my work with people and it is an honor to inspire fellow photographers getting into the m43 world. You can be assured that there will be many more post from me here on SCBP. Keep on shootin!

  6. Dale November 22, 2013 at 12:18 am #

    I am thinking of trading in my sigma 19mm and lumix 14-45mm in for a Lumix 12-35mm. How are you finding the quality of this lense12-35mm? Do you have a link that could show some more examples of this lense?

    • Giulio Sciorio November 25, 2013 at 8:38 am #

      Hi Dale,

      the Lumix 12-35/2.8 and it’s partner the 35-100/2.8 are both X lenses. This means they are second in sharpness only to the Leica’s and in my experience it’s true. Both 2.8 zooms are prime sharp. Check my Google+ page for examples.

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