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.
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.
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.
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.
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):
What mirrorless gear do you like to you on your shoots? Leave me a comment below!