Lighting & Other Micro Four-thirds Acessories

Special Guest Post by Mark Toal

Since I’ve been shooting Micro Four-thirds cameras I’ve been trying to figure out how to make everything in my photo life smaller and easier to carry. When I used to shoot professional portraits and events it meant lugging a suitcase size camera case and a much larger rolling case for my studio lights, stands, backgrounds, etc.

The easiest item for my Micro Four-thirds set-up was a smaller camera cases and since we all love to buy camera cases this was a good excuse to head to the camera store. I worked my way down to a neoprene case that just holds the camera and small backpack when I saw the perfect case at my local grocery store, the re-usable shopping bag. Yup. grocery bag. I hope the grocery bag will make it less tempting for thieves to want to break into my car. My Lumix GX1 is always in it’s neoprene case in the cloth grocery bag somewhere in the car where I can reach it at any time. 

The latest thing that I’m trying to do is shrink the size of the equipment in my portable studio. If you’ve looked at my photo blog you’ll see that I’m mostly a location shooter these days. Occasionally I want more light for a portrait. I love my studio strobes, Pocket Wizards, soft boxes, but I wanted something smaller and easier to set up. I just picked up a daylight balanced compact fluorescent bulb and socket to use with my existing umbrella and stand.

I’m only three days into the new lighting and I’m loving it as you can see from my photo of Jasmine at right.

Mark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his photo blog at Mark can be contacted at

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