Micro Four-thirds in the Studio

1/125 sec at f/9 and ISO 200

I believe that the first series of shots in any portrait session should be a warm-up for both the photographer and subject and for my recent shoot with model Stevie Weisbeck, I started by stetting up two Bowens Gemini 400Rx monolights. The first lighting set-up was a simple one with a 36-inch silver umbrellas used in conventional bounce mode: The main light was placed at camera right, with a second 400Rx located at the back of the studio and slightly behind me. During the shoot, I changed camera systems, shooting part of the session with an Olympus OM-D and Oly’s 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 power zoom lens because I’m convinced that Micro Four-Thirds is a versatile system that belongs in the toolbox of any working pro.

1/125 sec at f/9 and ISO 100

During a later session with the Bowens monolights and model Pam Simpson, I continued my experiment with the Micro Four-Third system in the studio by shooting some images with a Panasonic Lumix G2 and Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II lens as well as with the larger, heavier Canon EOS 60D. One aspect of using a camera with an EVF is that immediately after shooting, the result is displayed in the viewfinder. This lets you check to see if the subject’s eyes are open and you can re-shoot without looking at the preview screen. For this set-up, I used glamour style lighting with both Bowens 400Rx monolights with 36-inch umbrellas mounted in shoot through mode and placed on either side of the model to produce soft, even lighting.

Author: Joe Farace

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