Shooting the Lumix GH4 with LED Lighting

Today’s Blog Post by Joe Farace

While working on a recent story for Shutterbug magazine about shooting with LED lighting (It’s in the March 2015 issue) I had the chance to work with my Lumix GH4 and battery grip.

black.purple In setup, the ultra-wide version of Rotolight Anova V2 is placed near that back of my 11×15-foot home studio and slightly to my right. Since it’s the most powerful of the three lights that were used, I bounced the Anova off the nine-foot ceiling using it as a soft overall fill light. One of Rotolight’s battery-powered RL48-B LED lights, with diffusion filter, is placed at camera left and fairly close to the subject creating a key light. The second RL48-B was placed directly behind Pamela and contained a sandwich of three filters—two yellow, one orange—to create a gold glow against her violet tresses.

The background used is a Savage Infinity black vinyl backdrop that I like to use for these kinds of shots because it’s non-reflective.

The Lumix GH4 was used with an Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens producing an exposure of 1/60 sec at f/1.8 and ISO 800.