How to adjust Nikon D7200 portrait settings?

How to adjust Nikon D7200 portrait settings?

Nikon D7200 is considered as one of the preferable cameras for capturing portrait photographs. D7200 looks the same as its predecessor, the Nikon D7100. With the newly upgraded Nikon D7200, the user can obtain up to 18 14-bit lossless compressed, 27 12-bit compressed RAW images, or 100+ JPEG images. The maximum burst you will receive is 6 fps at full size and 7 fps in 1.3x crop mode.

 

Unlike the D7100, the new D7200 can extend its ISO up to ISO 51,200 and 102,400. The D7200 comes with a 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, which is slightly better than its predecessor (D7100 has 24.1 MP sensor). The ‘new picture 2.0’ allows the users to control the images in seven different ways including the new flat mode givingoutstanding image results with reduced contrast and maximum dynamic range.

 

Steps for Nikon D7200 portrait photography

 

STEP 1. Understanding your camera in details

Whether it is a DSLR, mirrorless, or film camera, limitations come in terms of exposure, aperture, and speed control, and, gradually it is up to the user as to how the output should be. Besides, it is the photographer’s responsibility to figure out the best possible setting that works for that particular picture.

 

STEP 2. Learn about White Balance

Nikon D7200 portrait settings - white balance
Nikon D7200 portrait settings – white balance
Nikon D7200 portrait settings - white balance buttons
Nikon D7200 portrait settings – white balance buttons

White balance (WB) is one of the vital aspects to remember. It works as wonders by removing unrealistic color casts making the white object rendered as ‘white’ in your captured photo. However, your camera’s white balance mode can be deceived by some factors like a reflected light off surrounding walls or color casts from a lush green garden. Auto white balance mode can lead to inconsistent results while capturing portrait photographs.

 

To prevent this kind of thing from happening, a couple of accessories can be used, such as a wide variety of white balance cards, filters, and disks. Some advance checkers and calibrators will allow the users to create custom white balance no matter what kind of lighting condition is present in the given location.

 

Sometimes, when you need your subject to shine in spite of lack of proper lights, try using a  collapsible reflector, which will bounce back the limited light to the subject’s face and give the required glow.

 

STEP 3. Go for black and white look 

Nikon D7200 portrait settings - black and white
Nikon D7200 portrait settings – black and white

This tip is especially for beginners. If you ever face a situation where getting a good photograph with white balance in the available lighting is not possible, you can then convert that image to black and white. It will reject any kind of color distraction and maintain the highlight precisely on the subject delivering the viewers a sense of classic refinement.

 

STEP 4. Choose the right lens 

Choosing the right lens is crucial for photographers, as it determines the outcome of the captured photos. There are a variety of lenses delivering particular results, such as a medium telephoto lens (like 85mm or 105mm) allows the user to get a balance between the model and the background. Again, a wide-angle lens would be best for capturing a shot giving equal importance to the focus on the main subject and the background.

 

A (70-200mm) f/2.8 telephoto lens can be used for portraiture. With it, you can zoom in and put the entire focus on your subject. Also, it reduces the amount of background and foreground distractions on display.

 

Best lenses to work with Nikon D7200:

Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 VR

Nikon 18-300mm f.3.5-6.3 VR

Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II

Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 DX II

landscape lens for nikon d7200
landscape lens for nikon d7200

For the beginners, the Nikon D7200 is one best choice to start for the portrait photography. By following these steps and keeping practicing, anyone can become professional at taking portrait photographs.

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