How to adjust Nikon D850 portrait settings

Nikon D850 portrait settings

Nikon D850 has a high-resolution camera body that packs a robust 45.7- megapixel full-frame back-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor with a native ISO sensitivity of 64-25,600 (standard) and ISO 32-102400 (extended).

It boasts a latest EXPEED 5 image processor and an upgraded autofocus system with a total of 153 points (99 points are cross-type), a 7 fps continuous shooting speed that can be upgraded up to 9 fps with an MB-D18 battery pack and D5 battery.

The 181, 000- advanced pixel RGB metering system, which further boosts the autofocus abilities, especially when the user is shooting in Auto-Area and 3D tracking modes.

The camera is sensitive down to -4 EV that is two stops improvement on the D810 that has -2EV sensitivity.

So, the D850 -4 EV sensitivity allows the autofocus system to function even in low-light conditions properly.

The Nikon D850 also gets a significant upgrade in a buffer, letting you capture a total 170 RAW images in a 12-bit lossless compressed format and a total of 51 RAW images in a 14-bit lossless compressed format.

How to adjust Nikon D850 portrait settings

STEP 1. Set the Aperture properly

Nikon D850 portrait settings - aperture
Nikon D850 portrait settings – aperture

When you are taking portrait shots, shooting in Aperture Priority mode is beneficial as it lets you control the depth of field in the image, by controlling this you can choose which part of the image will be defocused or blurred and which part will be sharp.

You can blur your subject’s background and give them an edge to stand out better.

You can use specialist portrait lenses to get even wider aperture ( f/1.4 to /2.8) and blur the background of an image even further.

STEP 2. Control the shutter speed of the camera

Nikon D850 portrait settings - shutter speed
Nikon D850 portrait settings – shutter speed

First of all, shutter speed is the amount of time the camera’s shutter stays open, and this controls how much longer the camera sensor will expose to the light.

While taking photographs, photographers get face several lighting conditions, but the camera’s sensor needs a fixed amount of light to get better exposure. In low light conditions, you need to increase exposure. In bright light conditions, you have to decrease the exposure.

Also, a faster shutter speed produces a short exposure, and the camera lens gets less light, vise-versa, a slow shutter speed creates a long exposure indicating the sensor gets more light.

In a bright lighted condition, you should use faster shutter speed, and in the dimly lighted state, apply a slower shutter speed.

STEP 3. Change the angle

Nikon D850 portrait settings - change the angle
Nikon D850 portrait settings – change the angle

Usually, portrait photographs are taken by setting up the camera at the eye level of the subject. Hence, producing an excellent portraiture shot with the subject’s eyes becomes the main focus of that photograph.

However, sometimes choosing to take shots with different angles can make your portrait shots even better.

You can shoot your subject from a high camera angle, which lets the main focus on the face rather than the body.

As a result, it makes it easy to catch sufficient light in their eyes. Besides, it helps to hide the less desirable background.

Plus, you can shoot the subject from a downward angle getting as close to the ground as possible and looking up to your subject. This makes your subject seem taller and look larger.

Step 4. Fix the exposure depending on the fac’s highlights:

Nikon D850 portrait settings - exposure
Nikon D850 portrait settings – exposure

If you are taking portraiture in a dimly lighted room, use a brightness of +1 EV and -1 EV in Aperture-priority auto mode for fixing the direction of the suitable brightness.

Make adjustments with the brightness and use manual exposure. Be sure of the shutter speed to reduce the camera shake. With D850, apply the 1/focal length” seconds times 2 or 3 due to the necessity of faster shutter speed.

In case there lays a shadowed area, utilize a reflector board to supplement the light.

Following these steps enable you to take the best portraits by Nikon D850.

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