How to adjust Nikon Z6 portrait settings

How to adjust Nikon Z6 portrait settings

The Nikon Z6 is a full-frame mirrorless camera that was first introduced to on August 23, 2018. This camera comes with a back-illuminated 24.5-megapixel full-frame BSI-CMOS sensor, and for better image processing, it uses the Expeed 6 processor. It has a native ISO range of 100 to 51,200, which can be expanded up to 50-204,800 (matching the Alpha A7 III).

The Nikon Z6 has a 3.69-million-dot viewfinder and unlike the OVF. The EVF of this camera will show an accurate preview of the image. Also, the back of the camera is taken by the large tilting touchscreen. Like any Sony Alpha camera, the stabilization of the Nikon Z6 is excellent. To be precise, the 5-axis sensor-shift stabilization of this camera is an understatement.

For the body of the camera, the Nikon Company has used a high-quality magnesium alloy body that is fully weather-sealed. It can capture video at 4K(UHD) up to 30 frames per second and can give you a 10-bit 4:2:2 N-LOG output over HDMI. The Nikon Z6 also features the Nikon’s new Z lens mount which

 

Shooting portrait photography using Nikon Z6:

Nikon Z6 portrait photography settings - photo
Nikon Z6 portrait settings – photo

STEP 1. Gather knowledge about exposure

Nikon Z6 portrait photography settings - exposure
Nikon Z6 portrait settings – exposure

It is one of the most important steps to capture the best portrait photographs, in fact, photography in general. Go to manual mode of the Camera and learn and adapt yourself with the Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO. Each of them is being measured by a numerical value and affects how much light would enter the lens and gives an impact to your captured images.

 

Explorations for each:

  • Shutter Speed: It refers to the length of time when the digital sensor of your camera is revealed to the light. To put it simply, it determines how much time it will spend to take a shot.

Example: to capture a freeze motion image, you need fast shutter speed (around 1/500s to 1/2000s). The faster your subject is moving, the faster your shutter speed should be.

  • ISO: ISO is the indication of how much your camera is sensitive to the light, and it is measured in numbers (100,200,800, etc.). The lower the number, the less sensitive it is to the light along with lesser grain, whereas the higher the number, the more sensitive it will be with more grain.
  • Aperture: It refers to the opening of a camera lens through which light will pass and enters the camera. Basically, just like human eyes, as you move from the dark area to the bright area, the Irish in your eyes will either shrink or expands controlling the pupil.

 

STEP 2. Use higher ISO while shooting indoors

Nikon Z6 portrait photography settings - ISO
Nikon Z6 portrait settings – ISO

It would help if you always use higher ISO indoors or in a situation where the light is low to get a better shot. Also, by choosing a higher ISO and faster shutter speed, you can take freeze movement shots better.

 

STEP 3. Concentrate on the right aperture

Nikon Z6 portrait photography settings - aperture
Nikon Z6 portrait settings – aperture

 

Generally, aperture values are written as f/stops such as f/2, f/4, f/16, etc. The higher f/stops will give you less exposure because they represent smaller apertures. On the other hand, the lower f/stops will provide you with more exposure because they represent the larger apertures. So when you are taking portrait pictures outside with lots of natural light, make sure to use a large aperture to get a small f/stop number, which will allow most of the light and allowing the camera to shoot with fast shutter speed is needed for correcting exposure. It will help you to capture a freezing shot.

 

STEP 4. Prefer using a wide-angle lens

Using a wide-angle lens will give you a broader perspective. You can capture the maximum of the specific shot. Also, choosing a lens that is shorter than 24mm offers a wider and distorted image which can be disliked. So, it’s best to check everything out.

 

Preferred lenses you can use:

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S (check price on amazon)

The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S (check price on amazon)

The NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S (check price on amazon)

The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S (check price on amazon)

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Overall Nikon Z6 is excellent camera for portrait photography if the steps are taken into prime consider.

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