How to configure Nikon Z6 wedding photography?

Nikon Z6 wedding photography

The Nikon Z6, first introduced to us on August 23, 2018, is a full-frame mirrorless camera. It is excellent for capturing wedding photographs. This device comes with a back-illuminated 24.5-megapixel full-frame BSI-CMOS sensor and Expeed 6 processor. This camera offers a native ISO range of ISO 100 to 51,200 expandable up to 50-204,800.

 

Nikon Z6 wedding photography settings - wedding
Nikon Z6 wedding photography settings – wedding



The Nikon Z6 has a 3.69-million-dot viewfinder. The EVF displays an accurate image preview, and a large tilting touchscreen is available at the rear side. The stabilization of this camera is impressive; to be distinct, the 5-axis sensor-shift stabilization delivers unparalleled results. The body is made of superior quality magnesium alloy that is fully weather-sealed. It can shoot video (4K UHD) up to 30 fps and delivers a 10-bit 4:2:2 N-LOG output over HDMI.

 

Shooting wedding photographs with Nikon Z6

 

STEP 1. Gather the right gear for wedding photography

To significantly increase the chances of taking mesmerizing wedding photographs, it is vital to gather the right equipment along with the camera. Make sure to bring a backup camera for managing odd circumstances if your primary camera fails. In this kit, include proper lenses, most ideally, one wide aperture zoom lens, and one prime lens that allows you to roam in the crowd-filled wedding venue without disturbing them too much. A right wide-angled lens is also needed for capturing perfect venue shots and group photographs. You can make a pick from the following options:

 

NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S

NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S

NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8

 

On the other hand, carry a telephoto (either zoom or prime) lens that is essential for long-distance shots.

 

Another item that will come handy is a durable tripod to capture sharper and steadier shots.

Also, carry an external flash that is beneficial as pop-up flashes are not good enough. The pop-up flashes produce inaccurate harsh lighting. Besides, even they are not that attractive for portraits. Again, with the external flash, you can direct the flash towards the ceiling and get more natural light and diffused lighting if you don’t have a diffuser.

 

And, last but not least, pack an extra pair of batteries.

 

STEP 2. Pick the best memory cards for easy storage

One of the best tips for wedding photography is to shoot in RAW format, but as RAW files are big and store a lot of data in your memory card, it is advised to get memory cards with larger storage capacity. You should purchase a memory card with “write” speed – measured as MB/s (Hey! It’s on Amazon).

The speed written on the card is the transfer speed ( it is the speed in which your files are transferred to the computer from the memory card). It is good to have a nice transfer speed, but faster write speed is essential as well (such as 95mb/s), which can handle a continuous burst of RAW photos easily.

 

STEP 3. Try black and white photograph

The advantage of shooting in RAW format is that you can convert your files later. In case you face trouble seeing contrast, you can shoot in this format. It makes capturing wedding photographs much simple as now the colors won’t distract you anymore, and you can convert them in color photographs during the post-production tasks. Also, black and white photography is much helpful in terms of unpredictable lighting conditions during the wedding.

Nikon Z6 wedding photography settings - raw format
Nikon Z6 wedding photography settings – raw format

 

STEP 4. Take control of shutter speed

Shutter speed is the length of time when the digital sensor of your camera is revealed to the light. To make it precise, it determines how much time it will spend to take a shot.

Nikon Z6 wedding photography settings - wedding
Nikon Z6 wedding photography settings – wedding

So, one of the most simple wedding photography tips is to avoid applying extremely low shutter speed ( below 1/250 seconds ) as it will vary from person to person as to how steady their hand is, but keeping it minimum is recommended for taking best wedding photographs.

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