How to work with Nikon Z6 shutter speed?

How to work with Nikon Z6 shutter speed?

The ISO range of Nikon Z6 is ISO 100 to 51,200, which the users can expand up to 50-204,800 (like the Alpha A7 III).  With a 3.69-million-dot viewfinder and the EVF, you will get an accurate preview of the pictures.

 

NIKON Z6 SHUTTER SPEED: GENERAL OVERVIEW

A camera shutter is like a thin curtain present in front of the camera sensor that stays closed until the user fires the camera. When the camera shoots, the shutter will open, and the camera sensor will fully get exposed to the light that has passed through your camera’s lens. After collecting enough light, the shutter closes instantly while stopping the light hitting the camera sensor.

Shutter speed is the span of time concerning how long the camera’s shutter is open, exposing the sensor to light. It is how much time your camera needs for capturing a photograph. Shutter speed delivers specific effects in captured images.

Dramatic effects and brightness

In digital photography, one of the most important settings that will give lifetime benefit is the Shutter speed of the camera. To put it quickly, shutter speed primarily does two things; first, it creates dramatic effects by either blurring motion or capturing freezing action shot, and the second is it brightens the photograph.

When the camera is set to long shutter speed, the camera will expose the sensor to the light for a significant period, and the user will get a motion blur effect. It helps during capturing a perfect moment when the subjects are moving. This effect had used for advertisements of cars and bikes where a sense of speed and motion is communicated to the viewer by intentionally blurring the moving wheels.

Nikon Z6 shutter speed - motion blur
Nikon Z6 shutter speed – motion blur

By setting the camera to slow shutter speed, you can capture photographs of any object in the night or a dimly lighted surrounding. Some photographers even use long shutter willingly to create a sense of motion on waterfalls or rivers while keeping everything else fully crisp and still.

Nikon Z6 shutter speed - blur and crisp
Nikon Z6 shutter speed – blur and crisp

Apparently, on the other hand, if you use faster shutter speed, the camera sensor will eliminate any motion resulting in a freeze action shot. You can capture this kind of shot even if the subject is extremely fast-moving such as a racing bike or bird, etc.

 

How to measure shutter speed?

Shutter speeds are measured in fractions of a second. To understand, let’s take an example:- 1/4 signifies a quarter of a second, while 1/250 means one-two-hundred-and-fiftieth of a second (or four milliseconds).

Nowadays, many modern mirrorlesses or DSLR cameras have a shutter speed of up to 1/4000th of a second, while some have much quicker speed, such as 1/8000th of a second and faster.

 

Taking a view on Electronic First Curtain shutter:

You will get an “Electronic First Curtain” along with the silent and mechanic electronic shutter options. Find it at:

MENU> CUSTOM SETTING MENU with a pencil icon> ‘d’ Shooting / display> ‘d5’ shutter type.

Nikon Z6 shutter speed - electronic front-curtain shutter
Nikon Z6 shutter speed – electronic front-curtain shutter

The shutter opens in a silent manner. Then, it executes a mechanical click while it closes. It helps you to get rid of the camera shake on a tripod. You will realize when the exposure is completely done.

 

Sensing Auto ISO minimum shutter speed

Nikon Z6 has set itself to auto ISO minimum shutter speed before the ‘Auto ISO’ begins rising the ISO to ensure that the camera doesn’t shoot photos slower than the particular speed. Nikon Z6 shoots at a slower pace than this speed during its photo shooting at the highest ISO that is programmed. The lights become darker in this case.

Example:- If the subject is still, set AUTO ISO minimum shutter speed to “1/focal length’.

Again, if you are snapping random people, set the shutter speed to /125 to keep them razor sharp. Shooting sports can involve a setting of 1/500 to keep the moving athletes sharp.

Overall, Nikon Z6 is a pro camera to shoot fantastic still and moving photographs with accurate settings of the shutter speed.

 

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