nikon z6 ii+85 1.8

Features of photographing portraits with Nikon cameras

My main system is Canon, but this is not the first time I've come across Nikon cameras.

What can I tell you about my experience?

If you pick up a modern full frame for a few thousand dollars, you can't go wrong with any brand now (but dormouse). All full-frame cameras are very good at photographing, giving great opportunities in post-processing. Moreover, portrait photography in natural light is one of the directions where the full-frame matrix reveals itself. I don't like taking portraits on the street in crop cameras... For studio photography with pulsed light on a crop camera, I am completely calm.

About lenses

I filmed on Nikon z6 ii with lenses:

  • Nikkor Z 14-30mm f4S
  • Nikkor Z 85mm f1.8S

As for the choice of focal lengths, then super-width about 14mm full frame and a short telephoto like 85mm are my choice as two primary lenses for portrait photography. Yes, not only can you shoot at 14mm interiors и landscapes, but also full-length portraits (with due skill). By the way, shooting at 85mm is much easier.

The lenses are optically excellent, they give a sharp picture from an open aperture, there is nothing to complain about. It even seemed to me too technically correct.

Below you can see the resulting photos. And even lower - with a video backstage, how it happened.

At the filming stage

Nikon mirrorless cameras are quality cameras that fit comfortably in the hand with a quality screen and viewfinder. This is very important for comfortable shooting on location. I'm not used to the “pinch and twist” controls, but in this photo session I was shooting in AV mode and in fact I didn't need to change anything. Eye AF works great, just press the button and get your photos. Now it is very easy to work with cameras. The not very rotatable screen was inconvenient when shooting from low angles. I am used to Canon mirrorless cameraswhere the screen can be rotated to any angle.

At the post-processing stage

RAW files lend themselves well to processing. Lights and shadows are drawn out at a time. For most plots, you won't even need to think about HDR (present in this chamber). I'll tell you a secret - this applies to any modern full-frame camera, not only Nikons. Now it is no longer worth looking for the difference, but who is there more dragging on. 10-year-old canons did not stretch well, but they can still be filmed.

Color. After the files from Canon, the colors on Nikon seem cold and dull. At the same time, changing the white balance also happens a little differently. In my opinion, the secret lies in the richness of the orange color. The difference between modern Nikon and Canon lies somewhere in this plane:

color saturation channels

Nikon gives a less saturated skin color, Kenon - more saturated. Therefore, the image on Nikon may appear colder, but the white balance does not correct this. The point is in the saturation of individual color shades. I showed above very roughly by eye what I mean. This is not a guide to the information of cameras and not accurate data.

In terms of color, this applies to modern cameras. When I was filming on Nikon D780 I noticed about the same with the color of the faces. But now, if you take the old Nikons, then there is simply misfortune, sadness. Especially the crops. For me, a sample of the most disgusting color reproduction is the Nikon D90 and D300S cameras. I have an association with them with bombils. from turkish hotels... When they take pictures with oversaturated faces and print them on souvenir plates ... but again, this does not apply to modern Nikons.

General impressions

In general, the Nikon Z6 II has a positive impression. To the question “What to buy Nikon Z6 II or Canon R6?»I can answer in the form individual consultation... Since the question is very controversial. Now, by and large, all cameras are already good, except for garbage from sony.

Shooting backstage:

Nikon Z6 II review

Samyang 85mm AF f1.4 EF lens review

The Samyang 85mm f1.4 lens for Canon is available in two versions: EF - for SLR cameras and RF - for mirrorless cameras. I got an EF version for review, but that didn't stop me from installing it on a mirrorless Canon EOS.

Samyang af 85 f1.4 ef

The lens is very pleasant to feel in the hands, has a red ring and weighs a little. Outside is beauty. What's inside?

It already depends on whether you have EF or RF. they are optically different. Below are the main parameters.

I will list the main features of the tested lens.

  • Autofocus works, but not fast. Something in between the EF 85mm f1.8 and the 85mm f1.2L. For portraits, autofocus is plenty.
  • Open sharpness is acceptable. If you close to f2, it will ring.
  • Bokeh is neutral, corresponding to f1.4 aperture. I can't say good or bad. If you want a wow effect, you need to take f1.2L.
  • In terms of color temperature, it differs from native lenses.
  • At the time of the test, neither camera nor Lnightroom did not have a built-in profile for this lens.
  • Canon R electronic stabilization does not work with this lens.
  • Our price starts at $ 600.

Overall, the lens is quite normal. In itself, quite good. The problem is that there are many alternatives to it.

samyang af 85 f1.4 vs ef 50 1.2 vs 85 1.8

Personally, it suits me Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM... The hero of the review is faster and blurs the background a little more. But for those who want more, I would recommend getting the Canon EF 85mm f1.2L rather than f1.4 from third parties. Canon RF 85mm f2 IS STM will be of interest to those who want to shoot macro together with portraits. And purely for portrait qualities optics with f1.2, in my opinion, has no equal.

How do I shoot a portrait?

When shooting portrait you can do without special equipment. The main thing here is the artistry and naturalness of the model. Mutual understanding between the photographer and the model, a relaxed atmosphere, a positive mood - these are the main factors for creating a good portrait, as well as an adequate full frame camera.

In addition, there are some more rules for shooting portraits.

1. If possible, try not to photograph "head-on". It is not at all necessary for the model to look into the frame. Even on the flip side - the most interesting photographs often come out when a person is enthusiastically engaged in some business or looking away in thought. It is important that in such moments the model does not strain and, therefore, looks natural in the frame.

2. When shooting a portrait, make sure that there are as few unnecessary objects in the frame as possible that distract about the model (furniture, other people, etc.). Remove everything that is not relevant to the subject of your shot.

3. Close-up portraits can be interesting when only a face or part of a face is visible in the frame. This allows you to increase the visual load on each element of the portrait: hairstyle, cosmetics or unshavens will stand out more.

4. Rarely do you get good photos where the model is centered. The photo will come out more natural if you position the person slightly to the right or left (but do not leave too much white space on the sides).

5. In case you need to shoot a person in full growth against the background of the sea or picturesque mountains, remember, you should not try to kill two birds with one stone: both landscape and person will not work successfully at the same time. Take the picture so that the person is the center of the composition, and the mountains and the sea create a quality background. The entire landscape can be photographed separately.

6. Avoid standing still: allow the person to relax and take a comfortable position. Also, it will not be superfluous to look at poses for photographs of people.

how to photograph portraits7. Continuing the second point. Before taking a photo, make sure that nothing that spoils the photo gets into the frame: high-voltage transmission lines, wires, road signs, fences, debris and other rubbish. Nothing should stick out from the back of the model: a lamp post, tree, branch, etc.

8. Each shot must be balanced in composition: there should not be too much landscape, sky, sea, unless it is part of the artistic plan. It is ideal to follow the basic rule of composition (the rule of the Golden Ratio): the photo should be divided horizontally and vertically into three parts, and the key elements of the plot (eyes, head, mouth) should be located at the intersection of these three parts.

9. Before taking a photo, pay attention to the clothes of the model. It should sit well, be clean, free from stains, etc. To hide such defects, the frame can be recomposed.

10. When taking portraits, it is very important to keep an eye on depth of field... Only the portrait of the model should be completely sharp in the frame, and even then not always. Blurred backgrounds are always very beneficial for portraits and photo sessions... When you focus, make sure your eyes are always in focus.

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