Photo Above Data [NIKON Z 6, Sigma 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0 ART, ISO 16000, ƒ/6.3, 1/200, Focal Length = 95]
I have owned the Fuji X-E series cameras a few years. I love them. Then I bought the Nikon Z6 to be able to shoot mirrorless with some of my Nikon glass.
I think the Fuji X-E3 compares pretty good to the Nikon Z6. I like that the Fuji X-E3 when you are close to someone will not only find their face but their eyes as well.
Now the Nikon Z6 camera automatically detects the subject and selects the focus area. At default settings, the camera gives priority to portrait subjects; if a portrait subject is detected, the selected subject will be indicated by a yellow border (if multiple faces are detected, you can choose your subject using the multi selector).
Just so I could get some photos to use from the service I left the 55-200mm on the Fuji X-E3 and the 24-105mm on the Nikon Z6.
No question that the larger full-frame sensor on the Nikon Z6 had less noise. However I was pretty happy with the noise on the Fuji X-E3 as well.
I think that the dynamic range is better with the Nikon Z6. You can see some of that comparison here.
I love the smaller size and weight of the Fuji system. I think the quality is excellent.
I do think that the quality of the images and higher ISO is definitely in favor of the Nikon Z6.
Top photo specs [NIKON D5, 14.0-24.0 mm f/2.8, ISO 20000, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000, Focal Length = 17]
I was able to do some testing of the Nikon Z6 at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl game of Florida vs. Michigan. For those interested in the score the final was Florida 41 and Michigan 15.
I can say that the Nikon Z6 sensor gives you great dynamic range and very little noise at high ISO numbers.
The mirrorless Nikon Z6 was using electronic shutter at 1/4000, which gave some lines if the LED signage was in the photo at those shutter speeds. At the slower speed of 1/100 the jumbotron came out just fine.
I found that when it came to the fast action on the field that my Nikon D5 did a superior job of focusing. I do not think the Nikon Z6 is in the same league for sports as the Nikon Flagship D5.
Due to the performance not being equal to the Nikon D5 I put the Nikon 28-300mm on the Nikon Z6 and shot some with it in the Red Zone.
When you compare the image quality the Nikon Z6 is awesome. Good dynamic range.
The big difference to me was whenever the LED boards are in the photos the Z6 gave those lines and the D5 didn’t at the 1/4000 shutter-speed.
I am still very pleased with the Nikon D5 for sports, however I do love seeing what you will get with the EVF of the Nikon Z6.
So for sports I will continue to rely on the Nikon D6, but for most everything else I think the Nikon Z6 is much more fun to shoot.
I love walking around with the Nikon Z6. It is a lot lighter than the Nikon D5.
Another thing that the Nikon Z6 is great about, but not really a factor at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is how quiet the camera is when clicking the shutter.
By the way many people would think that I should lower the ISO and shoot at a slower shutter speed of 1/1000. I can tell you that for me I can see the sharpness go up with the higher shutter-speed.
Hope you enjoyed seeing the results from the the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. In summary buy the Nikon D5 for shooting sports and for most everything else the Nikon Z6 is just perfect.
When shoot wide open aperture and then also get as close as a lens will let you get to the subject you will get the shallowest depth-of-field possible with that lens.
Take a look at the photo above shot at ƒ/4 and then this is the same photo zoomed in closer.
Now the only way to really see what I am talking about is to shoot the same photo with different apertures.
Now here is a closeup of that ƒ/16 photo.
Now I shot this at a variety of apertures. Here it is at ƒ/8.
Here is a closeup of that photo.
What I have discovered with all my lenses is that the depth-of-field at the widest aperture and focusing as close as the lens can will produce what looks to be an out of focus photo, but what is really happening is the depth-of-field is so shallow that it looks soft.
When getting this close to a subject I recommend starting with an aperture of ƒ/11.
Here I shot this at ƒ/11. I also changed my ISO from 100 to Auto ISO which gave me ISO 51200 because I have the shutter speed set to 1/100. As you might notice the shutter dropped to actually 1/50. That is because I had capped at ISO 51200.
Here is a closeup of that photo, which you will notice some noise.
When it comes to still life photos like the ones here there is really no reason not to experiment. Shoot on a tripod, as I have done here, at different apertures. Shoot at ISO 100, ƒ/16 and for 20 seconds. Then shoot as many apertures as you can to the widest aperture.
When you have the photos on your computer zoom in and find the photo that works the best to make your object appear sharp and in focus as well as the soft BOKEH.
Hopefully you also see that there is such a thing as TOO MUCH BOKEH.
One of my daughter’s good friends from church youth choir Sarah Clements asked me to help her with some headshots. She is a soprano majoring in voice.
She is in her junior year of college getting closer to graduation. She is thinking of now having to promote herself for jobs. Headshots are needed since casting often involves getting someone to look the part.
We took a lot of photos together. I enjoyed using my new Nikon Z6 camera paired with the Nikon 85mm ƒ/1.8G lens. The quality is incredible with this combination.
This is a close up of the photo above. The detail is beyond remarkable to me.
I always want to get the best possible photos during a photo shoot.
I started with almost 300 images that after editing for slightly missing the focus due to such a shallow depth-of-field and also occasional blinks I was able to give her over 200+ images.
What I love about photographing artists is they understand nuance. As a professional musician Sarah has to know more than the mechanics of music theory. She knows the difference of being slightly out of tune and in tune. The difference of each note blending properly in a choral group.
Together we can work on tweaking face expressions and lighting to get that just perfect combination that captures the person’s personality in the best possible light.
I am really loving the finished images I am getting with the Nikon Z6.
By the way today everyone needs a headshot. Do you have one?
While in college majoring in social work I discovered the power of photography. Specifically, I discovered that photojournalism did the best job I could find in educating people about the world around them.
Before graduating with my degree in social work I had to do an internship in the field. I found an internship working at the mental health center in Kinston, NC.
When counseling a person, I would “peel the onion” as we would say to move from the symptoms to the cause for a problem in a person’s life. Most of the time when someone was suffering it takes them longer to see the root cause of their problem.
While I was in college I was also taking photos for the school newspaper. I saw quickly how a photograph helped “peel the onion” for a community. Mirroring is a therapeutic technique where you repeat back to a client, usually in your own words but sometimes word for word, the idea that has just been expressed. It can literally be as simple as: Client: “I felt hurt and confused.”
I discovered that a photograph was even more powerful than the mirroring technique.
I just finished grading the students in Introduction to Photojournalism Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.
More than half of the two classes I taught had never owned a camera other than the one on their phone. I was teaching them the mechanics of photography and also how to tell stories as a photojournalist.
What I discovered is the one skill that they needed more than how to use their camera was how to “peel the onion” of the subject.
The photojournalists that consistently tell powerful stories are the ones who spend more time getting to know their subjects.
I would love to help you if you don’t know how to “peel the onion” of a story. In January I am going to Lima, Peru with a few other instructors who have the same calling to help 10 workshop participants to become storytellers using their cameras.
Each person will work with a person to tell their story. While working on the story they will have one-on-one time with the instructors to coach them each day through the process. By the end of a week they will show to the community a short 3 to 5-minute video that has the subject telling their own story.
I will do this again in March in Trinidad and then this coming summer we will bring the team together again and go to Bucharest, Romania. Maybe you want to join us.
Go here to sign up for our trip. You can also contact me for one-on-one classes or we can put together a workshop for your organization.
Today our country buried former President George H. W. Bush. In attendance were all the current living former presidents including Jimmy Carter.
I had an appointment with President Jimmy Carter today. Dorie, my wife, had signed us up to be at the Conversations at The Carter Center: Humanizing Religion and Human Rights where President Jimmy Carter was host and on the panel.
If you want to watch the presentation here is that video link.
It was quite refreshing to hear from the three Abrahamic Faiths: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam as to how the individual faiths address Human Rights.
For those reading this for photography comments on the Nikon Z6 I want to talk about two things I tested the camera on. First I tried to shoot on Silent Mode, which is electronic shutter, but got banding.
I also shot just a couple shots at pretty high ISOs.
This photo is shot at ISO 32000 and cropped a bit as well. I was really impressed with the high ISO with the new Nikon Z6.
While I enjoyed testing the camera, I really kept pinching myself. I have had many opportunities through the years to be in the presence of President Jimmy Carter. No matter which president in history it would still be rare for most of us to have so many opportunities unless you are friend/family or work for their administration to have this type of opportunity.
Atlanta is blessed to have The Carter Center in our backyard. We plan to go back to Plains, GA to hear President Jimmy Carter teach Sunday School once again.
I admire all he has done with The Carter Center. I also enjoy his Sunday School class.
The second assignment was shooting the SEC Fanzone event at the Championship game between Alabama and Georgia.
I was enjoying using all my Nikon F-mount lenses and seeing what you will get before you press the shutter. I enjoyed the incredible sharpness due to no more anti-aliasing over the sensor.
I shot a little over a thousand images at the Fanfest with the Nikon Z6. I got a lot of great shots and was please with the performance of the camera.
I had to use on camera flash to get this photo of Hines Ward with a young fan. The photo of Ward behind them was super bright jumbotron and the only way to get them from not being silhouetted was with a flash. The Godox V860iiN worked just great with the camera.
After all day shooting I charged up my batteries for the camera and me. By the way I used three batteries all day shooting with the Nikon Z6.
Then Sunday I shot another 1000+ images at a church covering all type of settings. Once again the Nikon Z6 performed flawlessly.
The camera without putting it into silent mode was already quiet as compared to my Nikon D5 which I was also shooting.
I think the files look much better than my other Nikon D5 files. I think the new CMOS sensor with the combination of the new Expeed 6 processor is giving much sharper images out of the camera.
In those tricky lighting situations with mixed lighting it is so cool to see what you will get before you click the shutter.
I think the Z6 performed really well and compared very similarly to the Nikon D750 that I used to own. I do think the Nikon D5 is the camera for sports and out performs the Nikon Z6 in responsiveness. Well it ought to be better at a ticket price of $6,500.
The best part of the Nikon Z6 for me is to have all the things I love about mirrorless, but now able to use all my Nikon glass.