Focusing & High ISO with Nikon Z6

First Christmas Eve Contemporary service at Roswell Presbyterian Church [NIKON Z 6, 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6, ISO 51200, ƒ/3.5, 1/50]

The main reason I bought the Nikon Z6 over the Z7 was to have the extra stop for higher ISO and also lower noise at higher ISO.

On Christmas Eve I photographed our church’s service. I was shooting at ISO 51200 at times.

First Christmas Eve Contemporary service at Roswell Presbyterian Church [NIKON Z 6, 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6, ISO 51200, ƒ/4.2, 1/20]

The Nikon Z6 has “Single-AF” as well as “Point-AF” and this week I discovered it is best not to use the “Point-AF” when trying to lock on people.

First Christmas Eve Contemporary service at Roswell Presbyterian Church [NIKON Z 6, 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6, ISO 51200, ƒ/3.5, 1/30]
Marina Tanjga [NIKON Z 6, 85.0 mm f/1.8, ISO 100, ƒ/5, 1/160]

When I was shooting in the studio I was getting easily 20% out of focus photos when using the “Point-AF”. By switching the “Single-AF” I improved the number of in focus photos.

First Christmas Eve Contemporary service at Roswell Presbyterian Church [NIKON Z 6, 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6, ISO 4500, ƒ/5.3, 1/100]

For accurate focusing I prefer the “Single-AF” over group setting.

Every camera I have owned there is a learning curve. You need to learn all the menu settings and find what works best for your way of shooting.

First Christmas Eve Contemporary service at Roswell Presbyterian Church [NIKON Z 6, 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6, ISO 5600, ƒ/5.3, 1/100]

Hopefully these photos will give you a peak into me learning the Nikon Z6.

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