I was asked by my niece the bride to take some behind the scene photos of the wedding. The venue had a package that included a photographer.
They wanted me to have fun as well. Dorie, my wife, officiated the service and Chelle, my daughter was the soloist at the wedding.
I am writing this blog for those who are interested in the newest mirrorless camera from Nikon the Z6 and how I set it up and used it for this wedding photo shoot.
I brought a really small kit.
- Nikon Z6
- FTZ converter
- Sigma 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0 Art
- Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art
- Godox 860II Nikon
- Magmod Maggrip w/ Magsphere
I really love the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art BOKEH when shot wide open. With the new firmware 2.0 on the Nikon Z6 the eye tracking focus really helps nail the eyes when focusing.
Now I was in the room with the Groom and all his 16 attendants. Did I say this is the largest bridal party I have seen? 30 total. They have a lot of friends and family is the best way to describe this conundrum.
The Sigma 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0 let me go from this wide group shot inside to much tighter shots of the Groom with individuals.
My Flash Settings on Nikon Z6
- e1: Flash Sync Speed – 1/200s (Auto FP)
- Auto ISO sensitivity control – Subject and Background
For the Godox flash I set the compensation to -1.
So during the wedding it was actually raining. Just a few drops, but this tells you the type of light we had. I decided to just fill in to give a little pop to the photos. So outside I was shooting at 1/2000 shutter speed with a flash.
Then I am inside shooting at ISO 10000 at shutter speed of 1/50.
It worked just great on the dance floor. Here I shot at ISO 6400 with shutter speed of 1/30 to add a little action to the shots.
I love shooting with the on camera strobe in a situation like this. I lets me be sure there is light on the people and then lets me record the background in natural lighting.
Sometimes the light was great without a flash. Just turned it off when I didn’t need it and turned it on as needed. The settings on the camera stayed the same.
I really love just taking photos as a guest and not the official photographer.
The other thing is if you know the people in the bridal party you get different expressions than the official photographer can sometimes get.
I love the Nikon Z6 with the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 Art lens with the Godox V860IIN with the MagMod MagSphere for weddings. I think you can shoot 95% of the wedding with this setup. I think you just need a long lens like a 70-200mm for the ceremony.
Now the other thing that really makes this system work is the updated Adobe Lightroom. I love using three of the controls that if used properly can really help out some photos that in the past without these controls would have been so-so photos.
I love the Texture, Clarity and Dehaze sliders. I cannot recommend them enough.
For sharpening I hold the Option key on the Mac while sliding the Masking control.
I loved shooting the wedding with the Nikon Z6. I think a lot of wedding shooters will fall in love with the mirrorless Nikon Z6 as much as I have this year.