Technical Solutions | Z 7/Z 6 TIPS

Basic Settings for Portrait Photography

The following settings are recommended for portrait photography:

Photo shooting menu
Set Picture Control Portrait
Focus mode Continuous AF
AF-area mode Auto-area AF
Vibration reduction Normal
Silent photography Off
Custom Settings menu
a4 Auto-area AF face/eye detection Face and eye detection on
d5 Shutter type Auto
Other settings
Monitor mode Prioritize viewfinder

Set Picture Control: Choose "Portrait"!

Choose this option for portraits in which your subject's complexion looks smooth and natural.

Focus Mode: Choose "Continuous AF" (AF-C)!

Choose AF-C for shots of mobile subjects. The camera adjusts focus continuously while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway or the AF-ON button is pressed.

AF-Area Mode: Choose "Auto-Area AF"!

In auto-area AF, the camera scans all focus points in the frame and chooses the focus point automatically. If Face and eye detection on is selected for Custom Setting a4 (Auto-area AF face/eye detection) and the camera detects a portrait subject, it will automatically position the focus point (indicated by an amber border) over the subject's face, or if the eyes are detected, over one or the other of their eyes, letting you concentrate on composition and your subject's expression even when your subject is in motion. Note that eye detection is available only from camera "C" firmware version 2.00.

When Lighting Is Poor

When photographing dimly-lit subjects with AF-S selected for focus mode, choose On for Custom Setting a11 (Low-light AF) to help the camera focus.

Vibration Reduction: Choose "Normal"!

Choose Normal for a comparatively high level of vibration reduction. As a consequence of how lens shift vibration reduction operates in Normal mode, the image in the display may jiggle after the shutter is released, but this is expected and does not indicate a malfunction. If you find the motion distracting, choosing Sport will stabilize the image in the viewfinder and free you to concentrate on composition.

Note that if you are using an F mount lens with a vibration reduction switch, the Vibration reduction item in the camera menus will be grayed out and unavailable, and vibration reduction options will instead have to be selected using the switch.

Monitor Mode: Choose "Prioritize Viewfinder"!

Recommended for users familiar with traditional digital SLRs, "prioritize viewfinder" mode lets you frame pictures in the viewfinder during hand-held photography. In photo mode, putting your eye to the viewfinder turns it on and displays the view through the lens, but the shooting display does not appear in the monitor when you take your eye away. Menus and pictures can still be displayed in the monitor using the MENU and buttons.