Nikon D610 is a good full-frame DSLR for your portrait photography purposes.
Initially, the full-frame bodies were intended for professional photography and were pretty expensive. However, as time went on, the manufacturers decided to release professional yet affordable cameras, and one of those models was the D610.
That’s why it is considered a “semi-professional” DSLR.
Just like in Nikon D5300 I mentioned earlier, the D610 also has a 24 MP sensor and it is its main advantage.
Unlike D5300 though, it has a higher burst rate, which is 6 frames per second at full resolution in RAW.
Now, what can be said about ISO?
Well, the range of photosensitivity is from 100 to 6400 ISO units, and with boost it can range from 50 to 25600 units.
One thing I’d like to mention is that Nikon D610 has a fantastic HDR mode.
It’s a full-frame (FX) DSLR with a tilting display, the logical continuation of the Nikon’s lineup, perfectly suited for modern photographers.
Even though the previously mentioned D610 has a fine autofocus, in Nikon D750 it’s a lot better.
The D750 focuses quickly and confidently even in the dark (like the D810 DSLR), so the backlight can be safely turned off.
In addition to high photosensitivity, the autofocus can recognize faces in the frame, which is not present in the older Nikon FX models andCanon digital cameras.
Basically, this allows you to get good shots even without taking a particular aim.
High ISO of 8000 won’t be a problem, in fact, even shooting at ISO 12,800 will be quite decent. This allows you to fully use the burst rate of D750, which is 6.5 frames per second.
I would prefer that the autofocus areas occupy the entire area of the frame, and not just its central part, then there will be more chances toget a sharp shot in the sportsor any other moving subjects.
The most noticeable external innovation was its inclined display.
The Nikon developers from year to year avoided using such a design solution in professional and semi-professional SLRs.
And they finally added this feature to Nikon D750!
What we see with D750 is a finely tuned control, which became much clearer to enthusiast photographers. A new design with a flip-up display will make it convenient for you to use this gear.
Without a doubt, it is perfect for:
other events shooting.
Here’s my video of whether Nikon D750 is good to buy in 2021, with some pros and cons:
While Sony a7R II is a cheaper alternative, without doubt the newer a7R Mark III model is one of the best mirrorless bodies on the market, whether you’re looking to capture landscapes, portraits or anything else.
Just like in my article on the best gear recommendations for landscapes, I wasn’t sure what to put here first, Nikon D850 or Sony a7R III.
As I mentioned earlier, if you are bit nerdy for all the new features, then you’ll love the mirrorless Sony.
But if you are more into old-school cameras, then Nikon D850 sure is the best 45MP DSLR that you can get for any kind of professional photography including portraits.
You might ask, “why do I need so many megapixels”?
It’s like with time and money: you can’t have it too much.
More image detail – the more freedom you have in everything. High resolution allows you to print pictures in large format, gives room for framing and greater flexibility in processing.
Retouching a portrait or a subject photo becomes much more convenient if the shot is taken in high resolution.
This is why portrait and landscape photographers love gear with higher resolution.
Nikon D850 combines high speed with incredible detail of images, allows you to make high-quality shots in any conditions, including in poor lighting at high ISO values.
The dynamic range is also wide enough for RAW files to be flexible in processing and allow to “pull out” a decent result even in the most difficult situations.
Continuous shooting is possible at a rate of 7 frames/s, and with a battery pack MB-D18 (with EN-EL18b battery) – it’s 9 frames/s. Ergonomics is at its finest: articulated display, joystick to select the area of autofocus, a lot of separate buttons and selectors.
I think you’ll get to understand better how this body works if you watch Chris’ video-review below:
✓ What you might like about it:
high resolution 45.4 Mp
excellent work at high ISO, low noise level up to ISO 6400
wide dynamic range, flexibility in processing RAW files
ease of use: improved grip, button illumination, high resolution inclined display
optical viewfinder with 100% frame coverage
noiseless Live View shooting
fast and tenacious focusing
high speed of continuous shooting (7 fps), capacious buffer
30 fps 4K video shooting
support of modern fast memory cards XQD and SD UHS-II
✕ What you might not like about it:
a bit slow focusing of contrast type in Live View mode
challenging for beginner photographers
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Because they don’t distort perspective as much as others do and that’s important.
Also, a fully open aperture when shooting a portrait allows you to get photos with very beautiful background blur.
The basic rules for shooting portraits
When taking portraits, you need to remember some important rules: to give expressiveness to a picture, you need to focus on the model’s nearest eye, and take a shutter speed no longer than 1 / <focal length of the lens>.
For example, if it’s a 85 mm lens, then use 1/85 shutter.
This way you’ll avoid an unexpectedly sharp nose or chin on the overall unsharp portrait of the model. It also will guarantee that you avoid the overall image blue due to the long exposure.
Last but not least:
You don’t want to have a strong digital noise, so try using the 100-400 range ISO. The camera must be used in semi-automatic or manual mode.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What should I look for when buying camera for headshots?
Choosing the right camera will do you more good than you can ever imagine. With a great gear, you can maximize your potential as a photographer. So it’s wise to do a lot of thinking and research before buying one.
The very first thing you should consider when buying a camera is it’s price-quality ratio. There are several photography gears that cost too much but its quality doesn’t match the price tag. When this happens, you’ll just end up being frustrated and you might even wish you had settled for a more inexpensive one with the same quality.
Also, you have to set a budget when buying a camera. Say for instance you have $1500 for this gear, you will have to look for a camera with a tag lower than that budget. Just think about all the other accessories and gears you will need for you to have a wonderful experience with that camera.
What I’m saying is that don’t spend your entire budget on a camera alone, unless you already have a lot of gears to pair it up with. If that’s the case, then by all means get that $1500 camera of your liking.
This matters a lot if you want to take photography seriously. The sensor size determines the amount of light you can capture with your camera in order to produce an image. Ideally, the bigger the sensor is, the better your photo quality will be. The only downside is that as the sensor size gets larger in size, other parts of the camera are bigger as well. This is one of the reasons why DSLRs are bulkier than compacts.
Type of camera
Today, you are presented with a lot of options when it comes to photography gears. For every type of camera, there’s always good and bad stuff accompanying it. Even the much coveted professional DSLRs have its set of drawbacks. And naturally, the frowned-upon point-and-shoot cameras have its own advantages, too. Same goes for mirrorless cameras as well.
So before even thinking about visiting a camera store (physically or online), you should consider choosing which type of camera you prefer. It will save you lots of time, to be honest.
If you opt for DSLRs or mirrorless, then the next thing you absolutely need to worry about are the lenses that go well with it. Not only that, you also have to consider whether there are lots of lens options you can buy for your camera. Because honestly, some camera bodies have limited choices for lens due to compatibility issues, like some Fujifilm and Sony products.
The more lens options you have, the more you can explore this industry. Wouldn’t it be nice to step up your game a little and try other photography genres aside from the one you already mastered?
In this day and age, it’s important for photography gears to have built-in connectivity. This allows for faster file transfers and easier sharing to various social media outlets. This will help you have a more efficient workflow.
The most common connectivity features you should look for are Bluetooth and WiFi. Having GPS is also an added bonus.
Q: What are other photography accessories needed for portrait shoots?
There so much more gears you need to prepare in order to proceed with professional portrait photoshoots. Among them are the following:
This is a very essential gear that you will need in a studio shoot. This helps reduce unwanted motion blurs in photos caused by shakes/unsteady grip on the camera.
Reflector and diffusers
These are also necessary especially during formal portrait sessions. Reflectors allow you to get the proper lighting so that your subject has more emphasis in the photo. Diffusers on the other hand help you soften the lighting conditions, which is perfect for outdoor sessions under the bright sun.
Lighting equipment for studio portraits
This is another very important set of equipment that you need in order to properly have your studio shoot. Since studios are indoors, the current lighting set-up may not be enough for photography. Most likely, you will need to add in more lighting equipment specifically made for this purpose.
Last but not the least, is a plain backdrop. If your studio walls are already plain, this sometimes does the trick. If not, you can simply use plain white cloth for easier post-processing later.
Where to Learn the Skills (Online)?
When it comes to crushing it in photography, it’s not about gear only. You also have to have the skills to take good portrait pictures.
All the aforementioned products are absolutely great for studio portraits, headshots, fashion photography whatsoever, across various price points.
In fact, all of these body + glass combos were/are used by professional portrait photographers.
If you won’t like them, then you can return the gear back to Amazon (and leave a nasty comment here). 🙂
If you’re a regular reader of my Digital World Beauty blog, you’ll notice that some of these are my recommendations here came up for portrait AND landscape photography.
They totally work for both genres.
However, don’t choose these if you are into sports or wildlife because unlike landscapes and portraits, action photography requires a high frame rate and fast focusing. If that’s your genre, check out this post.
What are your thoughts on these 5 best cameras for portrait photography in 2021?
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