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 2020, 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.
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 2020?