Photographing musicians on stage and off

Joe McNally and the Z 6 and Z 7 mirrorless cameras

Joe McNally Performers Series, Part 5 – Joe McNally photographs musician Ryan Hadarah using Z series mirrorless cameras.

Nikon Ambassador Joe McNally photographed Chicago area recording artist Ryan Hadarah on and off the stage with the Z 6 and Z 7 mirrorless cameras. Capturing portraits at the Chicago Music Exchange against a background of floor to ceiling guitars, as she travels on the famed Chicago L “elevated trains”, at a gig and catching her spending some quiet time at home.

Joe Utilized the Z 7 and its high resolution 45.7MP sensor for the portraits at the Chicago Music Exchange with the background of dozens and dozens of guitars hanging on the wall. He used the Z 6, designed for high ISO action capture is used for those quieter moments at her home where soft window light is all that’s needed or when shooting at night amid the lights of the city.

For assignments where you’ve got to shoot a variety of images, the Z series mirrorless cameras provide you with the best of what they’re designed for—Z 6 for capturing the quieter moments or when capturing the organized chaos of backstage life where you might need to bump up the ISO, and the Z 7 for stunning portraits that need to be shot in high 45.7MP resolution.

Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned 30 years and included assignments in over 50 countries. He has shot cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New York, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and Men’s Journal. Two of Joe's books, The Moment It Clicks and The Hot Shoe Diaries, both cracked Amazon’s top ten list of best sellers. Visit his website at and ambassador page.

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