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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 McNally photo of Ryan Hadarah at the Chicago Music Exchange with a wall of guitars in the background, taken with the Z 7 mirrorless camera.

© Joe McNally

Z 7, NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S at 19.5mm focal length, 1/80 second, f/4, ISO 200, manual exposure, Matrix metering

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.

Joe McNally photo of Ryan Hadarah on a street in Chicago, at night, taken with the Z 6 mirrorless camera

© Joe McNally

Z 6, NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S, 1/400 second, f/1.8, ISO 400, aperture priority, Matrix metering

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.

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