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Fujifilm X-H1 Fast Start

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Camera Controls: Basic Controls

John Greengo

Fujifilm X-H1 Fast Start

John Greengo

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Lesson Info

3. Camera Controls: Basic Controls

Lesson Info

Camera Controls: Basic Controls

It is time to get into the main section of the class, which is Camera Controls. What we're gonna be doing in here is looking at all the buttons, dials, and features of the camera. And I'll be explaining what they do and where you might want to set them for different types of photography. First off, let's talk about our basic controls on this camera. On and Off will start up very quickly. When you do that the camera automatically goes through a sensor cleaning system to knock off dust from the sensor. Dust on the sensor is gonna be a major problem if it's there because it causes black spots on your subjects. And, so, you want to make sure that is kept clean. You can manually clean it. I'll talk about that later, but for the most part the camera is gonna keep off a lot of that dust just inherently by turning the camera on and off. The back of the camera will have a Selector. This is your up, down, left, right options and this is gonna be used for navigating the menu system and any time y...

ou want to scroll through things you're gonna probably be using this Selector on the back of the camera. We do have a Menu and OK button for confirming settings right in the middle. We have a Rear Dial, which is also a button that you can push in, so that's a special feature we'll talk about as we get through this class. And the front is the same. So there are two main dials:, Front and Back that you'll use for a variety of functions. Kind of new on the Fuji cameras is the Focus Stick or sometimes known as the Joystick. This is primarily used for moving the focus point around, but you can also navigate the menu systems and it is also a push button as well. And, so, it serves as a dual purpose type button that you have lots of different functions that you can work with. We're gonna be looking most closely at the top of the camera in this first section. The Shutter Release is what's new. It's a Feather Touch Shutter and there's a couple of things that are different about it. First off, it's extremely quiet, it has very little vibration to it on the camera, but it has a very short throw. For anyone, coming from any other camera, this is a very light press. On most cameras you have to tell people, it's a light press, but on this one it is a really light press. You just barely lean into this and you're gonna get the camera metering, you're gonna get the camera auto focusing; you press just a little bit harder and you're taking a photo. It's the lightest press of any camera out there for this. Now, you need to have a very sensitive finger and you need to get used to this because one of the things that's quite common with people that I know that own this, including myself using it, is that there's a lot of accidental photos when you first get this camera because it is such a light touch on that shutter release. And so, when you're not using the camera, you probably do want to turn it off, otherwise you're gonna end up with a lot of photos of the inside of your camera bag. When you press halfway down on the camera it is also going to wake the camera up if it is in the Menu system or you are doing something else where there's a menu on the screen, and you just wanna get back to shooting, just press halfway down on the Shutter Release. Now, one of the things that is become quite common for photographers these days, is to use a technique called Back Button Auto Focus. And this is where you are focusing with a button on the back of the camera with your thumb and then with a separate shutter release up in front, you're taking the photo. And this allows you to separate the two actions of focusing and shooting a photo, because sometimes you wanna recompose; or you wanna focus, and wait a second, and then shoot, and you don't want the camera to refocus when you shoot. Now the camera will auto focus when you press down on the Shutter Release, unless you tell it not to. And, so throughout the class, I'm gonna give you some shortcuts on how to go in and make changes. If you wanna jump ahead and make that change right now, I'm gonna give you the direction on how to do it, but if you wanna just kind of follow through on the class, we will cover this when we get to the Menu section. But if you want to turn off the Shutter Release Auto Focusing, you would go into the Setup menu, look under Button Dial Setting, and go to Shutter AF and turn it off. And then when you press down on the Shutter Release, the camera will no longer focus. There is a AF On button on the back of the camera that you would then use for focusing and, so, you could separate it in that manner.

Class Description

Get the most out of your new Fuji X-H1 camera with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features. This camera has gotten great reviews as being the best of the X series mirrorless cameras. You'll learn why this camera is highly sought after by enthusiasts and professional photographers alike. Join expert photographer John Greengo as he gives you all the information you need to understand the camera's buttons, menus, and functions.

In this Fast Start class John will show you how to use:

  • The new shutter which can work mechanically, electronically or with an electronic first curtain
  • The new focus stacking option for infinite depth of field
  • Fujifilm's first 5-axis in-body image stabilization
  • The new video features with slow motion and time lapse capability

John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer with over 50 Fast Start classes in the CreativeLive catalog. With his experience in analyzing camera manuals, he will discuss the complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. After this class, you’ll be able to use your new Fuji X-H1 with confidence.



I have been thinking about buying this camera. After watching this class I know that I have made the right decision. John is fantastic! Previously I have watched a random assortment of youtube videos by self-proclaimed experts. It turns out that many of the things that these so-called experts have said about this camera are simply wrong. John is the real deal. He goes in depth for every function and explains everything very clearly. His graphics are wonderful, he obviously spent a huge amount of time on preparation. If you have this camera and want to understand it better, or are thinking of buying it, I highly recommend this class which is taught by a true expert.

Mark Ballard

Well done! Worth every penny. Shined shoes too.