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Viewfinder Display

John Greengo

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Fast Start

John Greengo

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Lesson Info

7. Viewfinder Display

Lesson Info

Viewfinder Display

all right, time to move over to the back side of the camera, so the viewing system on this camera is very important. There's a lot going on, so there's a lot to talk about here we have the LCD, and we have the viewfinder, and the viewfinder on this camera is uniquely different from every other viewfinder on the market. It is a hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder, which gives us a lot of very, very interesting capabilities. There is a view mode option, which will allow you to switch back and forth according to which viewfinder you would prefer to use. The standard mode is with the eye sensor automatically sensing when someone or something is up near the eyepiece and will automatically turn on the viewfinder in turn off the LCD. So it'll just go back and forth, depending on how close the cameras to your eye. If you would prefer, you can simply have it as e V f only or LCD only, or you could have it simply as an E V f. But it only turns on when your eye goes up to it. The problem wit...

h E V. F on Lee is that it's on all the time, even though the camera maybe hanging around your shoulder, for instance, as you're just walking down the street. And so e v F I sensor will save you a little bit of battery power and is a good option for people who aren't using the back of the camera and Onley using the viewfinder. Now over on the side, there is a dye Achter, which controls the viewfinder, the optical viewfinder. So if it's not clear for your eyes, then you can adjust that viewfinder. And some people have found that it gets bumped a little bit easy. And so a little bit of Gaff tape or a little a bit of electrical tape might lock that down a little bit more securely if you find that you get to get it if it gets bumped for you, all right, I'm trying to talk about the back of the camera, but I can't help myself from talking about the front of the camera because we have our viewfinder selector out in front of the camera, and that controls what we see through the viewfinder. And there is a lot going on with this very simple little device. So let's talk more about how we adjust the viewfinder on this camera. So we have an optical viewfinder, which means we're looking through glass elements straight out of the front of the camera like a traditional range finder camera, and we will see frame lines that show us what our lens is going to be capturing for us. If we take that lever on the front of the camera and we flick it a little bit to the outside, away from the lens, it's going to switch the viewfinder over to the electronic viewfinder, the E V F. And if you flick it out again, it will switch it back to the optical viewfinder, and so you can go back and forth between the two. Now there's a variety of reasons why you might want to use one or the other. The optical viewfinder is very nice because there is no blackout when you shoot a photo. And so if you're trying to take a picture and you want to see what's happening exactly when you're shooting the photo, whether it's for street photography or sports or action photography, you're gonna be able to keep a constant look and you'll hear the shutter click and you'll see it with your eyes. It also has the advantage of being able to see a little bit outside of the frame lines and so on. A player or person is moving in or out of those frame lines. You're gonna have an indication of when that's gonna happen a little bit ahead of the time. And so there are some very interesting advantages to using that optical viewfinder. The other thing is, is that an electronic viewfinder is essentially a small TV screen. It's a little monitor, and it's sitting right there about an inch in front of your eyes, and it is sometimes easier just to look through the optical viewfinder on your eyes. It's just more comfortable. And so for viewing, either in bright light or low light situations or for prolonged periods of time. Some people find that optical viewfinder easier to work with, and so it's a great option 1/2 now. On the other hand, the E V F, which is showing you a final version of your image, is a preview of what your photo is gonna look like, and so you can see the exact focusing. The exact composition. You can see where you're focusing points are very easily. There's a lot of great advantages to the eight e v f. And so the big advantage with this camera is that you can do either one that you want. And so I think it's a fantastic option for a lot of people in a lot of different types of photography. So all you need to do to switch back and forth is just give that little front lever on the on the camera a little bit of a flick out, and it automatically switches over. Now the flick out so it switches over between the VF and Ovf. Now, if you flick it to the inside, something very interesting happens when it's in. The optical viewfinder option is that it pops up a little picture in Picture Window, which shows you a view and electronic view, along with the optical view of what you're looking at and so the flick and gives you the dual display. Now this dual display is kind of interesting because get this up here. You can zoom in by pressing the dial on the back of the camera and then turning that dial to change it from a one time magnification. So if you just want to see the whole scene Elektronik Lee, you can see both at the same time, you can see a six times magnification, which is good for focusing or a two times magnification. And you could just simply dial through, choosing which one of those things that you wanna have. And so that's once again with the flick in towards the lens of the camera. So optical viewfinder. If we hold it out for two seconds, we have another little hidden trick. And so this is another one of those hidden tricks is it will actually zoom the optical viewfinder. Now the wide angle one is set for an 18 millimeter lens, which is, uh, kind of a pretty standard wide angle lens. And if we hold it out for two seconds, it zooms into 35 which is the normal lens on this camera. So if you are using a normal or a short telephoto lens like a 56 millimeter lands, then you probably want toe, flick it out and hold it out for two seconds so that you get a more magnified views so that the frame lines are more appropriate for those particular lenses. Now, right in the middle of all this is a button, and this button is a function button that you get to program. Now you can program it to do one of a couple dozen different things on its own, but the way that it is set up from the factory is it controls the bright frame lines. And so, by pressing this, you will see the different frame lines of different lens options that you might want to shoot with. And so this will work both with white angle setting and the normal setting on the optical viewfinder. And so this is a great way to preview what your subject would look like, rather than having to pull out another lands and mounted on the camera to see what those lines air like. Now, if you find this not useful, maybe you don't use the optical viewfinder that much. Well, you can replace that function by going into the menu system and reassigning this button to doing something that you find more productive. So once again flicking it back into the inside and the outside will give you various different features on that encourage you to play around and figure all of that out. Now the LCD on the back of the camera is a very nice display, but the electronic viewfinder is higher resolution. So if you want to get the best resolution possible, you want to be using that viewfinder. That's gonna give you the sharpest view of your subject. It does have a refresh rate up to 85 frames per second, and this is something that will be able to control once we get into the menu system. And there's some options and some tradeoffs with slower frame rates that I will talk more about us. We get through the class and it does have a 16 millimeter I point, which means that's how far your I could be back from the viewfinder, which is improved from previous models, and that's going to allow people working with sunglasses or just normal glass is being able to work with that. Do you find her a little bit easier? The display button on the back of the camera will control what you see through these various framing systems, either. The optical display or the electronic display, and so, by pressing the display button on the back of the camera, it will change it from a standard to an info off display. So if you don't like those extra numbers and information, you don't need that. You just want the simple frame lines. Hit the display button and it will toggle back and forth using that optical display with the electronic display. It's the same basic idea. You have your standard, which is your picture and your general information info off, which turns all the information off. And if you're using the LCD on the back of the camera, you can have your info display, which is just general information about the settings of your camera. And so, if you know that you're gonna be using the E V F, you can have the back of the camera turned to its info display. And it's like the top LCD on a lot of traditional cameras, which show you your shutter speeds, apertures and various settings on the camera. Now what you see in the viewfinder well, there's a lot of options and controls of things that you can turn on and off and I'm gonna be showing you as an example in the optical viewfinder. But most everything applies when you are in the electronic viewfinder as well. First up the frame lines that it's going to show you is a, uh, representation of what you're going to get in the final photograph, of course. And these will zoom back and forth if you have a zoom lens on the camera, so they will give you a very clear definition. Now there is a limit to how wide this framing goes. And if you were to put on a very wide angle lens like, for instance, there 14 millimeter lens or excuse me there 10 to 24 millimeter lands, it's not gonna be able to cover the full whip. And so you're gonna get these yellow arrows and little corners to let you know that you are getting something whiter than the camera can actually show you in the viewfinder itself. If you have the electronic viewfinder, it will be able to show you those extra wide angle use a little bit more easily. The focusing frame is gonna be a white box. We're gonna talk more about focusing in an upcoming section, but you'll be able to navigate using the little focusing stick on the back of the camera, and it will show you whether you're using the Elektronik or the optical viewfinder where that frame is located. You have the option of turning on grid lines if you like thes for compositional reasons for horizon getting the horizon level architectural reasons and these could be turned on or off in the menu system under the set up men you and there'll be an option for choosing what type of grid lines you want. For instance, you can choose the nine box grid or the 24 box grid, or even a grid lines that indicate for HD framing on it. And then there's a separate display control setting, which turns it on and off. We then have an Elektronik level, which is going to show us where a level horizon should be. And as we tilt our camera back and forth, this horizon will remain steady, and then when we get things correct, it'll show it to us with a green line. And so, for people who want to make sure that the horizons air level, this is a nice little option that you can turn on in the screen set up menu. We'll have exposure information about which exposure mode were in what shutter speeds and apertures were in exposure, compensation and so forth, and so that will be listed right down there at the bottom. Be aware that the white lettering means things are being done automatically, and things with a black lettering with a white background are ones that you are in control of. Setting over on the left hand side is your exposure indicator. We looked at this a little bit earlier, but it looks the same in the viewfinder. Shows you whether you are under exposed or over exposed. Another option that some people like to look at is a hist a gram, which is another way of judging the exposure that's got a little bit mawr information to it. And so this could be turned on and off in the screen set up menu that we will once again, we'll talk about when we get into the menu section. There is some general recording information about how many pictures or how much time is left on the memory cards that you're using. It also indicates which memory card you're recording, too, because there are two cards that you can use in this camera. Very easy to see which one you're currently recording with. One of the coolest things about this camera. I don't know of any other camera that has quite this feature. On it is a distance indicator that not only indicates where you are focused, but with how much depth of field you are getting in there. And so as you change your depth of field as you change your focusing distance, you will see with the white mark where you're focused at and with the blue indicator in each side, how much depth of field you're going to get. And so it's a good estimation of what your final photo is going to look like. And then throughout the rest of the area, there's gonna be some general information about other settings that you may have set on the camera, and a lot of these are going to be able to be controlled whether you see these or not. If you go into the set up men, you under the screen set up under display custom setting. There's gonna be a bunch of check boxes, and you can. You need either uncheck everything and get rid of it, or you can check it all off and have a many things in there as possible. And so you really get to customize the display more than any other previous Fuji camera. It's It's really nice because a lot of those things I don't use and I really don't care to see in the viewfinder. And it's just nice to totally clean that up and so feel free to get in there and totally customize that to your own needs. So a lot of different options on the viewing, whether it's the LCD or the viewfinder, that hybrid optical or the electronic viewfinder, some very interesting options very, very useful. And then you'll be able to go into the set up menu screen set menu, and you'll be able to control the white balance if you are using the back of the camera. And this may be very helpful if you're working in a studio that has tungsten lights turned on, but you're actually firing with flash and so you can adjust that in the set up men you

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But dense technical manuals make for a terrible first date. Get the most out of your new Fuji X-Pro2 with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features.

Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential.  In this class you'll learn:

  • How to work with a mirrorless camera
  • How to master the improved video features
  • How to use and customize the menus
John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This Fast Start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Fuji X-Pro2’s settings to work for your style of photography.  

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WOW how I wish I had this to begin with!!!! Between manual and smart tip overload via books and U Tube, as well as, class instructor snafus I pretty much felt like an idiot. After this class not so much. Great job .

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I have the X Pro 2 for over a year and I thought that I might get more information on how to use it more efficiently. Boy this is a great course! I learned a lot and I loved the hidden feature :) Highly appreciated John and CL!

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A comprehensive walk through of the X-Pro 2. John did a great job of going through each and every setting on the camera and gave lots of helpful tips and tricks that I never would have known about had I relied solely on the manual.