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Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

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Backside: Playback

John Greengo

Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

John Greengo

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9. Backside: Playback
Take a tour of the X-T2's playback settings. Learn how to view your images with multiple control options, as well as a shortcut to switch from one SD card to the other SD card. Discover how to quickly check the focus right at the focal point.


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1 Class Introduction Duration:04:48
2 Camera Overview Duration:12:06
3 Photo Basics Duration:06:03
4 Top Deck: Overview Duration:04:23
5 Top Deck: Exposure Control Duration:27:35
6 Top Deck: Metering Duration:07:17
7 Top Deck: Drive Mode Duration:21:01
9 Backside: Playback Duration:08:50
12 Quick Menu: AF Mode Duration:08:27
16 Function Button of Fuji X-T2 Duration:12:08
17 Left & Right Side of Fuji X-T2 Duration:06:51
18 Bottom of Fuji X-T2 Duration:09:40
19 Front of Fuji X-T2 Duration:05:50
20 Fuji Lenses Duration:07:37
21 Q&A Duration:02:38
22 Camera Menu Overview Duration:02:56
23 Image Quality Settings Duration:18:04
25 Shooting Settings Duration:19:13
26 Flash Mode Duration:08:18
27 Movie Mode Duration:05:09
28 Camera Menu Q&A Duration:02:53
29 Set-Up Menu: Basics Duration:01:38
30 Demo: Add Items to My Menu Duration:03:26
32 Screen Set-Up Duration:07:36
35 Playback Menu Duration:08:52
36 Camera Operation Overview Duration:14:30
37 Firmware Addendum Duration:30:43

Lesson Info

Backside: Playback

We have the play back button, as I say, we're just going to do a tour. We're starting up on the kind of the top left side and let's talk a little bit about the play back settings of this camera. And so when we play back the camera, we can go to the previous and next image by going back and forth on the camera. We can also use the front dial to go back and forth. We can also use the focusing stick to do the exact same controls. Alright, a little bit of a shortcut for you, the camera has two slots for memory cards so if you have two memory cards, if you press in on the focusing stick in the play back mode, it'll allow you to go into a menu to switch between card one and card two. There's a couple different ways of switching between card one and card two, this is just kind of one of those little secret shortcuts. The camera does need to be in the play back mode for this to work. Now to, if you turn the back dial, you're going to turn that to zoom in and out or you can simply press it to s...

how where you have focused at. And so let's go ahead and get my camera turned on so I can show you what we're doing. Let's keep this simple, I'm going to throw the shutter speeds in automatic and so let me just take a photo. Let's see, am I, I'm on large JPEG and I am going to move the focusing point, which I'm not sure if you can see. Let's see, am I in? I am going to move the focusing point, where is the, aha! I was playing around with my camera and I locked this, we'll talk about that in a minute. I'm going to move the focusing point up to our timer clock up on the top, and that's where I want to focus, and so I'm going to focus up there, take a photo. I'm going to come back and play back, and let's change our display here. Alright so now when I press in on this button on the back, see this is play back, just to prove it's in play back, when I press in on this button it automatically goes to where I was focusing and so that's usually where you're going to want to check focus, but then I can use the focus stick to move around. Now, if I want to see a little bit more, I can just kind of back off a little bit with this dial here. And so, let's see if I can play back another image. And so I took this picture image earlier, where was I focusing? Well you can see I can zoom in and that's exactly where I was focusing and so going through your images, where did I focus? That's where I focused. And so it's a quick way to check focus where you had your focusing point set. If you go up in the play back mode, you can cycle through three different shooting screens that show you different information. I showed you earlier, when we were looking at the low ISO in the 200, the little blinkies that we get that show you the overexposed pixels, and that's one info display one, you inherently get that. Info display two is going to have additional information, I'm not going to go through all the details, you can take a look at it and see what that information shows you, and then just keep pressing that top button to cycle through. Normally I would leave it either on basic data or info data one, I think it's the best use of it. I don't completely understand why, but the display back button has a few options that are identical between these two, and so there are two different ways of cycling through different information on the camera and so one of them, over on the left hand side on the bottom there is favorites. If you want to star rate your images, this will go into the meta data, and that will carry forward to programs like Lightroom. And so if you know you got a good image, you can put it in there like that. And so once again, just simply hitting the display back button will cycle through between all the options and so you can also do some of those same things with the up button on the control pad over on the right hand side. The Q button allows you to go in and do a raw conversion, and so if you shoot a raw image, you can go in and you can convert it into a JPEG image, making a number of adjustments. We'll talk a little bit more about this in the menu section because you can also get to it in the menu section as well, but this is just another little shortcut that allows you to do that. Alright, another of the shortcuts, if you want to switch from card one to card two, you press and hold the play button for two seconds and that'll switch from card one to card two. In the play back mode, which cards are you playing back? Not which cards you're recording to, but which cards you're playing back. And you should clearly see the card in white with the arrow below it is the one that you are playing back to. Talk about play back in reference to shooting movies and so forth. And so in this case, the downward button is for play and pause. You can completely stop the video by going up and then you can do a fast forward and a rewind by going left and right. And then if you want to control the volume, you'll press the button in the middle and then you can go up or down in the volume controls there. And all of those are duplicated on the focusing stack, and so there's multiple ways of controlling what's happening with the video. And of course if you want to delete, you can hit the delete key and then it's going to bring up a menu asking if you're really sure that you want to delete that particular frame. Now if you want to get rid of all the images on your card, you could delete them one at a time or you could delete them as a group. But it is better to reformat the card. There is a reformat option in the menu system, but like I said before, there's a lot of shortcuts on this camera. So if you want to reformat the card in a very quick way, what you do is you hold down on the trash can button for two seconds while pushing the rear command dial. Let me actually just do a quick little demo of that right now. Now, I've been taking some practice pictures that I may need for the rest of the class in here on card one, but I'm going to reformat card two because I've got nothing on that and I just want to show you how to do it. And so you're going to press down on the garbage can button for two seconds, and nothing really happens, two or more seconds, and then I'm going to hit in on the button that is the dial itself. And so two seconds and then press in, and now I can select. I don't want to do card one, I do want to do card two. I can either press OK or go to the right and then do you want to format the card in slot two? OK and I'm going to erase all the data on that, I'm going to say OK, and that's going to take about three or four seconds, and then all the data on card two has been erased. Now, if I play back an image, let's see if I can bring up a display. And so here you can see in white I am on card one. If I hold down on the play button for a couple of seconds, we're going to go to card two, but there's no images in there. You can see card two is highlighted in white so we know where we are, and we know there's no images and we're in the play back mode, so I'm going to hold down on the play back so I can get back to card one, and now I'm back on card one and I can go through my images here. And when I go to shoot photos, you can see up on top, I'm going to go ahead and black the screen out so that, okay, can't focus. So now you can see up on top, get that out of the way, I'm recording card one. Card two is in there, but it's not being used. And just for kicks, let me take out card two so that you can see what happens when we go without a card in there. And so you can see that there is no longer, I'll just set a really fast shutter speed, how about that? That solves that problem. So now you can see that there's a card in number one but nothing in number two. I'll go back. I don't know how live it'll update that, it kind of has to turn off, and there we go. We have a card in there, but nothing is being written to it, so right now I'm just writing to card one. So hopefully that'll help you out navigating those two cards, a lot of different little tricks on this. So there is another little shortcut to show you here. The camera has a secret play back menu and if you want to get into the play back menu, you have to be in the play back mode. And so once you hit play back, then you hit menu, you're going to have access to get into the various controls in the play back menu. We'll talk more about this in the menu setting of the class, but realize that there is that little secret menu that you have to be in the play back mode in order to see. So that pretty much covers everything to do with play back.

Class Description


  • Capture images on the Fujifilm X-T2 with confidence
  • Set custom controls and menus
  • Master exposure and autofocus with the X-T2
  • Easily set up the camera's Wi-Fi


The Fujifilm X-T2 is one of the best travel cameras on the market, with a large X-Trans CMOS APS-C sensor packed inside a mirrorless compact camera. But that first date with the X-T2 doesn't always go well. Skip the 356-page instruction manual and explore the X-T2's features with expert photographer John Greengo at your side.

Start with basics like setting up the camera and taking the first shot, then dive into advanced topics like using a battery grip and customizing the electronic viewfinder. Learn how to capture an accurate exposure and how to work with the X-T2's AF system. Finally, in an update to the class, find out how to update the firmware and what new features Fujifilm has added since the mirrorless digital camera's launch.

This fast start course gives you everything you need to successfully shoot with the X-T2. Whether you are just picking up the X-T2 for the first time or are self-taught, learn the X-T2 inside and out, including more than a dozen "secret" shortcuts.


  • Photographers just picking up the X-T2 for the first time
  • Self-taught photographers that want to find what they're missing
  • Photographers considering investing in the X-T2

MATERIALS USED: Fujifilm X-T2, lenses and accessories


John Greengo is an award-winning travel and outdoor photographer. Along with his creative work, he's lead dozens of classes on photography basics. He's taught Fast Start classes for dozens of different cameras, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Olympus digital cameras as well as Fujifilm cameras. He's lead several classes on X-Series cameras, including the Fujifilm X-T20, Fujifilm X-H1, Fujifilm X-Pro2, Fujifilm X-T1, Fujifilm X-E2, and Fujifilm X-T10. John's straightforward teaching style makes it easy to ditch the boring instruction manual to learn the ins and outs of your camera.


John Simpson

I highly recommend this class! Been shooting Nikon for 40+ years and decided to give my Nikon gear to my daughter and go the smaller and lighter Fuji X-T2 for travel. Excellent camera and this course was outstanding in helping me learn how to use the camera. I have watched a number of Nikon oriented instructional videos. This video by John Greengo is the best organized and informative presentation I have ever watched.

Monroe Nevels

We all learn from different methods. I, for one, learn best by watching you while teaching, and being able to work along side you, with my camera in hand, and then follow you. I highly recommend this class if you really want to know how to use your camera. Thank you John for helping me to relive my film days, and integrating into Digital. I now have my Fujo X-T2 programmed and I LOVE IT!

a Creativelive Student

Really appreciate John putting these Fast Start Series together. Went through part of the training waiting on my Fujifilm X-T20 to arrive, which did today. That allowed me to dive into the menu settings and get the camera ready to use. I found that we are on Firmware 3.0, so, I have some updates to get installed. The training was great and informative as always. Don't hesitate to look for his Fast Start for your particular camera, and the in-depth training on Photography Fundamentals. It is well worth your time and money to get this training, especially if you are an amateur like myself, but, thanks to John Greengo I am quickly learning to use my camera in Manual Mode, most of the time.