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Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 9 of 37

Backside: Playback


Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 9 of 37

Backside: Playback


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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.


  1. Class Introduction

    Get started with the Fujifilm X-T2 in this short intro lesson. Learn what to expect in the class, and why the X-T2 is such a great little camera.

  2. Camera Overview

    Start exploring the X-T2 in this lesson. Get a quick overview of the Fuji camera history influencing the Fujifilm X series. Learn what the weather-sealed camera can handle, what requires rain gear and how to check for new firmware. Set up the camera to take your first, simple photo.

  3. Photo Basics

    Learn the basics of how the Fujifilm X-T2 works. Understand basics like aperture and shutter speed, as well as essentials like how to hold the camera and why you should understand manual mode.

  4. Top Deck: Overview

    Gain an essential overview of the camera's most essential controls, from powering the camera on and off to navigation through the menu and using the new focus stick.

  5. Top Deck: Exposure Control

    Start deciphering all those controls at the top of the camera, beginning with the exposure adjustments. Learn how to use the ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation wheels. Without a mode dial, learn how to switch from automated modes to manual modes.

  6. Top Deck: Metering

    Learn how to use the first of several function buttons on the camera with the button set by default to face detection. Gain recommendations for Fujifilm flashes that best pair with the camera, from the bundled flash to more advanced options to slide into that hot shoe slot. Underneath the shutter speed dial, learn how to use the metering controls on the camera and what each setting entails.

  7. Top Deck: Drive Mode

    The drive mode controls, underneath the ISO dial, contains several settings. Learn how to use burst shooting on the X-T2, the perks of the low shooting mode and high shooting mode, and how to shoot at 14 fps. Find the settings for bracketing options, video capture, multiple exposure, advanced filters, and panoramas.

  8. Camera Controls: Viewfinder Display

    The X-T2 has one of the best electronic viewfinders on the market. Find out how to adjust what the viewfinder displays and whether the eye sensor automatically switches between the LCD and viewfinder. Learn how to adjust the back LCD tilt screen horizontally as well as the hidden vertical adjustment.

  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.

  10. Backside: Auto Exposure Lock and Focus

    Learn how to use the autoexposure lock -- or how to reprogram the button for an entirely new purpose. See how Fujifilm recognizes two different types of button presses. Discover the many adjustments possible using just the rear control dial -- which doubles as a button.

  11. Backside: Quick Menu Custom Settings

    Fujifilm knows that you're not going to want to dig through the full menu for every adjustment -- and that's where the quick menu or Q menu comes in. Learn how to adjust the 16 different options in the quick menu to your shooting style.

  12. Quick Menu: AF Mode

    Continue exploring the quick menu options with the different settings for the Fujifilm X-T2's autofocus system. Learn how to work with different autofocus modes, as well as essentials like the difference between phase detection and contrast detection autofocus.

  13. Quick Menu: Dynamic Range & White Balance

    If you shoot JPEG, you can adjust the dynamic range of the image to prevent blowing out the highlights. Learn how to adjust the dynamic range, as well as how to quickly access different white balance settings on the X-T2.

  14. Quick Menu: Noise, Image Size, Film Sim & Color

    The X-T2 can automatically adjust noise in JPEGs --- learn how to adjust this feature, and how much noise reduction is too much. Then, work with different image sizes and file types, as well as the film simulation and colors the Fujifilm X Series is known for.

  15. Quick Menu: Self Timer, Face Detection & Flash

    Finish going through the quick menu by going through the settings for the self-timer, face detection, and flash options.

  16. Function Button of Fuji X-T2

    Learn several hidden shortcuts in the X-T2's physical controls in this lesson on the camera's custom function buttons. Discover shortcuts using that new focus stick, and the re-programmable arrow keys, which double as function buttons.

  17. Left & Right Side of Fuji X-T2

    Continue the tour around the X-T2 and take a look at the right and left sides, which houses the camera's ports. Learn what accessories are compatible, as well as essential tips like the fastest way to charge the batteries.

  18. Bottom of Fuji X-T2

    The bottom of the camera houses essentials like the battery compartment and serial number. Gain some tips on getting the most out of the X-T2 battery in this lesson.

  19. Front of Fuji X-T2

    Finish off the tour of the X-T2 body with the front of the camera body, which includes the PC sync port and focus mode switch. Learn about the APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor and how it works.

  20. Fuji Lenses

    With Fujifilm, some of the camera's controls live on the lens and not the camera body. Learn how to use these controls, like the aperture and image stabilization switch, well as what Fuji lenses pair best with this mirrorless camera body, including both prime and zoom lens options. Gain an understanding of what all those lens abbreviations mean, like XC and WR.

  21. Q&A

    Gain additional insight into the camera with common questions from students like you.

  22. Camera Menu Overview

    In the second half of the class, dive into the menu system and learn how to customize your X-T2. Start with an overview of the menu (and the hidden playback menu) to get a jump start on properly setting up the X-T2.

  23. Image Quality Settings

    Dive into the first subcategory in the menu with the image quality settings. Learn the best file settings for the X-T2. Learn what the difference is between lossless compressed and uncompressed RAW files and more image quality settings in this lesson.

  24. Auto Focus and Manual Focus Menus

    Next up, head into the autofocus and manual focus menu. While there are shortcuts and quick menu options for these controls, understanding this menu is helpful for setting up custom control schemes. Dive into Fujifilm's new custom AF-C options, what they are, and where to set them.

  25. Shooting Settings

    The image-related controls that aren't about focus and image quality live inside this menu. Here, follow along with the different options, from bracketing to burst speed. Learn why the fastest burst speed isn't always best because of that electronic shutter.

  26. Flash Mode

    If you have a flash mounted to the X-T2, adjust the different settings inside this menu, from choosing to shoot TTL or manual, to adjusting flash compensation.

  27. Movie Mode

    Find the options for shooting video with the X-T2 inside this menu. Learn video shooting basics like resolution and frame rate, and dive into the X-T2's different video shooting options.

  28. Camera Menu Q&A

    Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about the X-T2 menu, including questions on using the digital camera's Wi-Fi and other features.

  29. Set-Up Menu: Basics

    Dive into a quick overview of how the Set-Up Menu works, from formatting the SD cards to setting the time zone.

  30. Demo: Add Items to My Menu

    Personalizing the X-T2 allows you to set your camera up to your shooting style. In this live demo, see how to set up the My Menu so your most frequently accessed controls are easy to find.

  31. User Setting: Sensor Cleaning and Sounds

    Finish exploring the user setting menu with options for cleaning the sensor. Then, dig into the sound settings.

  32. Screen Set-Up

    Learn how to customize the viewfinder and LCD displays in this menu, from brightness and color to what's displayed on-screen.

  33. Button Dial Setting & Power Management

    In the button and dial settings, learn how to customize the way the physical controls on the camera work, along with customizing the quick menu.

  34. Save Data Set-Up & Connection Setting

    Choose how the images are saved to the SD card in this menu, from adjusting the file names to backing up your photos to the second SD card. Then, head into the Wi-Fi settings menu to adjust the X-T2's connectivity settings.

  35. Playback Menu

    Inside the playback menu, learn how to convert RAW files in camera, delete files, and more tricks for images that you've already shot.

  36. Camera Operation Overview

    Gain some final tips on camera operation in this lesson, including a pre-shot checklist as well as how to check for dust on the sensor. John shares advice on a hierarchy of custom controls and final thoughts for getting the most out of the Fujifilm X-T2.

  37. Firmware Addendum

    In this update to the class, learn how to use the new features made possible by the version 3.21 firmware. Dive into the process for updating the firmware, the firmware history of the camera, and how to use the new features.


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.