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Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 26 of 37

Flash Mode


Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 26 of 37

Flash Mode


Lesson Info

Flash Mode

Next up are the flash settings. Now a lot of these are not gonna make any sense and you're not gonna see these unless you have the appropriate flash hooked up. They may or may not show up with the built in flash. And so flash function dives in to a lot of mode settings that you would normally set on the flash if it has that option. First up is our flash control mode. We have things like TTL where the camera is controlling the power of the flash, you can choose it to be manual, you can have it be a commander where it's working with remote units. There's also a repeating flash. You can turn the flash off here or you can just use the switch for the flash which makes more sense. You can also hook things up in groups as part of the commander mode, I'll show you more about that in a second here. You can control the compensation of flash which is the power of the flash. And so in this case if you're not happy with the power you can power the flash down for a more natural look. This might chan...

ge depending on the mode that you have the camera set in, to controlling the power of a manual flash or of a repeating flash. So you'll kind of see a sub control in that second big box. There's a bunch of lower boxes on this, the TTL mode. We have a variety of modes that uses either an auto or a slow TTL, auto TTL is where the flash would automatically fire. TTL is where the flash is gonna be force fired every time but with an automatic setting in all three of those cases. The sync mode allows you to synchronize either the first curtain or second curtain, depending on the effect you want to get, can be very effective with motion subjects. And there's also an FP setting and this is where the flash fires multiple flashes very, very quickly during a very fast shutter speed and will allow you faster shutter speeds than the standard synchronization speed of one, two fiftieths of a second. The downside, two big downsides. Number one is you can't have it do automatic FP flashes at high speed and they're relatively low power flashes so you can't flash anything that's really far away. And so it is highly limited, kind of a special effects mode that it gets in to. The zoom setting will match the zoom of the flash with the zoom of the lens that you are zooming. So even if you're using a prime lens you switch from a to a 23, the flash automatically covers that area just right so that you have even coverage. If you want you can set it up manually and you can go in and select this but it's kinda nice to have it done automatically. But if you wanna get in and do it manually you can set any one of the specific focal lengths that they have set in to the flash. Never seen this one before but we have an angle which is very much related to the zoom on this. And what's going on here under flash power priority, it means the flash has, the flash power is the priority and rather than covering the scene it wants to give you the most flash coverage possible. And so what ends up happening is it doesn't illuminate the edges of the frame quite as much, hoping that by concentrating the flash it's gonna get a little bit further, which it will do. Under the standard the flash will very much match the angle of lens that you have on your camera. If you want extra even coverage, because sometimes it gets a little dark to the edge under using a normal flash coverage, you can kind of overshoot, over coverage your area in light so that everything is very evenly lit. And so normally you're gonna be leaving it on standard but you might want to play around and see how it works with your flash photography. The LED light is on the EF-X500 and it can be used as an auto focus assist light, it can be used as a catch light, or a combination of them. And so this is something that you'll have to determine if it works for you. It sometimes may show up as master and so if you are working with multiple flashes the idea here is that you're gonna have a flash on the camera and one or more flashes in a remote location. Now it does need to be within line of sight of the flashes for them to be able to communicate back and forth. But you can have up to three groups of flashes that you are individually controlling the power from. And so you might have one that's a little bit higher powered than the other and then you can control all of that from your camera without having to go out to the flashes themselves to turn the power on and off. If you are in a multistrobe mode where it's firing numerous strobes during one photo for special effects you can control how many times that flash will fire. It essentially becomes a very fast strobe light and you can do some interesting things with motion, things moving, if you can think about somebody juggling three balls and using a flash that fires once every tenth of a second. You can get some interesting results. The channel allows you to change the frequency. So for instance if there are two people or three people or four people with Fuji XT2s and flashes all firing at the same time, you could say, okay, I'll be on channel one, you choose channel two, and that way our flashes are not gonna interfere and be firing each others' cameras are not gonna be firing the other flashes off. It's for multiple photographers using the same equipment in the same environment. If you are shooting a multi flash you also get to choose the power, or excuse me, the cycles per second of the flash. So not only before was the number of flashes but how fast does it fire, how many hertz? How many times per second? One per second, 500 per second would be very, very quick. If you are hooked up to multiple strobes you may get a graphic that looks a little like this. So as you have different groups of flashes you can control the individual power of those groups. So you can be shooting photos and say, you know what, group B is a little too bright, let's bring the brightness down. And there's a number of ways that you can do this. You can do exposure compensation, you can change it manually, you can change it percentage wise. It's really gonna depend a little bit on how you have this set up. And so this is probably not a complete tutorial that I'm doing here on the flash because this is not a flash class, the camera doesn't even have a flash. We shouldn't even be talking about flash in here. But this is what you're likely to encounter when using one of the more advanced flashes. Alright, red eye removal, we mentioned this before. You can remove red eyes, there's two different ways that you can do it. You can do it either by flash which uses a preflash which can be a little distracting to your subject, or it can do it by digital removal in which case it may or may not do a good job. So both of these have, kind of, potential problems. And there is plenty of software out there for fixing red eye. And so it depends on how much you shoot as to which one's gonna be best but I tend to wanna leave that one turned off. The TTL lock mode is kind of a new mode on this camera for use with flash and what it does is it locks the TTL setting, the meter reading end, with either the last flash or the next one you take it locks it for the subsequent flashes. And so it depends on how you use the flash but using it for the last flash makes sense in a lot of situations. The LED light setting, I know it just seemed like we saw something but that was in the flash function settings. We also have access to it here. It can be used as a shortcut elsewhere in the camera. It's used as an AF assist, a catch light or both. Normally you'd want to leave it turned off. So once again we're kind of seeing duplicate controls and this is simply so we can set a function button for shortcuts and so if you do have those setups for remote flashes you can have very quick access to controlling which ones are turned on and how they are set. Under the channel settings you can quickly set which channel you are using as well.

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.