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Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 35 of 37

Playback Menu


Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 35 of 37

Playback Menu


Lesson Info

Playback Menu

The last menu in the camera is the play back menu, and if you recall this is somewhat of a secret menu. You have to hit the play back button, and then you hit the menu button, and then you have access to the play back menu. First option is switching the slot. Which slot-- memory slot are you looking at when you're looking at images on a memory card? Cause you can't look at images on both memory cards simultaneously, you gotta choose one or the other. And so choosing one or two right there. Raw conversion, okay so this is kind of cool. When you take a raw photo, if you would like a jpeg version of this particular image, you can go in and adjust that image in any of these different effects. And so what I'm gonna do is a little demo. And I need a photograph to start with. And so let's go ahead and zoom in on our subjects. And I need to make sure that this is a raw image to start with. And so I'm making sure that I do have it in raw, right now. So when I shoot a photo of this, alright, I'm...

gonna play that image back. And so that's the image there. And actually let's go in to the play, I gotta hit play back, hit the menu, come down to raw conversion, go to the right, and then I got to ask myself, well, what do I want to do with this image? Well, tell you what, let's go a grain effect strong. Okay, just gonna just do something so we can see it. Not gonna play with the light balance. Shadow tone, let's lighten up the shadows with a minus. Let's take the colors, actually what I wanna do is I wanna turn this thing black and white. How do I turn it black and white? Film simulation. Film simulation, let's do acros red. Okay, so we're gonna add that into it. And I think that's probably enough. And then I'm gonna come over here and you see where it says Q Create, I'm gonna hit the Q. It's processing, here is my new image. Do I want to store that image? I'm gonna say okay, cause that's our center button right there. And I've just stored the image. So let me go back and I'm gonna play back my images. I'm live, let's go back, play back. And here's my original raw image, let's see if I can get some information on this. And so this is my original raw image, you can see right there. Let me just get this straightened up so you can see it. And this next image is a large fine jpeg, and it's the acros red. And I adjusted some of the settings on this. And so we have minus two, I think that was the shadow area. So I was lightening up the shadows a little bit. And then the grain was really strong, and so let's see if I can jump in, let's see. I can zoom around, and it's a little hard to see the grain, but if you get in real close you can, yeah I guess you can see that grain there and so that's with the grain effect strong. And so that's one of the great reasons for shooting raw is that you can go back and you can switch it over to a jpeg of any other sort. Now, an extra secret trick for you. Let's say you shot a raw image two months ago, you downloaded it on your computer, and you're thinking I don't like the way, cause like programs like Adobe Lightroom will simulate what the effects are of using the camera, but they're not exactly the same. And if you said no, I want to do it exactly the way the camera would've done it. You can take that raw image, put it back in the camera, and here's the way to do it. I would start with a formatted memory card. Put it in your camera. Shoot a photo. Because you want to see what the file number of that card is. Take that card out, put in your computer, and then drag your raw image that you've had stored on your hard drives, on to that card, and then rename that card right in line with the file numbering of the image that you just took in the camera so that it's in line. And that's the only reason you took that photo is just so that you can see what the file number is. Then you can take that, put it back in the camera, and you can process it just like I did right here. And that way you could say, take that raw image, and process any sort of black and white from it. So you can always go back and do that. Requires a little bit of logistics, but it does work and it works perfectly well. Alright, so you can play with that on any of your raw images. If this is grayed out, it's because it doesn't work on jpeg images, it only works on raw images. Which is why it's called raw conversion. You can erase images either individually or you can select individual frames. If you have a lot of them to delete. Normally it's considered bad practice to erase in the camera. Occasionally it can cause a communication problem with the camera. I haven't heard of any problems with this camera. It's just kind of in general. And so I would prefer to format a memory card when I'm completely done with it. Cropping an image. If you have an image and you think, you know I don't need the full area, you can take it and you can crop in on it with jpeg images. And then you can have a little bit cropped in version so if you need to kick something out of the camera that's ready to go right away you can do so. Resizing the images. Actually should be called downsizing the images because you can't resize up. You can go large to medium, medium to small, small to really small, 640, and so if you just need a smaller size file that emails more easily you can downsize a jpeg here. You can protect images. It prevents them from being deleted on the camera. Unfortunately they can still be reformatted on the memory card, and so it's a very light level of protection. If you need to rotate images, perhaps for a slideshow, either in camera, on a TV, you can rotate images once in the play back mode. If you want to go ahead and try to do a red eye removal in the camera, you can do that post production. You might stay right in the camera, it depends on how bad the red eye is. It may or may not work. Copying images. If you have a card in slot one and then you want to back it up, you can put a card in slot two and copy all the images over. Or you can go from slot two to slot one. So very versatile between the two slots there. There is another option for diving into the wireless communication system here. This is the same as the one we looked at in the previous section, it's just that it gives us an option without having to back out of the menu and go back in to the custom settings where we would normally go. You can put the camera into a slideshow mode, it starts a slideshow, shows you an image for about three seconds and then goes on to the next image. There really aren't any parameters but it just is a nice quick simple slideshow. There is a photobook assist, which is essentially a collection of images that you would later put together for putting photo books together. It's a way of editing in the camera. Honestly, most people who have this camera are probably not gonna use that feature because they would rather do this on their computer. But if you didn't have a computer, the camera gives you a way of doing it in the camera. As I mentioned before, the camera has a way of hooking up to a PC and automatically saving images once you've plugged it in. You will need an application called Fuji Film PC Autosave. I haven't used that software and so that is something I don't have a lot of extra information on other than it is possible. Most people just simply take the memory card out and plug it in to a card reader. As it's often faster. Next up is the print order, you can hook your camera up to a printer and get prints directly out of the printer. Straight from the camera. And then you can choose to have it with date, or with date or you can reset them all. And so it's a quick way, it's not the best way of getting prints, it's gonna probably be a little bit better to go through a computer to make the other necessary adjustments according to the type of paper and printer you are using. You can of course use the instax printer, and this is kinda cool where you can wirelessly send the picture information to the instax printer. And it prints out a copy right then and there for you to hand out and have fun with. Display aspect, if you are gonna be hooking up to a TV do you want to use the full TV screen which is by nine, or do you want to see the full image from the camera which is three by two? And so it just kind of depends on what your priorities are for that one.

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.