Quick Menu: Self Timer, Face Detection & Flash
Our last line in the Quick Menu, we have the Self-Timer. Fuji's a little bit different and one of the things that always throws me off in a Fuji is, usually, the self-timer is located in the Drive Mode of the camera and this is different on a Fuji. They have their own separate setting on this and so, they have a two second and a 10 second and either it's good or it's bad, but just know it. The camera resets when is turned off and so, if you have a two second self-timer turned on 'cause you're working from a tripod, you turn your camera off to save battery power, you turn it back on, the self-timer is back turned off and you need to turn it on again. And so, for somebody who uses a camera from a tripod quite a bit, like myself, and I use the self-timer, it's a little bit frustrating. There are ways around it, you can use a cable release, but there's no way of adjusting that particular aspect of the feature. Next up is the face and eye detection and this is where we're gonna start encoun...
tering things that we have already seen. So, we already talked about this because it was the Function button on the top of the camera, but if you wanna turn it on and off, you can do so here. If you leave that Function button programmed for face and eye detection, you can reprogram this little spot in the Quick Menu to do something else, or if you don't use this very much, you can reprogram the Function button on the top of the camera. Highly customizable camera. The Flash Mode's not gonna do very much right now because there is no flash on my camera. You can put on the supplied flash or if you have other flashes, it'll open up the options and so these are the options that you may see depending on which flash you have attached to your camera. Not all of them are available in all the cameras. Taking a look at some of the flash options. One is just where the flash will fire automatically and it will only do this in the Program Mode, which means the shutter speed is N/A and the lens aperture is N/A. It'll fire whenever it needs the flash. You can use slow shutter speeds mixed with the TTL flash, which stands for Through The Lens communication, which means it's fully automatic. You can use the Commander Mode to use off-camera flashes, so you can have one on camera, one behind your subject, one to the side of your subject, and you can control them. We will talk more about that in the Menu section 'cause there is an entire section on flash photography. You can synchronize the firing of the flash with the 2nd Curtain so that it's firing just before the shutter is closing for a different look when subjects are moving. You can have a flash attached and have it turned off electronically through the menu system. You can force the flash to fire even when the camera thinks there's enough light. And finally, there is a red-eye reduction and this is something new. If you've have Fuji cameras for a little bit, they've added in a little new option for red-eye. Now, in the past what they've done is, they've done a digital removal of the red-eye. It would figure out what red-eyes look like and it would correct for them. Well, we now have a new option of doing pre-flash, which is what the standard has been in photography for quite some time for removing red-eye, and pre-flash may or may not do a good job. I find pre-flash very irritating because it fires a series of strobes at your subject and it causes the pupil to constrict, so technically, it does a very good job, but it's distracting because there's a number of flashes firing, people aren't sure when the picture is being taken in some cases. If you shoot pictures of kids, they're gonna kinda think you took the photo and then they're gonna turn away and leave, possibly, and so, I'm not a big fan of the pre-flash, but it is an option that you can turn on if you want. And just as a side note, the top official sync speed is 1/250th of a second, but I have found that the camera works a third of a stop faster at 1/320th of a second with the supplied flash and that may be different depending on which flash you hook it up to. If you're hooking it up to studio strobes, you're most likely gonna be limited to 250th of a second, maybe even slower depending on the speed of your strobes. So, that is our Flash Mode. And finally, the LCD Brightness is simply how bright the LCD screen is and so, normally I would leave this at zero. I could potentially, see if I wanted to show people photos from the camera under bright light conditions, I would raise the brightness in a very bright light environment. If you're working at night and it was just causing too much brightness and maybe a distraction for some reason, you can set it down to the minus setting, but normally, you're probably gonna wanna leave this set a zero. So, that is our Quick Menu. Just remember, hit the Q button to get in there, navigate around, and turn the back dial for adjusting any of those features. And if you want that shortcut to reprogram some of the Quick Menu, you could press in on the Q button, hold in for two seconds, and then you can dial in and start customizing it. Those features will also be available when we get into the Menu section of the camera.