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Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 34 of 37

Save Data Set-Up & Connection Setting


Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 34 of 37

Save Data Set-Up & Connection Setting


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Save Data Set-Up & Connection Setting

Next up is the save data setup, and so this is how we are saving images to the memory card. First up is a frame number, and so obviously, the camera is going to give a file number to each frame that you shoot. Normally, it's in a continuous mode, where it goes through a cycle of ten thousand and starts over again. If you want to renew it from one, you can. There are a variety of reasons why you might need that, but most people simply leave it in the continuous mode. If you recall, the camera can shoot red eye and fix it in post production. And what it does is it sees that an image has red eye, it fixes it, makes a new version of it, and then it throws away the original image. If you save the original image, you get to keep the original image in case the built in processing of the camera did not do a good job, and you want that original image to go back and fix it. And so I always like to keep original images, and so that's why I think that turning it on is a safe choice to make. If you...

don't like the file name, whether you're shooting with SRGB or Adobe RGB, which have slightly different naming protocols, you can go in and change those letters, and so if you want, you can put in a job code, you could put in your initials using the little keyboard, and it takes a little while because you have to go up, down, left, right, hit okay, and then you can change it to your initials, for instance, and then all your file names will be starting with your initials, followed by a four digit number. Card slot setting. And so we have a different modes, because we have two cards in the camera, if you have two cards in there, how does it store the image on those two cards? The first option is sequential. It fills up one card, when that fills up, images start going to the second card. Backup, simultaneously sends information to both cards. Raw Jpeg sends raws to one card and jpegs to the other. So that last option might be nice if you're gonna keep the raws but you need to deliver on site jpegs to somebody else. They can have them immediately to work with, you can work with the raws as soon as you're done with the shoot, just by splitting them up. Be aware though, if you put exact same size memory cards in both slots, it's gonna fill up whenever the raw fills up, and there's gonna be a bunch of empty space on the jpeg, but you're not gonna be able to use it because of writing both files simultaneously. The serious pros, shooting important events, are gonna shoot backup, that way everything is stored on two cards. If there's a corrupt image written to one card, it's probably gonna be okay on the other card. Most people are probably fine with sequential. When one card fills up, it goes over to the next card. Switching slots, here is where you get to choose which slot you are recording to, and so, if it's big, and it's white, and it's got an arrow under it, that's the card that you're going to, and so you can send all the information to card one, card two, you can send it to both cards, you can split the raws and jpegs between the cards, and so, do what you need to here. You will need to choose a primary slots if you are choosing the sequential, where you're recording from one card and then it overfills to the next. Next up is the movie file destination. If you have a faster memory card, you may want to use that for all of your movie recording. And you can use that in one particular slot, and then keep all your stills going to the other slot. And that's your save data setup. Next up is connection settings, and we're gonna go through this pretty quickly. There's a lot of menus within menus in here that we're not gonna try to get too lost in. So we have wireless settings, which brings us into general settings within wireless settings, which brings us into another said menu, where you can change the name of the camera, the way it comes up, and the wifi system. If you don't want it to say Fuji X-T2, you want it to say something else, you can type that in here, and that'll show up in the wifi system in your camera as something different. If you want to reset all the wireless systems, because normally it kind of remembers these electronic handshakes, you can reset everything here back to the default settings. Next up, resizing the image size for the smart phone. Normally the camera wants to resize down to three megapixels that way it doesn't use as much wifi and battery power from the camera and the phone to transfer the images, and three megapixels is more than sufficient for sending basic images up onto basic websites like Facebook, Instagram, and so forth. And so, if you do want to get the full image across, there's gonna be a little price to pay in the time and the processing power of that, so most people are fine leaving that on for the three megapixels. PC auto save settings, it is possible to get this camera hooked up to a PC computer, where it will automatically save settings. There is a simple setup and there is a manual setup for it. You can try the simple setup and hopefully it'll work, if not, then you may need to go to the manual setup. The simple setup is a WPS system, for those of you that are familiar with that. And the manual system is a normal system. There is a geo tagging setup option, and this dives into another sub menu, so geo tagging in there can be turned on and off, and what this does is it actually has two different things, it's recording information, where you are at different times, and that information can be transferred to the phone via the wifi system. And so there is geo tagging, and then there's also location info, which on this one I believe it is just where you have done the download, not where you actually shot the photos, but where you were when you downloaded the photos. And so the camera does not have GPS in it, so it does make that system a little bit more cumbersome. Next up is the instax printer connection. There's a very cool Fuji instax printer for anyone who enjoys Polaroid pictures and instant pictures, you can shoot with a really nice camera, send those pictures wirelessly to the instax printer in here. If you want to change the SSID number, you can do that, not totally necessary, but it's available to do if you need to do it. The PC shooting mode, if you are connecting and tethered up to the computer, you can do that with this camera. It is on firmware 1.1 or later, so it was not on the original firmware that came with the camera. And so, download the latest software to make sure that you have the right thing there. For Windows systems, you'll want to look at the Fuji HSV5 software. If you want to be in Adobe Lightroom, there is a special plugin called Tether Shooting Plugin Pro, and so you might want to do a little web search on those items. The Adobe one, I believe that is not free, you do have to pay for that little plugin so that you can do the lightroom tethering yourself. Now, normally this is gonna be turned off, cause most people are not tethering most of the time. If you do want to put it in the USB auto mode, most systems will automatically figure out it's in the USB mode, but if you want to fix it permanently in the USB, in case it's not automatically picking up the fact that it's tethered, you could put it in the USB fixed mode. Okay, that is your connection settings. Next up, is my menu, and we already looked earlier about how we can customize this menu. And so you have two pages of I believe 16 items that you get to put in here, so that will be an important way for you to customize your camera and organize that information.

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.