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Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 32 of 37

Screen Set-Up


Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 32 of 37

Screen Set-Up


Lesson Info

Screen Set-Up

Next up is the screen setup. So this is gonna set up the displays of the view finder, and the LCD in the back of the camera. First up is the Electronic View Finder Brightness. There's an option for auto or manual; and I much prefer manual because in auto, a little bit of light leak around the edge might cause the screen to darken up on you. And if it's manual, and it's just set kind of in the middle, you're gonna get a consistent reading from it. And so I think most people would benefit from putting that in the Manual mode, at the zero reading. If the color is off; now this is something I just, I hope you don't have to change; but if the color is off in your electronic view finder, you can adjust it on this yellow to blue spectrum. As I say, not likely needed to be changed. The brightness of the LCD on the back of the camera can be adjusted. We talked about this before. There was a shortcut in the quick menu. Probably don't need to change it. Sometimes if you're sharing photos on a ver...

y bright, sunny day, you need to bump the brightness up so people can see that back of the camera a little bit more easily. And if the color falls off in that, you can adjust that as well. Next up is Image Display. When you shoot a photo, do you wanna see that image in the back of the camera? Now, in most digital cameras, I would say, yes, I do wanna see what this image looks like; because I saw it through the viewfinder, I wanna see what the image really looks like now. And so that's where you might wanna have this at a 1.5 second image review. But, this having an EVF; it is gonna show you the image that you are taking with the white balance and the exposure right in the viewfinder. And so, it kinda speeds up the process working with the mirrorless camera, 'cause you're not spending time reviewing images. And so, it makes total sense to turn this off. It's kind of a little bit like going back to film; I saw what I thought it's gonna turn out like. If you need to play it back, you can hit the playback button and see it. And so, if you can get yourself to leaving this turned off, you're gonna speed up the shooting cycle, and you're not gonna be going back and looking on the back of the camera, at each and every image, 'cause you're gonna know about it before you even shoot it. EVF Autorotate Displays: this is a cool feature. I don't know of any other camera company that has this. It takes all those numbers and other information, and rotates it in the electronic view finder when it senses you're holding the camera vertically. Now, this is something I would leave on pretty much all the time. The only time I can imaging turning it off, is if I was gonna be shooting for a prolonged period of time straight down, or straight up, where the camera might be getting mixed up signals as to which orientation I was holding the camera. Next up, Preview Exposure and White Balance in the Manual Mode. So, one of the things that I love about a mirrorless, EVF type camera like this, is that when you look through the view finder, you get to see what your exposure is, you get to see what your white balance is, and if you've messed up, it's gonna be pretty clear that you need to make some setting adjustments on your camera. And that's the way that I prefer to leave the camera. But you can, if you want, leave it in a preview white balance only, which means it corrects for the brightness, so that you can see your subject, but it just shows you what your white balance is going to be. And you can turn all of this off so that it just simply shows you the best possible view. Now, for normal people who want to judge their white balance and exposure, you wanna leave it in Preview Exposure and White Balance. If you were working in the studio with strobe lighting, this would not work out very well. You would wanna put your camera in either Preview White Balance, or in the Off mode. And so, you may need to play around with this if you are using your camera in a different manner, but I think for most people, the Preview Exposure and White Balance is gonna alleviate a lot of mistakes later on. I would turn it off, though, if you are using any type of flash system. Preview Picture Effect. And so this is kinda somewhere to the mode that we just talked about, but the difference here is do you want to see those film simulations in the view finder or not? You might wanna see them, like I do, because I wanna see what the image is gonna look like. You might not wanna look at it because it's tough to manually focus, or set your composition, or for some other reason. It's just choosing, it's causing you to not see the image as clearly as you would want to leave it in. So I like to leave it on so that it shows all the effects. But if you wanna turn those effects off, they won't be visible in the view finder, but they'll be added to the final image as it's recorded to the card. And so that may be better when you are using any of the filters, in the monochrome mode, and also for manual focusing; you may wanna turn it off. All right, page two on the camera settings. Screen Settings, actually. Here is where you get to choose which grid lines you will see if you turn the grid lines on. And so, this is choosing which nine, 24, or HD grids; but it doesn't actually turn 'em on or off. It's just choosing which ones will be turned on if you choose to turn them on later. Autorotate in the Playback mode. The camera automatically wants to rotate vertical images so that you can see them on your screen, which is convenient and nice, but the images are much smaller than if you turn it off and simply rotate the camera. And I'm always wanting to check my images and see them as closely as possible, and so I think leaving it turned off is gonna be good for most people. You would wanna leave this turned on if you were planning on doing a slideshow, and you were gonna be looking at images either on the back of the camera; you didn't wanna have to flip the camera every time this slideshow, a vertical image came up. Focus Scale Units. We talked a little bit about the focusing scale. Can be chosen in different increments, and one of the other options here is meters and feet. And so, obviously choose whatever you're more comfortable with. Since 95% of the world says meters, that's what I'm putting in in my camera. Display Custom Settings. And so, on your camera, you can dive in and control all sorts of different settings. Do you want to see the ISO? Do you wanna see your shutter speeds and apertures, and so forth? So, how much of the screen do you wanna have filled with all these other things? Now, there are two different ways that you can go about this. One, check all the boxes, use the camera, and then start taking them off one by one. Or you can uncheck all the boxes, and then go check for the few ones that you want to have up there. The idea is is that when you're actually using the camera, you're only looking at information that you utilize, need, and want in the view finder. And in general, it's better to have less clutter than more, but you do need to be aware about how your camera is set. And so, this is a careful balance. And I really don't know of any other camera on the market today that gives you so many options about whether you're going to see it or not. And so, this is a great way to personalize your camera to fit your style of composition and information, and the balance between them.

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.