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Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 6 of 37

Top Deck: Metering


Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 6 of 37

Top Deck: Metering


Lesson Info

Top Deck: Metering

Next up on the top of the camera is the function one button. This camera has a lot of function buttons and this is the first of them. A function button is any button that you can reprogram to do something else. To start with, this is the face and eye detection options so when you press this button you're going to get a little menu of options where you can leave this feature turned off. That's a good default position to be in, I think, to begin with. You can do where it's looking for faces or it's actually looking for the right eye or the left eye which I recommend if you have a single person in the frame. That way it's actually going to look for the focus of the eye, not just maybe the nose or something else, a hair or anything else on the face. So this is a really good way of automatically focusing on faces. Overall I'm not a huge fan of face and eye detection. It depends on how many people you're shooting. Once you've put more than one person in the frame it can get a little crazy on...

where it might go and you may not want it to go where it happens to be going. But with a single person in the frame it is a very accurate way of focusing and for anyone that has one of the portrait style lenses like the 56 f/1.2 or 50 f/2 or any of the zooms where you have a shallower depth of field this can really help you nail focus. If you don't want to keep moving an individual focusing point this is a system that some people really, really like so it's an option that some people never use so you can decide whether it's a useful feature or not. If you don't use it, we can reprogram this function button to do something completely different. We're gonna talk more about these function buttons when we get into the setup menu but you can see the list on screen on the far left. There are a lot of different things that you can program into this particular feature. Whatever it is that you like to access on a regular basis. You do that by going into the setup menu, finding the button/dial setting, and then going to the function setting, selecting the function one and then choosing which option you want for that particular button. Take a good look through those see which ones you would likely use on a regular basis. And we'll, once again, get back into this in the menu section of the class. On the top of the camera, it's kind of hard to see in this photo, but you'll see it on your camera, there's a couple little tiny dots there, those are the stereo microphones. They're not the world's greatest microphones, but they're better than nothing for the video that you're going to shoot. We'll talk more about video in a little bit. There's a little UFO or Saturn symbol on the side and that is the location of the sensor in the camera. There are some people who are doing special types of photography where they need to measure the distance from the image plane to the subject and if you're one of those people, that's where you're gonna be measuring to. We have the hot shoe on the top of the camera and this is of course where we can plug in a number of accessories. The camera actually comes supplied with the EF-X8 which is a very low powered flash. It's kind of in lieu of the fact that this camera does not have a pop-up flash on it. The guide number is eight which is a pretty low number as far as power but it's nice for a little fill flash if you're doing a portrait. The main flash most of the XT-2 users are gonna be interested in is the X500. This is a relatively new flash from Fuji. It's much more powerful, guide number of 164. It's got zoom and bounce capabilities, it's got remote capabilities if you have multiple of these flashes. And it has an LED light on the front that you can use for a couple of different purposes. Fuji has a number of other flashes that all work, they all work perfectly fine, they're fully TTL as far as the communication, they were very easily. But I think most people are gonna wanna go with either the X500 or the X8 that comes with the camera. They just offer the most number of features. Something that's kind of an interesting little side note is that if you have Canon cameras or if you want to be able to get this flash off the system the Canon OC-E3 which is their off camera shoe will transmit Fuji TTL data because Fuji put their communication pins in exactly the same location as the Canon pins. Now unfortunately for flashes like the EF-X which need power the cord does not supply power to the flash and so it's only gonna be useful with other flashes other than the X8. If you do have that laying around because you used to shoot Canon or you continue to shoot Canon, you have two systems, you can use that if you wanna get your flash off camera. Alright, still on the top of the camera but kind of working our way around to the back side are a couple of little dials below the shutter speed and the ISO dial there's little levers on the front that some people have a little bit of a hard time getting to but they're designed to be not changed too easily. So if we look at the back camera from a slightly different angle over the right hand side we have our metering options. So let's take a look at what we have in metering. We have four different options depending on where we put this dial and each of these does a different type of metering system. So, first off on the left we have a spot metering system. What spot is is a highly centralized area of reading the light, it's about 2% of the frame. Unfortunately there isn't a little circle that shows you where it is, it's just right in the middle, it's very very tight. But what is really nice is if you go into the interlock spot AE & focus area settings you can get the spot meter to be exactly that little square that you are using for focusing. It's incredibly accurate so that way you can actually see where you are doing that spot metering. There is the traditional center weighted metering which is a large area in the center and this is what cameras were like in the 70s and the 80s for the most part and it works for some people, it's not something that I personally use but it's nice that they threw it on here for the legacy reasons everything else is so retro, if you want retro metering that is the way to go. What most people use is the multi segment system of 256 boxes. What they do here is it compares, it's essentially 256 spot meters that are smartly averaged. So what's going on here is it looks for highlights and sees how many boxes it's in. Then it knows how to weight the exposure and it does a tremendous job. We have a new one from the XT- and this is just an average meter over the entire area. You might find for certain types of subjects one metering system does a better job than the other. For most people in the typical usage, you're gonna wanna probably leave it in the multi because it does such a good job at understanding areas of lightness and shadows and averaging the entire scene together so that would be the default position I can see potentially jumping over to the spot meter from time to time or maybe the average meter.

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.