Basic Camera Controls


Fuji® X-T20 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Basic Camera Controls

So, this section, Camera Controls, is all about the physical outside controls of the camera, what they do, and how to operate them and how to use them to the most efficiency of the camera, you might say. So, let's start off by taking a look at some of the basic controls that we're going to use, and Fuji cameras have definitely a different layout than a lot of other cameras. And so, if you're coming from a different camera system, there's going to be a few changes. The camera has a front control dial, which we will use for a number of different features, has a rear command aisle on just the opposite side. Very easy to get to, very good. Obviously, have your camera turned on. We have our selector on the back of the camera, and this is going to be good for navigating the menu system up, down, left, and right. Also, going to be very helpful in moving the focusing point around the screen area, so something we'll use there quite a bit. In the middle of that is our menu "Okay" button, and so,...

when we want to confirm a particular setting, we're going to usually pressing that single "Okay" button right there. Looking at the top of the camera in detail, we have our shutter release. When you press halfway down on the shutter release, it activates the metering system. It also activates the focusing system. If the camera was asleep, it'll be waking the camera up. And if you are in a movie mode, or, excuse me, if you're in the menu, it will return the camera to the shooting mode. And so at any point you want the camera to be ready to shoot a photo, press halfway down on the shutter release. Now, one of the things that some advanced photographers prefer to do is to have the auto-focus taken off of the shutter release, so that when you press halfway down, the camera doesn't auto-focus. They sometimes like using a different button for doing that. Well, if you do want to separate those functions, you can go into the setup menu under "Button Dial Setting," and you can turn off the shutter auto-focus activation and turn your camera into a back button focusing machine. And so, this is a little shortcut window that I will bring in from time to time for those of you watching the class who would like to go in and make that change right now. So, maybe you're thinking, "Hey, I heard about back button focusing. I had it on one of my other cameras. I want to set it up on my camera." You can go ahead and dive into that menu. Maybe you want to stop the video and take the time to go in, dive in, make that change right now. If you don't want to do it, don't worry about it. We're going to come back, and we are going to cover that when we go through the Menu section of the class. All right, the shutter release on this is old-school. There's a lot of old-school stuff on this camera, and it's got the standard threaded cable release. And so, on this, when you want to hook up a traditional cable release, which is some of the cheapest, most common cable releases out there, you can get those and screw it straight in there and trigger the camera with just a traditional mechanical release on there, so really nice. We do also have some options for electronic ones. I'll talk about that later on as we get into the class, but it's a nice option to be able to see that we have that on there.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But trying to understand the manual can be a frustrating experience. Get the most out of your new mirrorless Fuji X-T20 with this complete step-by-step walk-through of the camera’s features.

Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential. In this Fast Start class, you’ll learn:

  • How to use the exposure control system
  • How to understand and use the 325-point autofocus system for great photos
  • How to shoot great 4K video with full sensor coverage

John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This Fast Start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Fuji X-T20 settings to work for your style of photography.


Paul Reid

Excellent classes. Well structured. Easy to follow. Great explanations and practical tips. I've learned so much about my Fuji X-T20 since watching!

Eddie Maleterre

I use my X-t20 in full automatic mode since last February. I am really beginner in photo and the instructions booklet delivered with the camera is really boring. I am French and despite my bad English. I understand all these lessons. Today I use my X-T20 at 60% of these capacities and soon more... thanks to you, John Greengo to be that clear ;-) Just because of those lessons I don't regret y choice to had buy that Fuji X-T20