Fuji® X-T20 Fast Start

Lesson 1/20 - Class Introduction


Fuji® X-T20 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

So, first off, I want to go through just a quick overview of the camera and class overview on what we're going to be doing. The big section on this class is the camera controls. This is where we take a tour of the camera. We go over front, top, back, all the sides, go through all the dials and the controls, talking about what they do and where I'd recommend using those and in what settings for different types of situations. And then, in the menu functions, we're going to be going through all the different menu items in there. All right, so the camera does come with an instruction manual. I'm not going to say it's a great instruction manual, but it's an instruction manual that's still going to house a lot of information for... useful information when it comes to compatibility and specifications that we may not get into in this particular class. I'm going to try to cover all the features that are most important to normal photographers, people who are interested in getting the highest qua...

lity still images out of the camera, people who want to learn how to manually control all the various functions of the camera. I think those are very important things and that's what we're going to be concentrating on in this class, but you might want to keep that manual around for additional reference points later on. Now, there's a lot of things that are important to photography besides knowing your camera. And so, if you need to learn more about photography in general, not just the specifics of this camera, there's lots of other really good classes here in CreativeLive. And you can find a few of my classes there. I have a Photography Starter Kit, which is a nice short class if you want to get out the door quickly with the basics. If you really want to dive in and go full depth into a lot of these topics, I have that in my Fundamentals of Photography class and you can find those here at CreativeLive, as well as many other very, very good classes. And so, those are nice companion classes along with the X-T20 class, if you want to really get good at photography with this camera. So, let's make sure your camera and my camera is ready for today's class. First thing is you want to have your battery charged and installed. It's going to last for around 350 shots. Your mileage may vary depending on how you work with your camera. You'll need a lens on there. You'll need a memory card in there for taking photos and recording them. Go ahead and turn the camera on, which I will do right now on mine. And on the camera...this camera has something different than other Fuji cameras. It's got an auto-mode, little flip switch right by the shutter speed dial. You can flip that into auto and it just throws everything real quickly into an auto-mode. And then, from there, you can go ahead and press down on the shutter release. One more step. On the front of your camera is an auto-focus system switch and make sure that is in the S Mode for just single auto-focus for basic photography, and then, press down on the shutter release. And my camera focuses and takes a photo. So, my camera is ready. Hopefully, your camera is ready as well. One of the important things to know about Fuji is that they are constantly working hard to keep their cameras as up to date as possible, which means they issue a bit more in the way of firmware updates than other companies. And this is a software improvement to the operating system of the camera. And in order to get this, you're going to have to go to Fuji's website and download it, and then install it on the camera. So, to check which version you have, what you do is you press the display back button while you turn the camera on. So, let's go ahead and do that with my camera just to make sure that I've got what I think I have on here. And so, camera's turned off. Press and hold the display button, turn the camera on, and you get this funny screen right here. And so, we have version 1.02, and I have no doubt at some point in the future, Fuji's going to offer an update and makes this 1.03 or 1.1 or 2.0, depending on how big a change that they have. So, check your camera right now and if there is a significant firmware update, I will come back and add an update video to this class with those changes if there is anything significant. Now, recently, they just went from 1.01 to 1.02. They fixed a couple of minor little bugs in the software, and so, I'm not going to issue an update for that, because the operation of the camera hasn't changed. The way you press buttons, the way you turn things on and off hasn't changed. There was just kind of an error that happened from time to time. And so, you'll see that and Fuji is really good about keeping their cameras up to date and fresh. So, if you do not have 1.02 or you want to just go get the latest firmware, what you need to do is go to your latest Fuji website, usually fujifilm.com. Look under their support tab and there's usually a whole section on firmware downloads, checking what's the current firmware for your particular camera, instructions on it, and I'll talk a little bit more about it towards the end of the class as we take a look in the Menu System as well. All right, so now that we are up to date on the firmware, able to get started on the camera.

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