- Class introduction
John shares his personal experience with the Fujifilm X-T3 and what stands out about this mirrorless digital camera. Learn what will be covered in this class, what materials you’ll receive and which other photography classes he teaches on CreativeLive that can supplement your learning experience. John shares what you need for this class: how to prep your camera and access firmware updates.
- Photo Basics
Get a quick brush up on the basic components of the digital mirrorless camera: John’s graphics show how aperture, depth of field, shutter speed, and the aps-c sensor work together to capture images
- Camera Controls: Exposure Control
Take a quick tour of the exposure controls on the camera as John shows you where they’re located and what they do.
- Camera Controls: Top Deck
Explore the top deck of the XT-3 with John and learn how to access and configure the majority of the camera’s controls. John shows real examples of images to highlight the effect of different ISO, shutter speed, and aperture settings. Learn how to custom set ISO ranges, the XT-3’s exposure tendencies, how to control aperture with different lenses, how and when to prioritize aperture or shutter speed, how the exposure compensation dial works, and when to use manual exposure.
- Camera Controls: Drive and Metering
How do face detection and eye detection work on the XT-3? What are John’s recommended Fuji flash models? Dive into metering and drive mode in this class and learn how to configure settings that will ensure you capture the best possible photograph. John shows you the best drive modes for high-speed subjects and continuous shooting and how to configure bracketing on the XT-3 to take different versions of the same image to choose from later. Learn how bracketing can help you in tricky or low light or with specific subjects such as in architecture or product photography; John covers auto exposure, ISO, dynamic range, film simulation and focus bracketing.
- Camera Controls: Back Side
In this lesson, John demonstrates how to access and configure controls in the electronic viewfinder and LCD touchscreen, as well as how to access and reprogram the auto exposure lock and auto focus lock.
- Quick Menu Overview
What settings are available in the default quick menu and what are they used for? John shares how to adjust the focus box size and move the focus point, a unique feature to the XT-3. Get quick access to AF mode, dynamic range, white balance, noise reduction, image size, image quality, and more.
- Camera Controls: Back Side Navigation
As you get to know your camera, make the most of its customization by reprogramming controls to your specific needs. Learn the default settings for the Fn buttons and how to use and lock the focus stick button.
- Camera Controls: Left Side, Right Side, Bottom and Front
John continues to navigate the camera body in this lesson - no feature remains a mystery. Learn the types of connections your camera is capable of, how to access memory cards and the battery compartment, how to attach grips and lenses, and how the new X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor compares to other x series sensors on the market.
What do you need to know to choose the right camera lens for your XT-3? In this lesson, John overviews basic lens components, current lenses on the market (x-mount and adaptor-friendly) and his recommendations, and how to update lens firmware.
- Menu Functions: Image Quality
Jump into a deep dive of menu functions, as John models how to navigate the XT-3 menu and shares invaluable recommendations for each configuration, including his recommendations for general and advanced users. Learn how to manipulate image quality through dynamic range, noise reduction and color space among other settings. John shares how to save jpegs and raw files of your photos for image processing.
- Menu Functions: Focus Settings
Configuring focus can be tricky, depending on the lighting and your subject. Thankfully the XT-3 is equipped with settings such as AF-C (auto focus continuous) to track and analyze your subject. John breaks down how to best configure this setting depending on the movement and placement of your subject. Learn how to set your focus area, toggle between auto and manual focus and use focus check.
- Menu Functions: Shooting Setting
The XT-3 features ample shooting settings: John shows you how to access them and advises on when to use specific settings, such as bracketing, burst, sports finder mode and mechanical shutter vs. electronic shutter configurations.
- Menu Functions: Flash Settings
Understand the basics of working with flash, especially the higher end flash packed with feature settings the XT-3 is designed for. John recommends a supplementary flash class for further orientation.
- Menu Functions: Movie Setting
The XT-3 boasts incredible video recording capabilities; learn how to make the most of its features, many of which cross over from still photography shooting. John reviews movie modes, the difference between H.265 and H.264 compression ratios, and video recording settings such as shooting in F-log and MF Assist configuration.
- Menu Functions: User Settings
Customize the basics of your XT-3 in this lesson, such as date and time, sensor cleaning and sound set-up.
- Menu Functions: Screen Set Up
In this lesson, models how to control what you see on your screen: configure EVF and LCD display and the settings you want to see in the viewfinder. Declutter or add more settings; it’s up to you.
- Menu Functions: Button Dial Settings
Make your XT-3 truly yours by adjusting button assignments to your needs. Need to focus on the fly and change what appears in the Quick Menu? Reprogram buttons for one-handed operation? Set up back button programming? Lock specific controls if you’re sharing your camera with others? John answers your customization questions in this lesson.
- Menu Functions: Power Management and Save Data Set Up
Have you ever battled with quickly waning battery life? In this lesson, John shows you how to configure settings that affect the power and efficiency of your camera, make the most of the two card slots, and even insert copyright information into the metadata of your image files.
- Menu Functions: Connection Settings
The XT-3 can connect to a variety of devices; John reviews Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connections and remote control of your camera. See a demo of how to pair your phone to your camera to enable remote release and live-view shooting. Learn how to print directly to a Fujifilm Instax printer, enable tethering and edit geotagging and location information stored in your photos.
- Menu Functions: My Menu
John models how to customize your camera menu and shares his recommendations for ease-of-use.
- Menu Functions: Playback Menu
Are you shooting without access to a computer? The playback menu offers basic image processing options on the camera itself. See how to access raw conversion, cropping, resizing and image rotation, among other capabilities.
- Camera Operations
The plethora of options the Fujifilm XT-3 offers can seem overwhelming, however John has assembled simple and practical resources to help you best configure your camera. See his hierarchy of functions to understand how to best program your device so that you’ll never have to dive into the default menu for what you need. Learn the most important shortcuts shared in an included pdf resource. Perhaps most invaluable, John shares his recommended settings for different types of photography: a simple set-up, landscape shots, portraits, action shots, and basic photography. John’s expertise and clear visual presentation de-mystify complex camera configuration.