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Camera Controls: Back Side Navigation

John Greengo

Fujifilm X-T3 Fast Start

John Greengo

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8. 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.


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1 Class introduction Duration:12:33
2 Photo Basics Duration:04:07
4 Camera Controls: Top Deck Duration:21:14
6 Camera Controls: Back Side Duration:26:44
7 Quick Menu Overview Duration:26:28

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Camera Controls: Back Side Navigation

focus stick button. It allows us to move the focusing point around. I showed you before on moving it around and controlling your focusing point. But one thing I didn't show you is that some people bump it quite frequently and they would prefer to lock it. And so one of things I want to show you on this back of the camera is that we can move our focusing point around. But some people might hit it with their nose or their finger, and they don't like it moving. And so if you hold in on the button, we can go in and we can turn the lock on or the lock is a lock is off, but the switches on and so we can turn it off here. So it's locked. And so now weaken, Bump this and it doesn't move around at all. All right, so I'm gonna go back and hold it in there for hold it in, right for two seconds. And so we're gonna go down here, will push to unlock is another option. So we have our focusing point and we want to move it. But it's locked in there. If we press it once we can then move it around. And s...

o it's It's a press, it wants to move it. So you just press it in, becomes active, and then we can move it. If we want to re program it. We hold in for two seconds and we're going to turn the focus stick back on. So now we can just move it around very easily. And so, depending on how easily you bump it, how much you wanted to stay in that spot, there's three different options. Full access, pretty quick access or totally locked off. So I think is a good set of options for that. All right, the menu button that's actually coming up in a little bit. We're going to do that whole section that's half the camera right there, so we'll get into that in a future section. We have our four way controllers on the back of the game camera. The selector is used to navigate a variety of features, but these air, all individually their own function button that you can go in to the Senate menu and you can program to whatever feature is available that you find most useful. So I encourage you to find four function options for doing that now one of the options is you can control the focusing point with that, but that seems kind of to be a waste of buttons, in my opinion, cause you already have a very good focus stick right above it that is designed for moving the focus point around. But if you wanted have two different controls or you didn't want to use the focusing stick, you could use those either for focusing or for particular features as it comes from the factory there already programmed for certain features. So let's go through what those are. The top one is the A F mode in area, and this is something that we talked about just a little bit ago in the quick menu. And this is where we can choose either a single point, a group of points or all points. You can also select also that you can seamlessly go from the smallest to the largest of all of them, and so I feel like having quicker access hit the button. If you want to keep it in the queue menu, you can come in here and re program this button for something else. The button on the left is film simulations. It's another topic that we had already covered in the quick menu, but you can change the look of your JPEG images with this option. The white balance is to the right. We talked about this again in the quick menu. One of the options here, though, is once you select one of the options for white balance, you can go to the right to further customize that particular option. And it's gonna bring up this little color Grady int. And if you want a warm up or cool down a particular white balance that you've chosen, you can do so here on the bottom, we have the performance button of the camera, and in this case there is a boost and normal mode. So the camera has turbo in it. What is Turbo do? Well, let me show you a little graph here of what it does. We have the normal mode and we have the boost mode. When you put it in the boost, the focusing system will be a little bit faster, and so if you are doing sports and action photography, you're probably gonna want to use the boost mode. The viewfinder will go into a faster frame per second rate. It will be at 100 frames per second, rather than 60 frames per second. Now 60 is fine for most day to day photography, but when you're moving the camera around, it can be a little bit lagging, and it's nice to have the faster frames per second. And then finally, this all comes at a cost right, and that's gonna be with the battery and the number of shots that you get. So it'll drop from 370 down to 260 shots in the boost mode as far as its standard rating. And so I typically like keeping the camera the boost mode. It kind of depends on what you're doing and how many batteries charged batteries that you have available for you. All right, so each of these is its own custom mode, and if you want to get in and change those functions, you can dive into the menu into the Senate menu and re program these. Or if you would like a short cut to changing the shortcuts. What you can do is you can hold in on the display back button for two seconds and you can get in and re program these buttons. So let me show you a little bit about what that's like on the back of my camera here. All right, so we got a camera turned on. Let's hit the display back, but hold it in for a couple of seconds and this immediately jumps to a menu setting that we'll see later on in this class. But let's just go here right now, and we have a nice visual display of all the buttons, exactly where they are and what we couldn't re program. And so let's go re program a couple of buttons and the ones that we just talked about her on the selector mode. And so, for instance, we have the A f. We have an arrow to the right, so we go to the right, and now we can go through our seven pages of different options in here on things that we might want to change on our camera. And it's just a matter of prioritizing what's most important to us for any particular feature that we want to adjust. Let's see what Oh, I want to set this at. Let's set it at shutter type, and so that's the button on the top. So now when I press this top button, it will quickly bring up a shortcut menu for changing the type of shutter that we have now. This is a feature that's in the menu system, but now it's become a shortcut button, and we can adjust all of these. So you have these four buttons. You have the function button on the top. We have two buttons on the back. We have a button on the front. There's all sorts of buttons, and these can all be access with the display button. Display back button for two seconds to see all the different places in buttons that we can exchange in there. So once again, that's a great area for getting the cameras set up for the way that you like it toe work. The display back button will normally under a normal press change what you see on the display on the back of the camera. It'll cycle through these standard modes of looking at images. Various amounts of information just hit the button repeatedly to go through the entire cycle of what the options are. It also has an impact on what you see in the viewfinder, and so there's not quite as many options there. But one of the options is full screen, and that's where most people are gonna want to leave it most of the time. But there is a standard screen where it shrinks the size of the image in there, so people with eyeglasses can see it a little bit more easily. There's this unique dual display, which has the image up there twice, so that you can have a magnified view for focusing. But you can still see the whole image with a second image there. And so, if you like to manually focus, that dual display is an interesting option that you'll want to try out.

Class Description


  • Leverage the new viewfinder for live view and playback
  • Understand how to navigate and customize the menus, modes, and settings
  • Know when and how to use the sports mode for subject tracking and fast shutter speeds
  • How to take advantage of the film simulation and grain effect modes
  • Use the 4k film options for incredible video performance with amazing opportunities for color grading in post production


The Fujifilm X-T3 is a mirrorless digital Fujifilm camera, hauling features from the 26.1-megapixel sensor to the 4K video and up to 30 fps shutter. But the Fujifilm’s X-T3 long list of features is just money wasted if you don’t actually know how to find them and put them to use. Skip the floundering through menus and join photographer John Greengo exploring the camera’s many features, from customizing the camera to understanding subject-tracking focus.

This class is designed for photographers using the Fujifilm X-T3, from those just pulling it out of the box to photographers that just haven’t found all the camera’s features yet. The class can also serve as an in-depth look if you’re not yet sure if the Fujifilm X-T3 is the best camera for you.

This Fuji camera class covers the camera from understanding the controls to customizing the menu.

What's packed in this Fujifilm camera Fast Start? Learn the vital information in less time than it takes to analyze the menu -- and have more fun doing it too.


  • Action Photographers
  • Videographers
  • New Fujifilm X-T3 Camera owners


John Greengo has led more than 50 classes covering the in-depth features of several different DSLR camera models and mirrorless options, including Fast Starts for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, and Panasonic. The award-winning photographer is one of the most celebrated CreativeLive instructors, leading classes covering a myriad of topics, including the previous Mark II and Mark III 5D cameras. Greengo has used the 5D series since the first 5D. He's led photographers through the ins and outs of advanced options like the EOS 80D and EOS 7D Mark II to entry-level Canon Rebel cameras like the Rebel T6i and T6.


Justina Tumaite

Thank you it's super helpful. I loved it :)

Eric Geerts

I've been with CL for quite a while and I pretty much got used to (all of) John's top quality classes. Kinda been waiting for this one over the last months. So thanks again, John, for your consistent 5 star quality standard!!

Robert Felice

I loved this class! How much did I love this class? I loved this class and I don't even have an X-T3! I have the Fujifilm X100V, a camera similar enough to the X-T3 that this class easily covered 85% - 90% of the features on my camera. It's also a camera new enough that there isn't much available on how to use it. This class got the job done for me. Well done, John!