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Fujifilm X-T3 Fast Start

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Photo Basics

John Greengo

Fujifilm X-T3 Fast Start

John Greengo

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2. 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


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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

Lesson Info

Photo Basics

all right. This is a short section for anybody who's somewhat new to photography, and you just kind of want to brush up on some of the basics. And let's talk about what we're working with here. We've got ourselves a muralist camera, interchangeable lens camera, lots of quality interchangeable lenses for it. Inside, each of the lenses is an apple tree in it, and this aperture is a opening that can open and close down and regulate the amount of light coming into the camera. Light comes through this aperture, and, as I say, you can control the size of the aperture. And so we have lots of different aperture size openings and these air all of course, controlled by the lens that you have. And there's a wide variety of lenses with a variety of aperture openings, and you can open it up and you can close it down, as I say to regulate the amount of light coming in as light comes in, and as you change the aperture, it also changes your depth of field. So when you start at 1.4, for instance, if yo...

u have one of those lenses that opens up quite a bit, you're gonna get very shallow depth of field as you stop the aperture down each one of these aperture stops. Let's in half assed much light, but it also gives you more depth of field. So more things. Aaron focus from front to back. If your lens stops all the way down to F 22 you're going to get a fair bit of depth of field in a given seen for the most part. So you've got two different things going on with the aperture. Now, as light comes in, it's going to try to get to the image sensor. But before it gets there, it needs to get past the shutter unit, which actually has two parts of first and a second curtain. And what happens? Because this is a mere list camera and you need to see what's going on. It keeps the first Shudder unit open so that you can get the light into the sensor so that information is fed to the LCD screen and the electronic viewfinder, so you can see what's going on now when it comes time to take a photo and I'm gonna show you this from the side and from the front. What happens is that one of those shutters needs to close so that the sensor can prepare to capture an image and then captures the exposure with the second curtain coming down and closing it. That way, each pixel is exposed for exactly the same amount of time. And then, of course, it needs to open again so that you can see so that you can compose for your next shot. And this is happening on this camera upwards of around 11 frames per second. So shutter speeds are obviously very important because they are another way of controlling the amount of light that we're recording variety of shutter speeds for controlling motion as well. And so you can choose the shutter speeds appropriate to the action and how you want that action toe look in your final photograph. So this is the most important elements on a camera like this. Inside the sensor, the heart and soul of the camera is also very important. In one of things that's critical to know about is the size of the sensor and how it compares with everything else out on the market, and this is kind of what I would consider a medium sized sensor. It's a little bit smaller than the ones based off of 35 millimeter film, which was very popular for many years and is currently known as a full frame sensor. And so this is using an A PSC or a 1.5 crop sensor, cause it's a little bit smaller than full frame by a factor of 1.5. And so when you're discussing lenses, it's helpful to know what size sensor you have in your camera and what lenses you have versus anybody else you are comparing these with. So that's just a little bit on the basics of photography. And I say, if you want more information about learning photography, I have a couple of classes you may like short one called the Photography Starter kit for beginners and then a more in depth one called the Fundamentals of Photography. And you can find out more about those at Creativelive

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!