Setup Your Fuji Camera Like A Boss! | VERSION 2

October 25, 2016  •  3 Comments

:-)~:-)~Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca Fujifilm X70 Compact Camera


Camera manufacturers are fantastic at what they do. The technology they cram into ever new iterations of their products is simply amazing. Sure, they drive professionals like me cray cray. They seem intent on fixing things that aren't broke and totally ignore the problems we complain about. Then again, professionals like me forget that "We" aren't the profitable end of the market, it's the everyday consumers who drive sales year after year. Having said that, it's puzzling that they are so inadequate at telling "consumers" just how to use their cameras and get the most out of them.

My previous article "Setup Your Fuji Camera Like A Boss" has been wildly popular. In fact, most of my "Fuji" traffic goes straight there which tells me that we can certainly be doing a better job of showing/teaching people how to get the most from their purchases. So...I've decided to update it. Partly because I've learned more about the people who buy Fuji cameras, and of course because new models have hit the scene. For this revision I'm using my trusty travel camera, the X70. Be aware though that the menu system is slightly different from model to model...accounting for additional functionality that my X70 doesn't have. The setup tips that follows will work for most, if not all Fujifilm cameras though.

I also want to stress that my method of setting up these cameras is so that when I turn on the camera, it just gets out of my way and allow me to shoot with confidence. I hate fiddling with buttons and dials when I'm in the moment. Things like Film Simulation, Face Detect, RAW vs JPEG are all personal choices based on what I'm planning for the images. Always configure your camera with the end use of your images in mind. Sometimes that means configuring and saving multiple CUSTOM PROFILES, which Fujifilm allows you to do. I'm going to suggest something radical...find a Fujifilm X-Photographer who's work you identify with and ask them how they setup their personal cameras. If your photographer of choice is me, continue on to see just how I do it, and why.


SETUP MENU 1

  • Basic stuff..set your TIME/DATE and TIME DIFFERENCE based on where you live.
  • SOUND & FLASH...depends on which camera I'm using. My X70 is set to OFF. The Xpro2 and XT-1 are set to ON because I use an external Flash often
  • Set the SOUND according to your taste
  • SCREEN SETUP...My IMAGE DISPLAY is set to OFF, PREVIEW is set to ON, PREVIEW PIC. EFFECT set to ON. I like to see exactly what each film simulation setting is doing to the image.
  • FRAMING GUIDELINE is set to GRID 9..I stay true to the "Rule of Thirds"
  • AUTO ROTATE PB set to ON
  • FOCUS CHECK set to OFF
  • FOCUS SCALE UNITS to FT...I'm American
  • DISPLAY CUSTOM SETTING..select whatever you want to see on the screen during shooting..I turn them all to ON

SETUP MENU 2

  • POWER MANAGEMENT set to AUTO POWER OFF 2 MIN
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE set to ON
  • SAVE DATA SET-UP is set to FRAME NO. ...CONTINUOUS
  • COLOR SPACE set to sRGB...that's what the internet uses as a base line display value

SHOOTING MENU 1

  • AUTOFOCUS SETTING is set to AF MODE (SINGLE POINT), RELEASE/FOCUS PRIORITY (FOCUS), INSTANT AF SETTING (AF-S), PRE-AF (OFF)
  • ISO set to AUTO ISO DEFAULT SENSITIVITY to 200, MAX SENSITIVITY to 3200 and MIN. SHUTTER SPEED to 1/60
  • DYNAMIC RANGE set to DR200
  • FILM SIMULATION...This is a large part of why I chose Fujifilm as my daily driver. I've loved their film from way back in the day. Velvia, Astia...Pro Negative High Contrast etc. Many of my photo heros made their bones with the film type of their choice. This is like a filter in Instagram. Load an image, apply a few filters to see what works and post it to your social media feed. Easy as 1-2-3... My personal favs are Astia, Velvia and Pro Negative High Contrast. All my Fujifilm cameras are customized to provide my custom recipes at the touch of a button. I cycle through them depending on what subject matter I'm shooting at any given time. Lately, I've added Acros to the mix and I've tweaked it into a PRESET of my own. Your choices will vary according to personal taste but I would start here regardless of which Fuji model camera you use.

Pro Negative High Contrast | XF60mm F/2.4 Macro Lens

Astia : XF18-55mm F/2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens

Velvia | Fujifilm X70 Compact Camera | 18.5MM F/2.8 Lens

If you shoot JPEG the film simulation will be baked into the finished image, though you can make minor adjustments afterwards. RAW provides you the option of choosing the film type after the fact by using one of two RAW Processors: Silkypix or Adobe Lightroom CC.

SHOOTING MENU 2

  • WHITE BALANCE (AUTO)
  • Color is set to +1
  • Sharpness set to 0
  • Highlight & shadow tone set to 0

SHOOTING MENU 3

  • NOISE REDUCTION set to -2
  • LONG EXPOSURE NR set to ON

SHOOTING MENU 4

  • MF ASSIST set to PEAK... FOCUS PEAK HIGHLIGHT RED (HIGH)
  • PHOTOMETRY set to [ ] or AVERAGE
  • INTERLOCK SPOT AE & FOCUS AREA set to on
  • FLASH SET-UP..RED EYE REMOVAL is set to ON

MOVIE SETUP

  • 24fps if you want that movie cinematic groove
  • 30fps if you want it more true to life
  • MOVIE ISO I leave at AUTO 65% of the time. In other instances I will lock it down to achieve a uniform look to the footage
  • MIC ADJUSTMENT ...I leave it at 3 unless an external MIC is attached
  • MIC/REMOTE RELEASE doubles as the remote shutter device port

X70 W/STI MIC Attached

SHOOTING MENU 5

  • SHUTTER TYPE...always ES (Electronic Shutter) unless I'm using flash

Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca

The VIEW MODE button on the viewfinder of an XT-10 Camera

Battery capacity is a big issue for many mirrorless camera users..and while I don't want to minimize this for anyone, I've personally found it to be no big deal. Mirrorless cameras have a lot more going on at any given time as compared to a standard DSLR or MEDIUM FORMAT equivalent. My old DSLR batteries lasted all day with plenty of charge left when I returned home each evening. Let's just say that I don't leave home now without a backup battery...just in case.

Having said that, there are some things you can take to extend your batteries on long days of shooting.

  • VIEW MODE...change this so that the image you are making or reviewing is only displayed in the VIEWFINDER if you are using an interchangeable lens camera. My X70 only has a rear LCD so it doesn't apply.
  • PRE-AF...set to OFF. I only want the camera focusing when I am pressing the shutter button
  • Optical Image Stabilized lenses...Ditto. I only want the image stabilization working when I'm using the shutter button
  • Set your camera to power down after 2 minutes of inactivity

By setting up my cameras in this way I've rarely needed more than three batteries for an entire day of shooting weddings (12 hours on average). For normal days out and about 1 or 2 batteries is just fine and that includes travel and street shooting.

I hope this helps as much as the previous version of this article. As always you can send me an email if there is something specific I haven't covered here.

 


Comments

4.Leigh Miller 2017
@Juan: I generally dislike the sound of camera shutters as I feel they distract (human/animal) subjects. I turn it off and opt for fully silent operation. Occasionally I may just activate the Auto-Focus confirmation beep though.
3.Juan Andres Tovar(non-registered)
Hi there.
I'd like to thank you for this post. It is certainly helpful to understand how you set up your system and why. It makes you think!
I have one question though: Why did you set up shutter as always ES unless you use flash? -- Sorry if it's an obvious answer, I still have a great deal to learn.

J. A. Tovar
1.Keith Williams(non-registered)
Leigh, I switched to Fuji from Olympus last year and found your blog. I appreciate you taking the time and posting the "set up like a boss" version 1 and now this one. .
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