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«Burning». An image shot in Nice, France, with the Fujifilm X-T20 and the Fujinon XF 55-200mm ƒ/3.5-4.8 LM OIS.

by Benjamin

Getting started with a Fujifilm camera

Introduction

So here you are. You’re finally getting into photography. Or maybe you’re already an experienced photographer who decided to take the jump into the Fujifilm world. Whatever it happens to be, welcome! Once you unboxed your shiny new camera, you can enjoy it as soon as you put your battery and memory card in. But you can do more beforehand and I will help you with that.

By the way, if you need more help, hop in my Facebook group dedicated to the Fujifilm X-T30 and X-T20 which has thousands of people ready to give you a bit of their time (that’s okay if you don’t have one of those cameras, we can still help you).

Update the firmware

One of the reasons you came into the Fujifilm world is without a doubt the firmware updates. They provide new features and bug fixes. It feels like downloading a new camera. To do so, head to the firmware download page, put the file at the root of your memory card and turn it on while holding the “DISP / BACK” button.

If you need more guidance to perfom this operation, YouTube has plenty of videos showing you the process in more details.

Fujifilm X-T30

DON’T read your manual

Yep. You got me right. Most experienced photographers will tell you the same thing over and over: RTFM! Read The Fucking Manual! But you’re probably thinking the same thing as me: this is boring as hell. Your manual is a reference. It’s here to help you whenever you’re facing a problem. Nobody can read it in its entirety and remember everything. My advice is:

  • Download the manual as a PDF;
  • Save it on your phone;
  • Look inside when you need something. For instance, if you don’t know how to go into bracketing mode, just open it and search for “bracketing”. This is way more efficient than keeping the paper version in your bag or trying to memorize it.

Photography should remain fun.

Learn and practice

Most photographers these days are self-taught. One of the best learning medium again is YouTube. Whatever camera you got, whatever genre you prefer, there will always be something for you. But most of the time, photographers are not using Fujifilm cameras. And they use a slightly different terminology. Here’s some of the weird stuff you could hear and their equivalent on your Fujifilm camera:

Weird thing you heard Equivalent on Fujifilm cameras
P Mode (Programmed mode) It doesn’t really exist on Fujifilm cameras.
A Mode (Aperture-priority) Disable the automatic aperture with the switch on your lens.
S Mode (Shutter-priority) Select the desired speed on the dialer on top of your camera.
M Mode (Manual mode) There’s no switch for a manual mode on a Fujifilm camera. Just set it up however you want.
Mirror A Fujifilm camera is also called “mirrorless”. Because it doesn’t need that to have a working viewfinder.

While theory is great, practicing is recommanded too. Efficient learning is only achieved when using your knowledge in real life situations. So get your camera and get out to shoot as much pictures as you can. Experiment and be patient. As long as you keep it up, you won’t fail at becoming a great photographer.

Expose your work to criticism

To improve even more, show your images to the world. Ask for feedback. I told you at the beginning of this article that I have a Facebook group that you can start with. But this isn’t enough. Find online communities of photographers who know what they’re talking about. That’s extremely easy nowadays with the Internet. And why not creating an Instagram account too? Or even 500px? Have something to show when meeting other photographers! I have way more respect for those who can pull up a portfolio instead of endlessly talking about how much bigger their dick is.

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