Setting up the Fuji XT-1

First of all this is not a technical review. I am a photographer not an engineer. The camera is the tool I use to produce the images I shoot. I am only interested in getting the best out of the camera for my job. I am not judging the camera against another and neither is this the only way this camera can be set up. It’s my way. and it does the job I want it to do.

Post processing is integral to the finished image. I want as much detail in the file as I can get to play with. The same applied to film years ago. You could not print what was not there in the negative. With that in mind I PP all finished images so minor differences in the original like colour balance, contrast etc I correct during PP. I need a neutral, flattish image I can then develop.

My Fuji XT-1 settings

These are my main settings

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You might be surprised but I use Auto ISO. Its brilliant and gives me one less thing to worry about. I can always change to manual settings if needed but for my job and street photography its ideal. I only need to choose the f stop and the exposure compensation.

Shoot raw with the Fuji as the JPEG can get a little too contrasty and will lose shadow and highlight detail.

I also shoot with this film simulation mode. It gives me the most neutral look

Fuji Camera Settings-3

I adjust the shadow and highlight and make a compensation for the noise levels

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I have the EVF set for Preview WB and EXP. You can then see exactly what you are going to shoot.

Fuji Camera Settings-10

I have the front fn button set for AF modes for street photography or Custom WB for headshot photography (more on that in a later blog) and have the back fn dial set to focus points

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and if your interested……

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And check this tip out.

I am not a man with big hands but even for me the buttons on Fuji are too small and flat. Very difficult to feel the buttons when your eye is pressed against the viewfinder. I had to adapt the buttons using Black Tacti-Mark. A liquid plastic which hardens soon after applying and developed for the blind to help them identify stuff. A little dollop of this on the the main buttons I use and its now easy for me to feel them without looking for them.

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  1. Juan Kis says:

    Thank you John for sharing this! I’m amazed because my settings are exactly like yours, I just shoot RAW+F but actually I never use the JPEGs, may be some when I shoot with my family.And I use the Dynamic Range on AUTO becasue I don’t get it when I show change the DR.
    What I’m not sure is if I chose the NegS Simulation on camera, you see the same look in Lightroom the RAW file, or you have to apply the film simulation to see that. I usually start from scratch.

    Thank you again!

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