Mastering the Fuji X100

Mastering the Fuji X100


193 Pages


Mastering the Fuji X100 provides the ambitious photographer with everything they need to know to operate this camera that has become an instant classic. Readers will learn about the features and capabilities of the X100 and will discover numerous tips and tricks for how to maximize its potential. Learn how to influence dynamic range, how to optimize focus, which film simulation is best, and much more.

The Fuji X100 is a premium digital viewfinder camera that combines compact size with sophisticated technical features and uncompromising optical quality. This unique camera already enjoys cult status and is used by many photographers as the ideal travel and snapshot camera. Nonetheless, the X100 is much more than an automatic snapshot camera—it is a sophisticated photographic tool.

In a layout suitable to the camera’s attractive design, this manual presents convincing imagery that attests to the fun you will have as you begin to push the envelope of your Fuji X100.



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Published 21 February 2012
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EAN13 9781457118036
Language English
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Michael Diechtierow
Mastering the Fuji X100
Dr. Michael Diechtierow
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1the basIcs Overview of the controls / Color code of the LED / Navigating the menus / The camera´s menus / “Selected” menu options / Firmware / SD cards / Battery / Figures / Images / Shooting menu / Playback menu / Setup menu
2X100shootING wIth the
2.1a Few Get startedtIPs to
2.2htdNItoraNeLcdMo the hYbrId VIewFINder The optical viewfinder / The digital viewfinder / The LCD monitor / Image playback
2.3aPertUre aNd tIMeeXPosUre:the PLaY oF Aperture-priority AE / Shutter-priority AE / Program AE / Manual exposure / Color codes / Light metering / Multi metering / Spot metering /Average metering / Exposure compensation / Correct exposure with the live histogram and exposure compensation
2.4sharP IMaGes: FocUsING wIth the X100 Manual focus (MF) / Single autofocus (AF-S) / Continuous autofocus (AF-C) / Focusing in the dark / AFL/AEL button
2.5Iso, seNsItIVItY, aNd NoIse behaVIor ISO auto control / Noise reduction
2.6IMaGe QUaLItY: coNVeNIeNce or FLeXIbILItY? RAW format / JPEG format / JPEG and RAW / Fine or normal / Image size / RAW button
2.7shootING wIth NeUtraL coLors, or how to set YoUr whIte baLaNce ProPerLY 78 Automatic recognition / Presettings / Custom setting / WB shift
2.8etsNGtIshtIrethGGePJ Film simulation / Color films / Black-and-white options / Sepia / Color / Sharpness / Contrast / Highlight tone / Shadow tone / Profile / A profile for a RAW shooter / Color space
2.9115dYNaMIc raNGe accoMModatING a LarGe Dynamic range with JPEGs / ISO speed and the dynamic range function / Dynamic range with RAW files / Expose to the right—a quick aside / Using the DR function
2.10serIes, bracKetING, PaNoraMas,aNd MoVIes 136 Single exposure / Continuous shooting / Auto exposure bracketing / ISO BKT / Film simulation bracketing / Dynamic range bracketing / Motion panorama / Movie
2.11Macro PhotoGraPhY
2.12wIth the X100UsING FLash Automatic flash / Forced flash / Suppressed flash / Slow synchro flash / Using the flash creatively with the X100 / Setting the flash / External flashes
2.13Last bUt Not Least ND filter / Self-timer / Fn button / Quick star t mode / OVF power save mode / Image editing with the X100
3accessorIes LC-X100 leather case / Lens hood LH-X100 / External flashes / EF-20 / EF-42 / Accessories from other manufacturers
who Needs a haNdbooK? You may be wondering why the X100 needs a handbook at all—doesn’t the Owner’s Manual that comes with the camera suffice? The simple answer for me is no; other-wise, I wouldn’t have written this book. It’s not that I find the Owner’s Manual inadequate—it’s actually pretty good. Its main focus, however, is different from that of this handbook. The Owner’s Manual thoroughly documents the technical functions of the X100 and does not include personal opinions or background informa-tion. This isn’t a failing of the instructions—you wouldn’t expect to find such information in an owner’s manual. When I purchase a new technical device, I have a quick look at the owner’s manual right away, and then I may not consult it again until I run into a problem. On this point, purchasing this handbook won’t make the instruction manual redundant, because the hand-book serves a different purpose. You could say that the Owner’s Manual provides foundational information and the handbook guides photographers with practical advice for actually creating the images they want. You’ll find instructions in the Owner’s Manual about how to change the ISO settings of the camera, for instance, but nothing about what this means in a practical sense while you’re in the field. I can say that I’ve written the book I would have liked to have had after I purchased this camera. You may be asking, “Is it not possible to pick up everything in this book on your own or by reading Internet forums?” Of course it is, and I can’t encourage you strongly enough to do that. The discussions that you’ll pursue will be fun and will provide insight about very specific issues in ways that a book can’t. This kind of research, however,
can be time-consuming and laborious. Not everyone has the time to spend three or four months acquainting him-or herself with the X100. This handbook will enable a quick entry into the practical operation of the X100 and will also answer questions that come up as you spend time taking pictures with your camera.
what YoU’LL FINd IN thIs haNdbooK, aNd what YoU woN’t This handbook contains mostly personal experiences (both my own and others’), tips, and background informa-tion. Topics in this book include both those that I find interesting and those that I think are especially useful for taking pictures with this camera. The range of topics is by no means complete. This book won’t teach you how to ad-just the menu color scheme or how to create a photobook with your camera. However, you will find information such as how the camera uses contrast detection technol-ogy to optimize focus. This handbook is written with the assumption that readers have some basic photographic knowledge and skill. I think it’s a safe bet that anyone who forks over $1,300 for a camera knows what an aperture is.
Is a haNdbooK absoLUteLY NecessarY? The X100 is a terrific camera with a slew of features that sets it apart from both established DSLRs and point-and-shoot cameras. I learned a lot while writing this book, and I hope that you’ll have the same experience while reading it. Chances are there are experienced readers who don’t need a tutorial for getting acquainted with this camera. Neverthe-less, I hope the tips and collected information in this book will help even these readers to avoid mistakes and save time. Anyone who likes to exchange ideas with other photogra-phers or who enjoys using other photographers’ experiences as inspiration should find this book fun and useful.
whY Me? I never had plans to write a book. Three things came to-gether, though, that convinced me otherwise. First, I had just gotten my hands on the camera relatively recently. Second, I was able to free up some time in my schedule over the past few months. And third, I fell in love with the camera right away and had already spent a good deal of time with it. Why not write a book? I also consider myself something of a prototype for the X100 consumer—I represent the target demographic of X100 owners. I’ve personally had questions about the information in this book and now that I’ve examined the camera inside and out, I’m ready to answer them. I hope you enjoy the lessons in this book as well as taking pictures with the X100.