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Book description

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. FOREWORD
    1. WHO NEEDS A HANDBOOK?
    2. WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN THIS HANDBOOK, AND WHAT YOU WON’T
    3. IS A HANDBOOK ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY?
    4. WHY ME?
  6. 1 THE BASICS
    1. OVERVIEW OF THE CONTROLS
    2. COLOR CODE OF THE LED
    3. NAVIGATING THE MENUS
    4. THE CAMERA’S MENUS
    5. “SELECTED” MENU OPTIONS
    6. FIRMWARE
    7. SD CARDS
    8. BATTERY
    9. FIGURES
    10. IMAGES
    11. SHOOTING MENU
    12. PLAYBACK MENU
    13. SETUP MENU
  7. 2 SHOOTING WITH THE X100
    1. 2.1 A FEW TIPS TO GET STARTED
    2. 2.2 THE LCD MONITOR AND THE HYBRID VIEWFINDER
      1. THE OPTICAL VIEWFINDER
      2. THE DIGITAL VIEWFINDER
      3. THE LCD MONITOR
      4. IMAGE PLAYBACK
    3. 2.3 EXPOSURE: THE PLAY OF APERTURE AND TIME
      1. APERTURE-PRIORITY AE
      2. SHUTTER-PRIORITY AE
      3. PROGRAM AE
      4. MANUAL EXPOSURE
      5. COLOR CODES
        1. Aperture-Priority AE
        2. Shutter-Priority AE
        3. Program AE
        4. Manual Exposure
      6. LIGHT METERING
      7. MULTI METERING
      8. SPOT METERING
      9. AVERAGE METERING
      10. EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
      11. CORRECT EXPOSURE WITH THE LIVE HISTOGRAM AND EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
    4. 2.4 SHARP IMAGES: FOCUSING WITH THE X100
      1. MANUAL FOCUS (MF)
      2. SINGLE AUTOFOCUS (AF-S)
      3. CONTINUOUS AUTOFOCUS (AF-C)
      4. FOCUSING IN THE DARK
      5. AFL/AEL BUTTON
    5. 2.5 ISO, SENSITIVITY, AND NOISE BEHAVIOR
      1. JPEG, default setting
      2. ISO AUTO CONTROL
      3. NOISE REDUCTION
    6. 2.6 IMAGE QUALITY: CONVENIENCE OR FLEXIBILITY?
      1. RAW FORMAT
      2. JPEG FORMAT
      3. JPEG AND RAW
      4. FINE OR NORMAL
      5. IMAGE SIZE
      6. RAW BUTTON
    7. 2.7 SHOOTING WITH NEUTRAL COLORS, OR HOW TO SET YOUR WHITE BALANCE PROPERLY
      1. AUTOMATIC RECOGNITION
      2. PRESETTINGS
      3. CUSTOM SETTING
      4. WB SHIFT
    8. 2.8 THE RIGHT JPEG SETTINGS
      1. FILM SIMULATION
      2. COLOR FILMS
      3. BLACK-AND-WHITE OPTIONS
      4. SEPIA
      5. COLOR
      6. SHARPNESS
      7. CONTRAST
      8. HIGHLIGHT TONE
      9. SHADOW TONE
      10. PROFILE
      11. A PROFILE FOR A RAW SHOOTER
      12. COLOR SPACE
    9. 2.9 ACCOMMODATING A LARGE DYNAMIC RANGE
      1. DYNAMIC RANGE WITH JPEGS
        1. When should you use DYNAMIC RANGE?
        2. Wouldn’t it be better, then, to always leave DR200 or DR400 activated?
        3. What are the weaknesses of AUTO DR?
      2. ISO SPEED AND THE DYNAMIC RANGE FUNCTION
      3. DYNAMIC RANGE WITH RAW FILES
        1. Should I use the DR function when I’m shooting RAW images?
        2. So is it never advisable to use AUTO DR when shooting in RAW format?
        3. Why can’t I manually underexpose images when I’m taking JPEGs? Why do I need the DR function at all?
      4. EXPOSE TO THE RIGHT—A QUICK ASIDE
      5. USING THE DR FUNCTION
    10. 2.10 SERIES, BRACKETING, PANORAMAS, AND MOVIES
      1. SINGLE EXPOSURE
      2. CONTINUOUS SHOOTING
      3. AUTO EXPOSURE BRACKETING
      4. ISO BKT
      5. FILM SIMULATION BRACKETING
      6. DYNAMIC RANGE BRACKETING
      7. MOTION PANORAMA
      8. MOVIE
    11. 2.11 MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY
    12. 2.12 USING FLASH WITH THE X100
      1. AUTOMATIC FLASH
      2. FORCED FLASH
      3. SUPPRESSED FLASH
      4. SLOW SYNCHRO FLASH
      5. USING THE FLASH CREATIVELY WITH THE X100
        1. Why is it noteworthy and why does it matter that I can use the flash for short exposure times?
      6. SETTING THE FLASH
      7. EXTERNAL FLASHES
    13. 2.13 LAST BUT NOT LEAST
      1. ND FILTER
      2. SELF-TIMER
      3. Fn BUTTON
      4. QUICK START MODE
      5. OVF POWER SAVE MODE
      6. IMAGE EDITING WITH THE X100
  8. 3 ACCESSORIES
    1. LC-X100 LEATHER CASE
    2. LENS HOOD LH-X100
    3. EXTERNAL FLASHES
    4. EF-20
    5. EF-42
    6. ACCESSORIES FROM OTHER MANUFACTURERS
  9. INDEX