Q&A: Fuji X100s Settings + Workflow

Anonymous asked:
“Hi there, I noticed that you own a Fujifilm X100S. I recently sold my Canon DSLR and am having a bit of trouble getting used to the X100S. Do you have any tips on settings? Also, which post-processing workflow works best with the X100S? Thank you!”

Oh my. How I love my Fuji. I, too, struggled with it a bit when I first got it because I am much more comfortable with a 50mm or 85mm focal length than I am with the 35mm focal length. However, on my recent trip to Europe where I only took my Fuji (no DSLR at all!), I really fell in sync with the camera, and thus much more in love with it!

So here’s how I use it:

– I usually set my aperture to f/2.8 or f/2.0 depending on the scene. I took wide sweeping shots of cityscapes at 2.0 and it was perfectly sharp. No need to go 5.6 or anything (unless you want to).

– I set my shutter speed to auto. (So basically shooting aperture priority.)

– I set my ISO to auto with a minimum shutter speed of 1/125. I noticed that most of my photos, even in brighter settings, were pretty much always around 1/125 sec. I really wish it would have a higher minimum shutter speed, but whatever. It didn’t really affect my images too much. But when we were sightseeing, I didn’t want to have to worry about ISO, especially because it’s kinda hard to get to in the menu.

– I usually shoot custom white balance. Mostly because I hate editing WB in post. Bleh.

– I shoot with the electronic viewfinder, not the back of the camera.

– I use the exposure compensation to adjust the settings. So basically I am focused on one dial and that’s it. With the EVF you’re basically previewing the exact shot (like Live View on a Canon) so I just eyeball it.

– I only shoot RAW. The JPGs in low light are wonky beyond belief. Read about it here.

– I process all of my images in Lightroom and then export to JPG. Very minimal: white balance corrections, add contrast, etc. Sometimes faded shadows for a film look. But not always.

I hope this helps! :)