Fuji X-T3 settings for wedding event photography
Any of you who happened to own a Fujifilm X-T3 and would like to make your mark in either wedding or event photography might want to check out this article. I am about to show you what settings I put the X-T3 in before I take off for a wedding photography photoshoot.
A small note before reading my settings
I also wanted to mention that even though the newer Fujifilm X-T4 has recently come out, the X-T3 in 2020 is still an excellent camera. It is also a great contender due to the fact that its price has fallen quite a bit. Coupled with its smaller brother, the Fujifilm X-T30 it becomes a great event photography dynamic duo
My Fujifilm X-T3 settings are optimized for emotion
There are a couple of very important things to remember when shooting wedding or event photography. In both cases the most important thing is to capture a moment. It is the priority above all things. Therefore, my camera settings prioritize getting that moment recorded and also make it so that no technical aspects should get in the way of capturing that elusive point in time. Also bear in mind that we are looking at the event photos and not pre shoots (something that is whole other ball game. Especially for weddings).
A brief word on lenses
In the Fuji line of lenses it is important that you bare in mind that, for me, at a wedding or event I only need the X-T3 and the fujinon 50-140mm f/2.8 zoom lens and nothing else. Besides that and a B-Cam sporting the Fujinon 18-55 f/2.8-4.0. I basically can get everything I need. The 50-140mm is the perfect zoom to get all the framing I need and stay out of the way.
My Fujifilm X-T3 settings for wedding photography
Image size L with an aspect ratio of 3:2
Image quality: Fine + RAW ( I work in RAW but for quick deliveries, I have fina as backup)
RAW Recording: Lossless Compressed
Film simulation for quick jpegs: ProNeg-HI
AF-C custom settings: I use preset 2
Number of focus points: 117
Pre-AF: On for events but it eats up battery power
Face/eye detection setting: Eye Auto
MF Assist: focus peak highlight
Focus check: OFF
Touch screen mode: OFF (My nose grease is a problem)
Drive settings: High speed burst 8.0fps / Low speed burst 4 or 3 fps
Shutter type: Mechanical shutter most of the time Electronic shutter is you want to be quiet
Set-up (The wrench)
Sound setting: Learn all the sound settings. You can get a totally quiet camera.
Save data setup: Choose BACKUP
note: Once settings are good for your, save to a custom prest and also define a MY MENU as well
Here is a video about how to set up My menu settings
Other things to mention
- These settings assume that no flash is used. We are just the odd man out at weddings, therefore, I do not like to disturb. I omit flash and try to shoot in silent mode as much as possible.
- I always record fine+RAW offering my clients a quick fix and the possibility to come back to me with an index number to purchase untouched pictures afterward. For the jpegs I use Pro neg. Hi. I find that it gets the client excited about what is to come and offers great on sight preview files as well.
- All other setting clarifications can be found on my tutorial in the video above. Enjoy!!