The Complete Guide to Fujifilm's X100F by Tony Phillips

Like all good photographers, I thoroughly read the manual when I buy a new camera. I would never take a new camera out of the box, put the battery and memory card in and start shooting before reading the manual. Honestly. I would never do that... no. really. Well, maybe sometimes. 

The problem I find with the manuals is that, yes, they tell you what all the buttons and dials do, but not really how they impact the photograph. 

I saw this e-book via my Facebook feed and was intrigued. Tony Philips has written a series of books on the various Fuji X-Series cameras, and it looked pretty promising in terms of enlightening me on some of the deeper aspects of my X100F. I duly parted with $29.95 and downloaded the file. 

My word, it's comprehensive. It runs to well over 500 pages, and despite the length it is very readable. Chapter 1 introduces the key features of the camera, a quick getting started chapter, if you will. As the book moves on, these features are discussed in greater and greater depth. Topics include flash, movies, drive mode options, film simulations, exposure modes and much more. The book culminates with chapters on all the options in the shooting menus, a really useful chapter on digital imaging, and one on additional resources, although after this book I am not sure what additional resources you would need. 

When I converted from film to digital, one of the things I found hardest about the transition was really understanding what all the settings were actually doing. In this book Phillips nails all of this down. He uses example photographs to explain different effects and provides tips for different aspects of shooting with the X100F.  No stone is left unturned, and let's be honest, this could be a very dry read, but it isn't. It is engaging and enlightening in equal measure. I had several "oh, I see!" moments, when I finally understood why my camera was doing the opposite of what I wanted in various lighting conditions.  These were things that weren't in the manual. I could probably have worked them out myself if I took the time to experiment enough with all the settings, but there is no need for that, this book does all of that for you. 

As a reference for you camera, I can highly recommend it.  Whilst photography is as much about creativity as it is about understanding the tech, if you can't understand what your camera is doing, then you are unlikely to be able to stretch it creatively. I have many photography books, but this has to be the best technical book I own.