Fuji X-T1 Firmware Update Guide Now Available!

Tony Phillips, the guy who’s written two great books about Fuji cameras already, the X100S and X-T1, has released a guide to the latest X-T1 Firmware Update version 3.0.  Like his other books, this one is well researched, beautifully written, and full of insights into the update.

The update has at least 27 new / improved features for the X-T1 and some of Tony’s favorites include:  additional customization of the reprogrammable Q-Menu, more Function button items, high-speed electronic and hybrid shutter, a new Chrome film simulation, and manual focus tweaking in autofocus.  In this free update, you’ll find great information about all of these and more.

To get your Free copy, you’ll need to send an email request to Tony Phillips (click his name to send the email).  Or, if you haven’t bought his X-T1 book yet, go to The Friedman Archives to purchase the primary book and get the Firmware update included.

BTW, Tony is currently working on his next book … about the Fuji X100T, so stay tuned for that release.

Supplements About the Sony A7S and A7II Are Now Available

Picture Profiles … S-Log 2 … Timecode … What does it all mean?

The newer Sony A7S and A7II are using terms that many of us “regular” photographers know nothing about.  At least I didn’t until I read Gary Friedman’s just released supplement to the A7S.  The bulk of this supplement is all about the video features that most non-videographers aren’t very familiar with.

Each supplement is a little over 70 pages, covering just what’s new and different from the original A7/A7R.  They’re available as downloadable ebooks from Gary’s website Here:

The cost is a very reasonable $6.95 each, but it’s information that would be very difficult (if not impossible) to find anywhere else.

E-M1 Firmware Version 2.0 eBook Now Available – Free!

I just finished a comprehensive guide to Firmware Update Version 2.0 for the Olympus OM-D E-M1.  It’s now available for FREE download at The Friedman Archives.  If you’d like to get it, please send an email request to Gary Friedman.

The eBook is available as a .pdf file, .mobi (for Kindle), or .epub for other e-readers.  So you should be able to read it on just about any device that you may own … whether it be a tablet, phone, or computer.

Don’t forget to check out the other camera and photography books available at:

"The Complete Guide to Fujifilm’s X-T1" – by Tony Phillips

My timing has been just about perfect.  I got the X-T1 just a couple of weeks ago, and yes, there has been a learning curve after using the Olympus E-M1 for almost a year.  But help is here now.  🙂

Tony Phillips, at The Friedman Archives, has just released his ebook all about the Fujifilm X-T1, and it’s a good one.  He also wrote a book about the Fujifilm X100s and that experience shines through in this book.

Inside Tony’s “Complete Guide to Fujifilm’s X-T1“, you’ll find over 500 pages of comprehensive and thorough information about every aspect of using the X-T1.  Tony writes in a very clear, understandable style and presents lots of insider tips and techniques.

While the book is geared toward experienced photographers, don’t shy away if you’re not one … there are also several chapters filled with general photography how-to’s.

For one reasonable price, you get all three electronic versions of the book:  a .pdf file (read it on just about any device), a .mobi for your kindle, and .epub for a Nook or other e-reader.  It’s also available in print (color or b&w), but those will cost a bit more.


And don’t forget, there are lots of other books available at The Friedman Archives.  You’ll find books about almost every Sony DSLR or Mirrorless camera released in the last few years, and a great book about the Olympus OM-D E-M1, along with the two Fujifilm titles.

Friedman’s E-Book about the E-M1 is Available!

The e-Book about the Olympus OM-D E-M1 was released by +Gary Friedman , over at The Friedman Archives.  Gary has been writing great books about Sony cameras for years, and has now finally decided to branch out and start writing about these wonderful Olympus cameras.
(NOTE:  You’ll also find a book about the Fuji X100s and an upcoming book about the Fuji X-T1.)
If you’ve read any of Gary’s previous books, you’ll be happy to know he brings the same level and depth of understanding and coverage to this book.  If you haven’t read any of his previous work, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find not only complete coverage of the camera and all of it’s functions, but also a ton of excellent general photography tips.  Plus, he writes in an informal and easy reading style.
Here are some of what he’s said about the book on his website:

The OM-D E-M1 camera has been hailed as “The King of Micro Four Thirds” format for good reason! The engineers gave this camera one of the most customizable and nuanced user interfaces ever. While a good move, even experienced users will sometimes need help getting their arms around all of the different permutations of features or groups of features spread across different menus.

In this detailed and easy-to-read reference, professional photographer Gary L. Friedman simplifies the complexity and provides the shortest learning curve for this infinitely-configurable camera.”
When you order one of his e-Books, you get all three versions:  A full color .pdf file, a .mobi version for Kindle, and an .epub file for Nook or other e-reader.  There are print versions available, too, but at an extra cost, of course.
Plus, he has a money-back guarantee, so you really have nothing to lose.

New Ebooks – Nex-6/5R in Spanish and Sony RX100M2

The Friedman Archives Press has just released two new titles.  One is for the Sony RX100Mk2 and the other is the Spanish translation of the Sony Nex 5R and 6 ebook.  These new releases add to an already impressive list of great books about almost all of Sony’s Alpha and Nex cameras.

Each book will guide you through every feature, function, and control on your camera.  Plus you’ll find appendices with great tips on photography and recipes for special shooting situations (Fireworks, for instance).
The books are available as a package of electronic files to include full color PDF and files for a Kindle or Nook.  Of course, you can also order a printed version in either color or black and white.
Calling All Translators!  The Friedman Archives would like to expand the available translations to other languages besides English and Spanish.  If you are fluent in two languages (one of which is English) and also have a thorough understanding of photographic techniques and terms, please send an email to Ebooks@Sent.com.

Setting Up the NEX-7 – Revisited

I recently read somewhere, “Photography is a disease for which there is no known cure.” ( – Author Unknown)  I know I’m afflicted by it and I sure hope it isn’t fatal . . . . . aside from my wife wanting to kill me for exceeding my photography budget! 🙂 

A couple of days ago I “reacquired” the Sony NEX-7. There’s a lot to love there:  A beautiful, black, metal body; 24 Megapixel APS-C sensor; 10 frames-per-second; Terrific EVF (Electronic ViewFinder); and the Tri-Navi control system to give you almost instant access to many of the camera’s functions.  This camera is very customizable with several buttons that can be re-configured to setup this camera to work the way you work.

Many of you may not want your camera setup exactly like I do and that’s okay. We’re all individuals and approach photography with different goals and techniques.  In fact, my settings change from time to time as my current photographic emphasis changes.  But, if you’re new to the NEX-7 or maybe just struggling with the overwhelming customization options, maybe this will help. Here’s how I have mine setup, at least for now.

First, in the Main Menu, go to Setup and about halfway down you’ll find the Function Settings. These are the settings that are accessible using the Function Button (next to the shutter button) and adjustable with the two top Control Dials and the Control Wheel (Tri-Navi Controls).
  • Function Settings 1 > Focus Settings
  • Function Settings 2 > White Balance Settings
  • Function Settings 3 > Creative Style Settings
  • Function Settings 4 > Custom Settings
  • Custom Settings 1  > DRO/Auto HDR (Having Auto HDR and Quality in Custom Settings means they are both accessible at the same place. And since I often shoot in RAW, this makes it easy to quick change to JPEG when I want to use Auto HDR.)
  • Custom Settings 2  > Quality
  • Custom Settings 3  > Picture Effect
  • Function Settings Start > Previous (this just takes me back to whatever I had last changed)
Next, with Soft Key A, go back into the Setup Menu, and select Custom Key Settings. These will change the function of several of the buttons on the back of the camera.
  • AF/MF Button > AF/MF control
  • Right Key Setting > Flash Mode
  • Soft Key B Setting > Focus Settings
  • Soft Key C Setting > Shoot Mode
  • Custom Settings > N/A unless you set Soft Key C to Custom Settings, then you will have several choice to add, here.
With this configuration, I almost never need to go into the camera’s extensive menu system to make a change while I’m shooting, which is a big deal for me since I do tend to change settings quite often.  The possibilities are so varied, that you’ll probably need to do some experimenting with different combinations to find what works best for you, but maybe this guide can give you a place to start.

Please comment and share with us how you have your NEX-7 setup – and why – so we all have the chance to learn another way of doing things.

In a recent blog post, I mentioned that I worked with Gary Friedman (www.friedmanarchives.com) to produce a comprehensive manual about the new Sony NEX-5R and NEX-6.  You can find that eBook about the Nex-6 / 5R at www.FriedmanArchives.com , plus other books about all of the Nex models including the Nex-7, the RX100/M2 and most of the Sony Alpha models.