I get more than a few questions via email on this project specific micro-site. There are a couple that prompt a post. Other's not so much. I got two in the same number of days which are general enough for a post. First up is an easy one — My specific Fuji XT-1 setup in terms of settings and what not. I'll cover that in about 10 seconds. The other one was my processing work-flow for black and white. I answered that second one in excruciating detail that included a ton of philosophical opinion privately I'll try to get to that as well but both are sure to be a disappointment due to how basic, sloppy, and non-magical both answers are.
Simple Is Good
For my purposes the simpler the better. I tend not to want too much on my mind when using a camera. Out of the 48,000 features on digital cameras including the XT-1 I use about three. I'll point out the critical stuff for me and then explicitly talk about what I don't use nor plan to use.
I like just about everything as a discrete one control does one thing. The important stuff is already there in most of the Fuji cameras including the XT-1. ISO, Shutter speed, aperture. Quite obvious but also because I am in manual exposure mode 99.2584028% of the time. I spend far less time in my particular circumstances by setting exposure and forgetting it rather than messing with compensating to keep my exposure the same??? Changing light? Well I can see when the light changes or when I change it on purpose it's a known thing. Compensating based on composition etc makes no sense to me and my working conditions.
Focus? I'm about 50/50 in terms of using AF vs manual focus. When I'm manually focusing I use back-button focus where one hits a button on the back of the camera to do a one off auto-focus at the selected point and then I do it again when I need to. As in either I or the subject moves towards or away from the camera. That brings us to the setup specific stuff…
Here's the disappointing part. I don't have a list that's three miles long in terms of settings. Just a couple.
AE and AF lock buttons. I switch those so they do the opposite of what the button says on the outside of the camera. Why? As mentioned I rarely use auto exposure and use AF-lock as an AF-on button far more. Fuji really screwed the pooch on placement of the button labeled AF-lock. Useless and cumbersome placed behind the thumb rest.
For the few occasions I might use auto exposure I have the AE lock set to press and hold. Mostly useless due to my lack of using autoexposure.
Focus points, mode, etc. usually I use single point and vary the size of that point between really small and a click or two larger depending on subject, distance, and conditions. Occasionally I will use that mode where it picks from 9 in an area. Ninety percent of the time I use single AF, every once in a while I will use continuous/tracking but I don't trust it at all. Don't really care about the 35 other ways to use it.
I have the D-pad set up to move the focus points rather than double up as function buttons. I am a one control does one thing kinda shooter. Having it the other way just causes shit to happen I don't want to happen most of the time.
The front function button is set to bring up the little menu that allows you to turn off exposure and WB preview for when I am shooting with strobes.
That's pretty much it. I don't mess with all the C1/C2/C3 etc as most of it is JPEG crap which I don't need to do on the fly. I go into the Q menu only for focus mode and WB. Simple is good.