Shooting Menu


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Shooting Menu

Get that menu button and dive in and see what we can find in here so what olympus has done is they have organized things I say that very loosely they have organized things into different tabs you might say they have a couple of shooting tabs of playback custom one that you probably don't see right now which is called accessory port menu and then it set up menu and before we get into this I'll just say that I think olympus needs to go back to the book and said everything out on the table and reorganize things because as they put together this menu system they seemed to kind of constantly say throw that in the custom menu on throw that in the custom menu and so the custom menu is double the size of everything else in the in the menu system so it's a little lopsided in where everything is found so let's get into it and what you do is you hit the menu button and you're going to use the four way tab on the back of the camera to go left right up and down and so you want to select the first c...

amera tab which is going to have some of the most fundamental set ups about how the camera is functioning the first item in here is called card set up and this is where you can either erase the photos or you can reform at the memory card I would recommend not doing all erase ever don't do that if you want to get rid of all your pictures you want to form at the memory card, what it does is it deletes all the pictures but it also goes in and clears the directory and any other ghost folders or anything else that might be on the memory card so you want a format memory cards in the camera you plan to use them and so if you're bringing a memory card from another brand of camera before you use it, make sure your pictures they're stored and then format the camera in the camera that you're going to use it in so that's something I do on a regular basis and that will help prolong the life and give you the longest life span of the memory card possible next up is called reset my set and you can have four different settings in here that you can program in and the way this works is you'd set everything up on the camera the white balance, the motor drive, the media ring system and all those other things the way that you would I want and then you would go into my set and you would basically write those into the camera program those in as a setting and one of the things about the city is it it's a little bit weird so I wanted to a live demo on it because theocracy ins in here are not completely clear when we do this, so let me get this camera turned on after a little break, we turn it around so you guys can see what's going on and I'm going to hit the menu button on looks like we're live on this on me, you know, I love guys that you can show the screen to me because now I can get it angle to the camera perfectly, and I'm not even gonna look at the camera and look at the screen so in menu tab number one, I'm going to go right and then come down to my set and then I'm going to go into this and for instance, I have already set up my set one and two with cem preview preset settings in here and if you decide to hit ok and go into this mode you have the option of yes and no and when I saw this, I went yes what know what? What what are you talking about? I don't understand and so well if you didn't want to do this, you would hit no when you would go back let me go back down to my set one if you hit yes, well, let's see, uh frustrating if you hit yes, what is it going to d'oh if I can pull up any information it's not really clear and so if we go back into my set one and we just wait oh I'm getting confused here had menu to back out of it if I hit oh if I go to the right that's why there's okay and the right if you go to the right we'll have the options of resetting this which resets it back to the default standard settings that are in the camera if you go to set it sets all the settings in programs it into the camera so you're basically writing the settings to this program if you back out of this by hitting the menu button and you just hit set right here then you are choosing my set number one as what has been chosen in the camera and so the three options and it gets a little confusing is white everything in so write it in and let's see there's, another camera that used a good term that I'm trying to remember right now basically it is writing it to that setting, choosing that setting or resetting it and back out of this and so if you want to choose the setting you do it right here by pressing the ok button and you would say yes, I want to choose this setting if you go to the right and go to the right, you clear the registered shooting mode and settings. Or you would set the current ones. And so if I wanted to reset this, I would hit ok, right here. And now you can see it says no data in there. So, it's a little confusing. You're gonna have to practice around with it and you can get your camera set up for four favorite settings. When you do that, I hope I made myself clear. It's I get confused in there. It's not the clearest thing in the world. Were you from leah? W l a. Were you on em on the dial? I was on m s a or p you might not have all those options. Let me just take a quick check if I put my camera in automatic and I hit menu, I still have those options in here. See, they're all great out because my camera is in the eye auto section. Okay. And so you do need to have your cameras in one of the more manual settings in the won't work in the art the scene. Let me see if it should work in them in the so in the video camera mode doesn't work. So you want to be an m s a or p, okay? Great. Thank you. Another just a little question from ed be that olympus does some weird stuff with photo numbering does when you reform in a card is you just talked about does that affect sequential numbering? You know, no, I believe it will continue adding on from where it left off, I believe uh darn it. I'm going to have to go to my cheat sheet, which is my pdf andi, I think there is a way to reset it. Well, let me double check. I'm not seeing it off the top my head, but I think it's in there hang with me for the next hour and we'll figure it out. Ok? Next up in the shooting menu mode is the picture mode and if this seems familiar yes, this is the third time we've seen and talked about this s so this is where you can change the look in color of your image, which I like to leave on number three, which is just natural, which is that should be number one. I don't know why they put it on number three, but that's going to be the most neutral and unaffected one in there? Ok, next up very important is the image quality of the camera, so this is very important this is where you get to choose raw or j peg and so, as we go through this, you'll notice that I'm giving you some recommendations, both on screen and in the handout. Pdf if they're in red, that means there for the more advanced users. S o the raw is what I'm gonna recommend for most of the advance users or at the very least, large fine j peg. And here is where you also will get to choose the movie mode on here, I would choose the full hd mode, so you're getting the highest resolution videos you can and choosing the f setting is fine versus normal, which is a slightly the higher quality setting. If you needed to shoot a video that was smaller and file size, then you could look at the m j peg option, which would work a little bit easier if you're going to email it to somebody for a small, basic little video. Okay, next up is image aspect. Yes, we've talked about this before the image sensors, a four by three aspect ratio, so you want to keep that. If you want to get all the information from the sensor, you can adjust it according to your needs otherwise, and it will show it to you in the viewfinder or on the back of the camera, this camera has a digital tell a converter and any time you see the word digital tell a converter run and scream away in the opposite direction you don't want to do this because it's going to lose quality it's the same thing is just blowing up a middle portion of the picture and enlarging it to the full size and so you don't want to do this you can do this later on much better in the computer all right very quickly we're moving down to shooting menu number two here is where we have off the drive mode again we saw this before on the top of the camera and so we're not going to talk any more about it because we've already discussed it. The stabilizer mode can be found here we also saw it if you're wondering where we saw it before, it was in that quick menu that we got too with the ok button on the back of the camera. The super control panel is olympus likes to call it and so for most situations I leave the camera in s s one, which is the standard stabilization mode that figures out your movement and just on a side note it does a really good job so you can handle this camera under very low light conditions at very slow shutter speeds there is also a stabilization for the movie mode which you can leave turned on and works fine with that next up is the bracketing option. We talked a little bit about bracketing with the hdr option before, but there is an official regular black bracketing option in here. Now, this is normally done under the a e concept, which is auto exposure. The camera will adjust exposures, but you can also do white balance bracketing flash bracketing eso bracketing or art bracketing, where it gives you a bunch of different options with the art photos, the ones that the one that most people do is thie auto exposure bracketing, and this is where you're typically shoot three or sometimes more shots bracketing a siri's of images shooting a different exposure on each one, and all you have to do is line up the first one, and then the camera will go in and set the exposure for all the others and could take those pictures in a matter of about one second. And so, for anyone who wants to do hdr photography, this is one option for doing it or anyone who's doing save landscape photography that wants to get a variety of exposures to ensure they got the right exposure. I don't shoot this nearly as much as I used to in the days of film because it's so much easier to check the camera and hissed a gram to see if I'm getting the correct exposure. You can go in and you can select between two, three, five and seven frames and how much you are bracketing between each frame, either a third of the stop all the way up to one full stop, and so set according to your needs. Normally you're going to leave this off for normal picture taking. Next up is the hdr mode. We did see this. There was a button on the top of the camera that did this, and we can do the preset hdr one into where the camera will give you a finished hdr image. Or you could shoot a bracketing siri's that's more specifically designed for hdr that shoots in bigger increments. That to exposure difference between pictures, which is going to be quite large and was mostly used in the hd our world as opposed to shooting them for their individual pictures. One of the unusual things that this camera can do is multiple exposures. This is something that a lot of people would do in post production like photoshopped, but if you want to combine images in frame, you can do that, and one of the advantages is that you can see what the previous image look like and how things line up in here. One of the options you'll have when you get into this is whether to use thie auto gain. The auto gain, what it does is it automatically adjust exposure for you according to the number of frames that you're going to shoot in this case, you can only shoot two frames, but it will adjust exposure for you. Some people prefer to set their exposures manually, in which case you would want to turn this off. If you're new to multiple exposures, you're probably best toe leave it on, but as you get to know more and dial in the exposure that you want, then you would turn it off. One of the nice things is the image overlay in play back so that you can see where the previous image wass s so you can line up images so that they are in the right area on the frame, and so that is multiple exposures. Next up, we're going to be going into time lapse setting there we go, so time lapse allows you to take a picture after a certain lapse of time. So this first example was here in seattle, the duck dodge and these pictures were taken about once every I think, five or ten seconds, and I sat there and waited as the camera shot through about forty five minutes worth of picture taking to get that little video another one this is one of my favorite ones. This is from varanasi, india a place that might be fun to lead a workshop to our photo tour in india? How does that sound? So once you get into the time lapse setting, you'll be able to choose how many frames you want to shoot. You'll choose the distance between those frames in time that's the time lapse there, and then you'll also be able to take all your pictures and put them together into a final movie so you can create your movie writing camera. You don't need any video software in order to do that. More and more cameras are doing that makes it very, very convenient so that you can end up showing a video right in camera from what you did. Finally, in this shooting menu, number two is a remote control mode if you were going to use external olympus flashes, unfortunately, we don't have time to get into that in this class, but if you do want to get into off camera strobe work, that is one way of doing it, but if you are interested in doing those off grammer's flashes, I would look into manually operating those flashes. It will ultimately give you a lot more control down the road, all right? You know, folks, I just want to warn you right now that it seems like we're just wizened through this menu and we're going to be done in no time at all, but trust me, we're going to hit this custom menu and we're going to get bogged down like you have never seen before. Okay, so we're into the playback menu for right now you can do slide shows with it, so if you want to look your camera to ah tv, you can show your movies and do a slide show and so forth, and they've even got some background music that if you want to have a good definition of canned music, you're going to hear it with the background music choices built into the camera. The camera has the, uh, knowledge of whether you shot a vertical or horizontal picture and nose to automatically flip those verticals into the vertical format when you download them to your computer so I would leave this, rotate in the on position so that it automatically rotates him when it download them to your computer. We talked a little bit about the editing options in the cameras. One of the options that I demonstrated for you earlier was thie audio and rotation, which you can do on all of your images the one there are some special things that you can do to raw images, which means you can make a composite with them, so if you want to do the double exposures, you could take a raw image. Jj and asked to have a second image taken on top of that to create yet a new image you can also create a j peg from a raw so if you shoot mostly raw you're traveling and you just want to make a j peg to email home or to somebody you can do that from one of your raw images in camera once you have a j peg image, you can go in and do all sorts of image adjustments on that j peg image notable that you cannot do these onto a raw image you would have to take a rod, turn it into a j pig and then you could do these sorts of adjustments where you're turning it into a black and white or doing some sort of shadow adjustment onto it so you could do a little bit of photo shop work. I don't know that I recommend it if you don't have a computer, then you would have to use the camera, but for the most part you'll be able to do a much better job if you can download it and work on it. A normal photo program like adobe light room you can also hook your camera up to a printer in print directly from your camera to a printer and this would give you some options as to what size prints which prince how many what size things like that not something I've ever done or ever planned to do, but it is an option in the camera next up reset protect what this does one of the options when you play back and images, you can lock the image so that it won't get deleted with this setting here you unlock all of your images so that they can be deleted and so it's basically removing the protection from all the photos I don't use that protection I don't know that most people use that protection because it's a very light level of protection and you can still reform at the memory card and get rid of those images so not likely to be used very much oh boy, here we go connection to the smartphone I say, oh boy, because I I have a problem with wifi just doesn't always want to work around me, so we're going to try to hook this camera to a smartphone right now one of the op is that you can connect this camera up to a smartphone for shooting or reviewing images, and even if you want to shoot images with this, you got to come to the playback menu, which doesn't make a lot of sense in order to hook the camera so let's just talk about what are the things that you need first off you need to download to your phone the olympus image share app and you would go to your whatever store or commonplaces to download the olympus image share app, which I have already done on my phone. Once you have that on your phone, the basic things that you're going to be able to do is you're going to be able to do a remote control so you'll be able to see what the cameras pointed at in your phone and you'll be able to make a limited number of changes and you'll be able to shoot pictures you can import pictures from your camera to your phone so that you can upload them very quickly. You'll be able to do some very basic editing, adding geo tags and you can synchronize the date and time of necessary so here's kind of the steps that you need to go through first off, you need to go and connect your camera to the smartphone so let's, go into the live demo mode here, turn my camera on and hit the menu button, and we're going to need to go down to the playback and down to the smart phone connection. Click that and it's going into the wifi settings and let's, go back to the keynote. We're going to choose the olympus wifi settings in the phone, I'll go through a few more in the keynote and then jump back to the live demo we're going to need tio okay, let me just bring this up so we'll be able to choose the olympus setting and let's go ahead just jumped to the phone so one of the things I need to make sure is that the wifi signal is picking up is the e m one and so you can see here I've already kind of got it selected here it's very obvious which one it is now I need to go into my olympus at make sure you can get the right one here so olympus starts up and I'm going to want to do remote control I want to see if I can fire this camera from a distance so I'm going to hit remote control and if it works, I'll be happy very happy we turned into program and let's see if this is gonna work when we go back home when we come back into here we should be getting there we go, I think we're now live so what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna point this camera around my phone balance here gets convey release it so I'm gonna point my camera around and kanye, you don't mind being the subject to you, ok? So let me get it here on you you know, look at my phone and so I'll go back to the phone here and I think I could go sideways on this and if I want to take a picture took a picture and there it is if I want to download it save to the camera roll so I'm going to save it to the camera roll and that is now saving it to my phone and if I was like super savvy I would go upload this to facebook right now but I am not quite that savvy this file has been imported you can turn off the camera I don't want to turn off the camera I want to go back to the camera and kind of poke around here a little bit so you can see how I can change the esso settings in the camera let's go ahead and hit that again come on there we go and so we can choose a different highest so it's kind of a not too bright in here let's go with s o sixteen hundred white balance let's see what life letting her we use it well this is probably pretty well balanced in here let's just see if we could set it on cloudy and see what it looks like that's a little bit on the warm side, sonny no, we have pre sets that we could have set you know what autos not that bad I'm going to keep it on auto weaken du exposure compensation let's see, we could make it darker who that's no good. We could make it lighter we can set it here in the middle I'm gonna have to physically go up to the camera and move it over to the manual mode let's see if we can control it here in manual on and I think I may have to exit and come back in for it to recognize that we went to manual come on turn turn on me there we go. Okay, so two fifty five six let's get that shutter speed down to something that lets it a bit more light let's try fiftieth of a second looks pretty good okay on let's see what else we got up here? We got our motor drive we could go into the high speed motor drive that's a lot of kind of pictures there waken uh ok let's uh let's go back we don't want this let's go back to the camera we can focus though that's the touch focus and shooting at the same time and so let's say this one of the camera all and then what I would dio we're gonna wait for this to save you can see the setting in there okay, so it should be safe I'm going to turn the camera off at this point and actually I'm going to exit this and go into my cameras photo collection into my camera roll on and here's the picture that I just downloaded and if I wanted teo I could email that to canada right now or posted up on twitter, facebook or any of the other things that your phone has set up for you so that's basically of how you can hook it up to the camera there are some other things that you can do but that's probably the one that most people are going to be interested in doing and unlike some other camera brands that we will not speak about this one hooked up on the first time around so I like that when it does that I like it when things work that's pretty darn cool aiken see itself is becoming a new thing with the ability to much more elaborate that's more elaborate selfie can you do that with a smartphone but also say with a ipad tablet all those I think you could do it with any sort of smart device you might say mark device to rio so the important things is you need to download the app first off to your phone before anything is going to work make sure that in your phone you choose the wifi system that is being sent out by the camera and that is using a bit of battery power so that's going to draw a drain on both your camera and your phone and if you use it for a long period of time you know an hour so that's going to really kill your battery very very quickly when you do that and then you should probably exit out of the menu system or out of the wifi system when you're done just so that you are not wasting that battery power. So let me make sure that I have exited out of that system so connection to smartphone yet looks like it has automatically disconnected when I turned off the film so just some things to think about when you do that and quit quick question on that john from austin who's wondering to snap a photo and upload do you have to be in j peg or if you are in raw, will the camera automatically create a j p what it does do todo it's not going to send the raw over and I'm trying to remember if it says a raw plus a j peg and this is something I am not remembering off the top my head and that's, okay, but it does send a j peg to your camera, not a raw and it's a it's, a downsized j picks of the final picture in your camera, which is stored there is going to be higher quality and let me just see if I played back that image if it tells me any information you know, I think I had my camera set on j peg its terrible, horrible on and so I don't know on that one

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