Backside: Focus Area and Controls


Olympus® OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start


Lesson Info

Backside: Focus Area and Controls

Alright, on the back shoulder of the camera is the Function 2 button. Actually, (gasps) typo. First typo in the class, folks. This is supposed to be function number one. It is a function button, and it is in control of changing the focusing area. So let's talk a little but more closely about the focusing area. We saw this a little bit before, but there is 121 hybrid contrast and phase detection points on this camera, which is a big upgrade from the previous camera. So if you want to activate the system, first off, you're gonna press that focusing area button. You can move the focusing point by moving it left and right, and then if you want, you can turn the front dial to change the target size from all to one to five to nine of them. And then you also have the option of facial detection. And so you can turn on face detection, or turn it off, you can have it detect the eye, the right eye, or the left eye. So let's go ahead and get my camera out here, turned on and show you how this is g...

oing to work. And so, to activate the system, we press the button in the back of the camera, right now we have a single point, so I can simply move the focusing point around. And in fact, if I just press left and right, it just automatically moves the sensor left and right. And so, by moving that, I've kind of already entered the mode here. And so now, over on the left, you'll see a couple of little arrow indicators, which means you can manually go in and activate that particular feature. So if I turn the front dial, I can change it to the five point system, nine, I'm gonna see if I can make this image darker, so that we can see what's going on screen a little bit more clearly. Turn off some of this information. And so now, we can see more clearly as I change the front dial from one to five to nine to all the focusing points. And so, if you do select one or a group of them, you can go left, and it wraps around, and you can go up, and it wraps around, and so you can go through all the walls and just get right back to wherever you want. Now if you turn the back dial, that turns on the facial recognition. I'm not gonna do a demo of this, but it can pick up faces. Now, it might get a little confused if you have multiple faces, but it will look for a general face, it'll turn, not use it. It'll look for the eyes, and focus on the eyes, rather than the nose or something else. It'll look for the right eye or look for the left eye if you want it to be very, very specific. And so some people like the face detection, and if you are working with a single person, I think it works quite well. If you're working with a group of people, it doesn't always know where you want it to focus. And so I prefer just using a single point of focus, so I'm gonna turn off the eye, and just go down to a single point of focus right there so I can be very precise. I will go ahead and get my exposure back up, and so then, if I have a subject to focus on, let's just set this here, little bit in the foreground. And so it's very quick about focusing, and you can see that it's incredibly quick, and so you can move focusing point, and we could also use the touch screen as well. As we saw before. So that's pretty simple on the focusing, we'll see some more customization when we get into the menu system on it. But changing the size and style of it is quite easy. Alright, and that is the function one button. Next up is the info button, we saw this a moment ago, in use on the viewfinder. You can have two different customized modes of viewing, whether it's through the viewfinder or through the LCD on the back of the camera. Choosing which options of histogram, highlight shadow, and level gage, you'll be able to do this when we get into the custom menu under the live view info setting. So you can see as much or as little as you want to see at any given time. The arrow pad on the back of the camera is normally used for moving what's known as the AF target, the focusing boxes, around, as we just saw. If you don't move the focusing target around, or if you want to access different features of the camera more quickly, you can turn it into what's called the direct function button. In this case, the focus area and exposure will be left and going up, and then the right and the down is customizable. To start with, they give you flash options and drive options, but on a lot of other digital cameras, these types of buttons automatically control a particular function. But for right now, it's just controlling your focusing area, which I think is a really good system, because being able to change the focusing point is a very, very common thing that photographers want to do. And those other options are available in other button areas. But Olympus is making no assumptions here. You get to customize the camera exactly the way that you want. Or you can turn it off completely. So if you just bump that with your nose, or your finger, and it's just causing problems, you can turn it off. And all of that is done in the custom menu of course. Next up. The OK button, which is used for confirming a lot of the features as we go through the camera. We'll also activate what is known as the super control panel. Which is what a lot of other companies call their quick menu. This is a shortcut to features that are also in the menu system, but that you might want to get to on a more quick and regular basis. The top and bottom is gonna show you some general shooting information, not gonna go through this, this is pretty obvious. But then we're gonna start diving into a lot of the features. Some of which we've already talked about, because they already have buttons and dials that control them. So, if you want to control the camera from the back of the camera, you can't see the top of it, for instance, that's another good time I would access the super control panel. So you can dive in and set the ISOs. We already did that, if you recall, there was a button on the camera that did that directly, and so we're not worried about that right here, but you can access it here.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But reading dense technical manuals can be time-consuming and frustrating. Get the most out of your new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features. 

Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential. In this fast start class, you’ll learn: 
  • How to use the exposure system
  • How to customize the camera controls for your needs
  • How to use and customize the menu 

John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This fast start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II settings to work for your style of photography.


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