Backside: Playback Menu


Olympus® OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start


Lesson Info

Backside: Playback Menu

Next up: play back. And so when you go into the play back, notice it's a blue button, so things in blue have kind of a different function in the playback mode. All right, so what are those things. Okay, so we have the erase, so we can obviously get rid of images. If you want to go through your images, click, there we go, you can use left and right on the arrow pad on the back of the camera. There is a protect button, if you see that little key next to the info button, you can protect your images which means that you can't delete them. You can still reformat the card, so it's a very low-level of protection. You can zoom in by rotating the dial on the back of the camera. You can quickly flip through images by spinning the dial on the front of the camera. You can hit the record button, which does not record, it will actually select so that you can just kind of note "this is the good one here," and so it's just one way to indicate that it is a good image. And as far as I know, I didn't tes...

t this, that information is not passed onto Photoshop or Lightroom as a star, or a thumbs up, or any other flag marking as I know of. If you hit the info button, this is gonna seem like I'm repeating myself, but anytime you hit the info button you're gonna be able to cycle through different bits of information, whether you wanna see the basic image, some of the technical information, a lot of the technical information, including the histogram, you can see just the histogram if you want, take a look at the highlight and shadows, did you overexpose or underexpose an area that you need to reshoot. And then there's a unique lightbox option which will allow you to compare one image against another image, possibly for sharpness reasons. This would be great with portrait photography. You shoot a bunch of portraits, you wanna see which one is sharpest. And so working with this will require a little bit of practice, because we have our base image on the left, and then we have our selected image on the right. So as we have the standard on the left and then one that we're flipping around on the right. And the way that you're gonna be doing that is you can move an image from the selected image, over to the base image by hitting the OK button. And then you'd just been moving back and forth through previous images and next images to look for a competitor image or looking for the best of the images. Now you can also use the controls on the front of the camera for scrolling through your images and for zooming in. You can also control the zoom position so that you can compare two images magnified to see how sharp they are. And so you can control a number of these settings as far as what you're going to see when you're in the playback mode by going into those info settings. Next up is edit options. So once you playback an image, you can do a bunch of things to it. You can edit the raw images, you can share them, you can select to share order- we'll talk about WiFi and hooking your camera up and downloading your images. You can rotate images, you can put them into a slideshow. One of the ones that I think is a particularly helpful feature, which is common on the top of the line Canon and Nikon cameras, is the audio record option. And this can be very handy if you want to record additional information with the photo that is easy to transmit in voice. So, for instance, for a travel photographer, if you take a picture of somebody, you could have them tell you what their email is so you can remember to send them an email for that photo. So let's go ahead and do an example of this. So I'm gonna take my camera and I'm gonna playback an image in my camera, and so let's find an image right here and so we've got our image right here in the camera so what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna hit the OK button, and now we're gonna see all the different options of things that we can do. And what I wanna do is I want to record my voice onto, or with the metadata of this image. So I'm gonna hit OK. And so now, when I hit the start, it's gonna start recording. And I will need to speak into the microphone on the camera. This is the best photo I've ever taken. All right. We're gonna stop it and so we're gonna go back and playback an image, and we're gonna playback an image, and here's the image. "This is the best photo I've ever taken." And so as soon as you go to that image, and so if I go back, "This is the best photo I've ever taken." you'll hear what that message was, and I don't know exactly where that file gets put when you get it taken off on the card, it's probably in one of the ancillary folders on the directory system. But you will hear it directly in the camera if you need to get that information, so a neat feature that I think can be very useful for a lot of people. All right, so when you are shooting video, and you're playing back video, that changes the way some of the features work. And so that OK button will give you some different options of what you can do. You do not have audio record with the video in there. The various controls will allow you to either fast forward or rewind through your video, you can change the volume up and down on the back of the camera, you can go to thumbnail views of your movies by turning the back dial of the camera, and previous/next images with the front dial. And so that is your playback functions. Now, if you wanna switch cards from memory card number one, you can do that by pressing and holding the play and turning the dial on the back of the camera. So, let me make sure that I have installed my second memory card, because I want to show you real quickly on this. And so, if you want to playback, "This is the best photo--" Oh, I'm tired of the best photo I've ever taken. (laughs) And so if I press and hold the play, and I turn one of the dials, you can see I can select memory card number one or memory card number two, hey I remember that photo, go back to play card one and so, it's a very quick way to get back and forth from one and two, it's just hold down play and turn the dial, and you can, I think, turn it on the front or the back of the camera, wherever you want. So, very simple to get back and forth.

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.


a Creativelive Student

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Spyro Zarifopoulos

Great and very informative class.... John has done a fabulous job explaining all the simple and intricate details of the very sophisticated EM1 II. Thank you !!!

Jeff McPheeters

I am enjoying the presentation immensely. My first experience with John's classes and he's excellent. It's a no brainer to buy this for anyone using the Olympus E-M1 mk II. I've been using Olympus OM-D bodies since 2012 when they debuted, and have two E-M1 mk1 bodies and just purchased the mk2 model this week. I thought it would be a simple modest upgrade, easy for me to configure, since I feel I'm pretty adept with the mk 1 settings. But I was wrong. This is way more than an upgrade. It's an entirely different camera in many ways and this class has already saved me time in my configuration planning and trying to understand how I'll use this camera alongside my other Mk1 bodies. Thanks for the class. The timing couldn't have been better in my case!