Class Introduction


Olympus® OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

Got a big class for us today, actually I, just a minute ago, I came up with a name for this class, a little motto. This is the taming of the best. (class laughter) 'Cause anyone who knows about this camera knows that when you get into the menu system and the features, there are a lot to choose from. And prove us right, this is my 48th class, I've done classes on the professional Nikons and Canons and so forth, and it's hard to quantify, but this camera, and this class, was one of the biggest challenges I've had to date. 'Cause it's got so much stuff. Part of the class is a PDF that comes with it, and what I'd like to do in the past, is I'm a very visual person, as I imagine most photographers are. And the menu system is just this complex maze. I'm gonna show you that maze later in the class. I have a very, very cool slide that shows you the menu system in a visual layout. But I like to have the entire menu system on one page, and my computer won't let me put that much stuff on one page...

. Now that's probably because I don't know how to use my computer real well, but it gets to be really small font. So this is the first camera, of 48 cameras, that I've had to separate out and put on two pages, everything in the menu system. So on one page, is the basic menu, and then digging in a little bit, then we have the custom menu, and as you can see in the custom menu, there are a lot of items on here. So in this class, what we're going to be doing is I'm going to be going through all the features and functions of the camera so if you own this camera, if you're gonna use this camera, if you're thinking about buying this camera, you will know what it does, how to do it, and how to set it up. Now I have gotten very poor reviews from a couple of people in my classes, because they thought they were reviews of the camera. And reviews of the camera are very different than instructions. I don't care how this camera compares to anything else out on the market. That's not what we're doing today. We're learning how this camera works. Inevitably, something else will come up about, talking a little bit about how this performs in general, but I don't care about the image quality versus X camera and sensor, or how this compares with the other Olympus cameras in many cases. This is all about learning how to use this camera. And I know a lot of you, especially those of you who own it and have had it for a couple of months, you know how to work half or three quarters of it. I don't know what you know. So we're gonna start at the beginning, and we're gonna go through everything that this camera has to offer. Alright, so let's get started on the class. Alright, so we're on to the keynote, so the E-M1 Mark II Fast Start, everything in that, in those letters, means something, and we'll talk about that during this class. So here's kind of the plan for the day. I want to go through a little class overview, just introduce the camera to people who are maybe new to Olympus. We are gonna talk very briefly about a few photo basics, just to make sure everybody's talking on the same plane, you might say. A great majority of the class is in the camera control section. This is where we go through all the buttons and dials on the outside of the camera. We're just gonna take a tour, starting on the top, and working our way around. Every control on the camera. And then we get into the menu functions, and that is, of course, the other big section of the class, and that is where we're gonna go through every item in the menu system. We're not gonna spend a lot of time on it, but I'll give you some recommendations on where to set it at, for different types of reasons, and then we'll finish the class off with some suggestions and ideas on camera operation, of how I would set the camera up for different types of scenario. So if you're very familiar with photography, or you've been with Olympus for a while, feel free to jump ahead to the camera control section. But if you want to watch the other stuff, it's not a bad review at all. So let's get started. First up, the camera comes with a reasonably large instruction manual. It's gonna take you a few hours to get through. It's not the clearest thing in the world. Now if you've read every page in the instruction manual, and you're like, "John, I still don't "understand the camera," I would consider you normal. I was actually, last night, just brushing up for the class today, and there was a feature that I wasn't 100% clear on. So I went to the instruction manual, and it made it more confusing for me. It took me a while, I finally figured it out, so I'll have some good answers for you today. And so it is a good source of extra information, and specifications. It's also good for compatibility. If you're dealing with some of the older Olympus lenses, or you're adapting flashes and other equipment on there, it will give you additional information. I'm not trying to replicate everything in the instruction manual in this class. I'm trying to provide useful information for actual users of the camera. The next thing is, if you are new to photography, you might be saying, "Hey John, what about composition and lighting? "Isn't that important just like everything else "in the camera?" And it absolutely is. We just don't have time to address it in this class. And so if you're looking for a photography class, there is a bunch of them here at CreativeLive. I have a couple of good ones. If you want a nice, short, simple one, I've got a three-hour basic class, or if you want to get a more in-depth understanding of photography, my Fundamentals of Photography has about 27 hours of information in there. And so you can take a look at those for more generic photography. In today's class, we are focusing straight in on the Olympus camera.

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

This is exactly what I was looking for - I really feel like I'm not able to control my camera, rather than the camera controlling me! :) I really learned a great deal - some of it was a great review, some of it was crucial information that will (hopefully) make me a better photographer. Thanks for a great class, John!!

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!