Custom Menu G


Olympus® OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start


Lesson Info

Custom Menu G

Okay, next tab G quality, white balance and color. In here we get to set the quality of the images. We're gonna have a compression setting. We have four different compression levels which will give us different file sizes and different quality images. We also have large, medium, and small options for how big our file sizes are. We're gonna have a number of choices in here so that we have a number of choices to choose from. They're kind of preset favorites you might say. If you like to jump between a couple of different common sizes with the JPEG settings you can easily do that by setting those right here and having them available in the super control panel and the other places that you set the quality settings in the camera. Pixel count. How may pixels do you want to record? If you are choosing a middle size JPEG, how many pixels do you want? When you are shooting a small size you get to choose. If you have a very particular need for the size of your JPEGs you can go ahead and really c...

ontrol the fine tune settings of them here. Most of the time we're shooting in something full size ros or large. JPEG not really important. Shading composition. Only for the JPEG users. All lenses have some vignetting to them or darkening of the corners, especially the fast lenses. The camera knows how bad these lenses vignette and they can automatically go in and lighten up the corners if you want, which is kind of nice on landscape scene but on a lot of people scenes, I'll be honest with you, I add a little bit of vignetting to keep your eyes into the middle of the frame. It's a technique that some people like. Some people don't like. Kind of the idea on a lot of people is just let the lenses do what they naturally do and so that's why serious photographers usually leave this turned off. They can fix it later in post production if necessary. If you know you don't want it, you can leave this turned on and it will fix the JPEGs and JPEG images. Next up is white balance. We've seen this a couple of times before but it's buried in here as well if necessary. One of the options is that you can shoot a subject and if you don't know what the correct lighting is and you would photograph it and then you would press the INFO button to enter the calibration and then we're going to point it at a neutral subject, press the shutter, and then we can get this. We did go through this demo earlier in the class. We're not gonna do it now. If you are under mixed lighting or unusual lighting just bring a white sheet of paper or a gray card or one of those little color checker charts that you can just shoot that and get a correct color balance for any light that you are in. If you need to tweak all of your white balance-- All of your white balance is a little too shifted to one direction. You could tweak all of them. I would say I hope you never need to use this. This means something has gone wrong with the color readings of your camera and so it's unlikely that you will need this. If you wanted to reset the whole thing, you could reset it here as well. Another option when you're shooting white balance is that when you are shooting under tungsten light the camera has the option to keep warm on, which means if you are shooting with warm light it keeps just a little hint of that warmth, which I think looks pretty good in most situations. If you're shooting in a technical environment and you need to have something technically, actually spot on on color, then you would want to keep warm off and so it will correct for those lights as perfectly as it can. We've seen the color space option before and this is selecting the range of colors that your JPEGs are recorded when you shoot raw. It records them into the Adobe RGB space and so this is for JPEGs only. If you wanna do printing or really work with your images afterwards I would recommend Adobe RGB. It gives you a little larger color gamut to work with.

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!