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Lesson 27 from: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start

John Greengo

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27. Custom Menu G

The custom G menu on this Olympus camera covers image quality, white balance, and color. Learn the different options and find suggestions for where to set the different controls.
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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.

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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 !!!

John Epperson

This is a great course on learning about the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. I have watched it many times to get to were I know it by memory the best I can. I like to go over it as much as possible because there is a lot to learn. I do wish that John would do an updated version since now it is up to Firmware 3.1. It is like a whole new camera with the new settings.

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