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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 28 of 32

Custom Menu H1-H2


Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 28 of 32

Custom Menu H1-H2


Lesson Info

Custom Menu H1-H2

Alright, on to the H tab, for recording and erase. Card Slot Settings. So this is where we get to choose how we save images to the cards, so lets dive in if we can to the sub menu. If the clicker works. It works, yay! Alright, so here is where you get to choose, what am I saving and where do I save it to. And so I am saving standard, just to one card. It will save it to whatever you want there. You can do it auto switch, where it switches from one card to the next. And what I would do, is I would use card one as your primary card slot, and card two as your overflow or where your second or your slower or smaller card is going. And so auto switch is for one card. Dual Same, with the arrow pointing down will record images to both cards, identically in there. You can choose which slot you are saving to. So, if you did only want to use card slot two. Let's say card slot one malfunctioned on your camera, well then you can specify that you want everything to go into card slot two. Use that fo...

r whatever reasons. Remember, number one is UHS2 compatible so that is the better, faster, reading and writing card slot. You can choose a separate slot for shooting video. And so the card slot number one is the faster card slot, and if you're shooting 4K video or really video of any nature because that shoots with so much data you're better off using video in card slot one, and then photos to card slot two. When you're playing back an image, you can choose which slot is playing back. But, remember the short cut for that, was just simply holding down the play button, and turning one of the dials. This may not be available if you have only one card in the camera or if you have the dual independent same selected, you may not see this option. Because, you're looking at images from both card, basically. If you want, you can create new folders. So if you have a folder say of personal images on the memory card, you can create a new folder, where all of the business images are going to go, or different projects. But, you can separate things on the memory cards, by either assigning them to an existing folder, or creating a new folder on the camera. So, it's just like being on a computer and creating a folder for information to go into. Next up, File name. The camera will automatically name the files as it creates them and it has 10,000 count that it will go through. If you want it to reset to zero, you can. It normally just counts up to 10, and then resets itself automatically. If you don't like the file name, those letters in front of the file system, you can change that to, perhaps your initials, or something like that. So if you want to get in there and change it, it is slightly different for SRGB vs. Adobe RGB, because they use slightly different file naming structures, but you can do that if you want to right in the camera. When you are printing from the camera, you can control the DPI settings. Not real important, but for printing purposes, a lot of people like printing at 300 DPI. Will only be important if you do actually plan to hook up a printer to your computer. This is really cool. Copyright Settings. This is what allows you to put your name on your camera. And so if you turn this on, your name, or your copyright creator information will show up in the metadata of the camera. So it's potential, if your camera was stolen, and somebody shot photos with it, and posted it online, you could just pull up the file data, and you could see that it's your camera. Might even be able to pull up location information about where they were, who knows. You can put in your artist name, and that's going to show up right there in the metadata. And so you can put your name, or your company name there. Copyright name, you could put additional information, like your email or your website. And so if the camera was picked up by the police, and you wanted to prove it was yours, it's a light level way. If somebody knows how to get in here and change it, they're going to get in there and change it, but most people aren't going to know about this sort of thing. It's a cool way to put that information right there into the camera, in the metadata. Lens Info Settings, so there's a number of lenses you can hook up to this camera that are not going to be read through the electronics. What you can do is, if you have an unusual camera, you can add that name and that focal length to the list and then, choose a focal length as well, the aperture value, and then you can add it to the list, and so you can select that right here, when you are using that lens and then that lenses information, will be added to the metadata. So this is not necessary with any of the modern, current Micro Four Thirds lenses from Olympus or Panasonic. All that information is already passed over. If you had some old, cool manual lens that you were adapting onto it, and you wanted that information to be part of the metadata, that's the time you would use this. Alright folks, we're getting near the end. H2 recording and erasing. The basic question that I have for you at this point is, when you delete an image, how many button presses is the correct number? Alright so, if you want to quickly erase images. For instance, the other day, I had about 40 images, that I just really wanted to get off that memory card, real quickly, but I didn't want to format the memory card. I knew that when you normally erase things, what you do is, you hit garbage, and then you gotta go up and select, yes I intended to delete this image, Yes, okay, delete that image. And so it's a lot of button pressing. And so by just going to on garbage, or the quick erase on, when you hit that garbage button, it is gone in an instant. It is gone very, very quickly. So if you're going to delete a large number of images, I recommend doing this, but I do not recommend using this for most users, most of the time, because images will get deleted too easily. There is a better option coming up in just a moment. I have no idea why it's next, but it's in a moment. Next, when you delete an image, do you want it to delete the RAW and the JPEG at the same time or just one? Most of us want to delete both versions of it, but you can adjust if necessary. Okay, this is a good one here. So this is going back to the whole, how many button presses to delete an image?. And so normally, it takes three button presses to delete an image which is too many for me. One is too little, two is just right. I like goldilocks. In this case, when you say, yes, is the default the priority of the camera setting? When you say garbage, I want to throw an image in the garbage, guess what I want to do? Yes, I want to throw it in the garbage. And so it's a little bit quicker, to get rid of your images.

Class Description


  • Adjust your camera's exposure
  • Take sharp photos with a solid understanding of the autofocus system
  • Use the camera's advanced modes, like High Res and focus stacking
  • Customize your camera's controls
  • Easily find different options in the complex menu system
  • Uncover the camera's hidden features


The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is one of the best lightweight Micro Four Thirds cameras on the market -- but the menu system is one of the most confusing and the camera's advanced tools can be hard to decipher solo. Ditch the instruction manual and maximize the potential of the E-M1 Mark II by learning from expert photographer John Greengo.

The Fast Start class covers the camera's controls, features, menu system and more. From basics like taking your first picture to advanced topics, by the end of this class, you'll be able to expertly use the E-M1 Mark II's many features. Learn how to use the advanced features like the High Res mode and in-camera focus stacking and find shortcuts for the most frequently used settings.

Customize your camera to your shooting style by setting custom controls and settings. Walk through the different options and learn John's recommendations for each setting. Finally, set up a pre-shot checklist and learn how to adapt the camera to different types of images.


  • Photographers just picking up the E-M1 Mark II for the first time
  • Self-taught photographers that want to see what they're missing
  • Photographers considering purchasing the E-M1 Mark II



John Greengo is a travel and landscape photographer with more than 30 years of experience. When he's not traveling and shooting, his straightforward teaching style helps new photographers learn the basics and become better acquainted with their gear. He's taught dozens of Fast Start classes on different interchangeable lens camera systems, including the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, the E-M10 Mark II, and Olympus PEN F along with cameras from Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Panasonic.


  1. Class Introduction

    The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a top Olympus camera -- but it also has one of the more confusing menu systems. In this short lesson, learn what to expect from the class.

  2. Camera Overview

    Get a jump start on learning your Olympus camera with a brief overview of the company and the Micro Four Thirds system. Learn what lenses are compatible with the camera, the difference between Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds, and just how weather-sealed the camera is.

  3. Photo Basics

    Pick up some essential photography basics in this lesson, starting with how a mirrorless camera works. Brush up on a few basics like shutter speed and a proper camera grip.

  4. Top Deck: Mode Dial

    Begin deciphering the camera's physical controls, starting with the top of the mirrorless camera. Learn how to use the mode dial and the mode dial lock, as well as what each mode means.

  5. Mode Dial: Exposure Control in P Mode

    Dive into adjusting the camera's exposure beginning with the Program Mode. Learn how to adjust the settings inside this mode, as well as how to use exposure compensation.

  6. Mode Dial: Manual Exposure

    Full manual control allows you to carry out for creative vision consistently with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Dive into manual exposure settings, including bulb and live time, in this lesson.

  7. Top Deck: Shooting Modes

    Continue exploring the top deck of the camera by looking at the Function 2 button with the Multi-Function tool, the record button, the high-speed sequential shooting options, and the HDR button. Then, learn the pros and cons of the different shooting modes, like the Pro Capture mode.

  8. Top Deck: HDR & AF Mode

    This Olympus camera makes HDR easy using bracketing. Learn how to easily bracket to shoot HDR. Then, jump into the camera's different autofocus modes and when to use each setting.

  9. Top Deck: Metering and Flashes

    That same AF shortcut will also control metering with the front dial. Learn how metering modes can help get the best exposure. Then, learn how to pair the camera with a flash, from the included FL-LM3 to more powerful flashes, which are sold separately.

  10. Backside: Viewfinder Display

    Navigate through the LCD monitor as well as the electronic viewfinder on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and learn how to customize what you see on those screens. The digital camera offers three different styles for the electronic viewfinder.

  11. Backside: ISO Controls & White Balance

    Moving to the back of the camera, learn how to quickly switch the control wheels to adjust ISO using the lever. John shares the best ISO settings to stay away from. Find the camera's white balance shortcuts to ensure accurate colors.

  12. Backside: Focus Area and Controls

    The Function 1 button adjusts the focus area. Learn how to adjust the focus area, move the focal point, and change the target size, as well as how to switch facial detection on and off. Control what you see on the screen using the Info button.

  13. Backside: Super Menu

    The Super Control Panel contains several different settings at a glance. Learn how to adjust the settings here, like the 5-axis image stabilization system, 4K video, flash, and various other settings.

  14. Backside: Playback Menu

    Review the images on the camera using the playback controls. Learn how the controls switch to a different shortcut specifically for the playback mode, and quick tips to help review your images.

  15. Left & Right Side of OM-D EM 1 Mark II

    Explore the camera's sides and dig into the camera's port options, as well as the controls that sit on some M.Zuiko lenses. On the right, you'll find the SD card slots and access for a remote trigger. John shares why the fastest card should always go in slot one and some tips on choosing a good SD card.

  16. Bottom & Front of OM-D EM 1 Mark II

    At the bottom of the camera, you'll find the serial number, tripod socket, and battery door. In this lesson, John also shares how to add the vertical battery grip accessory, an AC power adapter, and how to safely swap lenses.

  17. Olympus Lenses

    Pair the camera with a lens that's just as good. In this lesson, gain lens recommendations for the E-M1 Mark II, including M.Zuiko lenses from Olympus. Learn the different controls available on the lens.

  18. Camera Menu Settings Map

    Start deciphering the complex menu system by gaining an overview with John's menu settings map.

  19. Shooting Menu 1

    In the first tab of the menu, gain access to different shooting settings, from creating custom modes to adjusting image quality. Besides creating an overview of the complex menu system, John shares his recommended settings for the different menu options.

  20. Shooting Menu 2

    As the shooting menu continues, find features like bracketing, HDR, multiple exposures, keystone compensation and more. Watch a live demonstration of the camera's focus stacking feature.

  21. Video Menu

    Decipher the different options available in the video menu, including the default movie mode, quality settings, autofocus, and 5-axis image stabilization settings. In this lesson, John also explains the different video options available on the E-M1 Mark II, including frame rates, noise filters, and picture modes.

  22. Playback Menu

    Inside the playback menu, find the different options for reviewing images, including editing images in camera.

  23. Custom Menu A & B

    The Olympus Custom menu can feel very overwhelming at first. Here, John explains how the custom menu is organized, then dives into the first two sections of that menu.

  24. Custom Menu C1 & C2

    Walk through the different available controls inside the release, drive mode and stabilization custom menu, including suggested settings.

  25. Custom Menu D1-D4

    Inside the display menu, choose the different view options and settings for both the viewfinder and the LCD screen.

  26. Custom Menu E1-E3 & F

    The E menu adjusts different exposure parameters -- learn how to correct your metering if necessary, how to adjust the number of settings available for ISO and exposure compensation, and how to adjust the parameters of the auto ISO option. Then, dive into the F or flash custom menu.

  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.

  28. Custom Menu H1-H2

    In this menu, choose the different record and erase settings for the SD card, like what card you are saving to, and advanced options like saving images to a folder on the card.

  29. Custom Menu I

    In the I menu, adjust the settings for the electronic viewfinder. Here, find controls for the eye sensor, brightness, layout and more.

  30. Custom Menu J1-J2

    Inside the utility menu, adjust a handful of settings, like setting time limits for the shortcuts made by pressing and holding a button. Here, you'll also find other options like touchscreen settings and other options.

  31. Setup Menu

    In the final section of the menu, find the setup options like formatting the card, adjusting the date and time, accessing Wi-Fi settings, adjusting monitor brightness and more.

  32. Camera Operation

    In this final lesson, prepare for any shoot with camera operation suggestions. Here, John shares a pre-shot checklist, key settings, and suggestions for multiple shooting scenarios.


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.