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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 29 of 32

Custom Menu I


Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 29 of 32

Custom Menu I


Lesson Info

Custom Menu I

Alright. I: Things dealing with the electronic viewfinder. You want the automatic sensor switch on the camera to switch back and forth from the LCD to the viewfinder. It's normally something I would leave turned on. It can get a little bit irritating if you're putting your hand or anything else obstructing it because then the LCD turns off. So, there are some good reasons why you might want to turn it off but it's normally fine left on. EV Adjust allows us to get in and make some specific adjustments to the electronic viewfinder. So for instance, the brightness of it. Auto Luminance I would turn off. I like to have it consistent brightness in the viewfinder. Auto Luminance, It should be totally black when you put your eye right up to the viewfinder but, if light is sneaking in when this is turned on, it will start adjusting the brightness but because a lot of us are using that viewfinder to control or to judge the brightness of our final image you want that to be consistent. So I would...

recommend turning that off. EV Adjust: If you just naturally wanna turn it brighter or darker because your eyes are sensitive or something, you can do that. Hopefully you won't need to adjust that there. EV Style: Okay, We talked a little bit about these EV Styles. My preference is to for number 2 there's no color extra color because sometimes when you have color it affects how you see other color and we are able to use the grid lines if we want to and there's no overlap of text on our actual photos. So for compositional reason it's good. But, you get to chose which one you like on your camera. The Info Settings. What sort of things do you want to be able to be available to you in the viewfinder when you press the info button on the back of the camera? We've seen this before in many different ways. I like to have as many options turned on as possible. You need to go in there and customize those. The Gridlines. We talked about grid lines before and they were for the LCD on the back of the camera and the viewfinder. This is exclusively for the viewfinder So, if you have gone to D3 Grid Settings, Apply setting to EVF, and turned that off then you can access this feature here. Otherwise, it's going to be grayed out and unavailable. So, if you have turned that off under D you can then go in here and adjust the same settings that we talked about before as far as what color, what grid system, the opacity levels and because I've got caught many times don't be in EVF Style because they won't allow grids in there. So, there's a number of little parameters that will get caught in. Something's not working because something else is set wrong. You have all the same different grids that you can set so you can have different grids. One for the viewfinder, one for the back of the camera but you have to be very carefully set up on your camera to make that work right. Half Way Level This is kind of cool. When you press halfway down on the shutter release, it replaces the metering system with a level. And at the point you should figure out exposure first. Hold the camera, press halfway down for focus and getting ready to shoot the picture and right when you press halfway down, it gives you this little indicator whether you're leveled or not and it's not cluttering the screen. It's not over anything that you really need of importance at that time. So, I think this is a very clever idea that works quite well especially for people like me that are always about 1 degree off of perfect. Next up, alright. So this is another one that was very tricky for me to figure out. The S-OVF stands for the Simulated Optical View Finder. Now, we did talk about several different other ways where the camera was boosting the brightness of the finders on the camera to give you the best brightness view that did not simulate the final exposure but gave you a great view of the camera. So the difference between the boost modes that we talked about before and the optical viewfinder that we are talking about here that it seems that nobody on the internet seems to understand is that when it is on the S-OVF mode, when this is turned on, it is only the viewfinder that is brightened, not the back of the camera. So, for working in a studio, this might be a handy mode so that when you look through the viewfinder, you can check focusing and so forth but then you'll look at the back of the camera for other reasons. And so, this adjusts the brightness in the EVF but not the LCD. A good time to turn this on is when you're using flash photography. There's no effect if D2- This is back in the live view boost mode is turned on. And so, if its- If you already have your camera boosted in brightness, this is not going to have any impact at all. So, it's only if that other feature is turned off. So, One of the implications of having a very complicated menu system.

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.