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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 30 of 32

Custom Menu J1-J2


Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 30 of 32

Custom Menu J1-J2


Lesson Info

Custom Menu J1-J2

J1, some general utility things. Occasionally the camera can get a hot pixel, which means it's burnt out. And it can do a mapping and it can see where there's problem, and it can kind of clone out that problem. And so hopefully you won't need to use that, but it's there if you need it. Press-and-hold time. Okay, this is another one that, this is like the only camera in the world that I know that has this. It's kind of unique, so I want to show you a little demo of how this works here. And so, let's do an example with exposure compensation on this. And so on the back of the camera, let's zoom in to our subjects. Okay, so there we go. Now, I'm gonna go to the program mode, and let's see, do I have this set right? I guess this doesn't really matter. Okay, so you can see my exposure compensation going back and forth. Okay, well, let's just say I have it set way down here, and I'm a kind of a lazy guy, and I don't want to turn the dial all the way back so that it gets back to zero. The secr...

et shortcut is if I press the OK button and I hold it there for a moment, it automatically kicks back to zero. Now, wait a minute. How long is that moment? That moment is precisely .7 of a second. And if I don't like that time, I can go in to, where are we, we're down here towards the bottom, press-and-hold time, and exposure compensation is at .7. I would like that to only be reset at two seconds. So now, when I do an exposure compensation and I press the OK button, ah, it didn't do anything, because I didn't hold the button down for a full one thousand one, one thousand two. Now it does it. And so it can do this off of a number of different things. So for instance, let's try the focusing points. Okay, the focusing point in the far left has been chosen. I want to get that back to the middle. I'm gonna hit the OK button for how long? Point seven of a second. If you don't like that time, you can go in and you can tweak it. So there's a lot of tweaking you can do to adjust those times. And so all those different options can be set to be longer to reset them back to their normal settings. Level Adjust, another feature I hope you don't need to do anything with. And so this is simply where the levels in the camera that you turn on, if they're not perfect, you can have the camera reset them, essentially. Hopefully you don't need to use that. Touchscreen settings. So for those of you who really don't like the touchscreen, you can just simply turn it off. For those of you who like it, you can leave it turned on. It's turned on by default. Menu Recall is kind of nice. It will recall where you were last at in the menu, and it will go back to that spot. And this can be very handy if you're going in and checking something and then shooting and then coming back to that same mode and turning it off. If you prefer it to reset, I believe it will just go back to the top of the menu, and you can find whatever you were looking for straight from there. And so if you want to go back to that same item, have it on recall. And just in case you're wondering, this camera does not have a My Menu, which is something a lot of other cameras have. It doesn't have a preset one, so I think the recall option here is a very good option to have. Final tab, Battery Settings. And so this one will allow us to dive in and find out some information about the batteries. First up is choosing which battery the camera uses first, or is using. If you have the vertical grip on the camera, you can choose either the vertical grip or the body battery to be working with. Next up is the status. This gives you some very specific data about the serial number of the battery. You might want to check and see which batteries you have. You can see how many pictures you've been taking and the overall condition of the batteries. So these batteries have a lot of information. Aftermarket batteries may not have all that chip information built into it. Backlit LCD. When you are using the backlit LCD, how long do you want that to stay on? One minute is kind of normal. You can extend it or shorten it. That will affect your battery life, depending on what you're doing with the camera. The camera wants to go into a sleep mode, and when it goes into a sleep mode, you're gonna need to touch down on the shutter release to wake the camera up. Normally, it will do it after about five minutes. You can make it a shorter period of time if you want to save battery power. Auto Power Off. This is kind of a deep sleep. This is the comatose mode, and when it goes into a comatose mode, you need to turn the camera off and back on to wake it back up. A simple shutter release is not enough to do it. So it has different levels of a light nap and a more serious nap and then comatose state. The Quick Sleep Mode, that super control panel on the back of the camera will go dim after about, I don't know, it's about 15 seconds or so, just to save battery power, trying to get as much life out of a particular battery. So that's really irritating for somebody who's using it on a regular basis, but if you are trying to save a little bit of battery power, you can leave that turned on. There are a thing called Eye-Fi cards, which will wirelessly transmit to your computer. You'll only see this if you have a Wi-Fi or an Eye-Fi card in your camera, so it's kind of a whole separate deal, but we're not gonna talk too much about it. Completely useless. Have fun looking at this. (laughing)

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.