Olympus® OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 15/32 - Left & Right Side of OM-D EM 1 Mark II


Olympus® OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start


Lesson Info

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

And our speaker that we've been listening to is there on the back of the camera. Now, it's time for the left side of the camera. All right, so now we get a better view of the diopter that controls the focusing of the viewfinder. So make sure you adjust that for optimum viewing through the EVF. Next up, we have a bunch of little doors that open, and behind door number one is the mic socket. Standard mic jack, three and a half millimeters in size, so for better video, you want better audio. And so you get better audio with external microphones that don't hear all the noise of the camera. We have the headphones standard size jacks so that you can monitor sound, make sure that sound levels are correct in there. We have an HDMI connector, which is Type D, which is four two two uncompressed out for those of you who are gonna be sending this outboard to some sort of external video recording device. And then we have a new USB Type C connector. This is the latest type, so you'll wanna use the l...

atest cords in order to get that information out of the camera, and so that's where you could download straight from the camera if you want to. And so the lens. Some lenses will have lens function buttons. Not all lenses, but some lenses will. A lot of the pro lenses from Olympus will have this, and you can customize that button to do one particular feature by diving into the custom menu and programming that. On to the right side of the camera. We have an additional door, and over here is where we have our remote cable terminal. So for about 60 bucks you can buy the Olympus RM-CB so that you can trigger the shutter release without triggering the camera. So anyone who is doing architectural closeup photography or perhaps they're using that high resolution mode, this would be a good device to have to make sure that you're not touching the camera while you are shooting it. And then we have our card slots where we put our memory cards. Now we have two different slots, the top and the bottom. The top one is UHS two compatible, the bottom one is UHS one. And so you wanna put your faster cards in the top slot. You wanna direct your high-resolution files and your, mostly it's the movie files that you probably wanna shoot. If you're shooting 4K movie, you wanna be directing that to the top slot with a faster card in it. It uses the secure digital cards. The UHS one cards have one row of pins and the two has two rows of pins. And so that's how you know very easily what type of card. The cards can go in either slot, but it's just how fast it will write to those cards. So on the SD cards, we have a lock on the side of it, which will prevent it from getting read or recorded to, so be aware of that. We have different sizes of cards, which is the SD, the HC, and the XC version it. You'll see the bus speed of how fast it can transfer data with the UHS one and two option that we saw earlier. For photographers shooting stills, sports action photographers. You wanna get a very fast card that can read and write information very quickly. Now generally the UHS two cards are gonna have some of the fastest options out there. For those of you shooting video, you wanna be looking at the minimum speed of the card. You want cards that are very fast at keeping up with all of that data that is coming through when you are shooting video. And so if you are shooting video, you probably wanna be using a UHS speed class three card. That'll be identified when you look at cards in the marketplace. And that means that it can handle a minimum of 30 megabytes per second on an ongoing basis. And so that's your information on cards. Now, you can technically download straight from the camera's USB slot. It is rather slow. The camera's not really designed for downloading off the card. I find it a lot easier and faster to use a card reader or to use the computer directly if you happen to have a slot in there. And once you are done downloading your cards, and you've backed it up and you've double checked and triple checked that you backed up your cards, you wanna reformat your cards so that they are set, they've cleaned up all the images, they've cleaned up all the file directory and the ghost images, and you wanna format when you first get your cards or anytime you're going out on a new and important shoot, so that you don't have old data cluttering the communication channel between the card and the camera, so that is something you should do on a regular basis in the camera.

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!