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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 22 of 32

Playback Menu


Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 22 of 32

Playback Menu


Lesson Info

Playback Menu

Alright, next up is the Playback Menu. You can use your camera to do slideshows, like if you're gonna hook it up to a TV. You can plug it into an HDMI, and do a slideshow, and this will give you some parameters for how to control your slideshow. I'm not gonna spend a lot of time on this. Although, if you do wanna just... If you want a really kicky music, go into the background music in here, the prerecorded sounds that they have for background music. You're going to feel like you're in an elevator, trust me. Or from a very cheesy 80s video. So in here you can choose which images you're going to see, how much interval between them, whether you're gonna look at the movies and so forth, and so if you wanna do a little slideshow from the camera, control it from here. Next up. If you need to rotate images, and the main reason that you would do this is if you are doing a slideshow. Normally the camera will add something into the metadata to let the system know whether it's a horizontal or ve...

rtical, so when you load it into an external program like Light Room, it'll automatically adjust the orientation of the image. But if you wanted to adjust it, you could here. And so, I actually do recommend leaving this turned off, 'cause if you rotate it on, it's gonna take your vertical images, and they're gonna be quite small on the back of the camera to fit that horizontal screen. So I recommend leaving that turned off. It will still be rotated in the computer though. You can edit your images. We edited an image earlier, if you recall when we did the audio narration with the playback image, and so there's a number of things that you can go in here. You can select images for overlays when you are doing the double exposure option. There's a whole thing about plugging your camera into a printer and printing out in the field, and you need a printer that can connect straight up to the camera, but this would give you options on how that and what print gets printed. Reset Protect. So if you have locked your images by pressing that key, the info button, to lock an image, you can Reset Protect all of your images on there so if you were trying to delete a bunch of images, you can just turn off the lock on all of your images very quickly. If you want to copy images from one memory card to the other, so you only have one memory card in the camera, and you want to put in another card and copy over everything that you already have on the first card, you can do that. So, copy from one to two, or two to one. Next up is connection to the smartphone. Alright, so this is where your camera and your phone are communicating, and photos that you shoot in your camera are going to your phone so that you have easy access to send them up to a particular server. So we're gonna do a demo here in just a moment, but let me go through and show you kind of the basics of the process, try to simplify the process. There's a number of things you need to do with your phone, and things to do with the camera. The first thing you need to with your phone is you need to download the Olympus app. Currently, which means this may change in the future. Currently, it's the Olympus Image Share app that you need to have on your phone. Next up, you're gonna need to, on your camera, go basically right here where we are in the menu system, go to "Connection to Smartphone." You are then gonna go back onto your phone. Here we go. Go back onto your phone, make sure your Wi-Fi is turned on, select the camera's Wi-Fi, you'll need to enter the password, at least the first time, and then you can open the camera app. Once the camera app is open, then you can continue playing around on the phone, and you can select the function. The two most common ones would be a remote control so that you can take a picture with the camera in a remote location, and then you can import photos. You can also edit them. You can also add geo tags on the camera. So, leaving this up on screen, I am gonna now try the most dangerous part about today's class, is to hook my camera up onto a Wi-Fi system. And I had a great idea for doing Wi-Fi, but I just thought of it right now. And you know what I wanna do? Is I wanna stick my camera in the refrigerator and see if the light actually goes out when I close the door. With the Wi-Fi on, I'll be able to do that. Okay, so what do we need to do? Menu system. I need to go into the Playback Mode, Connection to the Smartphone. I'm gonna hit, "Okay." Wi-Fi starting. Excellent. Okay, now it's time to onto my phone. Now there is a QR code that you can use to scan in, but I'm gonna do it kinda the manual way. And what I need to do is I need to go into settings, and because I didn't want all of you folks to call me while I was actually doing this class, I have turned on my Do Not Disturb, which I think I'm gonna leave on, so you still can't call me. But I'm gonna take my camera out of the airplane mode. Leave airplane mode on and turn Wi-Fi on. Oh, I'm gonna leave airplane mode on, and so that it leaves that extra stuff. Thank you, Drew. And I'm gonna go into Wi-Fi, and I'm gonna look for a Wi-Fi signal. I gotta turn that on. There we go. Now, I'm gonna look, and CreativeLive has about different Wi-Fi things on here, but I'm gonna be looking for something coming from an Olympus camera. Instructors, South Wing. Oh, my problem is I already did this in test to see if it worked, and so it automatically picked it up, and so normally... You know what? I'm gonna see... I'm gonna forget this network. Forget it. I'm gonna come back and see if it's still sending that signal. And so here it is. This is how the way it would normally come in. You can see it, EM1-Mark II down here. So I'm gonna select that right there. And then I have the lovely task of entering the passcode. So, let's type this in. If you're gonna record this number for stealing my stuff, this changes with every image, or every time you do this. Two, nine, eight, one, oh, five. Eight. One. Oh. Five. Join. It'll take a moment to think about things. They're doing the handshake, and if we get a check mark, we're looking pretty good on there. So now I'm gonna go into the app, which I have a little Wi-Fi camera grouping here, and we want the Olympus Share. I'm gonna forget about geo tags right now, and I'm gonna go into a remote control. And there we are. And I... Drew, would you join me up here by the table, and we'll do a little group shot of us? You on one side, on the end, right over there. You can stay over there. There's how it fits. Make sure that you got the right pose there. And so I'm gonna very discreetly hold the camera like this, but I'm gonna look up here, and... Take the picture there. And so there we go. Nice job, thank you very much. And so that way it can be very handy for doing group shots, and so forth, and so here's what I got on the phone, and... Works out pretty well. Now, if I want to, let's see... I'm gonna go the extra step. I don't know if I can do this right now. I think I turned off... I'm gonna go back... I'm going rogue, folks. I'm totally going rogue here. Do I have Wi-Fi? Wi-Fi on. Want Wi-Fi on. Want that, yes. I am gonna see if I can go back to this... Cancel. Import photos. Okay, so here's all the photos I've been taking during class. Boy, I'm gonna save all of these, that's for sure. Alright, so I want to take that image, and I want to import that image. So it's going from the camera to here. "You may turn off the camera." Um, okay, thank you for that. So if I want to turn off the camera, the camera will shut down. So let me see if I have that photo in my photos collection now. Oh, there it is. Where is it? Down here at the end of the roll. Okay, so there we go. As you can see, you can upload it, or do anything that you want with it at that point. You could just simply post it right there. Okay, I think that's good enough for the demo. I survived that much. We should call it good and not risk anything more on that demo. And so I'm gonna turn the camera off and back on. And so that's the basics of how you get in there, and download an image. I know there's more things that you can do, but that's just enough to get you started, at least for this class there. Alright, so Wi-Fi. Lots of fun. And that completes our Playback Menu.

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.