Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 19 of 32

Shooting Menu 1

 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 19 of 32

Shooting Menu 1

 

Lesson Info

Shooting Menu 1

We are going to be starting off on shooting menu number one, the first tab top item. We actually jumped into this very early in the class and I reset the camera back to it's factory default system. We're going to dive into a little sub menu in here. First option is to reset everything back to the factory resets. You can do a full reset, which is going to be pretty much everything on the camera. The basic one is just gonna do your basic exposure and focus information. Also in here, you can assign these custom settings to the mode dial, we talked about C1, two, and three on the mode dial. These can be how you want the camera set up. So the way you do this is just set the camera up the way you want it to work with your metering system, focusing system, exposure system as you like it. Come here in the menu system and you're gonna assign it to one of those modes. You can just simply assign it to C1, two, or three or if you want to reset these back to the default settings of really not havin...

g anything, then you can do that as well. That's where you would assign it if you wanted to recall from the mode you would normally turn the dial but you can also do it from the menu system where you would go in and say, "Hey, I want the camera to work in it's C1 mode" or any of the other modes. Normally, you would just turn the dial in order to do this. It's just giving you another option to operate it electronically from the back of the camera. First item down, 999 to go. (laughter) The picture mode, we talked about this before. You can select any one of the different picture modes in here and as I say, we've already talked about this. There's a number of things that we're gonna be talking about for the second or the third time because if something's really important, there's gonna be a button or dial on the outside of the camera. If it's pretty important there's also gonna be a short cut in the super control manual but then they throw it in here just so that you have access to it here as well. In here you can go in and get a little different display. It might be easier to see as far as what you're selecting, sharpness, contrast, those extra effects on top of the picture modes themselves. So be aware of any arrow that goes to the right. That means that you can dive in to another sub-menu and have further adjustments for that particular feature. Now as we go through this, pay attention to the recommendations that I am making. The ones in gray are what I call general recommendations which mean this would be a good place to put it for an average user. Somebody who's just getting the camera out of the box and they're not sure what they're going to be doing with it. For the more advanced users, I would recommend the ones in red. They're something that either they, like the natural look, it's just gonna be a more basic tone of your jpeg and you may want to go in and adjust your jpegs further after that. As you saw in the previous little slide, you saw that this was only affecting jpegs. This is not affecting raw images. You'll see these recommendations on the PDF as well going forward. We've already talked about image quality before but this is where can set it in here. Choosing raw for our highest quality image, large fine jpeg would be another good choice or if you need raw and jpeg at the same time, there's a multitude of options between a full size raw and a smaller size jpeg. Image Aspect Ratio: A lot of these things in the shooting menu number one are dealing with primary shooting characteristics. Normally, you're gonna be in the 4:3 aspect ratio 'cause that's what the sensor is but if you know the final output needs to be a different aspect ratio and you wanna see that crop in the viewfinder, you can set it here. The camera has a digital tele-converter and anytime you see the word digital tele-converter, start shaking, this is not necessarily a good thing. What this does is it takes the image that it gets on the sensor and it basically crops that and that's what it's recording and that's what you see in the viewfinder. This is something that you can totally do in post-production with just as much image quality. The only reason you would do it here is if you didn't have post-production available to you, you didn't have your computer, you needed to shoot something straight in camera and you needed more telephoto. You are gonna be losing a lot of pixels and a lot of resolution if you do this. This is something you would generally leave turned off. We have our Drive modes. We've been talking about these and so this is where we can get in and control which of these modes that we're choosing. Obviously, there are a lot of modes but we did talk about basically all of those so normally I would just keep it on single and adjust as necessary. Interval Shooting and Time Lapse: This is something that you wouldn't normally leave on but if you go down to the on option, you'll see an arrow to the right. That means there's a sub-menu where you can get in. If you're not used to shooting time lapses, they can be a lot of fun so this is a time lapse shot off of a moving slider. Shooting a picture about every 10 seconds or so and one of my favorite time lapses is from India. This was shot standard from a tri-pod and then I added a little zoom back and I did that post-production and you can do that depending on which video program you work with. Those are some examples of what time lapse is and the options for going in and creating your time lapse. First up is the number of frames. 300 frames is the number that I like because a lot of video is at 30 frames a second and this gives me 10 seconds and that's a nice little clip of time lapse. 300 frames is a good goal or more, depending on what your needs are of course. The start waiting time, how much time between the time you click the shudder and when the actual time lapse begins. I like a few seconds so that there's no vibrations from the camera but you could potentially program it to start at a particular time of day. Next up is the interval between one shot and the next. Typically this is somewhere between one second and one minute. It all depends on the type of interval you're shooting. A lot of the stuff I do is with people and boats and cars and clouds moving around and so 10 seconds seems to be a pretty good number for a lot of my intervals. If you want, you can have the camera record a time lapse movie which means first off, we're recording still images, 300 still images in this scenario right here. If you turn time lapse movie on, it'll record a finished movie. It'll take all those images and compress them into a movie right then and there and this is, I think, the only camera, probably the first camera, that has actually been able to record the individual photos and give you the finished time lapse all at the same time. Which I really like because after I shoot a time lapse, I wanna know what it looks like and I won't know until I take it home, download the images, and then go through the whole process of creating it. You can create a movie and I think this is fantastic, just to get an idea of whether it worked or not. The problem is is that the movie that it creates is not going to be as high-quality as what you can make on your own in post-production. For instance, if you want to shoot a 4K movie, you're only gonna get five frames per second, which is pitifully slow and would make a terrible time lapse movie in most situations. Even FullHD, you can only get 15 frames per second out of it and so you can get a HD movie out of it at 30 frames a second which is how most people are showing their movies. In my mind, I wish these numbers are better and I'm sure in future cameras they'll be better but for somebody who needs this and the reason I think it's valuable is just to get a good idea in the field whether the time lapse worked or not and shooting an HD version of this seems perfectly reasonable in order to do that. It's not great for getting a final video out of it, but as I say, for information in the field, it's fantastic. So that's in the time lapse which you would normally leave tuned off obviously. It's a special mode that you would go in to on an as-needed basis, that is our Drive mode.

Class Description

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • 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

ABOUT JOHN’S CLASS:

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.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • 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

MATERIALS USED: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

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.

Lessons

  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.

Reviews

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!