Introduction & Basic Controls

 

Olympus® OM-D E-M10 Mark II Fast Start

 

Lesson Info

Introduction & Basic Controls

Welcome to CreativeLive. I'm Kenna Klosterman, your host, for the Olympus E-M10 Mark Two Fast Start right here with John Greengo. Now John is a travel and landscape photographer. He leads photo tours all over the world and of course he is one of the favorite instructors here on CreativeLive with all of his camera classes, as well as his fundamentals of photography. So John, take it away. Alright well welcome everybody, welcome all you owners of the E-M10 Mark Two. This is a great little camera that has a ton of features, so what we're gonna be doing in this class is going through all the controls and the menu functions of the class, of the camera, so that you can figure out how to set it up and how to make the best use of all the wonderful features in the camera. So here's essentially what our lesson plan is for the day. We're gonna start off going through all the controls of the camera which is all the physical outside buttons and dials on the camera, and that's gonna take up about ...

half the class right there cause there's a lot of controls there. Then we're gonna dive into the Menu section and with this class is a PDF that you can download that has the entire Menu section that I have reorganized onto one page for easy visual finding of particular features. And so on here we have the entire menu and I also have my recommendations on here, and so there's some other pages here that'll help you in your recommended settings of the camera as well, so this will help out quite a bit in the second half of the class so you might wanna print this out and have this ready to go through, and make little markings of things that you wanna change in that second half of the class. And then finally to conclude the class off I'm gonna end up with some recommended settings on how I would set the camera for different types of photography like portrait or action photography. But for now we wanna get started on the camera itself and so it comes with, it's a little bit on the wimpy side when it comes to instruction manuals but it's still reasonably thick, and there is no way that we're going to be able to cover everything that that instruction manual does cover, and so we're gonna be focusing on the features and functions that are most important to getting the highest quality pictures. And there's some other kind of fun things you can do with the camera and we're not gonna spend as much time going into those areas, so that instruction manual will still have some purpose but we'll hopefully take care of all the main questions in this class. Now if you're wondering about composition and lighting, and why I'm not talking about those very important photographic aspects it's because this is a class on a particular camera, so we are focusing just on the features and functions of this camera. If you wanna learn more about photography there's lots of other great photography classes here at CreativeLive. I have a couple on the books myself: the Starter Kit which is a nice little short class, three hours, and then I have a much longer, full in-depth class called the Fundamentals of Photography, and so if you like this class and you wanna learn more about photography, you might wanna take a look into those two classes. Alright so let's make sure your camera and my camera is ready for this class here. We wanna start off with a charged battery, takes about three and a half hours to charge it. We're gonna want a lens on and a memory card in the camera. I'm gonna go ahead and turn my camera on and kills me to say this but let's turn the cameras to the iAuto setting which is the simplest automatic mode, and I'm gonna go ahead and take a picture to make sure my camera is working right. It's focusing, (camera beeps) and there we go, and shooting just fine, and hopefully yours is as well cause we're ready to get started on this class right now. So our first part of this class is the camera control section where we're just gonna basically go around the outside of the camera and talk about every button, and every dial on the camera. What we're gonna do first is just talk about the basic controls. So clearly you're gonna wanna have the camera turned on, it does go through a sensor cleaning when the camera is turned on. We have our shutter release which is gonna need to be pressed halfway down to wake the camera up when it goes to sleep. It does tend to wanna go to sleep to save battery power on a regular basis and so just press lightly on that, and that will either kick the camera out of any sort of Menu Mode that you happen to be in, and kick it back into the shooting mode or at the very least it'll wake it up, and get ready to focus and shoot photos. We have two dials on the camera; the front dial and the rear dial which are very nicely positioned and have a very good feel on this camera. In my opinion there's just a really easy control and we're gonna be using those for various functions throughout this class. On the back of the camera, we're gonna have a little pad that we can go up, down, and left, right. They call this the Arrow Pad and we're gonna be using this to navigate throughout the menu as well as moving the focusing points around to different parts of the screen. And then in the middle of that arrow pad is an OK button which is essentially our enter or OK button when we are confirming a setting in the menu, or in many of the other settings in the camera, so we'll be using these throughout the day. Starting on the top deck of the camera, as I mentioned before when you turn the camera on, it does go through a sensor cleaning so it's trying to knock dust off the sensor, and if it can't knock any dust off the sensor, well there are steps that you can do to clear that problem and I'll talk about that towards the end of the class. Alright the shutter release. If you wanna take a picture, you're gonna press halfway down and that's gonna activate the focusing and the metering system. So that halfway press will wake the camera up along with the focus and metering, and then you press all the way down to take a picture on the camera. But that's not the only way to take a picture on this camera. You can use the touch sensitive screen on the back of the camera and it has some different symbols for controlling the shooting on that, so let's do a little live demo right now. Let's go ahead and make sure my camera's turned on so you can see what's going on over here, and one of the things you'll notice is over on the left-hand side, there is a green bracket with a finger and that means that we can focus, and I'm gonna move my camera just a little bit so that I have something in the foreground - my little remote right here - so that I can focus on this. And so I can focus on the remote by simply touching on it, or I can focus on the background by touching on it. If I wanna take a picture I can of course come up here and refocus and take a picture, but by touching the little green box over here on the side to the point where I get a finger, and it looks like a button, I can focus and take a photo on the back of the camera - let's get back to the live camera - and so I can focus and move that around. Now if I don't want to use the touchscreen on the back of the camera, I just go to the symbol with the X through the finger and so now the back of the camera doesn't do anything. So you have three options. You can focus and it just focuses, doesn't shoot a picture, and then the next option is focus and take a picture, or have it deactivated altogether with the no touch symbol on it. So be aware that you have those three options on the camera.

Class Description


Dense technical manuals make for a terrible first date. Get the most out of your new Olympus OM-D E-M10 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, you’ll learn:

  • How to use the autofocus system
  • How to use and customize the menus
  • How to use the Mark II’s video capabilities
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 Mark II’s settings to work for your style of photography.

Reviews

George Vergottis
 

Greetings I joined the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Fast Start class under Mr. Greengo. I have been using this camera for about 7 months and thought I could handle it well. This class taught me so many aspects of the camera from the word go. Very clear concise but illuminating with well placed illustrations and photos for easy understanding by all. Mr Greengo's English was very precise and clear even though he had to speak fast to cover all of the important aspects within a set time. The advice pass over was clearly from a person who was a master of his subject. I enjoyed the class very much and have signed up for more classes on Creativelive and photography my the same instructor. Well done Sir and thank you for your good advice. I recommend this class to all who have decided to reward themselves with this little miracle camera this Christmas.

Ray Bohn
 

Using the camera for a few weeks before jumping in really helped me to understand all the instruction. Based on the course, I feel much more comfortable with deciding which functions I will use and which to forget about, at least for now. Based on my utilization of the many lessons, I feel that the content was just about right for me. The instructor used good judgement when determining how much time to spend on every element. The parts that he spent less time discussing was still enough information for a student to learn on their own (homework is good!). Going back into the lessons to review an area has been very easy. I am sure I will be accessing this course for some time. There were a few areas that didn't seem to match up with my camera, but I plan to do some investigating into software version differences and what I may have done incorrectly before I jump to whiplash causing conclusions. The "Fast Start" title bothered me at first. I have seen presentations that are called tutorials which appeared to be simply sales hype. Based on my experience, you have a winner. I hope that I can find additional courses from this group that are of interest to me. Thank you for all the work that you put into this presentation, Raymond Bohn A Greatful old film guy

a Creativelive Student
 

Great way to jump in and get started with the EM10 Mark II! John Greengo is a great instructor. I really like the fact that the multitude of menu options were covered/explained and that John gives his suggestions for the best settings and why.