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Olympus PEN-F Fast Start

Lesson 8 of 31

Back Side: Info Options & Play Back

 

Olympus PEN-F Fast Start

Lesson 8 of 31

Back Side: Info Options & Play Back

 

Lesson Info

Back Side: Info Options & Play Back

All right, We have our menu button, and that's gonna be the second half the class. So we're gonna come back to the menu and go through the menu line, item by line item. The info option never hurts anything to press the info. But remember that. So in the info option, we're gonna be able to cycle through many different views of information. And so, just as you have the camera held up, you're going to get basic image and basic information. And if you want to turn off some of these options, you can go in. And you could totally customize this as you can seemingly customize everything else on this camera, you'll see the image only with the next press you'll be able to see the hissed, a gram, highlights and shadows. This is very similar to what we talked about earlier, but that was in the E V f. So we're now talking about the back of the camera, the LCD monitor your level gauge to see if you have tilted the camera left, right, forward or back. Next up is the playback button. And so when you p...

ut it into play back, you're gonna be looking at images that you have recently taken, and they're gonna have a number of controls, which are gonna act a little bit differently in the playback mode than in all the other modes. First up, left and right on that little touch pad on the back of the camera will take you to the previous versus the next image. If you want to jump 10 images, you can do so by using the little lever that we were just using for the highlights and shadows. And so if you want to quickly move forward or back, you can do so. With that, you can zoom in on your images, using the dial on the back of the camera. The video record button now becomes a check box so that you can select that photograph as a favorite, and the function one button becomes a protect button so that that image can no longer be deleted by using the erase button down there at the bottom of the camera. And so let me show you real quickly in my camera, and so we've got live you going on right now, so let's go ahead and hit play back and we're just gonna look at images that we've taken earlier in today's class. And so let's just take this image here. If we want to zoom in, you'll notice there's a little blue thumbnail and magnifying glass here. And so if I want to zoom and I can go to the right and I can even use the touch screen to go back and forth and look at the image here, I consume back and forth on the touch screen. Or I can do it on the dial itself and I can move the frame around, using the pat on the back of the camera or using the touch screen itself. Now, if I go back far enough, full image right here, image come back all the way. If I go back even further, I'll get to thumbnails. And so now I can see images that I had taken earlier in the class. If I go back even further, I get to see it on a calendar. And so if you were on vacation for a week rather than score scrolling through all of today's images and yesterday's to get to the previous day, you could simply move to the specific day that you want to look at images from that's just magnifying in and then zooming back out. And then, if you want to delete an image, let's go ahead and delete an image. This looks like a pretty terrible image. Just hit the garbage can button go up to indicate yes and then hit OK, and that will delete a particular image and so pretty straightforward controls when it comes to the playback options on the camera. So when you are playing back images, you can hit the info button again to cycle through a bunch of different information options. So sometimes you just want to look at the clean, the image without any data at all. Sometimes you want to see basic information about the date that it was shot and what file number it is. You can see an overall display, which will give you information about the shutter speed aperture I S O and various other settings that you had in effect for that particular image, including whether it was a raw image or J peg image resolution. Mr Graham display will show you the overall brightness of your image. It's a visual display where you could see the It's a graphic display of the pixels on the images, so it's a great way of judging if your picture is overexposed or under exposed and we will once again get to those highlight shadows that'll blink at you if you are under exposed or over exposed. And then we have a light box option. And this is really cool, where you can compare to images side by side. And there's a lot of ways that you can do this. That's very helpful, but it's often good for judging sharpness and to see how good of job you've done with various photos. And so let's ah, let's do a little lightbox demo here. And I think what I want to do first is I just want to take a couple of photos just so that we have some photos to compare. And to make this interesting, I am going to manually focus, and I and I want some pictures in focus and I want some out of focus. So the 1st 1 I am going Teoh focus properly, and we just haven't in program mode and could be very simple there. Now I'm gonna go into manual focus. And I'm going to specifically unfocused this image just a little bit. And we'll do another one, and we'll do one more here. All right, so now I'm gonna play these images back. And so I got a series of images here that have different focusing, and I'm gonna hit the info button and we can go through and see our additional information, and we get to see her shutter speeds. Apertures would get to see her history. Graham highlights and shadows. We can see the blinking orange here. These are the highlights that are blown out there very, very bright. And now we've got a light box and you'll notice on the back of the camera. Here, let me get this suggested so you can see it a little better. We have pictured number 76 number 77 so I can go through left and right, and I can choose different images. And if I find an image that I want, I can hit okay, right here in the middle. And that moves that image over to the left side. And I actually wanted 76 is my key image on the left side now What I'm trying to do right now is I'm trying to judge the sharpness between these two images, and so I'm going to use the dial to zoom in. And so these air currently locked in so that I can zoom in and I need to I want to move up a little bit, but I can't right now. So what I'm going to dio is if I recall, if I can hit info, I got to get back to my light box. Sorry, folks. All right, so if I hit the function one button, I can actually That's the lock. Let's zoom in first, get a zoom in. Okay, so now with the zoom, you'll notice that I can magnify the right image, or I can do both images together. And so I'm gonna do both images together, and I can go up and I want to check the corner to see the sharpness. Now I can clearly see it's sharper on the left than it is on the right. Let's go to the next image and actually don't have to hit the magnifying. I think to turn that off now, I can go to the next image and you can see I've moved to picture 78 which is even worse and 79 Not as bad, but still bad. And then I could go to the next image. And so, using these controls, I can zoom in and I consume out either together or individually. And I think I can compare these images one to another, and this works really good. If you're gonna be shooting portrait's of people and you're gonna be going side by side and you want to check how sharp is the I in this photograph versus that photograph? And so it's not as good as working in light room or some other editing program in post, but for in camera comparisons. It's about as good as I've seen on any camera out there and so very handy. I know. If one other little demo we're gonna deal where I'm going to use this because I want to show you the example of how the camera works in different modes. And so it's really easy to do and a M B comparison with that. So the left images I was mentioning before in the demo is your base image and the right image is your selected image, and then you. If you want to move the right, the image on the right side to the left side, you simply hit the okay button, and then you'll be able to navigate forward and back, using the left and right control to go to your previous in your next image. You could also use the front dial on the camera. You can zoom in and you'll be able to do that with the magnify, and then you'll be able to go in and out with the back dial in the back of the camera. And if you want to be able to turn off some of these features, let's say you don't like looking at the history. Graham. You don't use the hissed a gram. Well, you can go into the custom menu, and you can turn off any of these features that you find unuseful or just get in the way of the way that you like to work on the camera. And so I highly encourage you to customize the camera, make it perfect for the way that you want it to work. All right, so in the playback mode you can hit the okay button, and you can go in and edit your photos to some degree, and so you can do a number of different things in here, and we're not gonna go into all these. But I did want to show you one cool little feature, which is the audio record feature. So let me go back and find an image here. And let's see, we were taking a bunch of sharp and blurry photos and I wanted to find one that was reasonably sharp. I think that's the 1st 1 here. So this is the good image here, compared to the next images that we have in the camera set up here. And so we have our out of focus ones, and it's this 1st 1 that is sharp. Well, I'm gonna press the okay button right here. And so one of the things that we can do is I I could lock this. I can rotate it. But one of the things that I think is most interesting is the microphone here. And I can now record an audio annotation to this photo. So I'm going to do that by pressing the okay button and then talking. Actually, we're that actually hit start. This photo is the best sharpest photo ever, and then I put the okay button again. So now as I play back images and I come back to that image, and so it'll just have that little audio annotation that will play by that every time you come back by that image and so a lot. There's a lot of sports photographers that really find this handy where there's a particular good play and they want to mention with store the score is or who it waas or some other piece of emperor critical, important, critical information. You know, if you were traveling with this camera and you took a photo of somebody and they said, Hey, could you email me the photo? And you said, Well, what's your with your email address? All you have to do is go back here, turn it on and say, Just say your email address into the camera and you'll have that attached to the actual photo, and so would be very easy to follow up on something like that. So it's a great little audio recorder. And, you know, now that I think about it, Olympus makes a lot of little micro recorders. And so that's why they probably included that right in this camera. So neat little feature to know about. All right, if you're gonna shoot video, the video playback options are going to be a little bit different on this camera. So you're gonna hit the okay button to kind of enter into the movie controls, and then you'll be able to play the movie and go through some of the other various controls. Once again, you'll use the left and right, and this will be for either rewinding or going fast forward. You can use up and down to control the volume of the sound of the movie that you have recorded. You can use the zoom button or the zoom dial for thumbnail view, and then you can simply go back and forth between previous and next movies by turning the front dial on the camera. So fairly basic controls there. Nothing out of the ordinary

Class Description


We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But dense technical manuals make for a terrible first date. Get the most out of your new Olympus PEN-F 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 class you'll learn:

  • How to use the electronic viewfinder
  • How to take advantage of the customizable interface
  • How to use the video options
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 PEN-F’s settings to work for your style of photography.

Reviews

Jay Linsenbigler
 

Awesome course and thorough description of the PEN-F capabilities and functions. HOWEVER, John's "big boy camera" bias comes through when he describes some of the creative functions as "just fun". I highly disagree- because like other tools and features- it depends on HOW the photographer uses the tool or feature. Like HDR, the creative features can be used tastefully or look "overcooked". Film photographers who use a variety of different films in film cameras- is this "just fun", or do they offer creative options? I encourage John and any listeners to look up the Olympus Visionaries and many other professionals using Olympus cameras in their daily work to see the amazing results they create with them. Instead of the same old Nikon and Canon "muscle-flexing" biases- lets look at what the pros produce with the camera tools. All modern cameras are superb and capable of great results. And this PEN-F camera offers groundbreaking control over the image making IN CAMERA at the time of exposure- which can be used to adjust an accompanying RAW file if needed. Not everyone wants to sit in front of a computer for hours doing post processing.

Jay Linsenbigler
 

Awesome course and thorough description of the PEN-F capabilities and functions. HOWEVER, John's "big boy camera" bias comes through when he describes some of the creative functions as "just fun". I highly disagree- because like other tools and features- it depends on HOW the photographer uses the tool or feature. Like HDR, the creative features can be used tastefully or look "overcooked". Film photographers who use a variety of different films in film cameras- is this "just fun", or do they offer creative options? I encourage John and any listeners to look up the Olympus Visionaries and many other professionals using Olympus cameras in their daily work to see the amazing results they create with them. Instead of the same old Nikon and Canon "muscle-flexing" biases- lets look at what the pros produce with the camera tools. All modern cameras are superb and capable of great results. And this PEN-F camera offers groundbreaking control over the image making IN CAMERA at the time of exposure- which can be used to adjust an accompanying RAW file if needed. Not everyone wants to sit in front of a computer for hours doing post processing.

Kate Mooney
 

The Pen 5 is an amazing camera - however it is capable of so much that getting to know it can be somewhat overwhelming at first. John systematically and logically works through every part of the camera in really clear and easy to understand steps, quickly converting my initial apprehension into confidence and excitement for the endless possibilities of this camera.