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Olympus PEN-F Fast Start

Lesson 3 of 31

Top Deck: Overview

 

Olympus PEN-F Fast Start

Lesson 3 of 31

Top Deck: Overview

 

Lesson Info

Top Deck: Overview

All right, folks. Time to get into the good stuff. Controls of the camera. So have your camera turned on? The camera automatically goes through a sensor cleaning system to try to clean any dust that might have landed on the sensor. The shutter release, obviously, where you take photos, but the camera does like to go to sleep to save battery power, so you'll need to press halfway down on that. Just just toe wake. That camera up so usually will happen after about every 5 to 10 seconds. Camera has a number of control dials. One of the main dials is the front dial, which surrounds the shutter release itself. We also have a back dial or rear dial on the camera, so we have two different dials controlling shutter speeds. Apertures and a bunch of other features that will get into back of the camera has the arrow pad, which is going to be used for moving the focusing as well as navigating the menu system. So the shutter release on the top of the camera is a two stage device, so you will press h...

alfway down to wake the camera up, and we'll also be using it for auto focusing and metering on the camera. And so you want to get very used to what that half way press feels like on the camera. Now, that's not the only way to shoot pictures with this camera. This camera has a touch screen so you can use the touch screen for focusing and taking photos. So let's do a little live demo and let me get my camera out. And actually, I need to grab a prop. So I'm gonna get my camera set up and I'm gonna go grab a proper cause. I want to show you the focusing that this camera conduce. So let's grab something nice and colorful and put it right here in front of the camera and put this little off to the side here. And so, if you can see on the back of the camera over on the left hand side, there's going to be a little green indicator that says that you can either focus, you can shoot photos or that the touch screen is not working. And so right now you can touch screen all you want, and it doesn't do anything cause it says no touchy. So Now we can focus, and whoever we touch is where the camera will focus. If we change this over two photos, it'll focus and take a picture. And so feel free to use the touch screen or not use it. Some people absolutely love it, and some people just don't care. So right now I'm just in a focusing mode, and there's another little bar over here on the side, which controls the size of the area that we're focusing, and this will also play come into play when we do magnification. We'll talk more about this in a bit, but you compress the magnify button, focus and use those back and forth, and so I'm gonna go back and forth. We also have a little touch screen down here where we can move things around when we zoom in and so feel free to use the touch screen if you want. If you don't like it, you can turn it off and you don't have to worry about it. There is nothing that you can't. You have to use the touch screen for its purely optional, and it's a nice little option. It works really well for some things So I encourage you to practice and play with that and get used to using it, cause it it's a good little item tohave. All right, let me grab one other little prop here. There. Is it, Harry? Go. So this camera has a standard threaded cable release, and this is a system that pretty much all cameras had for point. I don't know how many years? At least 50 years. And so the cable release Mechanical, No batteries, no electron ICS. Simple plunger style. And with the camera we have let me see if I can flip the camera over so we can show you how this works on the back of the camera right here. And so you can see how it's a threaded cable release in their standard threaded cable release right here. And so we can just take this and we can plop it in here like that. Turn it in tight. And so now, Okay, let's get this pointed up. Just that we could see what's going on over here. All right? And so now, Okay, so do that's because I threw it into the video mode. That doesn't work well to turn that off okay now. So no batteries required Very simple devices. Ah, and as far as cable releases, I don't know if anyone here is ever given tips on cable releases, but there's a lot of available, and they make some very, very cheap ones. You can probably find somebody selling one for a dollar, and if it's something that you don't have a lot of need for and just kind of want to play with, knock yourself out. Spend a buck or two or $5 for sure they're less than $10. But if this is something like you really wanna have for a while, I would encourage you to spend a lot of money on a cable release because these things wear out and the better ones will have much better housings and much better movements and locking Mechanism says he will play with a little bit later in the class, and you could spend as much as $50 for cable release. But for 50 bucks, you could have the finest cable release ever made just about, and it's gonna last you for a long, long time. And the cheaper ones do wear out pretty quickly because they frankly are very, very cheap. So that's my advice on cable releases

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.