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Olympus PEN-F Fast Start

with John Greengo

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About The Class

Know Your Camera, Inside And Out. Start Taking Pictures Today.


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.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    13:23
  2. 02

    Photo Basics

    07:14
  3. 03

    Top Deck: Overview

    05:31
  4. 04

    Top Deck: Mode Dial

    26:47
  5. 05

    Top Deck: Exposure Dial

    07:39
  6. 06

    Top Deck: Flash & Mic

    02:10
  7. 07

    Back Side: Electronic View Finder

    09:00
  8. 08

    Back Side: Info Options & Play Back

    12:02
  9. 09

    Back Side: ISO

    06:35
  10. 10

    Back Side: Shutters

    11:30
  11. 11

    Back Side: Focus Area

    06:21
  12. 12

    Back Side: Super Control Panel

    13:19
  13. 13

    Left, Right & Bottom of Camera

    05:58
  14. 14

    Front Side: Creative Dial

    19:51
  15. 15

    Olympus Lenses Overview

    06:23
  16. 16

    Shooting Menu 1

    08:16
  17. 17

    Shooting Menu 2

    15:38
  18. 18

    Playback Menu

    03:19
  19. 19

    Wi-Fi Set Up

    04:55
  20. 20

    Custom Menu Overview & AF/MF Menu

    11:26
  21. 21

    Button/Dial/Level Menu

    03:03
  22. 22

    Release Menu

    05:22
  23. 23

    Display Menu

    14:49
  24. 24

    Exposure & ISO Menu

    11:01
  25. 25

    Flash/Color/WB Menus

    06:17
  26. 26

    Record & Erase Menu

    04:28
  27. 27

    Movie Menu

    05:10
  28. 28

    Built-In EVF Menu

    03:08
  29. 29

    Utility Menu

    05:03
  30. 30

    Setup Menu

    04:01
  31. 31

    Camera Operation Overview

    12:32

Meet Your Expert

John Greengo

John Greengo is an award-winning photographer specializing in outdoor and travel photography. Shooting for over 3 decades, John has developed an unrivaled understanding of the industry, tools, techniques and art of photography. When he's not traveling for a new shoot, ... read more

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  • Jay Linsenbigler

    August 2019

    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

    August 2019

    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

    June 2017

    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.

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