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Lesson 29 from: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start

John Greengo

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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.
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Custom Menu I

Alright. I: Things dealing with the electronic viewfinder. You want the automatic sensor switch on the camera to switch back and forth from the LCD to the viewfinder. It's normally something I would leave turned on. It can get a little bit irritating if you're putting your hand or anything else obstructing it because then the LCD turns off. So, there are some good reasons why you might want to turn it off but it's normally fine left on. EV Adjust allows us to get in and make some specific adjustments to the electronic viewfinder. So for instance, the brightness of it. Auto Luminance I would turn off. I like to have it consistent brightness in the viewfinder. Auto Luminance, It should be totally black when you put your eye right up to the viewfinder but, if light is sneaking in when this is turned on, it will start adjusting the brightness but because a lot of us are using that viewfinder to control or to judge the brightness of our final image you want that to be consistent. So I would...

recommend turning that off. EV Adjust: If you just naturally wanna turn it brighter or darker because your eyes are sensitive or something, you can do that. Hopefully you won't need to adjust that there. EV Style: Okay, We talked a little bit about these EV Styles. My preference is to for number 2 there's no color extra color because sometimes when you have color it affects how you see other color and we are able to use the grid lines if we want to and there's no overlap of text on our actual photos. So for compositional reason it's good. But, you get to chose which one you like on your camera. The Info Settings. What sort of things do you want to be able to be available to you in the viewfinder when you press the info button on the back of the camera? We've seen this before in many different ways. I like to have as many options turned on as possible. You need to go in there and customize those. The Gridlines. We talked about grid lines before and they were for the LCD on the back of the camera and the viewfinder. This is exclusively for the viewfinder So, if you have gone to D3 Grid Settings, Apply setting to EVF, and turned that off then you can access this feature here. Otherwise, it's going to be grayed out and unavailable. So, if you have turned that off under D you can then go in here and adjust the same settings that we talked about before as far as what color, what grid system, the opacity levels and because I've got caught many times don't be in EVF Style because they won't allow grids in there. So, there's a number of little parameters that will get caught in. Something's not working because something else is set wrong. You have all the same different grids that you can set so you can have different grids. One for the viewfinder, one for the back of the camera but you have to be very carefully set up on your camera to make that work right. Half Way Level This is kind of cool. When you press halfway down on the shutter release, it replaces the metering system with a level. And at the point you should figure out exposure first. Hold the camera, press halfway down for focus and getting ready to shoot the picture and right when you press halfway down, it gives you this little indicator whether you're leveled or not and it's not cluttering the screen. It's not over anything that you really need of importance at that time. So, I think this is a very clever idea that works quite well especially for people like me that are always about 1 degree off of perfect. Next up, alright. So this is another one that was very tricky for me to figure out. The S-OVF stands for the Simulated Optical View Finder. Now, we did talk about several different other ways where the camera was boosting the brightness of the finders on the camera to give you the best brightness view that did not simulate the final exposure but gave you a great view of the camera. So the difference between the boost modes that we talked about before and the optical viewfinder that we are talking about here that it seems that nobody on the internet seems to understand is that when it is on the S-OVF mode, when this is turned on, it is only the viewfinder that is brightened, not the back of the camera. So, for working in a studio, this might be a handy mode so that when you look through the viewfinder, you can check focusing and so forth but then you'll look at the back of the camera for other reasons. And so, this adjusts the brightness in the EVF but not the LCD. A good time to turn this on is when you're using flash photography. There's no effect if D2- This is back in the live view boost mode is turned on. And so, if its- If you already have your camera boosted in brightness, this is not going to have any impact at all. So, it's only if that other feature is turned off. So, One of the implications of having a very complicated menu system.

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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 !!!

John Epperson

This is a great course on learning about the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. I have watched it many times to get to were I know it by memory the best I can. I like to go over it as much as possible because there is a lot to learn. I do wish that John would do an updated version since now it is up to Firmware 3.1. It is like a whole new camera with the new settings.

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