The Olympus menus can be a bit overwhelming for the first time user. The purpose of this series is to explain each and every menu item in plain English.
I plan to go through each menu and explain what I use each setting for in my every day shooting as a wedding and portrait photographer.
Shooting Menu 1
The first section on the first menu is “Custom Modes” Custom modes are different picture profiles that can be utilized in camera. I use these camera picture modes on the wedding day when I want to create unique looks. It is worth noting that these settings only affect the JPG files.
Pro Tip: I set my camera to save the RAW files to slot 1 and JPG on slot 2. Because picture modes only affect jpg files I can be creative on the wedding day and still retain my original raw files.
In the previous section, I talked about saving raw files and jpgs to different slots on the camera. To enable this setting scroll down to the little camera and half diamond icon.
This will take you to a new menu that displays card 1 and card 2. By clicking the over button you can choose from small jpg’s all the way up to large raw files. This setting will make it so you can save raw files to one SD card and jpgs to the other.
The aspect ratio setting on the first page of the menus allows you to change how the camera saves the size and shape of the image. In my experience, this setting only affects the jpg images but will save the aspect ration as crop marks in the sidecar file of the Raw file. This means if you import the raw files into Lightroom you will be able to change the aspect ratio in post.
The digital teleconverter function allows you to create a telephoto effect in camera. This effect is achieved by magnifying the center portion of the image by double. This setting is great when you need a little bit of extra reach.
Note: This setting does not work as well in low light photography.
The next section in the menu is the drive modes. This is a place where you can choose how the shutter opens and closes.
This section allows you to change to Single Shot, Continuous High Speed, Pro Capture and others. These different modes allow you to capture your subjects at different speeds. I usually only change this setting during the first kiss or when I want to freeze the subject. It is also worth noting the Pro Capture setting allows you to create high-resolution images from your camera.
The Interval / Timelapse setting on the first page of the menu allows you to make modifications to the time lapse settings. The time lapse settings include the number of frames, the exposure length and also the resolution settings.
If you are creating a time lapse movie these are the settings you need to fine tune. For more information on these settings check out this blog post from creative island photo!
Hopefully, this article helped you understand the EM1-Markii menu!