When I first received my Olympus PEN camera, I had to figure out about all the settings and what works the best for me. It was not easy to change settings like ISO and White Balance because I was not able to find them very fast while shooting. But… after changing some things in the Menu it’s super easy now! So get your camera and let’s have a look together.
GET MORE OUT OF THE SETTINGS MENU
It’s time to get access to more settings for your camera!
Press: Menu – Spanner Icon – Menu Display – Cogs Icon – Turn the Cogs Menu Display On
When you press Menu, the cogs icon will appear. Now you are able to assign functions to buttons and turn on a lot of good things! More in the next step.
SUPER CONTROL PANEL
Sounds good right? The Super Control Panel is the best thing for easily changing your settings like ISO, WB, JPG/RAW, aspect ratio, face priority and so much more. Ok now let’s turn in on!
Press: Menu – Cogs Menu – D. Display/PC – Control Settings – Select P/A/S/M – Tick the Live SCP and untick the other box. Go Back to Control Settings and to the same for iAuto, ART and SCN.
YOUR FAVORITE SETTING AT THE FN BUTTON
I’m changing the ISO very often, so I wanted to create a shortcut to the ISO settings.
Press: Menu – B. Button/Dial – Button Function – Set the FN Function to ISO or something else
CREATE AWESOME INSTAGRAM PHOTOS
The power of Instagram is the squared photo (or almost squared 5:4 photo). This camera will help you to capture that perfect high quality shot! Simply change your aspect ratio to 1:1 in the Super Control Panel at the bottom. Right now it’s probably set to 3:2 or 4:3.
TAP, FOCUS AND SHOOT
The Olympus PEN has a touchscreen with a touch focus option, same as your phone! But there are two options..
Click the finger tapping icon on your screen at the left side to turn the touchscreen on. When you see a finger tapping hand in a rectangle, this means you can tap the screen for focussing. When you tap the icon another time, the hand and two lines will show up, this means you can tap and take a photo.
SHARE AND EDIT WITH YOUR PHONE
First download the Olympus App in the App Store and tap the WiFi Button on the screen. Now get your phone and go to the WiFi Settings, choose the name of your camera. Open the Olympus App and you can see all the photos you just made. Choose the best ones and download them to your phone.
Now open a photo editor app like VSCO or Afterlight and edit the photo in your own style! Now you are ready to share your high quality photo to your Social Media without using a computer! Perfect for on the go.
YOUR PHONE AS A REMOTE
Imagine, you have to take self portraits for your blog but you are not able to ask a photographer, the Olympus PEN and your phone will help you out! Get the camera on a tripod and connect the your camera and phone with the WiFi function (see the details in the tip above). Now select the Remote Option in the App and there you go! You can now change the settings and the focus and simply press the release button on the screen to get your shot. Another big plus of using your phone as a remote instead of a regular remote: you will see what your camera sees! So you can check your hair before taking that photo 🙂
FLIP THE SCREEN FOR SELFIES OR FLATLAYS
Using the flip screen helps to avoid standing in impossible positions to get the right shot. Just flip it down for selfies and half-way for flatlays.
THE PERFECT LENS FOR BLURRED BACKGROUNDS
The 25mm f/1.8 and the 45mm f/1.8 are amazing for photos with that famous blurred background! Set the aperture to f/1.8 and see what happens!
MAKE YOUR CAMERA MORE PERSONAL
With the combination of the stylish BodyJacket and a matching Shoulder Strap you can give your camera a different look that matches your style. See all fashion accessories and choose what look fits your camera the best!
“I’m inspired by the search for perfection and imperfection. I love to capture models in a natural way while telling a story with fashion. I discovered my interest in photography at an early age. My passion lies with photographing people and using them in the fashion and portrait genre. Behind the camera I’m always searching for little surprises. These I can find in my fascination for perfection, unexpected moments and working with daylight. I’m inspired by the beauty of people, and what I define as beautiful in a person is what makes them unique. Besides my stay in Milan where I studied at the art academy, I also expand my professional horizon on field trips for a couple of months to Los Angeles and smaller trips to Paris, Barcelona and Rome. These experiences of working with creative people from all around the world and making pictures at magical locations are a big source of inspiration for my work.”