Press OK

You see the Bracketing screen shown on the left in Figure 6-40. Figure 6-39 Enable bracketing through Shooting Menu 2. Figure 6-40 Select the option you want to bracket and press right to set the increment of adjustment. Figure 6-40 Select the option you want to bracket and press right to set the increment of adjustment.

Becoming a Movie Mogul

During the long ago era known as my college days, part of my studies involved courses in filmmaking. Back then more years in the past than I care to think about creating even a short movie was backbreaking and time-consuming. You had to lug around a huge film camera, plus a second monster machine for recording audio. After you shot your masterpiece, you had to wait for the film to be developed and returned from the lab. Then, to turn the raw footage into something that might convince the...

Set the bracketing amount

In other words, how much change do you want to see between frames By default, you can adjust exposures by one-third stop (0.3), two-thirds stop (0.7), or a whole stop (1.0). If you vary the setting of the EV Step option on Custom Menu E, your exposure and flash bracketing increments become more limited. For example, if you set the EV Step option to 1 2 stop, you can apply exposure or flash bracketing shifts of either 0.5 or 1.0, and if you set the EV Step value to 1.0, you're limited to...

Second Self Timer In this

Mode, the camera captures the picture two seconds after you depress the shutter button. This release mode isn't designed for taking a picture of yourself unless you're really, really fast. Instead, the setting is meant for times when you mount the camera on a tripod (or other steady surface) and you want to eliminate any chance that camera shake will blur the image. That may sound odd, but when you use a slow shutter speed (long exposure time), a long (tele-photo) lens, or shoot extreme...

Record mode Movie Quality

You can stick with the default setting, which creates a movie that matches high-definition (HD) recording standards 1280 x 720 pixels, with a screen format of 16 9. You also can lower the resolution to record a standard definition (SD) movie that has a size of 640 x 480 pixels and an aspect ratio of 4 3. You can make the call through the Live Control display, as shown in Figure 3-23, or via the Image Quality setting on Shooting Menu 1, as shown in Figure 3-24. Figure 3-23 You can quickly adjust...

Giving a Face the Vaseline Lens Treatment

If you explore the SCN mode options, covered in Chapter 3, you encounter the e-Portrait mode. After you take a shot in this mode, the camera creates a copy of your image and then applies a retouching filter that's engineered to soften and enhance skin tones to the copy. The filter is a digital version of the old trick of smearing Vaseline on a camera lens to create a soft-focus effect, thereby rendering skin lines, wrinkles, age spots, and other blemishes less noticeable. Personally, I think...

Starting the transfer process

After you connect the camera to the computer or insert a memory card into a card reader, your next step depends on the software installed on your computer. Here are the most common possibilities and how to move forward On a Windows-based computer, a Windows dialog box (like the one shown in Figure 5-7) appears. (The figure features the Windows 7 version of the dialog box.) This dialog box suggests different programs you can use to download picture files. Which programs appear depends on what...

Highlight and Shadow display

In Overall display mode (refer to Clipped highlights Figure 4-19), areas that the camera thinks may be overexposed are replaced with blinking red pixels. Underexposed areas are indicated by blinking blue pixels. Highlight and Shadow display mode lets you see the same blinking alerts in full-frame view to get a better look at the problem areas. For example, Figure 4-25 shows you an image that contains both overexposed and underexposed pixels. If you read the section Interpreting a brightness...

Understanding Focusing Basics

One of the most important advantages you gain from stepping up to a camera like the E-PL1 is access to an array of focusing features. Although I cover all the focusing options in this chapter, the two most critical to understand are the following AF Mode Use this setting to specify whether you want to focus manually, take advantage of autofocusing, or enjoy both together, using autofocusing to set the initial focus point and then fine-tuning focus manually. The only shooting mode that doesn't...

Preventing autofocus reset

By default, the camera resets focus to infinity (the farthest focusing distance) every time you power down the camera. That resetting can be annoying in some situations. For example, suppose that you're photographing a bride-to-be opening presents at a wedding shower. You turn off the camera during breaks in the action to save battery power, and then must refocus each time you get ready to shoot again even though the focusing distance between you and the party's star hasn't changed. You can...

Press OK to finalize the adjustment

Figure 7-37 Press right left to toggle between the scales press up down to adjust the balance of the amber blue and green magenta color pairs. Values indicating the current amount of White Balance adjustment appear both on the menus and the Super Control Panel. (For the latter, refer to Figure 7-30 and note the A and G values right next to the WB Auto icon.) But the Live Control panel doesn't offer any indication that you adjusted the setting. So if you tweak the white balance for a particular...

And the rest

Just for good measure, the following list details features found on the front, right side, and bottom of the camera Connection ports Under the flap on the right side of the camera, you find two ports that enable you to connect the camera to other devices, as shown in Figure 1-3. The USB AV (Universal Serial Bus Audio Video) port is for connecting the camera to a computer, printer, or standard definition television set. The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port enables you to connect...

Manipulating Focus and Color

Controlling the camera's autofocusing performance Focusing manually Understanding focal lengths, depth of field, and other focus factors Exploring white balance and its affect on color Investigating other advanced color options 7o many people, focus has just one interpretation when applied to a photograph Either the subject is in focus or it's blurry. But an artful photographer knows that there's more to focus than simply getting a sharp image of a subject. You also need to consider depth of...

Taking a Quick Look at Picture Modes

The Picture Mode feature offers one more way to tweak image contrast, sharpness, color saturation, and tonal range when you shoot in the JPEG formats. Olympus refers to these options as picture-processing options, and that's an apt term They apply adjustments to your picture after you press the shutter button to render the scene in different ways. Sharpening, in case you're new to the digital meaning of the term, refers to a software process that adjusts contrast in a way that creates the...

Adding a Voice Annotation to an Image

How many times have you looked at a picture and thought, Now where was I when I took that shot and who the heck is that I'm sitting with Well, those days are gone. Now you can add a little voice recording to any picture during playback to remind you of where you've been and what you've done. Follow these steps to record your note 1. Display the photo in single-image playback mode. If you shot the picture in the Raw format, you see the menu shown on the left in Figure 9-23. Otherwise, you see...

Viewing Picture Data

When you view photos in single-image view, you can choose from the following information display modes Image Only In this mode, you see no picture data, as shown on the left in Figure 4-14. Simplified display This mode adds just a few bits of shooting information, including the image resolution, shooting date, and file number. Overall display This mode provides the most complete shooting information, listing all the critical picture settings as well as two exposureevaluation tools called...

Processing Raw ORF Files

Chapter 2 introduces you to the Raw file format, which enables you to capture images as raw data. One advantage of capturing Raw files, named ORF files on Olympus cameras, is that you make the decisions about how to translate raw data into actual photographs. You can specify attributes such as color intensity, image sharpening, and contrast which are all handled automatically by the camera if you use its other file format, JPEG. The bad news You have to specify attributes, such as color...

Correcting lens vignetting with Shading Compensation

Lens Shading Compensation

Because of some optical science principles that are too boring to explore well, to me, anyway , some lenses produce pictures that appear darker around the edges of the frame than in the center, even when the lighting is consistent throughout. This phenomenon goes by several names, but the two heard most often are vignetting and light fall-off. How much vignetting occurs depends on the lens, your aperture setting, and the lens focal length. Chapter 7 explains focal length. The Shading...

To disable the Live Guide adjustment press the Menu button

Here are a few other nuggets of information about Live Guide Getting a better Blur Background preview For this adjustment, you may want to set focus before you bring up the Live Guide. Just press the shutter button halfway to focus and then release it. With the subject in focus, you can get a better idea of how the various slider settings will affect the picture. Displaying help screens Select the Shooting Tips icon refer to Figure 3-6 and press OK to display tips on getting different kinds of...

Processing Raw images in Olympus Master

In Olympus Master 2, the steps for processing a Raw file are pretty much the same as outlined for Olympus ib , in the preceding section. Start by clicking a thumbnail and choosing EditOOpen Raw Development Window. You then see the window shown in Figure 5-11. Figure 5-11 Olympus Master 2 offers similar Raw processing options as Olympus ib , but in a different layout. Figure 5-11 Olympus Master 2 offers similar Raw processing options as Olympus ib , but in a different layout. The Raw processing...

Taking Pictures in SCN Scene Mode

Most digital cameras and some film cameras offer scene modes that automatically select picture settings geared toward capturing specific types of photographs. For example, for photographing people, you can set the camera to Portrait scene mode, which selects picture options that deliver a classic portrait treatment, in which the subject is sharply focused but the background is blurry. And if you're trying to photograph action, select Sport mode, which tells the camera to select settings that...

Easy Breezy Shooting in iAuto Scene and Movie Modes

Getting the best results in iAuto mode Dipping your toe in creative waters with the help of Live Guide Selecting a picture type in SCN mode Shooting high-definition movies re you old enough to remember the Certs television commercials from the 1960s and '70s It's a candy mint declared one actor. It's a breath mint argued another. Then a narrator declared the debate a tie and spoke the famous catchphrase It's two, two, two mints in one Well, that's sort of how I see the PEN E-PL1. On one hand,...

Retracting and unlocking the lens

Some Micro Four Thirds lenses, including the kit lens, feature a nifty retracting feature. When you're not using the camera, you can retract the lens so that it takes up even less space in your camera bag than usual. Check out Figure 1-8. The left side of the figure shows the smallest footprint of the lens at its unretracted position. On the right side of the figure, you see the reduced lens bulk you can accomplish by retracting the lens. The key to the retracting feature is the Unlock switch...

Setting the Shutter Release Mode

Your camera is set by default to record one picture each time you press the shutter button fully. But by changing the shutter-release mode, you can instead record a continuous series of shots with a single press of the button or take advantage of self-timer shooting. To adjust the setting, use any of the following techniques Down-arrow key After you press the key, you're taken to a screen that looks like the one shown in Figure 2-2. Icons representing the settings appear at the bottom of the...

Fast Track to Super Snaps

The Fifth Wave Rich Tennant

Aking sense of all the controls on your PEN f I E-PL1 isn't something you can do in an afternoon heck, in a week, or maybe even a month. But that doesn't mean that you can't take great pictures today. By using your camera's point-and-shoot automatic modes, you can capture terrific images with very little effort. All you do is compose the scene, and the camera takes care of almost everything else. This part shows you how to take best advantage of your camera's automatic features and also...

Learn to

Understand and use all the camera's controls Manipulate focus, color, and exposure for great shots in any setting Expand your creativity with special-purpose features Author of Digital Photography For Dummies Get More and Do More at Dummies.com To access the Cheat Sheet created specifically for this book, go to Dummies.com makes your life easier with 1,000s of answers on everything from removing wallpaper to using the latest version of Windows. Plus, each month you can win valuable prizes by...