In case you are shooting several motifs during the day and would like to sort them right away, OM-D cameras allow you to make folders in camera. When your motif is changing you can change the folder and therefore the images are sorted when you are coming home. Depending on your workflow this could be very helpful.
How to make a folder
The easiest way to reach the settings menu is as in most cases the Super Control Panel. While shooting the Super Control Panel is reachable via the “OK” button.
1In the Super Control Panel you can choose the small card symbol in the lower-left corner. Press “OK” to open the settings menu.
2 Choose the option “Assign Save Folder”. You can choose here wither to make “New Folder”* or choose an “Existing Folder”.
*If you would like to make a folder with your computer, please take care that this folder is located in the folder “DCIM” and that the folder name has the structure 101OLYMP otherwise the camera is not able to find it.
3 In case you would like to make a new folder, the following dialogue allows you to adjust the number of the folder. An own name is not possible.
On the same place, you can select the folder you would like to save the images. Please be aware that the replay mode can only show the images of the chosen folder. In case you have more than one folder you can move images by pressing the “OK” button in the replay mode.
Shooting in the studio is more comfortable when you can save images directly on your computer and not on an SD card in the camera. It makes your workflow faster, as you can check image quality on a much bigger screen and you can post-process images on the go. No time-consuming transfer after the shoot is needed.
How to set-up wireless tethered shooting
Before you can shoot wireless into your computer you have to link your working computer, wireless network, and camera. Therefore you have to connect your camera with the provided cable to the computer and start Olympus Capture. This procedure is only needed the first time you are using your camera with the computer the first time. Once done no cable is needed. For linking computer, network and camera do following
1 Open Olympus Capture and press the plus close to “Create new link”
2 Connect your camera with your computer via cable and start. As soon the camera is started a selection menu shows up. Select camera control (tethering icon)
3 Select your computer name in the dialogue popping up.
4 Once the link is established you can disconnect the cable and start shooting with the camera.
In case you would like to reconnect your camera with the computer. Press WiFi Icon on camera and select “Access Point Connection”. Select then the network, which is used by your computer as well.
Differences to tethered shooting with cable
There are essential differences between shooting to your computer tethered with a cable or via WiFi. The most obvious is that in case you are using a cable you can adjust any setting on the camera and with the computer, whereas with WiFi the camera is in your hands and operation is only on the camera. For the same reason with the WiFi connection, you get no live view on the computer screen. WiFi is only transferring the image directly to the hard disk on a selected folder.
The automatic or preset white balance is useful for normal situations. In case you would like to have a precise white balance or you are working in difficult light situations a user-defined white balance offers you much better results. In case you don’t work with RAW files, which can change white balance in post-processing, with OM-D cameras you could use the One Touch White Balance.
How to use the One Touch White Balance
1. Press the “OK” button to activate the Super Control Panel. Choose white balance and press “OK” again.
2. Choose a “Custom White Balance” and press the “INFO” button.
3. Shoot a neutral object (i.e. white sheet of paper or a gray card), which covers at least 75% of the image area.
4. As soon as you took the image the camera asks you whether you would like to save the white balance or not.
In case you need to have custom white balance often you could also program a button with the “one-touch white balance” function. This has the advantage that you could save the customized white balance by pressing the button only, without going through the menu.
It is not well known that you are able to scroll through zoomed images in OM-D cameras. This could be very helpful in case you have a lot of similar images and you would like to decide which of the images should be deleted or transferred via WiFi. As you have zoomed in it is easier to differentiate between small differences and easier to make decisions.
How to scroll through zoomed images
1. To show images, which are stored on your Kamera, press the replay button on the back of your camera.
2. You have different possibilities to zoom into images. Either you press the touch screen once and use the slider on the right side or you are using the thumbwheel to zoom into the images. With the cursor keys, you can select the area you would like to see closely. She could be done with the touchscreen.
3.Use the forefinger wheel to scroll through the images. All images will be shown at the same zoom factor and same position. This is perfect to compare images in every detail.
Nowadays images are used very often without permission. The copyright function allows you to save your name in the EXIF data while you shoot. This doesn’t secure that your images are not used without your permission but helps to justify that the image is taken by you. At least when EXIF data is not deleted.
How to set-up copyright settings?
1 Press “Menu” to open the main menu. Use the cursor buttons and go to Menu H1 and select “Copyright Settings” and press “OK”
2 Choose “Artist Name” to add the photographer’s name and open it by pressing the cursor button right. Press “OK” to input your Name.
3 press “End” as soon as you finished your name. In case you would like to cancel you can press “Menu”. The same can be done with the Copyright Name. I recommend making both, as you never know which of the fields is used from your editing software.