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David Busch’s Olympus® E-5 Guide to Digital SLR Photography

Book Description

The new Olympus E-5 is a four-thirds format dSLR with interchangeable lenses that is perfect for advanced photography hobbyists or less experienced professional photographers. It features 12.2 megapixels of resolution, HD video and Live View, packed into a splash-proof and dust-proof body. DAVID BUSCH'S OLYMPUS E-5 GUIDE TO DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY shows you how, when, and why to use all the cool features, controls, and functions of the E-5 to take great photographs of anything. Introductory chapters will help you get comfortable with the basics of your camera before you dive right into exploring creative ways to apply E-5 file formats, resolution, aperture/priority exposure, and automatic exposure features. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate where the essential buttons and dials are, so you'll quickly learn how to use your E-5, and use it like a pro!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Authors
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction
    1. Family Resemblance
    2. Who Are You?
    3. Who Am I?
  6. 1. Getting Started with Your Olympus E-5
    1. What’s New
    2. Using This Book
    3. First Things First
    4. Initial Setup
      1. Mastering the Arrow Pad
      2. Setting the Clock
      3. Battery Included
        1. Charging the Battery
      4. Final Steps
        1. Mounting the Lens
        2. Adjusting Diopter Correction
        3. Inserting a Memory Card
        4. Formatting a Memory Card
    5. Choosing a Drive Mode
      1. Working with Direct Controls and the Super Control Panel
      2. Changing Drive Modes Using the Direct Control
      3. Changing Drive Modes Using the Super Control Panel Display
    6. Selecting an Exposure Mode
    7. Choosing a Metering Mode
    8. Choosing Focus Modes
      1. Setting the AF Mode
      2. Autofocus Targets
        1. Choosing Autofocus Targets
        2. Setting an AF Target
    9. Adjusting White Balance
    10. Setting ISO
    11. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    12. Using the Built-in Flash
      1. Flash Exposure Compensation
    13. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
      1. Setting a Memory Card Preference
    14. Using the Vari-angle LCD Display
    15. Live View
    16. Fn Button
      1. Setting the Fn Button Function
  7. 2. Olympus E-5 Roadmap
    1. Olympus E-5: Front View
    2. Going Topside
    3. The Olympus E-5’s Business End
    4. Playing Back Images
      1. Zooming the Olympus E-5 Playback Display
      2. Working with Calendar View
      3. Working with Photo Information
    5. Super Control Panel
      1. Super Control Panel Options
    6. Using the Level Gauge
    7. Lens Components
    8. Underneath Your Olympus E-5
    9. Top-Panel LCD Control Panel
    10. Looking Inside the Viewfinder
  8. 3. Setting Up Your Olympus E-5
    1. Anatomy of the Olympus E-5’s Menus
    2. Shooting Menu 1
      1. Card Setup
      2. Reset/Myset
      3. Picture Mode
        1. Working in Monotone
        2. Picture Modes
      4. Record Mode
        1. JPEG vs. RAW
      5. Image Aspect
    3. Shooting Menu 2
      1. Image Stabilizer
      2. Bracketing
      3. Multiple Exposure
        1. Overlay
      4. RC Mode
    4. Playback Menu
      1. Slideshow
      2. Auto Slide Rotate
      3. Edit
        1. Select Image
        2. Image Overlay
      4. Print Order Setting
      5. Copy All
      6. Reset Protect
    5. Custom Menu
      1. AF/MF—Custom A
        1. AF Area
        2. Reset Lens
        3. Bulb Focusing
        4. Focus Ring
        5. MF Assist
        6. Set Home
        7. PD AFL
        8. C-AF Lock
        9. AF Area Pointer
        10. AF Sensitivity
      2. Button/Dial—Custom B
        1. Dial Function
        2. Dial Direction
        3. AEL/AFL
          1. S-AF
          2. C-AF
          3. MF
          4. Using Phase Difference Autofocus in Live View Mode
        4. AEL/AFL Memo
        5. Buttons
          1. Fn Button
          2. AF Target Button
          3. Preview Button
          4. Arrow Keypad
        6. Button Timer
        7. AEL/AFL—Fn Button Swap
      3. Release/Drive Settings—Custom C
        1. RLS Priority S
        2. RLS Priority C
        3. L FPS
      4. Disp/Sound/PC—Custom D
        1. HDMI
        2. HDMI Out
        3. HDMI Control
        4. Video Out
        5. Sleep
        6. Live View Boost
        7. Face Detect
        8. Info Settings
          1. Playback Info
          2. LV-Info
          3. Playback Info
        9. Control Settings
        10. Histogram Settings
        11. Backlit LCD
        12. Focus Confirmation Beep
        13. Volume
        14. USB Mode
        15. Level Gauge
        16. 4 H Timer
        17. Picture Mode Settings
      5. Exposure/Metering/ISO—Custom E
        1. EV Step
        2. Metering
        3. AEL Metering
        4. ISO Step
        5. ISO Auto Set
        6. ISO Auto
        7. Bulb Timer
        8. Anti-Shock
      6. Custom Flash—Custom F
        1. X-Sync
        2. Flash Slow Limit
        3. Flash Compensation Plus Exposure Compensation
      7. Resolution/Aspect/Color/WB Settings—Custom G
        1. Noise Reduction
        2. Noise Filter
        3. WB
        4. All WB+/-
        5. Color Space
        6. Shading Comp.
        7. Pixel Count
        8. Aspect Shooting
      8. Record/Erase—Custom H
        1. Quick Erase
        2. RAW + JPEG Erase
        3. Filename
        4. Priority Set
        5. dpi Setting
        6. CF/SD
        7. Copyright Settings
      9. Movie Custom—I
      10. Utility—Custom J
        1. Pixel Mapping
        2. Exposure Shift
        3. Cleaning Mode
        4. Ext. WB Detect
        5. AF Focus Adj.
        6. AA Battery Type
        7. Battery Warning Level
        8. Level Adjust
    6. Setup Menu
      1. Date Time Setting
      2. Language Display
      3. LCD Brightness
      4. Rec View
      5. Menu Display
      6. Firmware
  9. 4. Fine-Tuning Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the E-5 Calculates Exposure
    3. Choosing a Metering Method
      1. Digital ESP
      2. Center Weighted Metering
      3. Spot Metering
      4. Spot Highlight Metering
      5. Spot Shadow Metering
    4. Choosing an Exposure Method
      1. Aperture Priority
      2. Shutter Priority
      3. Program Mode
      4. Manual Exposure
    5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
    6. Dealing with Noise
    7. Bracketing
      1. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
    8. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
      1. Displaying Histograms with the E-5
        1. Displaying the Highlight/Shadow Warning
      2. Working with Histograms
  10. 5. Advanced Shooting Tips for Your Olympus E-5
    1. How Focus Works
      1. Phase Difference
        1. Improved Cross-Type AF Target
      2. Contrast Detection and Imager AF
      3. Locking in Focus
      4. Focus Modes
      5. Adding Circles of Confusion
    2. Using Autofocus with the Olympus E-5
    3. Your Autofocus Mode Options
      1. Autofocus Mode
        1. S-AF
        2. C-AF
        3. S-AF + MF
        4. C-AF + MF
        5. Manual Focus
      2. Autofocus Area
      3. Focus Stacking
    4. Sequential Shooting
    5. Exploring Multiple Exposures
    6. A Tiny Slice of Time
      1. Working with Short Exposures
    7. Long Exposures
      1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
      2. Working with Long Exposures
  11. 6. Live View and Shooting Movies
    1. What You Can Do with Live View
    2. Using Live View
      1. Focusing in Live View
      2. Adjusting Settings with Live Control
      3. Changing the View
    3. Movie Making with the E-5
      1. Keeping Things Stable and on the Level
      2. Shooting Video with the E-5
      3. Enhanced Creativity with Art Filters
      4. Tips for Shooting Better Video
        1. Shooting Script
        2. Storyboards
        3. Storytelling in Video
        4. Composition
        5. Lighting for Video
          1. Illumination
          2. Creative Lighting
          3. Lighting Styles
      5. Audio
        1. Recording Audio with the Olympus E-5 Using the Built-in Microphone
          1. Turning On the Internal Microphone
        2. Using an Accessory Microphone
      6. Tips for Better Audio
  12. 7. Working with Lenses
    1. Sensor Sensibilities
      1. Crop or Not?
    2. The Four Thirds Sensor and Lens Design
      1. Where Four Thirds/Micro Four Thirds Came From
      2. Advantages of Four Thirds
    3. Your First Lens
      1. Buy Now, Expand Later
    4. What Lenses Can You Use?
    5. Ingredients of Olympus’s Alphanumeric Soup
    6. What Lenses Can Do for You
      1. Zoom or Prime?
    7. Categories of Lenses
    8. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
    9. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
      2. Telephotos and Bokeh
    10. Add-ons and Special Features
      1. Lens Hoods
      2. Telephoto Converters
      3. Macro Focusing
  13. 8. Making Light Work for You
    1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
    2. Continuous Lighting Basics
      1. Daylight
      2. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
      3. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
      4. Adjusting White Balance
    3. Electronic Flash Basics
      1. How Electronic Flash Works
        1. Ghost Images
        2. Avoiding Sync Speed Problems
      2. Determining Exposure
      3. Guide Numbers
      4. Choosing a Flash Sync Mode
    4. A Typical Electronic Flash Sequence
    5. Working with Olympus Flash Units
      1. Olympus E-5 Built-in Flash
      2. Olympus FL-50R
      3. Olympus FL-36R
      4. SRF-11 Ring Light
    6. Flash Techniques
      1. Using the Zoom Head
      2. Flash Modes
    7. Working with Wireless RC Mode
    8. Connecting External Flash
      1. Olympus Wireless Flash
    9. More Advanced Lighting Techniques
      1. Diffusing and Softening the Light
      2. Using Multiple Light Sources
        1. Basic Flash Setups
        2. Studio Flash
        3. Connecting Multiple Non-Dedicated Units to Your Olympus E-5
      3. Other Lighting Accessories
        1. Soft boxes
        2. Light Stands
        3. Backgrounds
        4. Snoots and Barn Doors
  14. 9. Useful Software for the Olympus E-5
    1. Olympus’s Applications and Utilities
      1. Olympus Viewer 2
      2. Olympus Firmware Updater
      3. Olympus Studio 2
      4. Olympus ib
    2. Editing Your Photos
      1. Image Editors
        1. Adobe Photoshop/Photoshop Elements.
        2. Corel Photo Paint.
        3. Corel Paint Shop Pro.
        4. Corel Painter.
        5. Corel PhotoImpact.
      2. RAW Utilities
        1. DxO Optics Pro
        2. IrfanView
        3. Phase One Capture One 6 Pro (C1 Pro)
        4. Bibble Pro
      3. Adobe Photoshop
  15. 10. Olympus E-5: Troubleshooting and Prevention
    1. Battery Powered
    2. Updating Your Firmware
      1. How It Works
      2. Getting Ready
    3. Protecting Your LCD
    4. Troubleshooting Memory Cards
      1. All Your Eggs in One Basket?
      2. What Can Go Wrong?
      3. What Can You Do?
    5. Cleaning Your Sensor
      1. Dust the FAQs, Ma’am
      2. Identifying and Dealing with Dust
      3. Avoiding Dust
      4. Sensor Cleaning
        1. Air Cleaning
        2. Brush Cleaning
        3. Liquid Cleaning
        4. Tape Cleaning
        5. Checking Your Work
  16. Glossary