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Olympus® PEN E-PL1 For Dummies® by Julie Adair King

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Chapter 8. Putting It All Together

In This Chapter

  • Reviewing the best all-around picture-taking settings

  • Adjusting the camera for portrait photography

  • Discovering the keys to super action shots

  • Dialing in the right settings to capture landscapes and other scenic vistas

  • Capturing close-up views of your subject

Earlier chapters of this book break down each and every picture-taking feature on the E-PL1, describing in detail how the various controls affect exposure, picture quality, focus, color, and the like. This chapter pulls together all that information to help you set up your camera for specific types of photography.

The first few pages offer a quick summary of critical picture-taking settings that should serve you well no matter what your subject. Following that, you get my advice on which settings to use for portraits, action shots, landscapes, and close-ups. But I want to stress that although I offer specific recommendations, there is no one "right way" to shoot a portrait, a landscape, or whatever. Don't be afraid to wander off on your own, tweaking this exposure setting or adjusting that focus control, to discover your creative vision. Experimentation is part of the fun of photography, after all — and thanks to your camera monitor and the Erase button, it's an easy, completely free proposition.

Putting It All Together

Recapping Basic Picture Settings

For certain picture-taking options, such as aperture and ...

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