OMD settings: beginner

Started May 27, 2013 | Questions thread
richarddd
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Re: OMD settings: beginner
In reply to joehawthorn, May 28, 2013

Do you want to use the OMD as a high end p&s, so that it makes the choices for you, or do you want to learn more about photography so that you can choose the best settings to get the results you want?

If you want to use it as a high end p&s, use one of the fully automatic modes, such as suggested earlier in this thread. It seems a shame to get a camera with such excellent controls and not use them, but that's just me.

If you want to learn, there are many great tutorials, books, etc. out there.  It's not that hard to learn the basics.

A few issues on focus.  As noted above, the OMD has a face detect mode. If it sees a face, it focuses on it. If your child is moving and not looking at you, this is not likely to work well. You might set the focus area to the full frame, in which case it generally focuses on the closest object it can focus on. This works well if your subject is close, but not as well if the child runs behind something. You can also set focus to a portion of the frame, such as the center, in which case you have to make sure your child is in the center of the frame (that is you have to point in the right direction). Focusing on moving subjects takes practice.

There are also depth of field and shutter speed issues in focusing on moving subjects. Any good basic intro to photography will explain these.

I agree with the recommendation to ignore Tedolph's post.

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