olympus pen tips and tricks

Ever since I posted my initial review of my Olympus Pen E PL7 way back in December (wow how time flies, we’re almost at March now eeek!) I promised you guys I would write another post explaining how I use it, and what settings I use to take my photographs etc etc, so here you are! Below I will explain little tips and tricks I personally use when it comes to this fantastic little camera. olympus pen
I am currently still using the kit lens that comes with the camera the 14-42mm zoom lens. I will be investing in the 45m lens at some point in the future, I just wish it was a little bit cheaper. However with the kit lens you can still get the elusive blogger style ‘blurry background’ and light, bright images without doing a lot of post processing, meaning that you can snap and upload straight away without having to tweak or edit them too much.
olympus pen tips and tricks
Editing the brightness
At the side of the menu screen you will see a little tab, the screen is touch screen so simply tap or drag the tab and pull it outwards. This will reveal a little menu where you can change the settings in live mode, you can edit the brightness right there and then by simply moving the slider up and down! Perfect for adding that whitening effect if the room is darker than you would like. This is SO handy for me.
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Perfect for instagram snaps!
Click the menu button, you will find an option for changing image aspect, if you choose the ratio 1:1 the camera will set itself to shooting in square mode, which is ideal for those of you who are avid instagram fans! No longer having to crop or scale images to size, it’s like a super high quality iPhone! You can also pair your camera with the ‘Olympus share app on your phone’ which means you can instantly import and upload your photos directly to your iPhone, no need for cables or memory card readers, so much quicker and easier!
olympus pen settings
Those dreamy blurred Backgrounds
Whilst the 45mm lens will give you beautiful blurred backgrounds you can also produce blurred backgrounds by tweaking the settings. Simply drag the slider up towards blurry or sharp, then press’ok’ and you will find the background more blurry and more out of focus when shooting.

In the little tab menu you can also edit the temperature of the picture (look for the blue and yellow little square) I am not a fan of warmer orange toned pictures, I think they make whites look mucky, so you can combat this by sliding the setting down towards blue which adds a cooler tone to the photo, all of these save steps when editing meaning you really can just go, shoot your photos and upload them instantly!

Another one of my favourite things about this camera is you can tap to focus on the screen, much like an iPhone, so if the automatic focus just isn’t getting it, simply tap the screen and in seconds the shutter releases and it takes the photo!

So there you have it, the settings I use on my little Olympus pen E PL7! What do you think? If you have any other tips and tricks of your own please let me know!



  1. February 22, 2016 / 11:43 am

    This is SO helpful! I got the pen a few weeks back and I didn’t know any of this so will definitely be trying your tips out! I’m the same as you, lusting after the 45mm but the price…

    Musings & More

  2. February 22, 2016 / 11:56 am

    Great post and I now have a better idea of how to get the perfect Instagram pic without having to re-size it.

  3. February 22, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    Such a cute camera! I did look into getting one myself but when you look at how much the 45mm lens costs, I decided I’d just save a bit more money and get a new DSLR!

    Rachel | http://www.currentlyrachel.com

  4. February 22, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    I bought the Olympus Pen last weekend so this is a really helpful post for getting to grips with the basics!

  5. February 22, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    I feel like I need this camera…haha! Would make blogging and taking photos that much more enjoyable 🙂

    -Lor // acozyspace.wordpress.com

  6. February 22, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    Love these tips! I’m definitely investing in a Pen E-PL7 when I’ve saved enough!

  7. February 22, 2016 / 5:13 pm

    loved reading this! i have been debating whether to buy this camera over the last few days as i have wanted it for ages! and after reading so many great reviews i’m sold! this was so helpful, especially as i was worried that everyone had the 45mm lens!

    anna /styleskittle xx

  8. February 22, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    I’ve been thinking about getting the Olympus Pen but I thought it might be a bit complicated to use – these tips have changed my mind so hopefully when i’ve saved up i’ll know what i’m doing with it! 🙂

    Caz | This is Caz

  9. February 22, 2016 / 10:56 pm

    The more I read, the more I want this camera! It seems like a bloggers dream!

  10. February 23, 2016 / 12:59 am

    I’ve been seeing this camera everywhere lately and I’m obsessed!

  11. February 23, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    This was such a great insight since I am thinking of getting it for my birthday coming up!

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  12. February 23, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    What an amazing little gadget it is! I have been eyeing it for a while now.

  13. February 23, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    Loved this post! I also just got this camera and it’s improved my pictures so much. I had no idea you could tap on the screen to focus it- going to get my camera out and try that now!!
    Farah X

  14. February 24, 2016 / 10:32 am

    This was really helpful. I’ve been wanting this camera for a really long time now.

  15. March 22, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    Great tips – thanks for sharing! Having bought the camera a few weeks ago I’m still gettin to grips with it. I’ll give your tips a go!

  16. November 5, 2016 / 8:03 am

    Wow because this is extremely helpfulexcellent work! Congrats and keep it up

  17. Rick
    November 26, 2016 / 8:48 am

    I’m pretty new to all this but how do you take photos at night without the flash?

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