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.
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.
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.
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!
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!