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  • Portraits and focus on the EM1

    Hi,
    When using the EM1 with studio flash, I am curious to know how it is best to focus? For example if you set f8 at 125 on the camera as the setting for studio flash, given the electronic viewfinder, it is now too dark to focus clearly.
    Any advice greatly received.
    Thanks!
    Sisi
    Sisi Burn
    Photography for musicians.
    www.sisiburn.com

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    Re: Portraits and focus on the EM1

    Hi Sisi, it's easy - you need to set the "Live view boost" option. It's under Menu - Cogs D, Disp/sound symbol/PC, page 92 in the manual. What you are seeing without it is how it would look if you shot at 1/125 f/8 without flash, which will be pretty dark. If you use the boost option it will brighten it up for you - downside is that you can't see the effect of things like exposure compensation.

    Ciao ... John

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    • #3
      Re: Portraits and focus on the EM1

      Thank you so much John. Yes easy when you know how!
      Maybe you can answer another question???
      When shooting in manual sometimes when trying to set either aperture dial or shutter dial you have to keep turning it several times before you get a different value???
      Sisi Burn
      Photography for musicians.
      www.sisiburn.com

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      • #4
        Re: Portraits and focus on the EM1

        Originally posted by Sisi View Post
        Thank you so much John. Yes easy when you know how!
        Maybe you can answer another question???
        When shooting in manual sometimes when trying to set either aperture dial or shutter dial you have to keep turning it several times before you get a different value???
        There's a well-known issue with the rear wheel (at least) which develops a tendancy to miss clicks. You need to send it off to Oly for a warranty repair.

        OTOH - if it only happens in M mode, then I'm guessing it's because you have Auto ISO engaged. You can set the camera such that Auto ISO operates in either only the P/A/S modes or all modes.
        Paul
        E-M1ii, Pen-F and too many lenses
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        • #5
          Re: Portraits and focus on the EM1

          Thanks very much. It does it on all modes and on the front dial!
          Will have to look into it....

          Originally posted by pdk42 View Post
          There's a well-known issue with the rear wheel (at least) which develops a tendancy to miss clicks. You need to send it off to Oly for a warranty repair.

          OTOH - if it only happens in M mode, then I'm guessing it's because you have Auto ISO engaged. You can set the camera such that Auto ISO operates in either only the P/A/S modes or all modes.
          Sisi Burn
          Photography for musicians.
          www.sisiburn.com

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          • #6
            Re: Portraits and focus on the EM1

            Originally posted by Sisi View Post
            Thanks very much. It does it on all modes and on the front dial!
            Will have to look into it....
            Hope you can sort it out without too much difficulty.

            BTW - just taken a look on your website. There are some fantastic portraits there!
            Paul
            E-M1ii, Pen-F and too many lenses
            flickr
            Portfolio Site
            Instagram

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