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Olympus PEN E-PL1 For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-87950-4
352 pages
August 2010
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A friendly guide to the Olympus E-PL1, the latest trend in digital cameras

Hybrids offer the flexibility of interchangeable lenses and a large sensor in a smaller body. The Olympus E-PL1 lightens your load without sacrificing shooting power and this fun and friendly guide helps you better understand your camera's controls, features, and potential. Veteran author Julie Adair King presents you with examples on how to use your camera's main functions in order to create effective and memorable digital photos.

  • Explains how to work with lenses and shoot in auto mode
  • Covers the on-board controls and situational shooting
  • Addresses manipulating focus and color controls
  • Discusses printing, posting online, and other ways to share images

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Table of Contents


Part I: Fast Track to Super Snaps.

Chapter 1: Getting the Lay of the Land.

Chapter 2: Choosing Basic Picture Settings.

Chapter 3: Easy Breezy: Shooting in iAuto, Scene, and Movie Modes.

Part II: Working with Picture Files.

Chapter 4: Playback Mode: Viewing, Protecting, and Erasing Pictures (And Movies).

Chapter 5: Downloading, Printing, and Sharing Your Photos.

Part III: Taking Creative Control.

Chapter 6: Getting Creative with Exposure and Lighting.

Chapter 7: Manipulating Focus and Color.

Chapter 8: Putting It All Together.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 9: Ten Cool Creative (And Practical) Features.

Chapter 10: Ten More Ways to Customize Your Camera.


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Author Information

Julie Adair King has introduced millions to the joy of digital photography. Along with six editions of Digital Photography For Dummies, she has written For Dummies guides to several Nikon and Canon SLR cameras and instructs beginning digital photographers at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.
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Press Release

August 12, 2010
Olympus PEN E-PL1 For Dummies Guide Makes Capturing Amazing Images Easier Than Ever

Today a new guide makes it even easier to shoot digital single lens reflex (DSLR) quality images and High-Definition (HD) video with the user-friendly Olympus PEN. The Olympus PEN E-PL1 is among a new breed of digital cameras (the first priced at a consumer friendly sub-$600) and Olympus PEN E-PL1 For Dummies speaks squarely to first-time users of this new type of camera who are looking for a guide to help them better understand their camera's controls.

“We’re very excited about the release of Olympus PEN E-PL1 for Dummies,” said John Knaur, senior marketing manager, Interchangeable Lens Systems Cameras, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “The book is a valuable resource that will help budding photographers learn more about their PEN E-PL1, a camera that is already extremely easy to use, in order to capture even more outstanding still images and High-Definition videos."

The Olympus PEN® E-PL1 has a surprisingly small body packed with technology normally found in bigger, bulkier and heavier professional Digital Single Lens Reflex  cameras and High-Definition  camcorders. This third-generation PEN is built for people who always wanted better pictures and considered a DSLR, but were intimidated by the bulky size and complex interface. The camera’s simple design and easy interface enable consumers to easily create amazing images.

Olympus PEN E-PL1 For Dummies introduces users to the camera's main functions and offers examples on how to use them to create effective digital photos. Coverage includes:

• Exploring the on-board controls

• Shooting in auto mode

• Working with lenses

• Dialing in exposure and lighting controls

• Manipulating focus and color controls

• Situational shooting

• Getting pics onto a PC for editing

• Printing, posting online, and other ways to share images

• Part of Tens including editing tricks

The book's author, Julie Adair King, has penned six editions of Digital Photography For Dummies and several digital SLR camera-specific guides in the For Dummies series. In this book, she speaks to the consumer/hobbyist who would like to take professional quality images without the intimidating load and price tags that accompany most DSLR cameras.

The book is due in stores and available online August 9th, while the camera itself has been brought to market and is currently enjoying both professional and consumer acclaim. Reviewers have lauded the power, flexibility, and price of the PEN E-PL1. Eric Reagan of photographybay.com wrote "Consumers looking to upgrade their point and shoot cameras should seriously consider picking up the E-PL1." http://www.photographybay.com/2010/03/04/olympus-e-pl1-hands-on-review/

For a video with more information on the Olympus PEN E-PL1, click here:


To inquire about an author interview, request a review copy and/or excerpt content from the book, please contact Ashley Evens via email (aevens @ wiley.com) or call 201-748-6702.

Olympus PEN E-PL1 For Dummies® 

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; Paper; $29.99; 352 Pages

August 2010; ISBN 978-0-470-87950-4

About the Author

Julie Adair King (Indianapolis, IN) has been covering digital cameras and photography for over a decade. Along with the six editions of Digital Photography For Dummies, Julie has also written For Dummies guides covering specific Nikon and Canon digital SLR cameras, as well as Digital Photos Projects For Dummies. She also works one-on-one with beginning digital photographers in the classroom at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.


About For Dummies®

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About Olympus Imaging America Inc.

Olympus Imaging America Inc. is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering award-winning products for consumer and professional markets.

Olympus Imaging America Inc. works collaboratively with its customers and its ultimate parent company, Olympus Corporation, to develop breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality that enhances people’s lives every day. These include:

  • Digital Cameras
  • Professional and Consumer Interchangeable Lens System Cameras
  • Related Underwater Products and Accessories
  • Digital and Microcassette Recorders
  • Digital Media
  • Binoculars

Olympus Imaging America Inc. is responsible for sales in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. For more information, visit: www.olympusamerica.com.

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