Did you know that your Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a built in intervalometer?
An intervalometer is a device you can attach to your camera that lets you set different parameters in order to take a photo or a number of photos after a set delay. Usually, this means you can set a time delay before the first exposure, how many exposures you’d like to take, as well as the time between each exposure. As an example:
Timer: 10 seconds
Number of exposures: 30
Time between exposures: 2 seconds
So, when you press “go”, the camera will wait 10 seconds, then fire off one exposure every two seconds, until it reaches 30 exposures.
Intervalometers are often used for time lapse photography. In an earlier article, How to shoot a time lapse with the Olympus OM-D E-M5, I talked about how you can use a remote trigger combined with the anti shock shooting mode to create a poor man’s intervalometer. This technique will work on both the E-M5 and the E-M5 Mark II.
But, if you have an E-M5 Mark II, and you don’t plan to shoot hundreds of exposures, you can leave that remote trigger at home and use the simple intervalometer built into the shooting menu. Here’s how.
1. Access the shooting mode menu
Bring up the Super Control Canel (SCP) by pressing the OK button in the middle of the directional pad on your Mark II, and arrow down to the shooting mode.
2. Pick the Custom Self-Timer mode
Hit OK and arrow over to the “Custom Self-Timer” mode.
3. Set your Custom Self-Timer parameters
Tap the “info” button on your camera to change the parameters. Since I’m usually taking family photos, I set a 10 second delay (which gives me time to get out from behind the camera), 10 exposures (that’s the max), and .5 seconds between each exposure (since our son moves quickly!). The E-M5 Mark II has an interesting setting too, which allows you to toggle auto focus ON/OFF between exposures. I usually leave it on, just in case we happen to move a little bit in the photo.
4. Take your photo(s)!
Tap the shutter button to return to the main shooting screen. You can confirm that you have the custom self-timer shooting (intervalometer) mode set by noticing the timer icon with a C next to it displayed on the right side of the screen. That’s it! Now, when you tap the shutter to take your photo, the camera will delay 10 seconds, then shoot 1 exposure every .5 seconds until it reaches 10 exposures, autofocusing between each.
PRO TIP – Save this as a Myset Preset, so when you want to call it up quickly to set up a timer family shot, you can, and then easily return to a normal shooting mode. Make sure to check out my tutorial on setting up Myset Presets on your Olympus OM-D Cameras for information on how to do this!
Do you have an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II? Have you used the timed custom self-timer shooting mode, aka the intervalometer? Let me know in the comments!
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