Olympus TG-4 with Housing and Sea & Sea YS-01 Settings

When I put together my camera, housing and strobe, it took a while to figure out the correct camera and strobe settings.  Then when I had a repair done on my camera, I had to re-do the settings and decided it was time to write them down for future reference.  So here it is, these work perfectly:

  1. Turn on the slave flash on the camera:
  • Menu
  • Camera Menu 2
  • Accessory Settings
  • Remote Flash
  • Slave

This only needs to be done one time and the camera will retain the setting.

2. Now set up the Underwater Fish Mode for Wide Angle shots:

  • From the picture taking display select Fish mode
  • Wide 1
  • Flash – select SLV
  • Image size select 16M+RAW – do this to save both jpg and raw images

3. Save the Wide Angle Settings to Custom Mode 1

  • Menu
  • Settings Menu 1
  • Custom Mode Setup
  • Custom Mode 1
  • Set

4. Now set up the Underwater Fish Mode for Macro shots:

  • From the picture taking display select Fish mode
  • Macro
  • Flash – select SLV
  • Image size, check to make sure 16M+RAW is set

5. Save the Macro Settings to Custom Mode 2

  • Menu
  • Settings Menu 1
  • Custom Mode Setup
  • Custom Mode 2
  • Set

That’s it for the TG-4, On the YS-01 be sure the flash selection is in the middle setting on the knob, the one with the single lightning bolt.  Of course you also need to be sure you have a fiber optic cable attached properly.

7 comments… add one
  • Javier

    Hi
    I have just acquired a YS-01 strobe for my Tg-4 camera with housing (similar to your configuration) and I achieved to use the strobe in manual but didn’t work in TTL. Do you have any tip for it? Or are you using some kind of spreadsheet table (distance, f-stop, ISO) so you can adjust the power of the strobe on every picture?
    Thanks for your help. Javier

  • cathy

    Javier, I have not made the TG-4 and YS-01 work with TTL. I used the basic camera settings in the underwater mode. Start with a test shot, adjust the strobe if needed. Usually once adjusted for the water conditions, I do not have to change the power very often.

  • Javier

    Hi
    Thanks for your reply. I will use then the manual mode for the strobe. Any tips about the camera modes you usually use underwater and the power settings in the strobe? For example in macro: camera in macro mode and strobe at half power. Or tips for wide angle or microscope modes?
    Regards. Javier

    • cathy

      I only use 2 modes. The wide angle and macro modes. I don’t have the strobe powers memorized. It depends on distance from subject, available light, water clarity. I suggest doing a test shot first and then adjusting the strobes. Sometimes they are not pointing exactly as they should be, and the angle needs to be adjusted too. I was told that it is hard to take pictures of white or yellow subjects and I agree, they can wash out if the strobe is too hot. Hope you are enjoying your set up! I have some pictures from Belize to post this week.

  • Adrian

    There is no SLV on either of those modes…. there is RC. Is that what you meant under each mode for flash? Not talking about the menu setting to slave – in actual modes – wide and macro. TIA.

    • Adrian

      Never mind. Lol!

      • cathy

        Hi Adrian, no worries, seems you figured it out. I keep these notes so that I don’t forget the set up.

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