#7. "RE: I could use a little help. working on getting us another Nikonian" In response to In response to 2
In simple terms, to focus the Aperture ring must be rotated to the maximum aperture (smallest f/#) to make the viewfinder as bright as possible to make focusing easier or even possible.
Then after focusing the lens you must rotate the Aperture ring on the lens to the desired f/stop setting, then take a meter reading and adjust the shutter speed, and ISO accordingly based on the meter reading. Then release the shutter and capture the image.
Then start the process over again to capture the next image.
Given that there is no way for the camera to determine the aperture setting on a Zuiko lens, or for the camera to stop-down the lens for that matter, you will be limited to Manual exposure mode.