Have some time to spare and want to get to know your Olympus gear? Whether you’re looking to learn more about the special features of your camera or talk through a specific genre of photography  – we’re here to help with a Home With Olympus Session!

Our team of Olympus Experts are here to answer all your questions through free, virtual sessions. You can participate in a group session tailored to a particular camera model or photography genre, where you can be inspired by being part of a community of photographers.

Non-Olympus users are welcome to join! It’s a great opportunity for you to get to know the ins and outs of the lightweight Olympus system, with advice based on your personal photography interests.

For assistance, you can contact the Home With Olympus Sessions team at: olympusevents@olympus.com.  

GROUP SESSIONS

GROUP SESSIONS

Learn about the group sessions we're offering:

  • Intro to E-M1 Series Cameras: Ask questions and learn about your E-M1 series camera, including the menu and special features of your camera - like Live ND Mode, Pro Capture, Live Composite, and more.
  • Intro to E-M5 Series Cameras: Ask questions and learn about your E-M5 series camera, including the menu and special features of your camera - like Pro Capture, High Res Shot Mode, Live Composite, and more.
  • Intro to E-M10 Series Cameras: Ask questions and learn about your E-M10 series camera, including the menu and special features of your camera - like Easy Shooting Modes, 4K Video, and more.
  • Macro Photography, with Lens Suggestions: We'll help you think big when you're shooting small. Ask questions and discuss all things macro, including Olympus features to help you score the perfect shot and gear recommendations – including the M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 and 30mm F3.5 macro lenses.
  • Landscape Photography Tips and Tricks, with Lens Suggestions:  Get ready to capture the landscapes you've always dreamed of! Ask questions, and discuss settings and lens recommendations, and learn about High Res Shot Mode, Live ND Mode for capturing moving water and clouds, and more.
  • Portrait Photography, with Lens Suggestions: Learn how to take stunning portraits – whether you're indoors or outside. Ask questions and discuss portrait photography, including M.Zuiko lens recommendations, using flashes, Pro Capture Mode, tethered shooting, and more.
  • Bird Photography Tips and Tricks, with Lens Suggestions: Get more keepers as you're capturing fast moving birds! Ask questions and discuss all things related to birding, including ideal settings, focusing, Pro Capture Mode, lens and binocular recommendations, dot sights, and more.
  • Basics of Photography, with Lens Suggestions: Ask questions and explore the basics of photography, from understanding aperture, ISO, and shutter speed, to white balance, exposure, auto modes, and more. Also see which M.Zuiko lenses are best for your photography.
  • Live Composite Photography: Ask questions and discuss all things Live Composite, including star trails, light trails, and use in portraiture.
  • Underwater Photography: Get ready to see a new world underwater! Ask questions about what gear is best for your underwater photography, best camera settings, and how to use lighting underwater.
  • Intro to Video with Olympus: Ask questions and discuss how to best capture video using the OM-D system, and get answers to questions about OM-Log, shutter speed, in-body image stabilization, audio synching, and more.

    Using Your Olympus Flash: From FL-LM3 to FL-900R to STF-8 Macro flash, learn how to best incorporate flash into your photography.

  • Using the Special Features of Olympus: Learn how to use Olympus specific features like Live Composite, Live ND, Pro Capture, and High Res Shot Mode.

  • Beginners Guide to Olympus Workspace: Get started with the Olympus Workspace photo editing software. 

Each Group Session will be open to six participants, along with the Olympus session leader. The small group size allows for expanded conversations and personalized Q&A.

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MEET THE TEAM

RAY ACEVEDO

How long have you been an Olympus team member? 
I've been with Olympus for 22 years!

Where are you located? 
I'm based in California.

What languages are you able to speak when leading sessions? 
My sessions will be led in English.

What is your favorite type of photography?
My favorite types of photography are sports and street.

Which Olympus features do you like best?
What I like best about Olympus gear is the lens quality, Image Stabilization, and Live Composite.

What is a fun fact about you? 
I'm a small venue live music fan and got to see the Ramones in concert once!

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MISHALLA AMENDOLARA 

How long have you been an Olympus team member? 
I've been with Olympus for 2 years.

Where are you located? 
You can find me in California.

What languages are you able to speak when leading sessions? 
My sessions will be led in English.

What is your favorite type of photography?
My favorite type of photography is candid portraits, especially of my kids. However I love creative macro expression, and thinking outside the box when it comes to photography.

Which Olympus features do you like best?
My favorite Olympus features are easily Live Composite and Live ND Mode.

What is a fun fact about you? 
I love cooking meals from scratch. My favorite is homemade chunky salsa. I grow a lot of my own ingredients, and love to photograph the results of my kitchen concoctions!

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MIKE AMICO 

How long have you been an Olympus team member? 
I've been with Olympus for 5 years.

Where are you located? 
You can find me in Ohio.

What languages are you able to speak when leading sessions? 
My sessions will be led in English.

What is your favorite type of photography?
My favorite types of photography are landscapes, birding, people, and automotive.

Which Olympus features do you like best?
I love the Image Stabilization, along with unique features, such as Live Composite, Live ND, Hand Held High Res Shot. And the weatherproofing is second to none 

What is a fun fact about you? 
I love to draw and play the guitar.

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STEVE BALL

How long have you been an Olympus team member? 
I've been with Olympus for the past 22 years! 

Where are you located? 
I'm based in Seattle, Washington. 

What languages are you able to speak when leading sessions? 
My sessions will be led in English.

What is your favorite type of photography?
Birds, birds, and more birds – with a little light painting and night photography thrown in from time to time!

Which Olympus features do you like best?
For what I photograph, the rapid frame rates and Pro Capture Mode are awesome. And you can't beat the creative fun with Live Composite!

What is a fun fact about you? 
I like my salsa smooth, not chunky.

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ANDY BAUSK

How long have you been an Olympus team member? 
I've been with Olympus for 15 years!

Where are you located? 
You can find me in Massachusetts.

What languages are you able to speak when leading sessions? 
My sessions will be led in English.

What is your favorite type of photography?
My favorite photography is people, street photography, travel, and underwater.

Which Olympus features do you like best?
My favorite features are Olympus' 5-axis in-body Image Stabilization, Live Composite Mode, Live ND, and Pro Capture. I also love how compact and lightweight our gear is, making it easy to travel with! 

What is a fun fact about you? 
I love all things involving the ocean: boating, scuba diving, UW photography, paddle boarding – the list goes on!

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FRANÇOIS DESROSIERS

How long have you been an Olympus team member? 
I've been with Olympus for 1 year.

Where are you located? 
I'm based in Québec, Canada.

What languages are you able to speak when leading sessions? 
My sessions will be led in English and French.

What is your favorite type of photography?
My favorite photography is people, nature, landscape, long exposure, and light painting.

Which Olympus features do you like best?
he small size of the equipment, the weathersealing of the camera and lens. The stabilization of the cameras is very important for me, since I often photograph in a kayak. Probably what I like most is the Live Time mode for my long exposures and live comp for Light Painting

What is a fun fact about you? 
When there is water, I am there!

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CHARLES GARCIA

How long have you been an Olympus team member? 
I've been with Olympus for 12 years!

Where are you located? 
You can find me in Texas.

What languages are you able to speak when leading sessions? 
My sessions will be led in English.

What is your favorite type of photography?
I like to photograph at skate parks, along with birding, people, reportage, macro, and street photography.

Which Olympus features do you like best?
I love Olympus' high level of customization, compact size and powerful Image Stabilization, Live Composite, easy Wi-Fi, and BW Modes. Plus that the weatherproofing is second to none!

What is a fun fact about you? 
I love to carve bowls!

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ERIC GENSEL

How long have you been an Olympus team member? 
I've been with Olympus for 15 years!

Where are you located? 
You can find me at Olympus headquarters in Pennsylvania.

What languages are you able to speak when leading sessions? 
My sessions will be led in English.

What is your favorite type of photography?
The most impactful images for me are close up portraits, not the typical portrait but one that actually depicts the essence of the subject.  The eyes and facial expression are key and trigger so many questions.  I love to find these moments with my family and friends, creating a lasting memory.   

Which Olympus features do you like best?
I am obsessed with Handheld High Res presently. The power to gather all that extra image data is astounding! I also love and trust our auto focus system, especially for moving subject. Although oddly, I like having complete control often so functions like manual Focus Assist and Focus Peaking are so important to me. 

What is a fun fact about you? 
I enjoy water, I am most at peace anytime I am near a river or lake.  Whether in a Kayak on the water, or simple sitting on a rock on the shore, wood carving in hand, I am a content person. 

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MATT KANDEL 

How long have you been an Olympus team member? 
I've been with Olympus for 4 years.

Where are you located? 
You can find me at Olympus headquarters in Pennsylvania.

What languages are you able to speak when leading sessions? 
My sessions will be led in English.

What is your favorite type of photography?
Sports and Motorsports photography are my two favorite genres, although I’ve had the pleasure of working in several different disciplines.  Before coming to Olympus, I spent over 12 years working as the head retoucher in a commercial fashion photography studio. 

Which Olympus features do you like best?
The overall build-quality and attention that goes into engineering every camera we make.  As far as specific features, Image Stabilization, weather sealing and Pro Capture are some of our most impressive features and are second to no other brand! 

What is a fun fact about you? 
On the weekends, I’ll most likely be brewing beer or making BBQ on my smoker while hanging out with my wife and three kids. 

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YANNICK MICHAUD

How long have you been an Olympus team member? 
I've been with Olympus for 17 years.

Where are you located? 
You can find me in Québec, Canada.

What languages are you able to speak when leading sessions? 
My sessions will be led in English or French.

What is your favorite type of photography?
 I am a commercial photographer with a love for various styles of photography. From portraiture, product, landscape and wildlife.  

Which Olympus features do you like best?
I am very much a traditionalist when it revolves around technology as, in my view, a technology should simply make the photography possible and perhaps easier. For me, personally, the OM-D system is the epitome of a compact, lightweight system that offers advanced features such as 5-Axis Image Stabilization, 60 frames per second and very high image quality. What more can one want? 

What is a fun fact about you? 
I lived in Copenhagen, Denmark for many years where I worked in some amazing commercial studios where I photographed cars & motorcycles, food and beauty care products from Lancôme & L’Oreal. I love photography and even met my future wife in the darkroom!

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CARLOS QUILICHINI

How long have you been an Olympus team member? 
I've been with Olympus for 12 years!

Where are you located? 
You can find me in Florida.

What languages are you able to speak when leading sessions? 
My sessions will be led in English and Spanish.

What is your favorite type of photography?
My favorite photography to shoot are underwater, travel, and street photography.

Which Olympus features do you like best?
My favorite Olympus features are High Res Shot Mode, Live Composite, and Pro Capture.

What is a fun fact about you? 
I like to do CrossFit and scuba dive.

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ERIC SIVES

How long have you been an Olympus team member? 
I've been with Olympus for 12 years. 

Where are you located? 
I'm based in New Jersey. 

What languages are you able to speak when leading sessions? 
My sessions will be led in English. 

What is your favorite type of photography?
My favorite photography is landscape, nature, and street. 

Which Olympus features do you like best?
Our compact, lightweight, and weathersealed system allows me to carry my gear everywhere I go. Live Composite is my favorite feature because it allows me to express a unique artistic style at night. 

What is a fun fact about you? 
I am an avid skier, and member of the National Ski Patrol based in the Eastern Division. I patrol at Mountain Creek Ski Resort in Vernon, NJ.

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