MEET OLYMPUS PHOTOGRAPHER ANDREW DESIDERIO
WHO ARE YOU?
I am Andrew “Desi” Desiderio and I am a San Diego based photographer, driven by a diverse range of photographic subjects. Specializing in landscape, cityscape and wildlife, I am captivated by how dynamic our world is and trying to capture every moment I can.
WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WERE A PHOTOGRAPHER?
While ironically a camera has always been nearby, it was only within the last decade in that it became much more. It began in helping an apparel retail business in the late 2000’s to photograph their product for budding a e-commerce website. Fascinated with art galleries and seeing images of distant untouched settings, it became a dream to share memories captured within photographs. Combining what I learned from that project and my passion for nature and exploration, it was simply serendipitous.
How did you get started with the Olympus system?
Initially I sought Olympus as a solution to my wildlife camera woes. Longing for portability and a high-quality system with spectacular weather sealing, there was no question Olympus was the answer.
What’s your go-to Olympus setup?
My bag includes:
- OM-D E-M1 Mark II
- OM-D E-M1 Mark III
- M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO
- M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO
- M.Zuiko ED 60mm F2.8 Macro
- M.Zuiko ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO
- MC-14 1.4x Teleconverter
How does Olympus help you do your job?
Having a lens collection that is sharp and affordable without having to cut corners only helps reinforce the versatility that the system offers. Now, I use my OM-D E-M1 Mark II and Mark III to not only capture wildlife, but also it is my go-to travel camera for perfect landscape and cityscapes.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A MEMBER OF THE OLYMPUS FAMILY?
To me, Olympus represents being adventurous, creative, daring and unique. A company that represents more than just a namesake, it aspires to create a family. It is humbling to be amongst artists that transcend their genres and knowing an elite group of photographers and amazing humans that are so creative and driven is as perfect of company as one can find.
TIPS FOR OTHER BUDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
For all budding photographers, there is nothing that shines in your photos greater than passion. With every click of the shutter, use all of your creative passion to create images that you are proud of.
TIPS FOR OTHER PRO PHOTOGRAPHERS
For professionals, never forget why you fell in love with photography in the first place. That raw ambition never has to fade!