Ben Russell is a multi-skilled photographer and photography tutor, and a long-time Olympus user. He is also, incidentally, a highly accomplished woodcarver and furniture maker!

Ben bought his first serious camera to document his woodwork, and much of his photography now illustrates specialist journalism. He’s had over 5,000 images published, produced more than 120 magazine articles and contributed to a variety of books. A patient and knowledgeable teacher, his enthusiasm and broad skills base enrich his workshops and OM-D training.

Reluctant to specialise too much, Ben’s particular skills include photographing fine art and crafts, garden subjects, weddings and portraiture. His love of photography means he can’t resist covering lots of other photographic disciplines as well. Having also used Hasselblad and Mamiya cameras in the past, Ben’s DSLRs and medium format kit have what he describes as ‘a lonely life on the studio shelves’, since he now prefers to use Olympus OM-Ds for all his professional and personal photography.

Ben is married to writer and garden journalist Joyce Russell, and he and Joyce live ‘the good life’ on a smallholding in the mountains of West Cork.