Leica SL2 Owners Workshop (Part 1), Online

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An online workshop for current owners of the Leica SL Systems. Owners shoot with their own cameras and learn practical skills to enhance their SL experience with a professional Leica Akademie instructor.
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Join Leica’s Professional Imaging Product Specialists Ray Olson, John Kreidler as they guide you through the process of understanding and using your SL2.  This is Part 1 of a 2 Part Series.  Designed for novice & beginner SL2 owners.  This introductory paced course will give owners the confidence to explore the camera deeper, get used to the functionality and overall navigation of using the camera.

The Leica SL2 is an incredibly customizable camera. The workshop will cover many topics, such as the various focusing modes available with L-Mount lenses, as well as with Leica M and R lenses, best practices for fast auto and manual focusing, and setting control for specific shooting scenarios, all giving you the experience to fully realize your planned shoots and capture unexpected life moments.

There will be a 1-hour break toward the middle of class & 15-minute breaks between each half.

Topics Covered

  • Camera Layout, User Interface & Menu Overview
  • Intro to basic camera functionality.
  • Focusing Options
  • Customizing Controls & Function Buttons
  • Multishot Mode
  • Introduction to setting up User Profiles.
  • Leica Fotos Set Up
  • Recommended Accessories and Product Road Map

Who should take this workshop?
Current SL2 Owners novice to beginner levels and anyone interested in learning the SL2 System will benefit from this program.


The SL2 camera system is a professional tool.  Basic knowledge in photography basics will be expected.  Though this workshop is to cover SL2 Owners of all skill levels, we strongly suggest a pre-requisite workshop in Photography Fundamentals for novice photographers. 

Registrants should have a basic understanding of camera technology navigation in general & have an understanding of the exposure triangle (ISO, Aperture, Shutter) with the demonstrated ability to navigate through the basic functions of their camera mechanics.

Students must have ZOOM installed and running properly on their computer before the class day.  Installation & operation videos are available online through the zoom website. 



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Ray Olson is the West Coast Product Specialist for Leica Camera.  Ray has an extensive background in photographing music performances and as a studio and studio on-location portrait photographer.  His camera work in the past, utilized 35mm, medium, and large format systems. These images have graced the covers of music magazines, album art, tour books, and musical instrument advertising campaigns.  In addition, he has taught seminars and classes on Studio Lighting, Lighting on Location, Color Management, and Camera Technique for both film and digital capture platforms.  Ray also has a strong history in both the retail and wholesale sides of the Photographic Industry.

Leica Instructor Ray Olson


John Kreidler is our East Coast Product Specialist and co-host of Leica’s streaming Tech Talk program on YouTube. John brings more than 25 years’ experience providing imaging and production insight to professional photographers and enthusiasts alike.

Equal parts, photographer, educator, and trainer, John can frequently be found, giving those interested in Leica products an opportunity to experience them in a real-life situation, during Pro Discovery Days, Leica Store events and Akademie workshops, throughout the country.

An accomplished photographer, his on-going obsession with capturing light and shadow started from an early age. He strives to move beyond the beautiful snapshot and create an image that evokes emotion in the viewer’s mind. Most recently, John’s work was selected to appear in the new book, “Inspiration Leica Akademie.”

Leica Instructor John Kreidler

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