Audubon photography workshop

By Len McKenzie / Audubon CorrespondentApril 10, 2013 

Birding, or birdwatching, is now perhaps the most popular pastime in the United States Photographing birds can add another dimension of pleasure to the activity, and sharing images with family and friends spreads the enjoyment and will, perhaps, stimulate them to pay more attention to the bird life and activity around their homes.

If you want to capture fleeting moments when birds pause within your camera's viewfinder, join noted bird photographer Ashok Khosla, president of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. He and his team of experienced bird photographers will train the public how to improve bird photography. Khosla, whose work has been extensively published, leads nature photography tours and teaches nature photography at the University of Alaska. This workshop, "Bird Photography in the Field," will improve the drama of your photos and bring home more keepers.

The class has three parts -- an evening class to discuss bird photography techniques, a morning session in the field and an afternoon session learning how to post-process your digital images.

All levels of photographic skills are welcome to join, as are digiscopers. An introductory session, "Learning How to Shoot in the Field," will open the workshop from 7-10 p.m., Wednesday, May 8. "Shooting in the Field" will follow from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, May 11. After a no-host lunch, a session on "Learning How to Process Your Digital Pictures using Adobe Lightroom" will be held from 1- 5 p.m.

The location of the workshop, in either Mariposa or Oakhurst, is yet to be determined. The location will be posted on the YAAS website,, when it has been decided.

Class size is limited to 15 participants. The class will cost $65 for YAAS members and $80 for non-members, which will include membership in the YAAS.

Details: (209) 742-5579 or For questions about the class, contact Khosla at

Khosla will also present "Landscapes, Memories, and Love -- Arctic Adventure by Ashok Khosla" at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 9 at the Oakhurst Methodist Church.

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