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Michael Elenko photo of Snow Geese in the Skagit Valley

Vashon Audubon is very pleased to offer two upcoming classes with Michael Elenko focused on bird photography!

Bird Photography:
Gear & Techniques for Getting the Shot
March 15, 7-9 PM @ The Land Trust Building
This class is a mixture of gear hands-on, technical discussion, and advice for obtaining sharp bird images using a digital camera. Discussed and shown will be equipment (cameras, lenses, mono/tripods) for effectively capturing photos of birds.  Auto-focus types and camera settings will be explained. Ideal controls for shutter speed, aperture, and ISO will be recommended. The benefits and drawbacks to using different-sized camera formats will be analyzed. Best practices in the field, as recommended by the Audubon Society, will be reviewed. You should be able to appreciate the value of the photo gear you already own, as well as gain direction for future purchases that will help you get better pictures.

Bird Photography:
Making the Most of Your Image
March 22, 7-9 PM @ The Land Trust Building
This class will show you how to use popular post-processing software to bring out the best of your bird photographs whether you are posting these online or making a print. Live demonstrations of basic and advanced techniques will highlight simple before-and-after improvements. Methods for ensuring accurate color and sharp feather detail will be taught. It’s common in bird photography to take too many images, so we will review best practices for organizing them for fast access.

Michael Elenko grew up in his grandfather’s retail camera shop and pioneering photo finishing business in New York City. Since his first paid photography job 48 years ago, Michael has been shooting events, sports, birds, products and people for corporate, community, and private clients. A pioneer in digital communications, Michael served as a beta tester for both Photoshop and Lightroom. Currently Michael operates the Digital To Go consulting practice, and enjoys photographing birds, team sports, and traditional and modern landscapes. Michael and wife Fran Brooks have lived on Vashon Island since 1989.

The cost to attend an individual class is $40. (Discounted rate of $30 for current Audubon members & students.)
The cost to attend both classes is $70. (Discounted rate of $60 for current Audubon members & students.)

You may sign-up online by selecting the class(es) of your choice from the drop-down menu below. You will be prompted to make a credit card payment via PayPal.

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You can also sign up for classes by sending a check to:
Vashon Audubon
c/o Harsi Parker
PO Box 2046
Vashon, WA 98070

Please be sure to make your check out to “Vashon Audubon”, include a phone number where you can be reached, and clearly indicate on your check the date(s) of the class(es) you wish to attend.

If you have any questions, please contact Harsi Parker at (206) 463-0383.