Digiscoping is a photography method in which pictures are taken by a camera attached to an optical device like spotting scope. Of course, you can take photographs with a camera only, but the difference is that through a spotting scope, photographers can use higher magnification at a lower price than camera lenses. And this art of taking photos is used not only for wildlife photography but also to shot any object where getting close enough is impossible.
Proper use of digiscoping will provide you higher quality images, but can be challenging and requires some practice. Following are detailed instructions and be sure to get these things ready so as to conduct digiscoping: an adapter or bracket, a tripod and a remote release (optional).
- Mount the camera and spotting scope on a sturdy tripod. The function of the tripod is to prop up and stabilize the camera and spotting scope during photography. To get better and sharper images, thus, you should choose the most stable tripod.
- Practice targeting. The higher magnification you use, the narrower the field of view you get. So consider this relationship while finding the objects. This skill is getting easier as the practice frequency increases. Then you will find it come in handy when you try to keep track of and take pictures of a moving target.
- Learn the best conditions for your digiscoping with the spotting scope and the camera you have. The needed amount of light, for example, depends on the type of spotting scope and camera. So if you have a firm grasp of what works best for your digiscoping, you will know to select the best time and location for photography.
- Choose the most favorable position for your best capture. The first option is to stay inside your car and to keep the digiscoping assembly stable, use the car window brackets and the tripod socket of the spotting scope. Many photographers choose to place the assembly outside and use a blind to get the sun at their back and gather light on the object.