That the camera sometimes shakes, creating blur images is an issue anyone encounters when digiscoping. Although many cameras are supported by anti-vibration mode using Vibration Reduction or Image Stabilization technology, few hunters can afford to purchase a same quality lens with additional anti-vibration features. Moreover, no way ensures that your hands are completely stable when holding the camera. Here are a few tips to help prevent your camera from shaking during digiscoping.
- Use a tripod
A good tripod will completely stand still on the ground, ensuring stability and minimizing the vibration of the camera. In addition, setting timer, using soft wires for pressing, using a remote, mirror locking up are some ways to enhance the strength of your tripod.
It is not always convenient for you to carry a heavy tripod, therefore, prepare yourself a mini tripod, which fits your backpack or bag for use when needed.
- Stand still and hold the camera firmly
If you don’t have a tripod, stand still and look through the viewfinder of the spotting scope, pull the elbows close to your body and find a place to rely on (if any).
Although with a spotting scope, you can take advantage of the objective lens with zoom magnification up to 60x to focus in the best way, fastening your eyes on the viewfinder and pulling the elbows close to your body helps to attach everything into a unified set. And this will help you significantly reduce vibration. Moreover, find anything that can be a fulcrum for your body like pillars, walls, and trees.
- Be rigid when ready to capture
Being motionless is a primary rule in shooting. Applying this rule into photography will bring surprising effects.
- Other tips
- Select the mode allowing for capturing three images with only one time pressing the button. The first and third images can be a bit vibrated because you press and release the button, but the second image is finer.
- Depending on your lens, choose a low capturing speed and large aperture. The shorter the exposure time is, the shorter the vibration time is.
- Approach to the target as near as possible.
- Wind in many cases makes your subject livelier, but this hardly means that it helps you to reduce vibration. So shield the digiscoping set from the wind if necessary.