Digiscoping Explained: Photography Tips

Digiscoping Explained

Digiscoping is becoming increasingly popular for hobbyists and avid wildlife photographers. All you need to get started is a digital camera which most of us have, a spotting scope and adapter. Combined, this equipment will allow you to capture amazing, magnified photographs in extraordinary detail and with the right kit and a lot of practice you can achieve some impressive results with your photography.

Digiscoping is primarily used in wildlife photography, and for the beginner, it is recommended that you begin photographing slow animals such as a roe deer in the countryside or even the wildlife in your own garden at home.

When you become familiar with digiscoping, you will learn that the spotting scope is perhaps the most important component within your digiscoping kit. It is this scope which enables the magnification to take place and therefore presents a crystal clear image of the intended subject, whether it is a bird, deer, heron or squirrel in their natural habitat.

Multiple technologies and systems can be combined in photography which means that traditional digital cameras can be used in digiscoping. A single lens reflex camera (DSLR) offers a number of features including a lighter and more compact design and endless settings.

Features and Benefits of Digiscoping

With a two in one function, you can make more of your spotting scope because you not only observe, but capture photographs. The considerable focal lengths which occur with digiscoping provide an extensive zoom range, and combining a spotting scope and digiscoping adapter with a camera is a great option because it allows you to make the most out of your equipment.

Digiscoping provides you with an excellent opportunity to observe wild animals from afar, but in minute detail. The high magnifications over the long focal lengths are prerequisites and allow you to observe the natural behavior of wild animals while still recording minute details.

When you start out with digiscoping it is recommended that you start with a tripod to take the photographs and use a cable or wireless shutter release to reduce, and where possible, eliminate vibration when pressing the release button. The tripod should be set up at a low height and situated on a stable base. Viewing platforms usually make it more difficult to capture sharp images and should be avoided, particularly if you are not seasoned in this method of photography.

Whenever you are out and about on your quest to capture the greatest digiscoping image, the setup and features of your scope are extremely important for image perfection. However, many will struggle with keeping the image still. Often the problem is nothing to do with the spotting scope, but the tripod itself and is usually attributed to the tripod being placed on uneven ground. A stable set up is essential if you want to capture wildlife images which are free from blur. Therefore, make sure to greatly consider the ground you are standing on.

Digiscoping offers a number of great opportunities for the photographer, especially those with interest in wildlife and natural environments.


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