From the digiscoping noob to the photographic professional; all of us could use a little help to improve on our craft. Whether you use this fantastic photography technique for birding or for creating fascinating photographs – we have the tips you need to get better.
Let’s delve in to the 7 do’s and don’ts of digiscoping. If we all start off with the same knowledge it is only our own creativity that will separate us from here on out!
The 4 Do’s of Digiscoping
Let’s start with the good stuff and keep it positive!
1 – Do: Invest in a Universal Adapter
Whether you use a Phone Skope or whether you are happier with an expensive camera the results will be the same with regards to adapters. Universal ones allow you to make sure you are always connected, and always able to take the shot. Buying anything other than a universal adapter is a risk you might not want to take.
2 – Do: Keep your Scope Set to the Lowest Setting
When digiscoping, that scope you bought will probably blur a little, the higher the zoom. This is the case with everything that has ever been magnified ever and there is no way to stop it. Buy a stronger scope for that closer shot and your problem will be solved. The more inexpensive way, of course, is to move yourself closer. Not always possible with rare birds.
3 – Do: Take Multiples
Taking multiple shots in a burst, or taking multiple photos in a row, allows you to always get the perfect shot. As any true photographer knows; some shots would have been perfect if they had just waited another moment. Taking loads of shots negates this. It is actually good practice to double-take any ordinary photograph you take, too. This means there is less chance of you taking a blurry shot!
4 – Do: Think of the Rules of Photography!
Just because digiscoping allows you to get super close up and personal in your shots, doesn’t mean that you are able to forget about the golden rules of photography! Make sure your lighting is right, that the sun is at the correct angle to your set up, and that your lines run parallel and aren’t squint. The rules of good framing still apply, and you can learn more about it courtesy of Ephotozine.
…And the 3 Don’ts…
There are some things you definitely should not do when you digiscope. Try these on for size… or don’t!
5 – Don’t: Buy a Huge Camera and Scope Straight Away!
Honestly digiscoping isn’t for everyone. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you will love it, buy8ing an expensive set up, and only using it once. Digiscoping takes a while to get the hang of, so don’t expect perfection, straight off the cuff. Start with the smaller scope and work your way upwards if you have the eye for it… Which brings us to our next point…
6 – Don’t: Give up after One Shot!
Digiscoping takes a minute to learn but a whole lifetime to master. Professional photographers can get annoyed at it and give up… Don’t just give your new scope and camera a singly use before you judge. Try it for a week or two; see if you can get into it. Only when you are sure your pictures aren’t worth it should you give up… and believe us, that’s never going to happen!
7 – Don’t: Forget to be Quiet!
If you are out photographing those birds then don’t forget to be quiet. You may not realize how sharp a bird’s hearing is until you have tried to capture one from a quarter of a mile away – and it hears you!