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Digiscoping: An Introduction

Digiscoping is a method of taking pictures or videos of distant objects using a digital camera or smartphone camera attached to a spotting scope or a binocular with an adapter. This technique is popular among birders, wildlife enthusiasts, and outdoor photographers who want to capture distant or small subjects in high detail.

To achieve good results in digiscoping, here are some tips:

  1. Choose the right equipment: You will need a spotting scope or binoculars with a camera adapter, a camera, and a tripod. Look for a spotting scope or binoculars with a high magnification, a wide objective lens, and good image quality.

  2. Use a tripod: A tripod is essential for stabilizing your camera and scope. Make sure it is sturdy and can handle the weight of your equipment.

  3. Adjust the focus: First, focus the scope or binoculars on the object you want to capture. Then, attach the camera and adjust the focus to ensure a sharp image.

  4. Use manual mode: In manual mode, you can control the exposure settings, such as aperture and shutter speed, which can help you get a better picture.

  5. Use remote shutter release: A remote shutter release can help you avoid shaking the camera when taking a picture.

  6. Be patient: Digiscoping can require a lot of patience and practice to get good results. Take your time, and don't get frustrated if you don't get the perfect shot on the first try.

  7. Choose the right lighting: Good lighting is essential for a good picture. Try to avoid shooting in low light conditions, and make sure that the sun is not directly behind or in front of your subject.

  8. Take a workshop with a digiscoping expert like Paul Hackett and learn the basics to give you a head start in this amazing addition to the photography hobby.

With these tips, you should be able to achieve good results in your digiscoping efforts. Happy shooting!

Paul Can also be booked for a weekend Master Class when you book a Highland Experience at Towiburn Cottage. POA for the weekend (Typically £ 399.00 for the weekend workshop inc Accommodation & Breakfast) please feel free to phone. Accommodation is for 2 Adults only.


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