Applying Digiscoping to Nature Photography
There are four basic things that you need to look at to get some nice and crisp nature-based photographs when using a digiscoping with a camera (digital or digital SLR). The following article discusses a few basics on applying the Digiscoping technique to nature photography. For this discussion, we will assume that you are using a DSLR (Digital SLR) camera.
Step 1: Set Correct Focus
You will need to use the viewfinder on the camera to locate the shot and then tweak the digiscope to really fine tune and set the desired focal length. This is important because natural photography really needs to capture the sharp colors and color gradients present in nature.
Step 2: Camera Settings
One of the most important settings that you need to know and understand is the ISO setting on your digital SLR camera. The higher the ISO value on the camera, the faster you will be able to take pictures. In other words, the shutter speed becomes faster and faster as the ISO value increases. Also, a faster shutter speed means that you are less likely to notice any camera shakes in the image that is produced. This is important because Digiscoping really increases the focal length and hence the chances of camera shakes become greatly magnified.
However, the downside is that the higher the ISO value, the more grain you will get in the image. So, if the lighting conditions are good and bright, you can reduce the ISO number (to 10-200) to get a finer picture.
The aperture settings are also important for nature photography while Digiscoping. A lower F-number (aperture number) setting will create a bigger opening at the lens. Reduce the F-number to the smallest and this will increase the aperture size, which in turn will enable faster pictures. Again, a faster picture means that camera shakes will not be visible or obvious.
Step 3: Remote Release/Countdown
As you might have already gathered, anything that you can do to reduce any shakes or movements during the photography process will result in clearer photos. This becomes very important while Digiscoping due the huge focal length.
A remote release mechanism, a cable release or a self-timer can significantly reduce shakes by enabling the photographer to remove his hands and avoid any shakes just by holding the setup.
Step 4: Use a Tripod or a Bean Bag
The importance of using a tripod with digiscope cannot be overstated. A good carbon fiber tripod goes a long way to stabilize the photographic setup. However, if you notice that the wind is particularly strong in the vicinity of the equipment, you can either reduce the height of the tripod to increase its stability, or remove the tripod altogether and use a bean bag (rice bag) to rest the camera and the lens.
The above specified techniques will help you capture some great shots of the nature.