|Do your research
you don't own any digiscoping equipment like a spotting scope or
digital camera, search the web and get lots of advice on the correct
tools for the job before making a purchase.
Get to know your gear
you start digiscoping, make sure you can operate your scope and camera
individually making it easier when you combine the two.
Don't run before you can walk
makes perfect, before you even think about taking an image of wildlife,
test your camera and scope settings in your back garden. Use a tree or
bush as a subject and experiment until you are confident you are using
the best settings. Once you are confident with the settings and your
pictures are sharp, try taking pictures of birds in your garden, that
way you can check on your computer if you are happy with your results
and really fine tune your technique.
Don't expect too much
my experience, possibly 90% of images taken on a digiscoping session
will be thrown away, don't be disheartened, that's the beauty of
digital photography, we can take as many pictures as we like, and only
keep the good ones! - play with your settings to get the best picture.
The buzz you get when going through your images and finding one that's
just right is fantastic.
is heavily reliant upon the LCD of your digital camera, make sure your
digital camera batteries are fully charged and take spares with you, I
always carry three spare batteries with me when out on a days
digiscoping. The same applies if you are using an electronic shutter
release, always take spare batteries.
get too bogged down and frustrated if you are out on a days digiscoping
and your images are disappointing, there are many factors including the
weather that can hinder your performance, remember why you are there -
because you enjoy experiencing nature!
The right conditions
lot of factors will determine the results of your digiscoping, not just
your equipment, good light is important, allowing for faster shutter
speeds in order to freeze bird motion and limit camera shake. Hot days
can cause heat haze which will vastly reduce the quality of your
results. Strong winds will increase the chance of camera shake, no
matter how stable your tripod.
Viewing the sun can cause permanent eye damage. Never view the sun with any optical equipment or even with the naked eye.
Always take care and follow the manufacturers instructions when attaching adapters etc to your optical equipment.
your images will require further work on your computer. This is
perfectly normal. It is important that you purchase and get to know
your way around your image editing software, it's just as important as
your scope and camera, and will vastly improve your images. See the my technique pages for more help.
starting work on a digiscoped image, always save a back up of your
original picture. That way you've always got something to go back to,
should you make a mistake.
apply filters in moderation, build up in stages rather than applying
100% straight away, it's easy to got to far and ruin the image.
Don't over sharpen images, they will look unrealistic if you do.
Don't blow up your images past there original pixel size, they will drastically lose quality.
Rather than using the sharpen image filter, use the unsharp mask instead, it's more subtle and you can control the amount of sharpness applied.
If saving your images as a JPEG, don't compress them too much, the image quality will suffer if you do.