How often have you been on a hunt and the only thing that you remember is the final outcome of the hunt? At Colburn and Scott Outfitters, our goal is always to build more lasting memories, so we try to document our hunts by taking a lot of photos and video. More specifically, we focus on acquiring photos of our quarry through our spotting scopes and binoculars, often referred to as digiscoping.
When we first started digiscoping, we would just hold our small point-and-shoot digital camera up to our spotting scope to take photos and video. The shots were exciting but often resulted in poor image quality. Then we found a good adapter to stabilize our images from TinesUp.com called the Scopecam Adapter.
TinesUp.com sells a small point-and-shoot camera with the threaded rings already attached to the camera. The setup is very lightweight and easy to use. As a hunter and guide, the ability to take pictures and video that captures every aspect of our trophy’s characteristics is most important. Most of the time, video is better than photos because you get a better perspective of the strong and weak points of your trophy’s horns or antlers.
Tips for Digiscoping through a spotting scope:
- Make sure to have a good sturdy tripod and a high quality spotting scope.
- For best results, turn the spotting scope to the lowest power, which is usually 20X.
- Use the zoom in your camera to zoom in and out, not the spotting scope zoom.
- Make sure to turn your digital zoom off on your camera. Only use optical zoom.
- To avoid blurry photos, set the custom timer to 3-second delay. Your images will come out clearer.
- If your camera has a burst mode, use it with the auto-timer so that you can get more pictures without destabilizing the setup.
- Don’t touch your tripod or adapter while shooting.
- When possible, try to shoot with the sun at your back. This will make for clearer images.
- Make sure to have a couple of extra batteries.
- We like to shoot on the highest quality setting for both video and photo, so we recommend a high capacity SD card. We use a 16GB card and can easily get 1000+ photos and hours of video.