What is Phonescoping?
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Over the last few decades Digiscoping
has rocketed on to the birding and wildlife photography scene,
opening up bird and wildlife photography to all who wanted it. Add to
this the unrelenting advance in digital camera and smartphone technology
and frankly Phonescoping
was an inevitable advancement that is unlikely to go away. Many birders
carry a scope and if not certainly binoculars, equally most people these
days carry a smartphone. Put the two together and good quality photographs
and full HD videos at high magnifications are just a few short steps
away with very little effort or outlay.
with an explosive rise in social media, blogging and the unstoppable
force of the internet, birders can instantly share good quality pictures
and HD videos within seconds of taking them.
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus
trochilus) Phonescoping with a Swarovski ATS 65 Birders telescope
a Novagrade Phonescoping adapter and an Apple Iphone6.
website aims to promote phonescoping as a straight forward method of
easily recording what are often good quality images and record shots
of birds and wildlife, with your mobile phone. It will offer advice
on phonescoping technique and reviews of useful phonescoping products.
European roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) Phonescoping with a Swarovski
ATS 65 Birders telescope a Novagrade Phonescoping adapter and an Apple
All pictures and video on this site are
taken using a mobile phone
Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus) Phonescoped
Swarovski ATS 65 Birders telescope a Novagrade Phonescoping adapter
and an Apple Iphone6.
is not just useful for bird photography. Phonescoping is a useful photography
technique that can help you capture images of a variety of wildlife from
Deer to Butterflies.
spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata) taken with an Iphone6
A screenshot from the Kowa Phonescoping app, showing some of the features
and layout.Though in all honesty I don't feel it has much more to offer
for phonescoping than the generic camera phone apps, though the quick
double tap to zoom up and check scope focus is nice and it is kept simple
and user friendly.
from the Camera+ smartphone camera app, showing some of the features and
tips and tricks
Perhaps the best advice I could give you regarding phonescoping technique
is to use an adapter. Sporadically reasonable results can be achieved
hand holding the phone up to the eyepiece but particular if you intend
to use your mobile phone and the telescope to take high-definition video,
an adapter is an additional piece of kit well worth having to avoid
camera shake and the resulting shaky video.
it comes to a mobile phone settings on a camera phone things are fairly
generic, unlike with the assortment of compact cameras used for digiscoping.
There is not a great deal that can be changed. This puts phonescoping
within the reach of everybody with a smartphone, even those who do not
consider themselves photographers.
Within the standard camera phone photography apps like camera+ it is
usually possible to change the exposure and the point of autofocus and
to take a burst of images.
Camera phone software apps are also likely to enable you to do a little
processing, simple brightness and contrast adjustments along with cropping
to enlarge or to remove vignetting. You will need little more than this.
One or two apps are available badged as phonescoping or digiscoping
apps and one of these is available from the well-known telescope manufacture