Digiscoping1 requires a lot of practice to get the hang of. Some amazing photographers have mastered this technique and can produce some unbelievable shots of birds that are normally beyond the range of traditional digital cameras.
However, the concept and execution of digiscoping is rather easy once you get a little practice in. I took Dakota birding with the sole purpose of letting him have full control of the digiscoping rig. Manipulating the scope/tripod into position required a little assistance but once we found a good place to scope out, Dakota began to shoot. As an 11-year old, it is often difficult to keep Dakota from fidgeting or getting impatient. But, by allowing him (and other kids) the opportunity to use expensive (and durable) equipment gives him the sense of responsibility and helps to teach patience, a trait missing in many children (and adults).
Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any birds that would light long enough to be photographed, but Dakota had a great time being his Uncle’s helper. Remember, not only can you teach kids to digiscope, they make excellent Sherpas when you don’t feel like carrying your gear.
1digiscoping is the combining of a spotting scope and a digital camera to take a long-range photograph