6 Basic Things You Need for Vacation Digiscoping on the Go

When the chill of winter starts to fade, visions of vacation time with friends and family consume the thoughts of many. From extensive ventures overseas to treks to the beach or area parks, the smell of spring and anticipation of summer means it’s time to hit the road or friendly skies. With leisure time in new places comes photography opportunities galore. 

While already a viable part of the vacation experience, you can give your photography exploits a jolt with digiscoping. We all love to share pictures and videos of the things we experience on trips. Digiscoping enhances your visual efforts by pulling far away subjects and landscapes closer in, then capturing them. 

First, let’s revisit what digiscoping is. In its most basic sense, it’s the process of pairing your favorite optics with a camera – and the best way to do it is by using a Phone Skope adapter kit. For under $100, you can purchase a kit that perfectly fits your camera and optics. In doing so, the two are connected and ready for the images that define your vacation moments. 

The magnifying ability of digiscoping makes it possible to capture the likes of distant wildlife, a beach sunset, or a distant travel companion. From beach vacations to camping at a national park, the unique ability to capture moments via digiscoping is almost endless.

There are some simple ways to augment your digiscoping efforts and it has much to do with the gear and accessories you employ. Here are a few key items needed to make your vacation digiscoping successful. 

Your Smartphone

While digiscoping can be done with almost any camera, it’s hard to beat the camera that comes with your Apple, Android, or Google phone. After all, they come standard with very capable ones. This one is a slam dunk, as most folks never leave home with that thin rectangular device that’s teeming with useful functions. Hint; you can also use one of your old smartphones for picture-taking on the go. 

Image Editing Apps

There are myriad photography and image editing apps available right on your smartphone device. Examples include the Phone Skope Editor, Phonto, PicsArt, and Snapseed. Such apps come at various price points and some (like Phonto) are free. These apps allow you to enhance lighting, add text, and much more. They’re great for vacations because you can improve your images and videos on the fly or back at your hotel, cabin, or tent. They’re accessed via your device so there is no additional physical packing or storage required.

Lightweight Optics

Lightweight binoculars or a monocular are great choices for vacation digiscoping.

From mountain hikes to wildlife tours, it’s important to keep your load as light as possible. Luckily, digiscoping doesn’t have to be overly cumbersome. If you plan to be on the go, take optics that are powerful enough, yet lightweight. For many travel applications, 10×25 – 10×42 powered optics will do the trick. Either way, light, and understated binoculars are a good choice. In terms of minimalism, monoculars are an even better choice. Whatever you choose, Phone Skope likely has a kit that securely marries it to your smartphone or other cameras.

Phone Skope Adapter Kit

Phone Skope adapter kits include only three small lightweight pieces.

As mentioned, your Phone Skope kit connects your optics to your camera. On top of that, they are lightweight, small, and affordable. You can use Phone Skope’s online custom scope builder or utilize their universal adapter which will attach to multiple optics.

Charging Bank

If your wayward adventures take you away from your car or lodging for hours at a time, it’s a great idea to pack a portable phone charger, such as Phone Skope’s Dual USB Solar Charger. Face it, this will not only help you avoid missing a great shot, but ensure you have longer phone functionality calls, texting, or even an emergency.

A Pouch or Bag

A modest backpack is ideal for stowing your digiscoping gear on vacations.

For the active vacationer or tourist, packing is crucial. This couldn’t be truer than when you’re out and about exploring new outdoor spaces. It’s a great idea to have an ample, yet manageable storage option for your digiscoping gear. My favorite alternative is a small or mid-size backpack. Your kit, smartphone, and optics don’t take up a lot of space. A minimalist backpack easily stores them with room to spare for water and personal items.

Another great option is a binocular harness with a case like Phone Skope’s Binocular Chest Pack. These cases can either be worn for a whole excursion or intermittently stowed in your bag. The best part is, they offer just enough storage for not only your binoculars but items like your adapter and charger.

Other Optional Items

While you can successfully freehand digiscope, tripods are great tools for maintaining steadiness. If you can spare the space, pack one. Many lightweight tripods can be collapsed to a mere foot or two in length. If it doesn’t fit in your bag, they typically come with a simple shoulder strap. Another great accessory is a shutter button. These nifty little tools further reduce vibration and movement by separately triggering your camera with the touch of a button. They’re great companions to tripods and other supports.

If capturing images on your vacation is a priority, consider adding digiscoping to your arsenal. Pack as much digiscoping gear as you can handle for the given excursion. Even with a tripod, these items are lightweight and will take up little space in your bag. Utilizing the simple gear and accessories will improve your digiscoping game Practicing your glassing and image-recording regimen means you’ll only get better at magnifying and capturing images and video on future trips and other outdoor endeavors. Most digiscoping sessions don’t require a lot of gear. At a minimum, pack the main accessories and let this valuable form of photography capture your vacation memories to share with friends and family for years to come. 

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