A year ago I would have lost a million dollar bet that I would be photographing primarily with my cell phone. I’m a professional photographer. For decades I’ve always had a camera on my shoulder, and never used my phone’s camera. Why would I?
Then one day I decided to attach my new Phone 6S Plus to my Kowa 883 scope. The results blew me away, and I hope the phonescoped images in this gallery will blow you away, too. The results still shock me after a year of phonescoping, which which has become my primary method of bird photography. I also enjoy the ease of sharing the view of distant birds up close. Children and adults, serious and casual birders all enjoy viewing a nest or a bird on the phone screen, and they don’t have to line up and wait their turn! It is such fun watching kids’ faces light up.
Phonescoping is perfect for birders, and simple to get good results with just a little practice.
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About the Author
Robert Wilson has been digiscoping for three and half years after a 30 year career as a staff photographer for Lockheed Martin. Stumbling upon a spotting scope a month after retiring, digiscoping has become his preferred method for photographing wildlife and birds … his new passion. Extended focal lengths, minimal impact to wildlife and the challenge of manual focus are all what attracts Robert to digiscoping. His greatest joy these days is sharing a view through his Kowa 883 scope, or his Iphone 6S+ while attached to the scope. He is currently the Kowa US Brand Ambassador for Kowa Sporting Optics US. Robert lives in Daytona Beach, Florida, with his wife Tobey.