Go Fly a Kite
Santa Cruz sports photographer Pete Burnight took the attached beach volleyball photo with a Nikon Coolpix from a rig he built—similar to Chris Benton's rig, which is pictured here.
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Figure 4 shows a typical eBay product shot: a model train on a table. In Figure 5 you can see the difference a simple tabletop studio can make. But you can make your images even more striking, as Figure 6 illustrates.
Wildlife photographer Moose Peterson is also an avid fly fisherman and always on the lookout for fresh ways to showcase his fishing flies.
For the Birds
If you get an adapter designed to go over your scope's eyepiece, you'll be able to use the scope when you don't have the camera mounted. You get the best quality, however, if you buy an eyepiece designed specifically for digiscoping.
Because this is an unusual application, it may take a little research to find the combination that will work for you. You can find an excellent selection of adapters for digiscoping and telescope connection at ScopeTronix (www.scopetronix.com), along with a configuration wizard to help you learn what you need. The cheapest adapters clamp onto your scope. Some of the more expensive ones provide their own eyepieces.
Shoot the Moon
Most of us have enjoyed looking through a telescope at one time or another. But capturing or sharing that experience has been best left to astronomers—until the advent of the handy digital camera. You can use a simple adapter to connect your digicam to a telescope of nearly any size and record your astronomical observations for posterity.
Ideally, you should use a stable tripod that allows you to pan horizontally and take several overlapping images on the same level. Depending on the scene, you can take anything from two images to a full 360-degree sweep. Images with even light work best.
You may never again think of your digital camera as just for taking snapshots. Whether you try all of these ideas or only one, you can have a lot of fun expanding the boundaries of digital photography.