Photographing butterflies in the wild is an extremely challenging hobby, but a visit to one of our Butterfly Farms provides the perfect opportunity to capture these elusive creatures on film. However, you still have to deal with the problems of inadequate lighting, a very shallow depth of field and importantly, a subject that will not keep still long enough to be "shot"!
It is important to approach the butterfly very cautiously without scaring it away, try to move slowly towards the butterfly in a direct straight line without moving from side to side. For best results you will need to get close enough to fill at least 1/2 to 2/3 of the frame with the butterfly. Most people take photos of the butterflies 'flat on', but do try some 'eye to eye' and other angle shots for variety.
For action shots find a sunny spot with nectar flowers, set up your camera frame and wait for the butterflies to come into view. The feeding tables are another good spot and the butterflies will linger there for quite some time. In the shady areas of the garden you are likely to find approachable butterflies resting, a flash could be handy in these situations.
Don't forget to take a few of the easy shots of the caterpillars and pupa these will always make an interesting addition to your portfolio. Another nice idea submitted by one of our visitors, Lynne Kincaid, is to shoot a 'life-cycle' series....egg, caterpillar, pupa and adult butterfly.
Most of all just snap away and enjoy!!
Butterflies are truly such wonderful creatures to admire at and learn about. The Aruba location brings you back to your childhood mindset, when you can just relax and enjoy the w ... read more
Wonderful place to visit. The staff is very knowledgeable and show a true passion for their craft. Only wish we had more time to sit in the garden longer but our tour was on to the ... read more
Thanks for the wonderful tour and interesting instruction on the butterfly life cycle. What a once-in-a-lifetime treat to have these beautiful creatures all around you and to get ... read more
What a great place to visit. The staff are so informative and interesting. The butterfly's are just beautiful! Jonathan & Carmela 1/7/2014
Thank you so much for giving us the privilege of visiting your beautiful Butterfly Farm. I came home and decided to attract butterflies to my own garden and will follow your instr ... read more