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!!
We visited the Butterfly Farm in St. Martin. What a wonderful, beautiful, delightful experience. Our guide was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his job. The butterflies w ... read more
Visited April 2013, Probably the highlight of our trip to Aruba. It was magical. The people running the place, the grounds and of course the butterflies were spectacular. The wh ... read more
I love going to the Butterfly Farm it is my sanctuary for Photography and Peace. The Butterflies are all so amazing and Beautiful. A must visit when in St Maarten! The staff are so ... read more
A truly wondrous experience. Beautiful and fascinating. Excellent guide.
Is there anything more beautiful than a butterfly? Your gardens are amazing beyond words. Thank you so much for existing and educating!