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!!
This was one of the highlights of our trip. We were there on October 24, 2013 on a land excursion we had signed up for. Learned so much and our guide was delightful. What a wond ... read more
Our visit (or more accurately visits, as we went back four times!) to the Butterfly farm in Aruba was truly one of the highlights of our trip. It was so beautiful and peaceful. The ... read more
Thank you Willie! Our trip to your farm was a wonderful excursion. We appreciated your talk and loved the butterflies. This summer we will do more planting in our small yard to ... read more
Beautiful, Our guide was well informed and patient. Learned a lot. Well worth the ride. Anna
Great visit, in St-Martin. We were extremely satisfied to learn so much about all these butterflys through our french guide, Thomas. He was very professionnal and passionate in tr ... read more