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 St. Maarten last week from Israel and the Butterfly Farm was one of the highlights of our trip. We learned so much and the kids had so much fun trying to catch the butte ... read more
I LOVE visiting when I'm in Aruba. I go every day! Tony and Lori and their staff are so friendly. They make you feel like you belong at the farm! Nancy
An outstanding journey my wife and I had visiting the Butterfly Farm. We learned much and enjoyed the beauty of St Maarten.
I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to view the beautiful butterflies while on excursion from my cruise recently. Thank you for your work in keeping an important species (and beauty) in ... read more
My wife, two year old son and I visited the "Farm" on April 1, 2012, while on a cruise. We all enjoyed the information and beautiful butterflys. My son picked one lf the blues up ... read more