Photography Tips

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!!

Owl Butterfly Eggs
Owl Butterfly Eggs
Owl caterpillar
Owl caterpillar
Owl pupa
Owl pupa
Owl Butterfly
Owl Butterfly

Random visitors photos:

You can send us your photos at photos@thebutterflyfarm.com, for more visit our photo galleries.

  • We were at your Butterfly Farm on April 28th 2014 on the tour bus from the Explorer of the Seas.. The tour, It was A#1 we had a great time with you at the farm that day and the re ... read more

    - Mike Riess
  • 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

    - Anne and Jim Duncan
  • You would not think on a twelve day cruise, this was one of the things We enjoyed the most, but it was. Whenever We visit St. Martins, we will stop and visit The Butterfly Farm. Th ... read more

    - Ed Dillio
  • AMAZING, PEACEFUL AND TRANQUIL...My sister, bro-in-law, husband and I visited in ARUBU on May 25, 2013. This is a very important day to us as it is the day that our 15 yr old daugh ... read more

    - Rodney and Julie Agnes
  • We absolutely loved the Butterfly Farm! One of the most unique excursions one can take on St. Martin. We'd been there once before and could never capture those elusive blue creatu ... read more

    - Gail Cookson
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