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!!
It was a great visit. My wife and I enjoyed it very much.
We visited the butterfly farm in December 2014. What a fabulous place and the butterflies are so beautiful. The talk was really interesting and lighthearted and it has really en ... read more
What a beautiful place! We really enjoyed the information we got from the speaker and the time walking around observing all the beautiful butterflies. I highly recommend this plac ... read more
We would like to be kept informed as to how we can help the population of butterflies in our area, southwest Ohio, USA
Visiting the Butterfly Farm in St. Martin was the highlight of our Caribbean Cruise! We came home with outstanding pictures and a memorable experience. We are planning to plant som ... read more