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!!
What an enchanting tour! Too bad it wasn't longer. Peter, gave an enlightening and informative lecture about a butterflies life! Then we strolled thru the magical gardens as hundre ... read more
I had the pleasure of visiting the Butterfly Farm on my trip to St. Maarten on 9/12/13. It is such a beautiful farm and Willie, the "narrator" really knows his butterflies. :-) T ... read more
The butterfly farm was beautiful and the staff was very friendly!
My first cruise was so exciting because I looked forward to visiting the Butterfly Farm. Our trip to visit to St Martin was all that my heart desired becaused of the BUTTERFLY FAR ... read more
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