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!!
The Butterfly Farm was an amazing experience, I would recommend it to anyone. Thanks.
The most amazing place. There is nothing more exciting than walking amongst the butterflies. I took the best pictures of the whole trip at the Butterfly Farm in St. Maarten. Col ... read more
What a wonderful way to end our trip to Aruba. The staff at The Butterfly Farm was so helpful, nice, and informative. There are a wide variety of butterflies in every stage of lif ... read more
Visited in early December was a great insight, a lovely place to be
Visiting your butterfly farm was one of the highlights of my cruise last February 2017. My heart goes out to you and the residents of Mr. Maarten after Hurricane Irma. Please let u ... read more