Fascinated by butterfly photography? Its not as as easy as it looks to these beautiful (and constantly moving) subjects.
Butterflies belong to Macro world, which is fascinating – an unseen, unexplored world. We are not naturally equipped enough to cherish every minute details of the natural wonders around us. Macro photography is a tool, which opens up the door to this whole new world of unseen beauties of nature.
Butterfly photography tips and tricks:
- When photographing butterflies, patience (along with macro lens) is important. Be observant and keep your camera equipment at the ready.
- You’ll need a telephoto zoom lens with macro mode (use one that lets you switch between manual and auto focus). Use a Monopod (or Tripod) whenever possible and a cable release or the camera’s self timer to avoid camera shake.
- You’ll need a camera with faster shutter speed to prevent blur associated with a fast-moving subject.
- Does your has the ability to take several butterfly pictures with one push of a button (FLASHBURST)? If yes, try it once in a while. You’ll have more opportunities to capture the perfect moment with a butterfly that’s constantly flapping its wings.
- Preferably shoot early morning or in the evening. During these periods butterflies are often spotted sitting with their wings spread wide (in order to absorb heat from the sun).
What you will need:
- Your DSLR / Compact camera
- Macro lens (any other lens that you may have)
- Photography basics such as framing, composition, basic techniques
- Dull colored clothes (Camouflaged, olive or khaki – avoid bright colors)
- Full sleeves Shirt / T-Shirt / Upper wear keeping in mind the cold temperature there
- Learn the techniques for using macro lenses and various lighting methods to get the best results with your camera.
- Learn to approach butterflies in field. Learn about butterfly behaviour, and how to make the most of your butterfly photography outings.
- Learning general characteristics to identify butterflies.
- Learn how to use the butterfly guidebook/apps in field.
- Learn the importance of shooting positions and choice of backgrounds in butterfly photography.
- Learning the importance of camouflage and how to achieve it in field