Nature has an astonishing variety of creatures, and there is one type which you simply can’t resist taking pictures of, namely Butterflies. Here are some tips which should make the complex task of capturing these beauts a lot easier.
Butterflies are extremely beautiful creatures with thousands of species in the world. Butterflies often have intricate designs on their wings in addition to different color combinations. Every human being with a camera in hand will be tempted to capture these beauties but the thing is, when they really start trying to capture these gorgeous creatures, they come to know that it is not as simple as it seems.
Before you let your mind jump straight to the Macro or Telephoto lens, let me tell you, whilst they are very appropriate for the job, your normal compact zoom will suffice if it is more than 12x at least ( Can be less to, all depends on how far you are from the butterfly )
The most obvious reason to have a decent zoom is because Butterflies are very sensitive creatures and they will surely fly off if you try to get too close to them.
The key factor to have if you are up for shooting these beauties in wings. Butterflies cannot be forced to go somewhere they don’t want to, so you might have to wait for many hours to get the right moment. Be calm, observant and have your camera ready. The images you will get will be surely striking and beautiful.
3: Wait until the weather is cold
Butterflies require warmth from the sun to make use of their wings, so they like to take it easy when it’s colder out (early morning or late afternoon) and you should be able to approach them more easily.
4: Keep your sensor parallel
With butterflies, you’ll want their body and wings tack sharp, so make sure your camera’s sensor is parallel to them.
5: Faster Shutter always helps
Its impossible to have 100% still hands without tripod, and the flower and butterfly are usually in constant movement. So you would need a decent shutter speed to freeze all 3 movements.
Always try to have uncluttered background. Wider (lower f stop) is better if possible, to blur the background.