Taking Butterfly Pictures
Nature photography is one of the most difficult forms of photography
that someone can undertake because nature doesn’t stay still and pose
to have its picture taken. It can also be the most rewarding of
all photography because when you do get a wonderful nature photograph
then you have done something truly amazing. Butterflies are one of
the more difficult things in nature to take pictures of, and also some
of the most beautiful.
photographers already know what they are doing. These tips are for the
amateur photographer who just wants to take some amazing
butterfly pictures with a normal, affordable camera. Most people use a
digital point and shoot camera these days, which are typically not the best kind
of camera for nature or action photography because the shutter speed is just not
fast enough and you have to wait several seconds for the camera to get itself
ready to take the next picture, so you will need to know how to get the best
butterfly picture on the very first try.
The best butterfly
pictures are taken in the early morning hours, just after the sun has come up.
This is because the natural lighting is not too dark and not too bright during
these hours. This is also because this is when butterflies seem to be
their most active. During these hours, you may also be able to find a new
butterfly emerging from its cocoon – what an amazing photograph that would be!
Look for butterflies
where there are a lot of nectar
flowers and plants for them to feed on, they tend to hang around where they
eat during the morning hours. If you want to find new butterflies, look
near milkweed and in trees like elm, aspen and cottonwood.
Of course, the best
way to find butterflies to photograph is to have a butterfly
garden in your yard. You can adorn the garden with a trellis and some
morning glory for beautiful morning shots with a floral background. You
can add a pretty, hand painted
butterfly house and perhaps a nice pond. You can have a butterfly
sanctuary that is perfect for taking butterfly pictures, and you won’t have to
hunt for the butterflies, they will come to you.
While waiting for
butterflies to come along to photograph, stay still and let them come to you.
Be patient and wait for them to land on a flower or a rich colored leaf, and be
ready with your camera at all times because as soon as they are in the perfect
position you need to take the shot. Learn to stand or sit back and use
your zoom lens. This way you won’t scare the butterflies away with the
noise of the camera before you can get the perfect butterfly picture.
Start a butterfly
scrapbook or build a web site and post your amazing butterfly pictures online
for all to see. You will find that there is no greater sense of
accomplishment than getting that perfect butterfly picture.