How to take better pictures of a butterfly?

First of all, At the intro part I would like to share some essential information about a butterfly so that you could know more better and generate some more interests in them.Butterflies are beautiful insects and there are thousands of species in habitats all over the world, so the capacity to photograph them is endless. Butterflies often have intricate designs on their wings in addition to different color combinations. In order to photograph a butterfly you need the right equipment, plus lots of patience.

A Beautiful Picture of a butterfly.

Now how to take better pictures of them?Generally, as we know in most of the cases they are smaller in size but some might be bigger; therefore to truly capture a butterfly’s beauty so that all the detail can be seen, one must have the right equipments with him/her. So, a macro lens or a zoom lens with a macro mode can fill your requirements or also you can achieve a better result on photography. If you are doing outdoors shooting then a good macro lens with a 100mm focal length will make sure you are far enough away so as not to disturb the butterfly. Place the camera on a tripod to avoid camera shake and use a large aperture (f/2.8-f/5.6) for a blurred background since, a large focal length will always give you a better depth of field (blur) background.. Now you are almost ready to shot clear and better photographs.

A Beautiful Photograph of a butterfly on a flower.

Now go to your camera settings and push the shutter speed to higher around 1400-2000 (generally for unsteady subjects but not in a flying condition) Once you have found these flowers, focus your camera on that area and use a wide aperture (f/2.8-f/5.6) and a relatively fast<i ""> shutter speed (maybe 1/1600s) and then wait for a butterfly to appear. Look for colorful flowers and use continuous shooting mode if possible as the moment may pass in seconds.Thank You for giving your precious time for reading this article.Visit Again!

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June 18, 2018


Apparently, all these years I've been taking pics of butterflies completely wrong. I like to keep my aperture in the f/8-11 range, and the shutter speed is plenty fast enough at about 1/200- 1/320s. Don't shoot on a very windy day, because if the flower moves a lot, you won't get anything in focus.Use fill flash, but make sure it doesn't overpower your subject. Very light colored butterflies are easy to overexpose.Last, I only use tripos if I shoot video. You can't get to the best angles fast enough if you're anchored to a tripod. Just learn solid handholding technique, and your pics will be fine without tripod.I have nearly 500 butterfly and caterpillar images on Dreamstime (about 50 species), so I must be doing something right.

June 11, 2018


Thank you, it's an interesting article.

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