My butterfly macro photography tips for beginners
I have some tips for all of you that have just started to do macro photography of insects. I want to share what I have learned a few days ago when I was going to shoot some butterflies.
It is very hard to get close to these beautiful and colorful little creatures without scaring them off. My first mistake was that I have always tryed to get close to them. I followed them until they sit on some flower and then I have been trying to photograph them while they feed. That is wrong. With macro lens you need to get very close to them very fast, so when they see something going in their way very fast, it is natural that they will fly away.
What you need to do is let them come to you. How? It is very easy. When you arrive to your shooting place. A meadow full of butterflies. Sit for a while and observe. Watch carefuly what butterflies do. If you watch how they behave, you will see that they all behave very similiar. Certain species comes to certain flowers so all you need to do is to find out which species come to which flowers. And then sit very close to those flowers with your camera and macro lens ready to shoot. After a while, they will come to you, because they will adapt to you being so close to flowers where they come to feed them self. Try and you will see.
I've taken about hundred shots in just one hour on just one bunch of flowers. So I have practicaly sitting whole time and seen some interresting insects and bugs beside butterflies. I saw a spider catching a fly, I saw white and red ladybugs, and some strange flies...all of them feeding from this specific bunch of flowers. Amazing.
Photo that you see is my first butterfly catch ever, so I desided to upload this image here on Dreamstime. Image is accepted and I wanted to share my expirience with you. This photo is taken handheld with my Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG macro lens, but I also recommend using a tripod, which I did on my second butterfly shooting, and manage to get more sharper images. Thanks for reading and I hope this will help some of you macro beginners.
Photo credits: Mario Čehulić.