Butterflies and some moths are near-universal symbols of natural beauty , in order to there are thousands of species in habitats all over the world and the capacity to photograph them is endless. Butterflies often have intricate designs on their wings in addition to different color combinations. However to photograph a butterfly you need the right equipment, plus lots of patience and great vision.
Butterflies are small therefore to truly capture a butterfly’s beauty so that all the detail can be seen, one must have the right equipment – either a macro lens or a zoom lens with a macro mode. If you are outdoors 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.
Extreme close ups can only be achieved with a specialty macro lens, normally 50mm to 100mm that has a manual setting, as the auto focus is probably not quick or quiet enough to capture the butterfly prior to any moment. Be sure to use a tripod or beanbag to keep the camera steady, wait for the butterfly to land and at the decisive moment take the shot. Consider using a ring flash for an even, shadow-less finish.
For the most stunning effect, use a shallow depth of field; f/4 to f/5.6 is ideal because you are working a subject at such close proximity. You will be working fast, so you need a quick lens that you need to be able to focus at the drop of a dime. Sports mode is ideal for photographing butterflies, provided you are using a macro lens and not relying on macro mode, since you can only choose one mode at a time.
When photographing butterflies, patience is important. As with all of nature’s creatures, butterflies cannot be forced to go somewhere they don’t want to, so you might have to wait for hours and hours for the right moment. Be observant and keep your camera equipment at the ready. The images that you obtain will be rewarding, striking, and will be ones to be proud of.