I made a vow to myself that I work on photographing butterflies this year. I also promised myself to draw more in my nature journal, take more hikes this year, remake a garden bed into a butterfly and bird magnet. I’m coming along.
I follow high school biology teachers Jeff’s blog and ran across this great explanation of how Jeff takes such great photos of butterflies. Like athletes preparing for a big game, here is some inspiration for us.
Jeff explains how he approaches photographing butterflies, keeps the sun at his back, and shoots several exposures. You can see photos and directions on his blog.
Key Tips on Photographing Butterflies
Jeff has a simple four-step method of finding and photographing butterflies. Here are a few key steps that I found useful.
- Move steadily along your trail always searching for color movement and wing form.
- Drop to your knee. Try not to move your camera.
- Keep the Sun at your back
- Jeff shoots with macro lens with a hand-held camera
What I Learned About Photographing Butterflies
I have to check my camera settings and develop a go-to setting before going out into the field. I need to write my key settings down and keep them with my camera. One setting for birds, another for butterflies, still another for flowers swaying in the breeze.
Let’s get ready because spring is about to pop!
Jeff’s website is Winged Beauty: True Sharing the Art and Science of Photographing Fascinating Insects. He has a simple four slide slideshare on his website.