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Butterfly and Moth Photography

Although we would like to tell you that we are experts, we can't do so. We are very basic amateurs. Because we have the opportunity to take butterfly photos all year with hundreds of butterflies, we end up with a few photographs we consider 'good'.

We have learned a little and that little is what we'd like to share.

The first lesson I learned was about backgrounds and angles. Six photos of Gulf Fritillary butterflies are below. Which of the six do you consider the best photo?
Photo One
Photo Two
Photo Three
Photo Four
Photo Five
Photo Six

A clear background or background of one color rather than a busy background creates a better photo, in most instances, with butterflies. Patterns and colors of their wings blend into the patterns and colors of the background. The angle of the shot made a great difference in the quality of the shot. A true side shot kept the butterfly in better focus from head to tail. An angle shot leaves part of the butterfly out of focus.

True photographers are welcome, encouraged, and begged to submit information for our photography webpages and newsletter. Our dream is to offer opportunities for photographers to take butterfly photos as well as to learn more about photography ourselves.

We will share some of the basics we've learned and plead with any photographer to share his/her thoughts and knowledge about how to improve our photography as well as to help others learn.