Butterflies are small and delicate. Even though there are many tall buildings in the city, beautiful butterflies can be found in small trees. Xiaobian imagines how photographers should treasure and use their cameras to capture this gift from nature. Next, please follow Pan Ruipei, an expert in butterfly photography, to learn his skills and experience in shooting butterflies.
1. Understand the characteristics of butterflies first
There are many kinds of butterflies. The life cycle, adult time and location of each butterfly are different. Therefore, in order to catch the desired butterflies, we must first understand their habits. Pan suggested that we first look for the data of the target butterflies from the butterfly map, and then shoot them at the right place according to their time of arrival. The success rate will naturally increase greatly.
2. Temperature affects butterflies
Because butterflies are thermotropic animals, their body temperature is affected by the external environment, too high or too low are inappropriate for activity, so butterflies can only appear in a specific range of temperature. Butterflies are most active in the temperature range of 20 C-28 C. If the temperature is higher than 30 degrees C, most butterflies will hide in the woods or grasses, which is difficult to detect.
3. Time depends on season
In a day when the temperature is constantly changing, butterflies will only become active at the most suitable ambient temperature. In summer, butterflies usually appear before 10:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to dusk, while in winter, butterflies are active just the opposite. They love to move from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
4. Whether to use a flash or not varies from butterfly to butterfly.
Some butterflies are afraid of flashes, while others are not, so the choice of flashes depends on individual butterflies. However, in the daytime, the photographer does not need a flash. Natural light is enough to take a well-exposed photograph. Usually, the photographer needs to use a flash to assist in taking a macro shot.
5. Eating is the best time to shoot
Butterflies are very attentive when eating, and they are not easy to detect the presence of foreign objects. Therefore, photographers can wait for a moment before they go up to take pictures. The success rate will be greatly increased.
6. Slow Action
In order to avoid frightening the butterfly, the photographer should not rush forward immediately after seeing the butterfly. If he knows his personality impulse, the photographer can catch the butterfly from a long distance and avoid exciting the butterfly. The photographer's action should be slowed down as much as possible, even waiting for a period of time in the range of butterflies. This will help the photographer integrate into the environment. It can not only avoid the butterflies flying away because of sudden vibration, but also make the butterflies mistake the photographer as part of the environment. In addition, when walking, try to avoid touching flowers and grass, because butterflies can not hear the sound, but can feel the vibration, so sometimes even the conversation is not too loud.
7. Pay attention to lens color
Butterflies are sensitive to colors with high reflectivity. The lighter the color, the higher the reflectivity. Some white-coated lenses may touch the butterflies. Photographers can use dark or camouflage colors to cover the white part of the lens and slow down, thus reducing the chance for butterflies to be aware of the photographer's existence.
TIPS: What is the aperture shutter?
Pan suggested that because butterflies are dynamic subjects, shutter priority would be more advantageous, and camera shutter speed should be adjusted to 1/500 seconds or more when butterflies move. If the butterfly is in a static state, the aperture first helps the photographer to produce different depth of field effects. When shooting tiny butterflies, the photographer often has to keep a fairly close distance from the subject. If a large depth of field is retained, the aperture will be narrowed and the exposure will be reduced. At this time, the photographer may need to use a flash to assist.