Summer is the time to photograph butterflies, and I wanted to offer a suggestion. If you can find these insects in the early morning when the air is chilly, they won't be able to fly. Butterflies require 55 to 60 degrees to fly, and when their wing muscles aren't warmed up enough, they open their wings like solar panels to gather enough of the sun's energy to fly. At this time, the wings are held flat, and it is easier to maintain complete depth of field.
In the variegated fritillary photo, to increase my ability to maintain complete depth of field, I held the back of the camera - i.e. the plane of the digital sensor - as parallel as possible with the plane of the wings.
- Jim Z also contributed to these books: The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography and The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light
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- Jim Zuckerman teaches for BetterPhoto.com's online photography school, including these Web courses: Self-Discovery in Photography: Where Does Your Passion Lie? and Perfect Digital Exposure.
- Jim Z also contributed to these books: The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography and The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light.