How To Take Perfect Butterfly Instagram Photos

When it comes to butterflies, getting that perfect shot for the ‘gram can be a little bit of a challenge. Flapping wings, fluttering bodies and focal changes can leave your camera memory card emptier than a schooner on a bucks night. So how exactly do you take perfect butterfly Instagram photos?

From tips on framing, to getting butterflies to land on you, our tips are sure to help you get that shot that will leave all of your friends green with envy.

Here’s how to get that butterfly shot for the ‘gram…

1.Get The Butterflies To Land On You!

When a butterfly lands on you, we can pretty much guarantee that it’s going to make for a fantastic photo. However, when it lands on your face, like it did on the beautiful Aquila from 365 Days of Travel, it has some serious viral potential!

If a butterfly lands on you, stay still and calm and ask for your friend/partner/child to take a photo of you.

2. Make Our Rainforest Aviary The Focal Point

Photo by @julianinparadise

With a rainforest aviary as beautiful as ours, it would be a waste not to use it as a backdrop.

Stand far away from the camera to show the vastness and beauty of our rainforest aviary and frame yourself with ferns and palms at various heights. Extra points if you can capture some butterflies fluttering in your aviary shot!

3. Give Your Guest A Camera!

instagram shot of lady with butterfly on her shoulder at australian butterfly sanctuary

Photo by @littlepineneedle

When it comes to butterflies, you always need to be ready to snap that shot!

We recommend all of your group having phones and cameras at the ready. This ensures that as soon as a butterfly lands on a lucky culprit, one of your pals will be ready to snap those perfect butterfly Instagram photos.

4. Wear White, Red or Pink

365 days of travel in australian butterfly sanctuary with butterflies on her

Dream of being covered in butterflies? There are certain colours that these colourful critters are more attracted to. Butterfly vision is very specific and different from both birds and humans. Butterflies see the red spectrum through to ultra violet.

We recommend wearing red, white or pink to enhance the chance of butterflies landing on you.

5. Play With Fields Of Depth

photographing butterflies with field of depth

Photo by @amongstthewilde

Photographing butterflies close up? Playing with fields of depth is a fantastic way to get an incredible shot. Photograph the butterfly from an angle with flowers or leaves out of focus as this makes a stunning backdrop for the butterfly in the foreground.

If you are shooting with a DSLR camera we recommend using a wide aperture, fast shutter speed and manual exposure.

6. Take Advantage of Our Butterfly Release

If you dream of being surrounded by butterflies, why not plan your trip to coincide with our daily butterfly release? Our butterfly release is around 11.30-11.45 daily.

Ready to take the perfect butterfly Instagram photos? Visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary today!