How to Master Ring Shots -

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& Kelsie

We're best friends, business partners and completely obsessed with Bath and Body Works Candles. We LOVE photographing weddings and can't wait to teach you #allthethings we've learned over the years!

How to Master Ring Shots

We love ring shots, and they are definitely a favorite of our clients too! What bride doesn’t want to see her diamond photographed looking larger than life in all its sparkling glory?

When it comes to taking ring shots, we’ve learned a lot of tips and tricks to make the ring looks its absolute best:

  1. Find even natural light. This helps fill the diamond with light and make it look a lot shinier and brighter! If you’re shooting outside, try to avoid direct sunlight though; shade works best.
  2. Make sure there are no reflections on the face of the diamond. The best ring shots are the ones where you can see the intricacies of the diamond, and if there is a glare, that detail is no longer visible. If you see a glare or strange reflection, just turn the ring a little bit and adjust your angle until it’s gone!
  3. Focus on the closest prong. This honestly is just a mind trick! If you focus on the closest prong on the ring, it will appear as if the entire ring is in focus. If you focus on something farther away (like the diamond itself, or the band), the prongs will be blurry, making the entire ring look out of focus. If you’re photographing a particularly large or intricate ring, try increasing your aperture to increase how much of the shot will be in focus!
  4. Hold your breath. This is a silly one, but it helps! There is such a small plane in focus on these shots that even a breath will make your camera move and cause you to miss focus. 
  5. Manually focus. This is the only time of the wedding day that we manually focus. I’ve found that auto focus doesn’t give me any control to focus on the closest prong… it just goes wherever it wants to! By manually focusing (and holding my breath) I can choose exactly where I want the focus to be.

The lens that Kelsie uses for ring shots is the Nikon 105mm macro, and Michelle uses the Canon 100mm 2.8L macro. If your budget allows, we highly recommend investing in a macro lens for close up detail shots like this! These lenses can also double as portrait lenses. Macro lenses capture impeccable detail, so much so that you can tell whether or not the ring has been cleaned! We recommend that all our brides to have their ring cleaned before our time together to ensure that it is sparkling to the best of its ability!

Hopefully these tips were helpful for you! Ring shots take time and patience, especially when you’re first starting out. If you want to practice but don’t have any clients’ rings to photograph, we definitely recommend photographing one of your own rings or hopping on Amazon to buy a $10 cubic zirconia ring. It’s a great way to get practice without the pressure of an engagement session or wedding. Happy practicing!

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