Frequently Asked Questions: ANSWERED! Here are my tips for photographing wedding rings and answers to your questions!
1. “When do you find the time to photograph the rings during a busy wedding day?”
It depends on the wedding, but I’ve found the best time to photograph rings is when there is a slight lull in events at a reception. That could be while guests are eating (does anyone really want a million photographs of them chowing down on delicious food? I for one do not;) or after I’ve captured the dance floor for a while, or whenever there isn’t something monumental going on. I can usually find five to ten minutes to sneak off and photograph the rings. I always communicate with my bride & groom. I ask them if it’s a good time where I can borrow their rings, I’ll let them know where I’ll be photographing the rings for about 5-10 minutes, and let them know to not do anything at all interesting for the next 5-10 minutes ;) Haha just kidding about the last part– I tell a bridesmaid to come and get me if I’m needed in the next few minutes!
2. “Receptions are so poorly lit, it’s dark and I feel like I can never get any good shots of the ring without being cheesy”
For me, simple is best. If I’m photographing a ring, that’s what I’m focussing on (ha! get it?;) and I don’t need many distractions in the photo. I don’t need it to be a photo of the ring and the invitations and the wedding bouquet and the shoes and the decorations all in one image! I look around for elements of the wedding that tell a story– I might photograph the rings on a hand written note from the day, or on a special page in the guestbook. If I have a little more time I might photograph the ring somewhere with interesting texture or light. I keep it simple and I stay true to myself.
If it’s light outside, I always look for a window to photograph the rings in natural light. I also love taking the rings outside in gorgeous natural light because it’s fast and easy! This goes without saying, but I am always EXTREMELY careful with my clients’ rings. Like borderline OCD/paranoid careful with them. I would hate for anything to happen to them while I was photographing them. Way too much sentimental and monetary value for me to be anything but the most careful! These images below were taken outside:
Tips for photographing wedding rings in low light: If it’s dark outside, and my only option is to photograph in low light, I use off camera flash. Side lighting (fancy way of saying: setting my flash off to the side of the wedding rings) wedding rings creates a dramatic shadow and adds dimension to a ring shot. Below, my flash was to my left just resting on the table. It was powered down to 1/16 power and this photo was shot in a low lit room at 1/100 sec at f/8.0, ISO 100 with my macro lens.
3. “What type of lens and settings do you use for ring shots?”
I shoot wedding rings with a macro lens. This is the one in my bag: Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens
Settings of course depend on what type of light I’m photographing in. I used to always shoot ring shots at f/2.8, the widest aperture possible for my lens. However, after experimenting and practicing, I realized I could get more detail at a narrower aperture!
So I like to photograph ring shots at about f/5.6 – Sometimes narrower or wider depending on my artistic discretion! I take into consideration the surface I’m photographing on, the type of light I’m photographing in, if I’m using off camera flash, etc. I keep my shutter speed fast enough to eliminate camera shake. Because blurry images of rings are just awkward, haha!
4. “How can I get better at photographing rings?”
Practice, practice, practice. Shoot, shoot, shoot. Get a feel for the style that you like. Ask yourself these questions while you’re practicing: Do you like them simple with no distractions? Do you like creative ring shots? Do you like photographing them in natural light? Do you like photographing rings with off camera flash? How fast can you do them? Do you need to set aside 5 minutes or 20 minutes on the wedding day?
As always, I hope this helps answer your questions. My advice is always just get out there and photograph! Stay true to yourself while trying to hone your craft. Best of luck! xoxo
If you have more questions, feel free to let me know in the comment box below!
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