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Hello all,

My name is Todd and I've been doing professional photography for about 10 years now. But I have actually never shot any weddings. I am about to shoot my first wedding and I wanted to ask if anyone has any experience shooting engagement/wedding rings to make them really pop and look their best. Are there any tools you use, whether in pre or post, that you find beneficial to really make the diamond pop?
The bride was very kind to send me the link to the ring so I could understand the dimensions to work with, please see below:
https://connuit.com/collections/hidden-halo/products/halo-ring-oval?variant=40507192737861

Any advice is appreciated!

Thanks all,

Todd.



Apr 12, 2023 at 02:59 AM
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You're talking about ring Macro photography, do it all the time as a standard for our weddings. To make the diamond pop you'll want it cleaned beforehand and you'll want to keep it completely clean through out. There's no software tool that can replicate that level of detail. If you're not familiar with macro photography, there's a macro forum here with a ton of talent.


Apr 12, 2023 at 10:15 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Tips on Ring Photography for Wedding


I like small LED lights for a look. LumeCube, iPhone flashlight.


Apr 12, 2023 at 02:59 PM
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Been shooting weddings full time for 18+ years and believe it or not, I prefer natural light for ring shots. All were done without any external light source and non-macro lenses:










Apr 14, 2023 at 04:24 AM
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If you are going to shoot rings... get in there and get in tight. Extensions rings don't cut it for me.
An occasional one (last one) like what gheller has shown is good for the story aspect.

me... prefer the 100L on the canon mount for doing ring shots.
natural light, on top of granite, in glass of water, back lite with flash.... really it is up to you.
I have done them all and more. In M&M, in shoes, on shoes, on railings, on art work, old cars.....

Some shooters try to half a*s it... and it shows.
Meaning with extension rings and not getting in close. we need to see the diamond!!

Even if the brides does not get it cleaned... gently running some water (champagne will work) over it will do.
I generally have the bride do this.

Note: when you have the brides ring, be mindful and aware of it.
don't be scared.... just respect the ring, get your shot and deliver it back.








Apr 14, 2023 at 10:18 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Tips on Ring Photography for Wedding


I find I dont have the time to properly set up a macro type shot. I often incorporate the ring(s) into her shoes or flowers or a trinket theyíve included for the wedding. Sometimes a fenceÖ.whatever works for me.


Apr 22, 2023 at 12:59 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Tips on Ring Photography for Wedding


Extension tube for ring shots. Careful tho, I once had an engagement ring shot so close up that it was revealed to be cubic zirconium
I hope the bride was aware before I was...



May 03, 2023 at 10:13 AM
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Compose, get close as possible (lens depending) shoot at f5.6 or more. Take a few variations. Pick the best one. Dont waste a lot of time on it, people photos mean more.


May 03, 2023 at 10:27 AM
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What has worked well for me was to carry a 77mm +4 closeup lens that I thread onto a 24-70mm lens. It takes the place of a dedicated macro lens and when not used this filter fits inside a pocket on my bag and takes up very little space.


May 21, 2023 at 06:10 PM
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I personally stopped doing ring shots because I don't think most of our couples actually cared about them, they took too much of my time on the wedding day, and they're just annoying to shoot in general. I don't mind integrating rings into a flat-lay, but my days of shooting rings with a 100mm macro are gone. No thanks.


May 25, 2023 at 12:03 PM
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lol, that's how I feel about flat-lays


May 25, 2023 at 08:23 PM
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I still do them if I have the time, but agree they really aren't important. But I've brides in the past complain when then didn't get any.


May 27, 2023 at 09:24 PM
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I did my niece's wedding, just a JP and small reception. I asked to do a ring shot but his hand looked liked it went through a lawn mower. Got the shot a couple weeks later with lots of make up.


May 27, 2023 at 11:25 PM
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I switched to using a Closeup +4 filter lens on my 24-70mm lens for the macro ring shots. No reason to use a dedicated macro lens for these images. Unless there is a jeweler who wants to pay for the product photos it is not worthwhile to spend an inordinate amount of time on ring shots. At most I would use two images in the album I prepare for the B&G and they are not going to want a glossy 8x10 print to frame and put on their wall.


Jun 10, 2023 at 02:51 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Tips on Ring Photography for Wedding


Use the macro lens to capture the intricate details of your wedding ring with sharpness and clarity. Experiment with different lighting configurations to enhance the sparkle and sparkle of your ring to create a mesmerizing visual effect. Incorporate creative composition, including complementary elements such as flowers and couples' hands, to add depth and context to the ring shot.†


Jun 21, 2023 at 06:10 AM
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It's wonderful that you were able to capture the ring shot for your niece's wedding, even with the initial challenge. Sometimes, life's little imperfections make for memorable stories and moments to cherish. As a .perfect wedding gift, you might consider creating a photo album or a framed print with the ring shot, along with other beautiful wedding moments. It will be a thoughtful and sentimental gift that the newlyweds can treasure


Oct 18, 2023 at 12:44 AM
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Be aware that there is going to be a single shot of the ring going into the wedding album and decide how much too invest in the shot. While you are photographing the ring(s) you are missing everything else going on during that period of time.

I have found that a +4 closeup lens screwed on to my 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens worked very well for the macro shots and it took up far less space in my bag than a dedicated 105mm macro lens.



Oct 19, 2023 at 09:10 PM
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Most mornings the bride hands me the rings first thing. No worries. Happy to play around with them. I use extension tubes though. Carrying an extra lens sucks. It also turns any focal length into macro. 35 macro is kinda fun to play with sometimes. Sometimes I go on an 85 or 135. Depends on my mood. It's cool, I don't turn my nose up at it because it's not "a moment", but I don't stress about it either. It's fun to play with for 10 minutes while the girls are getting their hair curled or whatever but I don't have any in my portfolio.


Oct 20, 2023 at 09:08 AM
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That's the way I am with lay-flats ó if I've got time then great, but often we're just holding on pre ceremony and doing the whole stylist effort just isn't practical. I'm not seeing brides pick those shots for albums so I'm not making it a priority.




Oct 20, 2023 at 12:13 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Tips on Ring Photography for Wedding


If you have a 100mm macro than use that. If you donít, donít worry, you can do some nice shots from overhead. I used to spend more time and effort on ring shots but now I realized my brides most of the time donít even care for those. I think also the trend is now those overhead shots of details with shoes, invitations etc..



Nov 14, 2023 at 03:57 PM
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