I used to have some serious trouble photographing wedding rings! I took a lot of out of focus pictures before finally getting correct, in focus and stylized ring photos almost every time. When I photograph couples I like to shoot with a wide open aperture if possible. When it comes to using a macro lens to photograph wedding rings, it’s a completely different ball game and I learned that the hard way! Here are a few tips to correctly photographing wedding rings I’ve learned along the way. 1. Invest in a nice macro lens. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have the steadiest of hands! We had a macro lens without image stabilization and it was just not giving me the results I wanted. A lot of photos came out blurry and it took many clicks of the shutter to finally nail the image. We upgraded to a lens with image stabilization and it’s been night and day. I’m not saying to go spend thousands on a lens but do some research before you purchase.
2. Use an aperture of at least f/5.6. Since you’re so close to the subject, the depth of field is much greater than if you were photographing something from a distance. An Aperture of f/5.6 makes the diamond in focus but stills creates enough bokeh to have everything else in the photo melt away. 3. Use window light when possible. If you’re using window light (which I do 90% of the time) don’t face the diamond directly toward the light source, that will cause a glare. You’ll want to have it at an angle so the diamond is illuminated from the side. Focus on the prong closest to you and shoot away!
4. Use other elements of the wedding to stylize. I typically request the rings during the getting ready portion of the day. There I have the chance to use elements of the wedding such as an invitation, flowers, jewelry etc. It will then tie in with your other detail photos from the day and look great in an album spread!
Those are my 4 basic tips to photographing wedding rings. Thankfully what was once a scary thing has become one of my favorite things to stylize and photograph at every wedding! Even with my completely unsteady hands!
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