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Wedding Photography – How I take the ring shot

Aah the rings of marriage. As many’a groomsman speech has pointed them out: the engagement ring, the wedding ring and the suffering. Har har. Jewellery is pretty much the main detail of an engagement. As soon as the girlfriends take a breath after a long and high-pitched shriek, they want to see the ring. Then comes the wedding and the rings are only one of many details. Details that, come that huge and long-awaited day, YOU are responsible for photographing. She stayed up many a sleepless night tossing and turning over the colour of their centrepieces. You had better damn well take a picture of them.

There are a few wedding detail shots you should get at every wedding: the dress, the shoes the rings.

I like to take the shot of the rings someplace meaningful. While at the house photographing the bride getting ready, I like to snoop around the house and see if there’s anything that looks to be of deep meaning. An heirloom sculpture, a sumptuous velvet armchair or blown glass. Or I style the rings on the bridal bouquet or flowers in the garden. I heard a couple talking about their azaleas so I quickly borrowed their (Tiffany’s!) rings and placed them on a dewdrop covered azalea in their garden:

I seldom photograph the rings on the hands of the bride and groom (you know the one…resting gently on the bouquet). I think it’s so much more creative to photograph the rings as your main subject, completely independent of their wearers. They’re like a little golden couple all on their own.

Now to the technical. The ring shot must be absolutely perfectly focused and sharp as a tack. A beginner can use macro mode on their camera. A photographer who ventures into manual should use a nice open aperture for shallow depth of field and pay attention to your focus points. For this type of shot, I like to manually select my focal point. Then, you can be sure that what looks great on screen won’t be out of focus in the computer.

As for editing, I always further sharpen my ring shot and run some actions to juice up the colours and the light. A vignette can be a great way to pull even more of the viewer’s focus into the rings. And when shooting the rings on flowers, it’s not always easy to find a perfect flower. Find one as perfect as you can and then heal out any brown spots or wilty edges.

The ring shot is one of my all time favourite shots. I love searching out the perfect spot for them to rest and positioning them just so. And they’re by far the easiest subjects of the day. I mean…who ever heard of a ringzilla?!

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Elizabeth Halford is a Hampshire Photographer and keeps a rockin'photography blog where she writes about photography and business in "real.plain.english". She's addicted to Facebook and can be found answering photography and business questions every day here on her page

  • http://lyncca.com lyncca

    I LOVE ring shots. BTW, just to add, if you are shooting with a macro lens, you will not want to be wide open as you say. You need to be closer to an f/9. I do flower shots and then something more unusual so that the couple has a choice better traditional and modern. I never do the 2 hands over the flowers. Too tired and over done.

    [eimg url='http://www.lyncca.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/LMH_0354-877x600.jpg' title='LMH_0354-877x600.jpg']
    [eimg url='http://lyncca.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/LH7_3138.jpg' title='LH7_3138.jpg']
    [eimg url='http://lyncca.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/LH7_3486.jpg' title='LH7_3486.jpg']
    [eimg url='http://lyncca.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/LH7_3143.jpg' title='LH7_3143.jpg']

  • http://www.videovisionent.com kim smith

    I understand from other articles and posts by brides on forums that the ring shot and the dress shot and the shoe shot are the least important to them. In fact, they usually do not include them in their album design because they are wasting space on stuff that doesn’t include them as a bride or corporately as a couple. I would love to hear your take?

  • ecphoteaux

    Really love the pics of the rings on the Bible verse. I’m not particularly religous, but it has relevance. The pics with the flowers are nice too; but only if they are from the bridal boquet or other prominent decorations at the ceremony. It would seem that if you are going to take them off the bride and groom’s hands- then place them in a relevant setting, her boquet, the cake, Bible, etc. Otherwise, it just looks like a photo from a ring dealer’s site. … just my two cents.

  • Dennis

    My favorite ring shot, although I haven’t seen it done in a while, is the bride and groom taken through the standing rings.

  • Barb

    Saw the brides wedding ring set in the bible and tried the shot at my boyfriend’s youngest daughter’s wedding. Took a bit to get the rings to balance so they would stand up correctly and also in getting the right light to work the heart in the fold. I’m just an amateur photographer, but have taken about six different weddings over the last year, learning more with each one! I didn’t have time to search for that “love” verse, couldn’t recall one right off the bat, so I chose Psalms 23. The last wedding I shot in August, the bride had these huge sunflowers in her bouquet, so we placed the rings in the center and that turned out real nice too!

  • http://www.wix.com/lojodani/photography LaurenJ

    This was not for an actual wedding. It was just some practice.
    [eimg url='http://images24.fotki.com/v825/photos/0/1268570/9061144/528201024copy-vi.jpg' title='528201024copy-vi.jpg']

  • http://samobeid.com Sam Obeid
  • Becky Booth

    All of these photos are amazing!!! Completely original and have given me so many ideas, i’ve got my first wedding coming up and while i’m looking forward to it, i’m really nervous! Any tips would be very welcome!

  • http://www.bestseattleweddings.com/jef-nolan-photography/79dba8f16e00ef17-page1.html jef nolan

    Becky, off the top of my head. try to stay calm. Breathe. Eat light. Drink water. No alcohol. Remember the bride and groom are the center of attention. All batteries fully charged with back ups. Be flexible. Stretch, weddings can be physically demanding. I presume you are shooting digital, and have a large capacity card. Watch for the candid shots, they are happening all the time around you. With a digital camera, you can never take to many pictures. Have you got an assistant? Someone who can straighten a dress or flowers or help position people? Have fun. Weddings are fun.

  • http://www.lisaraithphotography.comn Lisa Raith

    I have done the rings in the Bible shot several times….it is always a favorite! I smudge a tiny amount of rubber cement to the bride’s rings and let it dry until tacky, then press the rings together. Then put a tiny dot on the two points of the rings that touch the Bible pages and let them dry until tacky. Press the ring gently into place and it will balance. Then I have an assistant hold a flashlight to cast the heart shadow. Once the pic has been taken, the rubber cement rolls right off the rings and the bible pages. I have never had a problem with this but might hesitate if it is an antique bible or one with special significance.

  • http://paulkrol.net Paul Krol

    Those are beautiful ring shot pictures, indeed. But I agree with some here that they take away from the ring themselves. I prefer to have the ring stand out more and that depends on the colour of the flowers/plants and of course, the background.

Some older comments

  • Paul Krol

    November 28, 2012 01:47 am

    Those are beautiful ring shot pictures, indeed. But I agree with some here that they take away from the ring themselves. I prefer to have the ring stand out more and that depends on the colour of the flowers/plants and of course, the background.

  • Lisa Raith

    October 30, 2011 03:22 am

    I have done the rings in the Bible shot several times....it is always a favorite! I smudge a tiny amount of rubber cement to the bride's rings and let it dry until tacky, then press the rings together. Then put a tiny dot on the two points of the rings that touch the Bible pages and let them dry until tacky. Press the ring gently into place and it will balance. Then I have an assistant hold a flashlight to cast the heart shadow. Once the pic has been taken, the rubber cement rolls right off the rings and the bible pages. I have never had a problem with this but might hesitate if it is an antique bible or one with special significance.

  • jef nolan

    March 10, 2011 04:04 pm

    Becky, off the top of my head. try to stay calm. Breathe. Eat light. Drink water. No alcohol. Remember the bride and groom are the center of attention. All batteries fully charged with back ups. Be flexible. Stretch, weddings can be physically demanding. I presume you are shooting digital, and have a large capacity card. Watch for the candid shots, they are happening all the time around you. With a digital camera, you can never take to many pictures. Have you got an assistant? Someone who can straighten a dress or flowers or help position people? Have fun. Weddings are fun.

  • Becky Booth

    March 8, 2011 10:38 am

    All of these photos are amazing!!! Completely original and have given me so many ideas, i've got my first wedding coming up and while i'm looking forward to it, i'm really nervous! Any tips would be very welcome!

  • LaurenJ

    September 14, 2010 10:49 am

    This was not for an actual wedding. It was just some practice.
    [eimg url='http://images24.fotki.com/v825/photos/0/1268570/9061144/528201024copy-vi.jpg' title='528201024copy-vi.jpg']

  • Barb

    September 10, 2010 02:27 pm

    Saw the brides wedding ring set in the bible and tried the shot at my boyfriend's youngest daughter's wedding. Took a bit to get the rings to balance so they would stand up correctly and also in getting the right light to work the heart in the fold. I'm just an amateur photographer, but have taken about six different weddings over the last year, learning more with each one! I didn't have time to search for that "love" verse, couldn't recall one right off the bat, so I chose Psalms 23. The last wedding I shot in August, the bride had these huge sunflowers in her bouquet, so we placed the rings in the center and that turned out real nice too!

  • Dennis

    September 9, 2010 02:12 am

    My favorite ring shot, although I haven't seen it done in a while, is the bride and groom taken through the standing rings.

  • ecphoteaux

    September 8, 2010 08:44 am

    Really love the pics of the rings on the Bible verse. I'm not particularly religous, but it has relevance. The pics with the flowers are nice too; but only if they are from the bridal boquet or other prominent decorations at the ceremony. It would seem that if you are going to take them off the bride and groom's hands- then place them in a relevant setting, her boquet, the cake, Bible, etc. Otherwise, it just looks like a photo from a ring dealer's site. ... just my two cents.

  • kim smith

    September 7, 2010 11:44 pm

    I understand from other articles and posts by brides on forums that the ring shot and the dress shot and the shoe shot are the least important to them. In fact, they usually do not include them in their album design because they are wasting space on stuff that doesn't include them as a bride or corporately as a couple. I would love to hear your take?

  • lyncca

    September 7, 2010 05:02 am

    I LOVE ring shots. BTW, just to add, if you are shooting with a macro lens, you will not want to be wide open as you say. You need to be closer to an f/9. I do flower shots and then something more unusual so that the couple has a choice better traditional and modern. I never do the 2 hands over the flowers. Too tired and over done.

    [eimg url='http://www.lyncca.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/LMH_0354-877x600.jpg' title='LMH_0354-877x600.jpg']
    [eimg url='http://lyncca.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/LH7_3138.jpg' title='LH7_3138.jpg']
    [eimg url='http://lyncca.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/LH7_3486.jpg' title='LH7_3486.jpg']
    [eimg url='http://lyncca.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/LH7_3143.jpg' title='LH7_3143.jpg']

  • Sam Obeid

    September 7, 2010 03:28 am

    As a Toronto Wedding Photrographer I love ring shots and try to get something different everytime. I have lot's on my blog chekc it out,

  • Sam Obeid

    September 7, 2010 03:28 am

    As a Toronto Wedding Photrographer I love ring shots and try to get something different everytime. I have lot's on my blog chekc it out,

  • Lisa

    September 6, 2010 06:16 am

    I appreciate the post from Eric B. I looked at the site and they feature a ring shot for every wedding, all different, all good. I get tired of doing the "same old shot" with the rings on the bouquet. It's nice to get some ideas. My favorite shot I did recently was a lovely crystal cross necklace (soon to be worn by the bride) laid across the bouquet with the bridesmaids' bouques around it. Turned out fantastic. I agree that sharpness is key, but you generally can't hurt to have a narrow depth of field to "pick out" the rings from the overall shot. Vignetting with further enhance this.

  • jef nolan

    September 5, 2010 12:17 am

    I know this is a combo shot, but it was after the ring, cake shot and the grooms daughter snuck in there. Sometimes your candid shots come out better then set shots.

  • Eric B

    September 4, 2010 09:37 pm

    http://argentophotography.com/ has some of the best 'ring shots' I have ever seen!

    They actually have a collection of just ring shots on the Facebook page(http://www.facebook.com/Argento.Photography), everyone is different and creative.

    Yes, they photographed my wedding and and I think they're great!

  • jef nolan

    September 4, 2010 01:36 pm

    candid shots even go on within set shots. Got the ring/cutting cake picture and grooms daughter tucked herself in. Had to be quick to get this shot. [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/jefnolanphoto/4956091516/' title='P1140310' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/4956091516_c85b3c1d55.jpg']

  • Nicole Hill

    September 4, 2010 03:46 am

    I love ring pictures! I feel like you can get so creative with them. Thank you for the article. Here is a ring shot I did:

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=60956&fbid=108324995886422&id=108312675887654

    The couple had their wedding at the renaissance festival in colorado.

  • Ali

    September 3, 2010 04:50 pm

    This is a very nicely done wedding ring photo i've seen recently..

    http://www.photomalaysia.com/forums/showthread.php?t=114283&highlight=wedding+ring

  • tom read

    September 3, 2010 02:41 pm

    Here are a couple more examples of cropped images to focus on the detail. Each one is about 1/4 of the original frame. To pull it off you have to have enough pixels available in the original image. Your trade-off might be the ability to make very large prints without resampling (a technique of last resort).[eimg url='http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab153/tom3650read/IMG_6654.jpg' title='IMG_6654.jpg'][eimg url='http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab153/tom3650read/IMG_6660.jpg' title='IMG_6660.jpg']

  • Janggut Ciput

    September 3, 2010 09:58 am

    The photo of the ring was so awesome.. Its shows the beauty of the relations among the couple itself.
    Well done!!

  • Steven Case

    September 3, 2010 06:46 am

    Here's a take I've taken on the above - and I love them all by the way.

    I incorporate the bible verse into the picture and BOTH rings. I highlight both as I've seen this before using just one ring - which I thought was odd.

    [eimg url='http://www.stevencase.co.uk/images/001%20_MG_4359_.jpg' title='001%20_MG_4359_.jpg']

  • Steven Case

    September 3, 2010 06:40 am

    Hi everyone. I love all these shots. Here's my take - I've seen the following done before incorporating the Bible verse read on the day. This is a shot I too to re-create what I'd seen, but I used both rings.
    [eimg url='http://www.stevencase.co.uk/images/001%20_MG_4359_.jpg' title='001%20_MG_4359_.jpg']

  • Angie J

    September 3, 2010 04:12 am

    I enjoyed the post -since the purpose of it was to suggest different ways to capture the rings. Keep in mind, if the BUYER doesn't like the pic, then they won't order it. Simple. How do we know it wasn't a typo that the writer of this teach made when she called the flower an azalea? And for our purposes, does it really matter that the flower is really a hybiscus? No, because that wasn't the point the writer was trying to make. I say, to each his own. Not everyone likes the hand shots; not everyone likes the "rings in flower(s)" shots -but be daring and try different shots of the rings, you never know what your customer will fall in love with. I took a pic of the rings in the bride's bouquet of ....plastic flowers! I wasn't even sure I liked it, but the bride and groom absolutely loved what I believed to be cornballish. My point - to each his own. Explore the possibilities/options -you never know what your customer will like, dislike. I saw a beautiful picture of the rings in sand hand prints with the rings on the wedding fingers.
    @Brian - LOVE the pic with the Birds of Paradise (?) flower!

  • tom read

    September 3, 2010 03:29 am

    Getting "tack sharp" is tough. Sometimes it's better to back off a little from closest focus and crop in.[eimg url='http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab153/tom3650read/IMG_8687.jpg' title='IMG_8687.jpg'][eimg url='' title='a>'][eimg url='http://s859.photobucket.com/albums/ab153/tom3650read/?action=view&current=IMG_6660.jpg' title='?action=view&current=IMG_6660.jpg'][eimg url='[IMG]http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab153/tom3650read/IMG_6654.jpg' title='IMG_6654.jpg'][/img]

  • Thomas Watson

    September 3, 2010 02:54 am

    Here's one I shot: (it's posted on facebook so fb compressed the hell out it... :S)
    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs230.snc1/7733_143016154038_501864038_2773047_1052085_n.jpg

    One of my favourite wedding photographers is from Toronto and he has some awesome ring shots.
    Check him out, Jeremy Clay!!
    http://www.jclayphoto.com/

  • Mike Hallock

    September 3, 2010 02:48 am

    We include the invitation in most of our ring shots along with the bouquet. But we don't name the flowers in the bouquet. We like it that way and it has worked for us 37 years of wedding photography.

  • Luis Murillo

    September 3, 2010 01:54 am

    I actually like the shot from the person that wrote the post. I just have one question...how do you handle the reflections so that you're not easily seen on the ring?

  • R@chel

    September 3, 2010 01:44 am

    One of the most beautiful shots of rings I saw was one where they got married on the beach and the two rings were in a bowl full of sand it did not take away from the details of the rings...IT WAS A GREAT SHOT !!!

  • George

    September 1, 2010 08:01 am

    You may know your ring shots, but you don't know your flowers. That's not an azalea, it's a hibiscus. Thanks for the article though.

  • Andy Mills

    August 31, 2010 11:37 pm

    Obviously it is down to preference, and I usually am a fan of Elizabeth's images, but I am not so keen on the examples used here. The first one the rings take on the colour of the surrounding flower, so kind of get lost. Also, the rings are not centre of attention in either photos.

    But that's just my opinion, etc.

  • Luxury scarves

    August 31, 2010 09:03 pm

    Great resource - I take jewellery shots and one of the challenges is to take them without to many reflections on. with wedding rings is the same, too much colour near them and they will reflect that. It is a good idea to put them next to something of similar colour, if white gold, near cutlery or silverware may help!

  • Giovanni

    August 31, 2010 06:57 pm

    The rings are indeed symbolic of the relationship between two souls... hence a dedicated shot is a must... Here was the ring shot of our wedding taken 3 months ago...

    http://giovannidcunha.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/gm-wedding-rings-copy.jpg

  • Giovanni

    August 31, 2010 06:54 pm

    The rings are indeed symbolic of the relationship between two souls... hence a dedicated shot is a must... Here was the ring shot of our wedding taken 3 months ago...

    [eimg url='http://giovannidcunha.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/gm-wedding-rings-copy.jpg' title='gm-wedding-rings-copy.jpg']

  • globetrottingbride

    August 31, 2010 04:38 am

    I'm not a professional but I love to take photos of my rings on vacation. Here are some of my latest shots:

    http://globetrottingbride.com/2009/07/27/put-a-ring-on-it-take-three-caribbean-style/

  • andy

    August 31, 2010 03:44 am

    Sorry...may be it's just me but the pics in this article look more like pics of flowers than rings

  • Steve

    August 31, 2010 02:03 am

    Notice the article is titled "How I take the ring shot". The beauty of art is that personal interpretation is what makes it beautiful. Just because I don't like the shots, doesn't make them wrong or even bad.

  • Killian

    August 31, 2010 01:46 am

    @Brian and @Michael -- I love your ring shots! OK, so I'm biased towards birds of paradise flowers, and creative position but still. =)

    I think the shot of the rings on the hibiscus was ok, but stylistically, I do differ a bit from Elizabeth's views. It took me a sec to see the rings, and on my monitor, they don't look "sharp as a tack." I think I may have gotten in real tight to the center of the flower and use that. Otherwise, something as small as a wedding ring really does get lost in the overall shot, vignetting or not.

    I also loved the simplicity of Dan's shot of the laced fingers. Very quiet and understated. Beautiful!

  • Steve

    August 31, 2010 01:27 am

    I find the article pictures too distant and lacking detail. But as others have said, that is a matter of preference. I also think ring pictures on flowers is cliche and like to mix it up a little. I grab the rings at the reception and look for details that will highlight the rings or bring interest.
    Here is one example. There is another on my site. www.thatphotog.com
    [eimg url='http://thatphotog.com/Thatphotog%20ring.JPG' title='Thatphotog%20ring.JPG']

  • Stuart Little

    August 31, 2010 12:23 am

    @Wayne, Maybe a little harsh, but I think its because its Monday. :) Firstly, if you are going to photograph rings on flowers then you had better know what the flowers are! Why? because what if that's the bride's least favourite flower. and you tell her oh! BTW, I got this great shot of the wedding rings on a azalea when it was something else, then that could be a problem.

    Just because a flower is growing in a garden does not mean that the couple are going to appreciate it in their album. Secondly! What happens if you place the ring on a flower thats poisonous and then the bride has a reaction to a small bit of sap or pollen during the wedding. You just dont know... so better be safe and than sorry!

    Finally the two images above are just bland. Well focused yes, well composed maybe, same old same old, yep! Maybe if they had been light in some different way and shot closer where the flower becomes colour and texture then that would have been more interesting. Don't get me wrong Elizabeth has taken two ok images, but they are just ok and to me if you are trying to sell an idea to a readership then you better have a good image to make it really sell...

  • Wayne Turner

    August 30, 2010 10:33 pm

    I think that you have been a little harsh Stuart. Whether she knows the name of the flowers is irrelevant to the photography. Small mistake. I think it's personal taste. I do not like the stumpy fingers of the groom in Dan's photo. I'd rather see the bride's unhidden fingers. The monochrome image does not help focus on the rings and make a better ringshot. They seem lost. In my opinion definitely not a better example of a ring shot. My personal opinion and preference. I'd definitely include it in the half-baked category if that is where you place Elizabeth's. And, Dan, I am sure the couple were very happy with it. Sorry yours was used as the better example by Stuart to dis Elizabeth's.

  • Wayne Turner

    August 30, 2010 10:30 pm

    I think that you have been a little harsh Stuart. Whether she knows the name of the flowers is irrelevant to the photography. Small mistake. I think it's personal taste. I do not like the stumpy fingers of the groom in Dan's photo. I'd rather see the bride's unhidden fingers. The monochrome image does not help focus on the rings and make a better ringshot. They seem lost. In my opinion definitely not a better example of a ring shot. My personal opinion and preference. I'd definitely include it in the half-baked category if that is where you place Elizabeth's. And, Dan, I am sure the couple were very happy with it. Sorry yours was used as the better example by Stuart to dis Elizabeth's.

  • Michael Snyder

    August 30, 2010 10:29 pm

    The above article is great. Like the pictures and agree that the rings need to be taking off of the wearers hands. I like the idea of having them on the wearers hands, but sometimes that just doesn't appear to work. Below is an photo I took of my wife and my ring (our photographer didn't the the shot of the rings by themselves).

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/msnyder12/4529055174/' title='' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/4529055174_32b8811ea8.jpg']

  • Michael Snyder

    August 30, 2010 10:21 pm

    I think the the article is great. I agree with having a separate image of just the rings, but I also think you need to have that one with them rings on the wearer. Afterall the rings on the wearers does symbolize the events of the whole day. I didn't get the shots from our photographer that were just there rings by themselves, so I decided to take my own. Below is an image I took of our rings. Let me know what you think.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/msnyder12/4529055174/' title='' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/4529055174_32b8811ea8.jpg']

  • Yolanda Saayman

    August 30, 2010 10:18 pm

    Initially I did the boring shots with the rings on the fingers, but I do like doing something different with them, so I like Elizabeth's shots. Dan, sorry to say, this shot would have worked well and I like it, BUT, hands are very important and a guy/woman chewing nails or bad hands, does not do the pic justice. It immediately puts me off the shot.

  • Shuaib

    August 30, 2010 08:18 pm

    Hi Nice shot!

  • hfng

    August 30, 2010 08:00 pm

    stuart .. lol!

  • Brian Hancock

    August 30, 2010 07:49 pm

    I always try to find create way to use the rings. here's on my recent favories.

    [eimg url='http://dl.dropbox.com/u/41562/blog-images/maria/0018.jpg' title='0018.jpg']

  • Brian Hancock

    August 30, 2010 07:48 pm

    Same here. I love ring shots. Here's one of my recents.

    [eimg url='http://dl.dropbox.com/u/41562/blog-images/maria/0018.jpg' title='0018.jpg']

  • Stuart Little

    August 30, 2010 06:50 pm

    Sorry Elizabeth but I really don't like what you have tried to achieve with these shots. The ring shot should be about the rings and not some half baked attempt to do a floral image and not even know the name of the plant to which you are placing the rings on. I think Dan's image above is a much better example of a ring shot.

  • dharan

    August 30, 2010 06:03 pm

    smart i like it..
    u hv open my idea in photography..

  • Peter Hearl

    August 30, 2010 05:45 pm

    Nice work, I always have trouble with ring shots, trying to come up with some thing new every time is hard.

  • Jason Collin Photography

    August 30, 2010 02:01 pm

    Yes, it is nice to be able to make a wedding ring shot of the rings not on the couple's hands, but that is not always possible, unfortunately. I would prefer to be able to do both actually, and an individual shot of the bride with her ring on, like in the second shot here:

    http://jasoncollinphotography.com/blog/2010/7/5/bride-series-bianca.html

    I also usually select the ring itself and do extra sharpening on it.

    The one thing I thought unusual in this post is why would a beginner photographer be photographing a wedding in the first place (3rd paragraph from the bottom)? And would they be using a point and shoot camera because there are no macro modes on DSLRs. I do not count that dial setting on some low end DSLRs because if you aren't using a macro lens, it still won't be a macro shot!

  • Dan Ketcham

    August 30, 2010 12:59 pm

    As always Elizabeth, your work is nothing short than amazing!

    Very nice and simple and gives some creative ideas. But, I am one that agrees to do both pics, with the rings as their own couple, but... can give a bold approach to the wearers... and why does it have to be on the flowers all the time? ha...

    but .. heres a recent wedding shoot I did and wanted to share too[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcketcham/4826949812/' title='T_2374 BW' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4118/4826949812_dd6741d1a4_z.jpg']

  • Jakob

    August 30, 2010 12:37 pm

    @Glenn...

    great, crisp shots but the backdrop is too distracting and takes away from the attention of the rings.

  • Linda Holmes

    August 30, 2010 09:53 am

    Niiiice! Love your ideas

  • MeiTeng

    August 30, 2010 09:52 am

    Beautiful ring shots. I have seen ring shots in champagne glass, on top of a piece of cake etc.

  • DerekL

    August 30, 2010 09:26 am

    I was actually thinking the same the Glen, so don't feel alone.

  • Heather

    August 30, 2010 09:08 am

    I'm photographing my first wedding and getting a great deal out of posts like this. Great idea to separate the rings from the wearers for some detail. I'll be using that one for sure.

    (Although, just FYI, that's a hibiscus, not an azalea.)

  • glen

    August 30, 2010 08:14 am

    Lovely shots, but i find they detract from the actual subject - the rings. I prefer it when the rings are absolutely the main subject and focus is drawn to them immediately. Of course, this is subjective and only my opinion.

  • Maranda H.

    August 30, 2010 06:47 am

    Thanks for the tips and lovely photos. However, the beautiful photo of the pink flower is not of an azalea, but rather Hibiscus syriacus--more commonly known as Althea or Rose of Sharon. Again, thank you for the article. :)

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