All that glitters!Behind the Scenes: The Wedding Rings

Something we are asked often is how to capture unique and beautiful shots of the bride and groom’s rings! The answer is… lots of lights!! If you’re unsure about finding the perfect spot to photograph rings or are in a place without optimal or fun lighting, pocket sized lights are your best friend. Here are some detail shots from one one my recent weddings where I used: a video light, inexpensive string lights (from Amazon), a mirror, and the reception market lights.

Creative wedding ring photo by Carmen Salazar

Tip #1: Using multiple small-scale light sources creates a glamorous ambiance to display the very reflective and detailed surfaces of wedding rings.
engraves wedding band photo by Carmen Salazar
photo of engraved wedding ring by Carmen Salazar

Tip #2: Focus on different details — changing your perspective in relation to the rings can open up dynamic portrait opportunities! I tend to shoot with an aperture of atleast 4 or 5.6 to get enough details in focus.

close up photo of wedding ring by Carmen Salazar

Tip #3: Find your best balance of the rings together, and work with different angles. Rings are persnickety, so working with a solid set-up is half the battle!
Behind the scenes of wedding ring photo by Carmen Salazar

Here’s our set up for this shoot, in all it’s mini-glory.  Simple tools can create gorgeous and creative ring photos — have fun trying out these techniques!

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