Photographers, I am SO excited to be talking about how to nail ring shots today! Rings are one of my FAVORITE things to photograph on the wedding day! If you follow me on instagram, you can view all my ring shots under the hashtag #jessanneringshots. I did not use to love capturing the ring as much as I do now, but as they say, practice makes perfect! And today, I will be sharing a few tips that helped me get better along the way!
- The first step, which most people might not actually realize is, focus on the prong and not the diamond. Always try to focus on the closest prong to the camera. Your eyes will automatically be drawn to the prong, and it gives us the illusion that the whole ring is in focus. Also, get nice and close to the diamond and shoot tight.
- The next step is to try and avoid any glares. I always try and do my ring shots in natural light, so that there is no issue of a glare. When the light is on the face on the diamond you can loose some of the detail. Try and find a natural lit spot with little to no possibilities of a glare.
- Another tip if those aren't working, is to manually focus. Sometimes auto won't be able to focus the diamond, or it's not coming out the way you want, then try to focus manually. This works well for smaller diamonds, or diamonds of a different shape.
- Hold your breathe. Seriously, this may seem funny, but it really works! I am always sweating whenever I do my ring shots, because I hold my breathe and try not to move at all. This will allow you to relax and focus on what you're doing.
- Try a different aperture. While I shoot most things at a low aperture, I actually shoot the ring at a higher aperture. I learned this along the way if I wanted to make sure the ring was in focus, to shoot at a higher aperture. A higher aperture also works well if you're shooting the bands too.
- The last thing to try is multiple arrangements. Don't be afraid to move the ring around and try it in a different spot or even a different angle. It's easy to get overwhelmed with the rings, but when that idea isn't working, try a different one. This is when you can get creative and get some fun shots you wouldn't have originally thought of.
For all my ring shots I use my Sigma 105mm macro lens. This has also been a game changer for capturing my ring shots. I highly recommend this lens if you're looking to save on some money, it is such a great lens.
I hope all these tips have been helpful for you in learning how to capture ring shots! Just remember be patient and practice as much as you can, and it will come to you! Honestly, even if you go to Target or Amazon and buy a cheap ring to practice on. It works great, and no one would even know the difference! When I first started taking ring shots, this is what I did, and now I go in on the wedding day or engagement session and I am not worried at all when it comes to capturing images of the ring! Be sure to let me know if my tips helped you out! :)