When I got into wedding photography twelve years ago, I didn't know a single photographer who was shooting macro shots of their clients' rings. Today, these shots have become expected, and hopefully, if you're a wedding photographer, you've got a macro lens in your bag so that you can capture professional-looking shots of the rings.
If you don't have a macro lens yet, don't worry, they aren't that expensive. I personally use a 60mm f/2.8 macro lens. I bought it used on eBay, and I use it exclusively for ring shots. If I were using a macro lens more often, I might buy a more expensive version, but I wanted something relatively cheap and small so that it could easily fit in my bag at every wedding.
In this video, we go over four easy ways that you can quickly photograph your clients' wedding rings at every single wedding you shoot. Keep in mind that this is not studio product photography. We don't have hours to perfect a shot. We have only a few minutes to capture something and anything we bring must easily fit in our bags. I'm not going to write a description of each shoot, because you'll learn a lot more watching us in the video, but I will link to the products that we mentioned in the video.
- Yongnuo YN560
- Yongnuo YN600EX-RT
- Magmod grid
- Fstoppers FlashDisc
- Metallic foil
- LED panel
- LED flashlight
The most important thing to remember with wedding photography is that even though something might be boring to you, that doesn't mean it will be to your clients. Sometimes, wedding photographers go out of their way to do something "different" and "difficult," and they overlook the easy shot that the clients would have preferred. That's why no matter what rings shots I shoot at a wedding, I also capture the standard "ring in the flower shot." It only takes a few seconds to capture and my clients always appreciate it.
If you'd like to learn more about how we shoot weddings, you may want to check out our 14-hour tutorial on all things wedding photography.
Use the code "rings" at checkout to save money on the digital download.