Every wedding photographer has a preference for a specific set of lenses to effectively capture all of the critical elements of a wedding. These images include views of the ceremony location, close-up portraits of the couple, and detail photos of jewelry and fine décor. In this brief video, wedding photographer Gemma Peanut shows why having a built-in ring light on the new Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Lens makes a substantial improvement in a photo of her engagement ring.
There are many ways to get creative in lighting wedding rings, some of which were discussed in this recent article. In this video, Peanut performs a quick before-and-after comparison of a macro photo of her engagement ring, with the built-in ring light kept off or turned on. It is clear from her photos that the having the macro light activated produces a far superior image of her engagement ring, creating specular highlights in the diamonds and bringing the ring to life.
While it is relatively simple to achieve this sparkly look using small LED lights, it’s hard to contest the convenience of having a ring light built directly into the lens. Many wedding photographers carry a macro lens in their bag specifically for shooting the wedding rings, and those who are looking to invest in such a lens may see this built-in light as a big selling point.