When you're shooting a wedding, every minute is valuable. There is often a compromise between the amount of time you spend on a shot and the level of quality you can achieve from that shot. That's partly what makes Fstoppers member Paul Keppel's ring shots so great. They take him almost no time to shoot and they look fantastic.
Paul was kind enough to share his quick, reliable, and beautiful process with us in a short video detailing his methods. All you need is a macro lens and a Yongnuo YN-160 II which can be bought for under $60 (or less if you want to try Ebay).
For a quick summary of his process, Paul places the wedding rings (or other subjects) on any reflective surface, lines them up to get both in focus, places the constant light over them, and gets the shot. Done!
Since the power level of the Yongnuo YN-160 II is consistent and produces constant light, you can shoot every ring shot with the same settings. This gives you quick reliable results during any wedding.
Not only do rings look great when shot with this lighting method, the same technique can be applied to just about any macro detail shot including jewelry, flowers, garters, etc... I'm sure the same technique could be applied to non-wedding related images too. While the reflective surface gives a beautiful clean image, there is also no limit to the surfaces you can place your subject on as the lighting produces great results regardless.
For more of Paul's work, check out his website.
What other shots do you think this lighting method would help with?