Tips for better ring shots

#1. Focus on the prong closest to you.

If the part of the ring that is closest to the eye is sharp and in focus, our eyes will think the rest of it is in focus, as our eyes automatically focus on whatever is closest to us.


#2. Use an aperture of f/3.5 or higher.

I use extension tubes, so I go as far as f/5 to get a really beautiful ring shot with bokeh (blurriness) in the background. This makes it easier to have a sharp looking photo than if you shoot at f/1.8. When shooting rings, it’s best to have a macro lens, or extension tubes to really capture all the detail!


#3. Pay attention to your body.

Our bodies have a natural sway to them, so when you are working really closely with a ring, we typically hold our breath and try to be as still as possible to combat camera shake. However, if you pay attention to how your body sways, you can take the photo as your body naturally moves toward the ring, so that you are more likely to have a better shot.


(I used a flash to light these photos up, as it was already dark outside, and the reception area lighting was sort of dim as well)


Make sure you are in an area with GREAT light. Whether you take the ring outside (just don’t lose it!), put it next to a window, or use a flash, make sure you light it up. If the light isn’t good, then it will be even harder to make the photo look sharp.


#5. Shoot on the same level.

Get down and shoot at eye level to get ring shots. I do like to also shoot from straight above for different compositions, but always be sure to get one at eye-level!


#6. Clean the ring.

This is sometimes beyond our control, but reminding your bride to clean her engagement ring before the session or the wedding day can also make a great difference in the images!


If these tips were helpful to you, please share them so that more photographers can be helped! If you have more tips to share, leave them in the comments!




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