I love photographing wedding rings. There are so many options for different looks that we can create that the possibilities are endless. I always try to use whatever my brides have around the room or I wait until we get to the reception so I can use reflective objects and surfaces, candles, flowers and any other table or room decor.
For this particular shot, I saw a cute little box Lauren had on her coffee table and along with someone’s sparkly bag, I took it to her dining room and sat them on a table by the window. I placed the lid of the box on the table and the ring right at the edge of the lid handle. I added the sparkly clutch about 4 or 5 inches behind it and was happy with the composition so far.
The natural light that was coming in from the window was beautiful, but I still needed a video light to make the ring really sparkle. It’s always difficult to work without an assistant for these type of shots, because I have to hold my heavy camera with one hand and the video light with another (when she normally holds the light for me), which makes it almost impossible to avoid camera shake – especially if you have to manually focus your macro lens (and any lens movement throws the subject out of focus). So, because my assistant Laura wasn’t available, I was able to position the video light in the perfect spot so it could beautifully illuminate the bride’s ring.
I didn’t quite take a ‘before’ shot of this, but I did take a bird’s eye view of the same type of setup with her additional jewelry. Just image that the ring was the only object on top of the lid handle and voila. Here’s the before and after shot.
For photographers: Shot with Nikon D750, 105mm, f/8, ISO 1000, 1/125, natural and video light.