How To Capture Amazing Ring Shots Right Away

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Shooting wedding and engagement ring shots need not be hard at all. In fact, with the proper equipment and a dash of creativity, you’re sure to capture that elusive image without too much effort. Here are some essential tips on how to photograph rings.

Use a Macro Lens

Shooting a ring and giving it justice can be extremely hard if you use a zoom or a normal prime lens. As such, it’s really important to have a macro lens in your bag to allow you to get closer to your subject. Anything that’s longer than 60mm will suffice to give you a good working distance when you are capturing ring shots.

Illuminate, Illuminate, Illuminate

Oftentimes, a wedding photographer might face challenging lighting conditions that will hinder the way towards the ring image you want. In this case, there’s no better way than to use a competent ring lighting system. You can simply use a flash mounted on your camera or go the extra mile and employ the use of slave flashes to brighten up those rings when ambient light won’t cooperate.

Apart from the use of flashes, going with a LED video light is also a reliable option. What’s good about these devices are you can instantly see how the light is gonna affect your image so you can just adjust accordingly. Of course, it would be best to employ the aid of an assistant to hold the video light when you are photographing ring shots.

Arrange Your Ring Shots For A Perfect Composition

Arrange Your Ring Shots For A Perfect Composition

Go for the Mood

Sometimes, the lack of light can be a good thing for those wedding and engagement ring photos. If you find yourselves shooting rings with little ambient light or without the aid of a lighting system, just go ahead and take your shot. Find the best spot possible, increase your ISO, open the lens at its widest, and shoot at the slowest shutter speed possible. After doing so, you might be surprised that the end result looks dramatic and artsy.

Go The Extra Mile and Decorate Those Rings

Let’s face it. Shooting engagement and wedding ring shots can be mundane when they’re all alone. Why don’t you look around and check for details that will highlight the rings to increase their beauty?

It’s simple actually. You can place those rings on a piece of clean, white paper to eliminate any distractions on your image. You can also find some leaves or small flowers and arrange them accordingly next to the rings to give your photo a livelier atmosphere. Furthermore, you can place those rings next to tiny and intricate details, like the beads of a wedding gown or a letter written by a groom to her bride. Heck, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can splash water on those rings or use sparklers for a unique shot.

Arrange Your Ring Shots For A Perfect Composition

Decorate your Ring Shots with Unique Details

Use Blue-Tak

Making rings stand can be next to impossible if you don’t use a handy solution like Blue-Tak. You can get a tiny piece of this putty-like substance, attach it to the bottom of the ring to make it look like it’s standing on any surface. This gives you the power to place those rings on walls, stylish surfaces, and detailed patterns without them tumbling over and over again. Just make sure to use the right amount of Blue-Tak for your ring shots so they won’t be seen in your photo.



A Simple Engagement and Wedding Ring Shot Using Blue-Tak

A Simple Engagement and Wedding Ring Shot Using Blue-Tak

Every wedding photographer need not lose their heads over something so small and so beautiful. With the right gear and loads of creativity, you’re sure to shoot ring shots that will blow everyone’s minds away in no time at all.

By |2017-03-07T23:52:18+00:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: Pro Photography|7 Comments

About the Author:

As a child, I've always been in love with stories and how it can change my idea of the world. As I grew older and got my first camera in 2008, I learned to translate that love of stories into photographs of anything and everything I’ve encountered. Since then, I’ve always made it a point to inject a sense of wonder and creativity into every shot I take. Eventually, it lead me to a whole world of amazing possibilities - weddings.
 I first started way back in 2010, learned under some of the best wedding and portrait photographers and never looked back since. This paved a path towards something that fulfills me artistically and keeps me sleepless at night with all the amazing ideas floating in my head. I love the thrill of weddings and the nostalgic atmosphere the day brings upon my creative side.


  1. Emily January 18, 2017 at 4:59 PM - Reply

    I was wondering how they make those rings stand! Now I know the secret!

  2. KronahS January 19, 2017 at 1:46 AM - Reply

    I’m using a macro adapter to shoot rings during weddings and it’s driving me crazy. Help!

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    Julio Munar January 21, 2017 at 12:41 PM - Reply

    Don’t attach the adapter to your lens. Get the proper exposure and set your camera first then use your adapter. Frame your shot properly, move your camera forward and backward while focusing too until it’s sharp. Take a deep breath and snap it right away.

  4. MikeRay January 22, 2017 at 8:20 PM - Reply

    I saw a friend use a macro filter on his Sigma 35mm Art lens. What do you think about that?

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    Julio Munar January 23, 2017 at 1:40 AM - Reply

    I’ve used filters to help me get closer before and they did a splendid job. You won’t lose autofocus and you can use your current lens like a macro without disrupting your shooting style. The drawback is image quality might suffer a bit due to another layer of glass on your lens.

  6. Gene Inoue June 2, 2017 at 3:24 AM - Reply

    First of all i wanted to thank you for sharing that kind of knowledge with us, this is really very helpful for me.

    Tank you.

  7. Alice Martine February 15, 2018 at 1:30 AM - Reply

    Your information is really important for a professional photographer. Yes, I agree with you that mood can also impact on activity. I had seen some activities of a photographer ( on my friend’s engagement section. They did superb work.

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