7 Tips for Shooting Better Ring Shots


During a wedding, one of your goals is to take gorgeous photos of the bride and groom throughout the day. While it is important (and your job!) to make them look their best, there are also some additional elements you must remember to photograph. This includes the wedding dress, the bride’s shoes, details of the reception, and of course, the rings!

Before the wedding day, the bride and groom carefully picked rings that represent the unity they will share for years to come. Though ring shots are important to add into the image list for the wedding day, you may have limited time to spend shooting them. With a shorter timeframe, it can be tricky to capture the essence of the rings in the right way. Here are seven tips to help you take better ring shots for the bride and groom.


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1. Use a Video Light

Since rings are relatively smaller accessories to photograph, it can be helpful to use an additional light source to highlight the details. Video lights are portable and allow you to have flexibility during your shoot. As you place the rings together in a creative and unique way, position the light over the rings. If you have a second shooter with you, have them help out with this! This creates a softer light that showcases the unique details of the ring.

2. Utilize Depth of Field

After you place the rings in your desired location, it is important to understand how you want the final outcome of the image to look. Are you including additional items in the photo, such as other jewlery? If so, you may want more of the image to be in focus and sharp. If you only want to focus on the rings, adjust your aperture to have a shallow depth of field. This will help to blur out the rest of the details in the image and keep the focus on one main thing: the rings. You will want to ensure that the rings are sharp so that all of the details can be clearly seen. When shooting rings, both a wide and narrow aperture can help to bring a different look and feel to your images, so try both to see which you prefer!


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3. Find Reflective Surfaces

When you are shooting ring shots, scout locations that have reflective surfaces. Adding interest to your images is always key to standing out in your shooting skills. Using an area that shows a reflection of your couples’ unique rings allows you to mix up the images you provide them. Place the rings on a flat surface, such as a reflective counter or table top. As you frame the image, include the reflection to create depth and dimension to the photo.

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4. Incorporate your Surroundings

Regardless of where your shoot is, it is important to work with what you are provided in terms of the environment. Take a look around the location you are in and position the rings in a place that will help highlight the details of them. Look for flat surfaces or materials that will make perfect backdrops for the rings. It can be difficult to bring additional items for ring shots to help position them, so working with your environment can help you be more efficient.


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5. Focus on the Theme

Since the bride and groom have planned the day down to the last detail, it is important to capture the theme of the overall day. While positioning the rings for your shot, make sure to include something that represents the theme your couple chose. Perhaps their wedding focuses on a relaxed beach day, or a cold and snowy day in the mountains. To capture the theme, incorporate something from the location, such as a sea shell or a snowy tree branch that the rings are rested on.

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6. Avoid Distracting Backgrounds

Sometimes, finding the simplest background can create the most stunning ring shots. The great thing about simple backgrounds is that they can be found anywhere! Look for a solid color on a table, a piece of fabric without a busy pattern, a chair, or even a windowsill. By incorporating a background that is not distracting, you can direct the attention to the rings and make them the focal point of the image. If you find a simple background and use a shallow depth of field, the ring will stand out, and the color of the background will become a blur.


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7. Capture the Right Light

When you are working with rings, consider the fact that they may feature large, reflective stones that do not always look perfect in any light. Make sure to observe the current lighting situation to see where the best light is in the location. Look for natural light from the sun, or bright lights if you are in a location without natural light. If you are shooting with a macro lens, you may need more light available to ensure that the rings are in focus and sharp.

Related: We’ve pulled 26 key tips from Roberto Valenzuela’s Picture Perfect Lighting – use them to advance your lighting knowledge!

Tip: Try using the flashlight from your phone to light the rings. This can be a great alternative if you are in a time crunch and do not have time to use an off-camera flash.

Capturing the details of the wedding day assists you in creating a cohesive story in your images. After receiving your images back from a wedding photography editing company, you can share them with the bride and groom! They will love the unique ways you captured their wedding rings and will likely add them into their wedding album. Continue to advance your skills in photography when you download our Pro Photographer Lighting and Posing Guide!


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