Wedding Ring Photography Part 1
Wedding Ring Photography Part 1
Why Is Wedding Ring Photography Important? - Photographing the wedding rings is an important aspect of the wedding photographer’s role on your couple’s wedding day. Besides their value, they’re also significant because they resemble your client's union as a couple. As such, they tell an aspect of the wedding day story that’s unmatched by any of the other wedding details, like the Bride’s shoes and even the bouquet and garter! They are this significant personal touch that cannot be replaced by other items of the day.
Gone are the days of boring wedding ring shots! The classic shot of the rings on top of the wedding day itinerary with their names and date as a background is overdone. As is a close up of the couple holding hands, exposing their rings. Wouldn’t you agree? Enough is enough. It’s time to get creative with wedding ring photography. Apply all of the photography skills, techniques and other knowledge that you utilise in other aspects of your photography into wedding ring photography. It’s time to think of the wedding rings like you think of your Bride and Groom in the sense that you want to deliver shots of your subjects with creative light, compositions and interesting backgrounds. So, having said all of that, we have TEN TOP TIPS to share with you in this article altogether...
Wedding Ring Photography TIP #1: Macro Lenses - Macro Lenses aren’t the cheapest lenses, especially when you take into consideration that fact that you might only be using them for one or two shots throughout the entire day, but it’s very important to pick one up if you’re considering adding good ring shots to your wedding photography portfolio. That’s without mentioning the fact that the quality of your close-up images will be much better (obviously) and the fact that your clients will more than likely be happier with detailed images shot with a macro lens. If that's not a reason to invest in a macro lens, then we don't know what is!
Wedding Ring Photography TIP #2: Manual Focus - We will admit, it will be tough to rely on auto focus in this situation, as it’s just not accurate enough. You should try and get used to focusing manually, take multiple shots and make sure that you zoom in as you’re checking the images on the LCD to make sure that you come away with a sharp, perfect focus. Imagine coming away from what you think is a job well done, only to discover that the images you’ve taken are of poor quality. That’s a wedding photographer’s worst nightmare! Always double check your images before moving onto the next set...
Wedding Ring Photography TIP #3: Aperture - Crank up the aperture as high as you can without having your shutters drop below an acceptable level. What’s acceptable? That’s going to depend on your lighting and the presence or absence of flash, but in general, make sure you’re at least above 1/100th. Why take your aperture up to the next level? There’s a lot of detail beyond that initial subject in the photograph that you’re going to want to capture! Be sure to bare this in mind, especially when shooting outside. Anyhow, it is important to have good lighting where wedding ring photography is concerned. This ensures that the correct colour and details are picked up on camera, which is what we want, of course!
Wedding Ring Photography TIP #4: Additional Sharpening - Yes, you can cheat a little bit... but don’t worry, it’s not the kind of cheating that will get you into trouble. This is kind of like an alley to get you to your location quicker (in the realms of photography of course). You can touch up/sharpen your ring images in Photoshop to give them that extra pop. It’s worth doing as a professional wedding photographer. It really does make a noticeable difference to the images that have this effect applied to them. You should check it out! Come on, we want to see those engravings and colour tones on those wedding rings don't we?
Wedding Ring Photography TIP #5: Reflection - Ah yes, the reflection technique is a very nice touch and if it’s possible for you to utilise your surroundings and achieve this style of photography then go ahead. It’s one of those in the moment opportunities though, so, it’ll be your call. Reflections create vertical symmetry and add interest to a scene. This can be a glass table, a granite counter top, a piano or any other reflective surface. Take a look around the wedding venue/ reception area to gather ideas for later on after the ceremony. You could quickly borrow the couple to get the shots of the wedding rings that you need after they’re newlyweds! We don't think they'll mind showing off their new beautiful rings for the camera!
Well that's it from us for Part 1, but don't worry, Part 2 will be coming along shortly and by shortly we mean tomorrow! So, it really isn't that long of a wait, but in the meantime, why not keep up with us on Facebook? Come and say hello over there!
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