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How I photograph diamond rings and pretty things

I love photographing details and one of the most important details of the day is the engagement ring. I would love to share some of my tips on how I photograph the ring and brides jewelry.

In the beginning of my career I thought that shooting wide open on everything was the best idea but, when it comes to jewelry the littlest movement can cause motion blur. Now I shoot all of my jewelry and smaller details at a 5.6 or greater aperture. Once you get this method down it makes it so much easier and you get crisp beautiful ring and jewelry shots all the time!

I use a 100mm 2.8 macro L series lens from Canon. I typically shoot my rings at a 5.6 or greater aperture.  I use all natural light because this is my favorite look for my images to look cohesive. I also shoot all rings and small details in the live view mode on my camera, this way I have a bit more control on where the focus is going to be and I zoom it in times 5 so I can see the exact focus point. I focus on the prong closest to me and the diamond, this way I get the entire diamond in focus.  I usually take a deep breath in then exhale and push the shutter, this helps lessen the movement in camera.  I do a little sharpening in post on the diamond and the prongs only and sometime bring down any yellow highlights just to give the diamond a bit more clarity.

 I like to incorporate things from the wedding to tie into the ring shot, for example the wedding invitation, brides shoes, flowers or the bridesmaids dress as a subtle backdrop. This is always a great addition to the album and who wouldn’t want to see their ring larger than life? A few more tips…We always tell our brides to make sure their ring is cleaned before the wedding so it will be as sparkly as it can be. Also, I bring dental wax with me, this helps me stand up a ring if needed for a little bit of a different shot and it leaves no residue on the ring. 

Best of luck and please feel free to ask any questions!

XO~Amalie

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