Photographing Rings

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As wedding season rapidly approaches I'm brushing up on some photography tips and tricks to help improve and speed up my work this year. Last week my brain nearly melted with Creative Live's Photoshop week! Thanks to all the instructors I'm armed with a few more things to speed up and improve my work in Lightroom and Photoshop, which will really help in my post production and editing. This week I was playing with macro and devising a good plan for taking ring photos. A few things that will help...a couple LED lights, a fork, a small piece of plastic wrap, a small piece of tinfoil, a 36mm extension tube and a 50mm 1.8 lens on my Nikon 610 and of course a ring.  Here's how I use them...A fork works great to prop up a ring with a couple lights on each side or great window light which ever provides enough light to make that ring sparkle! The plastic wrap and tin foil around the ring catch a bit of light and make a really nice bokeh!With the 36mm extension tube and the 50mm 1.8 I find my focal plane and zoom in at 100% on live view to make sure the gems are in focus, making sure I like my cropping and fire with my aperture between 4-9 and as low and ISO I can to maintain good light and picture quality. This will vary depending on your light sources and how close they are to the ring. I leave my shutter speed set to double my focal length. And this is what we can create...I love looking at that kind of sparkle through the lens!I'm looking forward to see what kind of beautiful rings I'll be photographing for my brides this year!