I’m going to show you how I get consistent wedding ring photographs using a cheap L.E.D light and a macro lens
I’ve put together a little video tutorial after a few people were interested in how I photographed my wedding rings. They are even nick-naming the technique the “Keppelling” method which is a play on the Brenizer method.
I always struggled to get consistent wedding ring photographs until I started using the YongNuo YN-160 LED Video Light . Anybody that has photographed using a macro lens knows that you have such a small area in focus and it can be hard getting sharp images. Add into the equation the fact that I was doing this one handed whilst holding a L.E.D light in the other hand, I was always going to struggle. Well, my arm started to get tired and I placed the L.E.D light on the piano on its barns doors and I had one of those ‘lightbulb moments’. Why don’t I keep the L.E.D on its barn doors and use it to create a light tent. Wow, I couldn’t believe the outcome, my first ever image using this method.
I tend to work alone so most of the wedding ring photographs are done during the wedding breakfast while everybody is eating, with the odd exception of when the groom is getting ready in the same venue as the bride. I remember walking in to a hotel apartment and I couldn’t find anything that was reflective or shiny to place the rings on. This was happening while the groom was having breakfast and I heard the toaster pop. I looked over and the toaster had brushed metal sides.
Here are a few more images from the “Keppelling” wedding ring method.
Above image -Metadata: iso 1600 f13 1/200sec
Above image -Metadata: iso 900 f7.1 1/200sec
Above image -Metadata: iso 1200 f11 1/200sec
You are not limited to just wedding rings. I often photograph the earrings, bracelets, and necklaces using the exact same technique as the rings.