Shooting Star : How to Photograph Wedding Rings

I
make no joke about my love for all things Facebook. It's creepy actually. Mark Zuckerberg should be scared of me because if I saw his Audi, I might leave a thank you note tucked in the windshield. Why, yes, I know he drives an Audi. Like I said, creeeeepy.

In all seriousness, the reason I like Facebook is because it allows me to connect with photographers and makes the photo industry--which sometimes feels polarizing and isolating--a bit smaller. A place where we say y'all and smile at strangers. When people write on my wall, I try to personally respond or others step in and help along the way. Because at the end of the day, we all want to follow our dreams and helping each other is the best way to get there.

Last week, I was asked How To Photograph Wedding Rings:


I thought it made for a series of great questions, so I decided to answer them and shoot a demonstration for this installment of Shooting Star. In this video, I'll answer:
*How I get inspiration for wedding ring photos
*What background works best when photographing wedding rings
*Whether I plan the wedding ring photos in advance
*How long I spend photographing wedding rings
*How I set up wedding rings
*Demonstration: How I photograph wedding rings



I hope this helps just one person...and then this person pays it forward...and, together, we create a ripple effect to make the industry stronger. Together.
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JamieY - Such helpful info, but honestly my favorite part is looking at your studio. I LOVE IT! It is pretty much exactly how I want my house to look.  08.21.12 - 6:35pm
Hailey - THANK YOU SO MUCH! I am just so appreciative and inspired by your willingness and passion to help others. Blessings!   08.13.12 - 10:28pm
Linda Baca - That was fabulous video and so helpful. I have a wedding next month will definitely will apply what you have taught me! Thank you :)   08.08.12 - 2:10pm
Sarah - Fantastic post Jasmine, thank you so much! I'm off to check out some more of your videos x  08.07.12 - 3:57pm
Donna Binbek - Thanks for this video! I LOVE ring shot because you can really make them look fun and beautiful; so many possibilities. I have also subscribed to your YouTube video channel!  08.05.12 - 5:50am
LightworksPhotography - Great stuff! It's so easy just to do the same thing over and over at each wedding and this has provided some great inspiration and ideas - thank you!  08.02.12 - 4:48am
Kayla - Thank you! Thank you! Thank yoU!  08.01.12 - 10:15pm
Evonne & Darren - LOVE your video tutorial, Jas! Thanks for sharing, as always!  07.31.12 - 2:32pm
Ela- Studio Finch - Loving the new workspace!!! :)  07.30.12 - 10:20pm
Liz McNeil - You are so cool and so helpful! Thanks for your detailed tutorials.   07.30.12 - 11:23am
Lacey Rabalais - Love this. Thanks for sharing.  07.30.12 - 4:13am
Alex Sablan - Mark was correct, I think this video will help an abundance of people. Your videos are always spot on and informative.  07.29.12 - 8:09am
Jessica - As usual such delightfully helpful tutorials! Thank you!  07.29.12 - 7:25am
Mark Martinez Photography - Wonderful demo Jasmine! I usually prefer to shoot the rings much tighter to show as much ring detail as possible. While I do love the end results this kind of image requires much more time to set up, smaller apertures and, very often, a tripod or other means to steady the camera. Your post was a very effective demonstration that ring shots can be done quickly and successfully in a number of ways. I will remember this the next time I have 5 minutes to get the ring shot. Thank you for posting this :)  07.28.12 - 8:14pm
Tony Harrison - Great tutorial Jasmine - if you are collecting votes on this style of 'Shooting Star', then mine is in. Please continue with the commentary and then demonstration. It is *so* very helpful.  07.28.12 - 3:44pm
Jennifer Rice - GET OUT! I just called you the Queen of the Wedding rings about a week ago and was just about to do so on your last wedding blog, begging you to share anything that could help the rest of us.... gum, glue, superhero mind force that holds them in place long enough to photograph them?????? I'm thrilled to see this post! Thanks Jas!!!  07.27.12 - 2:36pm
Tammy E - What a fabulous video! I loved the addition of being able to watch you do what you just explained. Twice as effective. Congratulations on your new Studio. It's beautiful!  07.27.12 - 1:58pm
Adriana Morett - This video was SO amazing, thank you very much I looooved the examples, thank you for taking the time to do this!! Big hug  07.27.12 - 11:25am
Lena - "LOVE". Because there is no "like" button here. ;) I completely love any type of detail shot - since I switched to Canon last year, I have a 60mm macro lens that I still use on my 7D. (Not sure what would happen if I tried to put it on the 5D3 - but I am not chancing that). The 100 2.8L is soooooo VERY next on my list cuz I just have not been happy with my macro shots of late. (Like less than a month away) Can't wait to see this Shooting Star! :)  07.27.12 - 10:09am
Julie Villarreal - Love this Jasmine. You always have such great ideas. And you make me believe that I can do it too. Whenever I feel discouraged or that I can't do it you share something that gives me the spark I need to revive my passion! Thank you!  07.27.12 - 9:30am
matthew @ a fine press - Boy, I'm jealous of that space!  07.27.12 - 6:32am
Bruno Delzant - Interessting, but please put a grip on your 5D to shoot vertical ;-)  07.27.12 - 6:03am
Karen - I loooveee your sense of fashion! And thank you so much for sharing!  07.26.12 - 11:27pm
Leiriondress - Wow,great!Thanks for the info  07.26.12 - 11:07pm
LEOLAK - You look FANTASTIC!!! Can wr have a Shooting Star on your style? Or can I just raid your closet?!? LOL! Studio looks AMAZING and GORGEOUS!! Awesome Shooting Star!   07.26.12 - 10:49pm
Milton Gan - Great video Jasmine! Thanks for sharing and I LOVE your new studio!  07.26.12 - 10:18pm
Neha - Awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing....love videos like this! AND LOVE your necklace! :)  07.26.12 - 9:27pm
Kristen - Jasmine, I'm not in the industry, but I love your blog because of this attitude of everyone helping each other. I work in advertising, own a small business and feel the exact same way...go out of my way to help others professionally in ways big and small...but that mindset seems so unusual. Anyway, love how generous you are to all of those around you. :)  07.26.12 - 8:01pm
Dana Fiorito - You are beautiful and I have a serious case of jealous-heart over your studio.  07.26.12 - 7:53pm
Sabrina Wong - Thanks for sharing Jasmine, this is so helpful :)  07.26.12 - 7:10pm
Kari Jeanne - LOVE this post! Like always, your tips and advice is VERY much appreciated :) :)  07.26.12 - 5:50pm
Regina Chayer - Helpful shooting star! I can empathize about the shakey hands with the rings. I once dropped a bride's diamond inside a piano... had to fish it out with a coat hanger. You will never know how awful those 10 minutes were while they retrieved them them! That same wedding day included a tornado during the ceremony and a reception by candlelight as there was no electricity!   07.26.12 - 5:44pm
cassandra-m - PS....yikes, forgot to say...GREAT VIDEO....Awesome INFO on shooting rings.   07.26.12 - 4:32pm
cassandra-m - I love lOvE LoVe this video with you moving around in the environment. Although I love all the other videos, this one was different and I liked it....a Lot. :))))  07.26.12 - 4:31pm
James L Dekker - Great information, thx Jasmine for sharing.  07.26.12 - 3:37pm
Amy - That was great Jasmine, thanks so much! Loved seeing your studio too. :)  07.26.12 - 2:23pm
Camilla jørvad - this was a great episode of shooting star. very practical and it was wonderful to watch you in action as opposed to always "just" talking. great :)  07.26.12 - 2:15pm
Susan Evans - Very helpful! Thanks! I can't believe you can hand hold at 1/60 sec - I seem to be too shaky for that.  07.26.12 - 1:48pm
Jaclyn C. - Ahh! This is so helpful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  07.26.12 - 12:55pm
Angie - Jasmine, you are amazing! After my wedding I became very interested in photography, and I am starting to do research on it, so that hopefully someday I can start my own photography career! I love all the great tips you have, but there is a lot more that I need to learn. Is there a website, courses, etc. that you recommend for people like me that are at just beginning to learn the basics? Thanks so much, and keep up the amazing work you do! Love, Angie   07.26.12 - 12:43pm
ajira - Gorgeous studio, Jasmine! Love the look- exposed, distressed wood and red leather? Yes, please. And the light installation? Fab!   07.26.12 - 12:39pm
Meredith Sledge - I love that you actually demonstrated! Thank you for that! Super helpful!  07.26.12 - 12:35pm
Jolynn - I love when I see a new video post on your blog! They always help so much, and it's more fun to see you showing us how you work. Loving the studio space, too! It provides a great background!  07.26.12 - 11:55am
Leslie - love this! I also found it interesting that you provide multiple ring shots to the bride & groom for selection. Do you provide the vertical and horizontal photograph of each set up? Or just three total shots, one from each set-up - either way - great post!!!   07.26.12 - 11:50am
Michele with one L - That was sooo helpful. Great questions, Mark. And, Jasmine, I love watching you work. Thank you!   07.26.12 - 11:35am
Ashley R - This is very helpful! Thank you Jasmine! You inspire me. :)   07.26.12 - 11:32am
Becky Male - Thank you for this post - very helpful and the 3 different options I'll definitely remember for future weddings.  07.26.12 - 11:31am
Nicole - I love how generous you are with your talent, so willing to share what you have learned! It speaks volumes about your nature and who you are!   07.26.12 - 11:28am
Ashley Goodwin - OH MAN do you not LOVE your office???!?!? I SURE DO! It's SO YOU! love love love love love loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee  07.26.12 - 11:26am
jaine {brklynview} - this was fantastic! thank you jasmine for always teaching and inspiring others. love it!  07.26.12 - 11:11am
joanna - After you position the ring, i see (or hear the shutter release) you are taking multiple photos of the same shot, but you aren't moving. Are you adjusting your camera settings, like aperature and/or shutterspeed?   07.26.12 - 11:03am
Linda B. - Thanks for the tips. I do ring shots for weddings as well, but I usually only do one particular shot. I actually never thought to do several variations and to also incorporate the couple's vision into the shot. I will be using this info for the next wedding that I shoot!  07.26.12 - 10:59am
tamsen - so awesome! i always get stuck with the rings- what to do with them?! awesome segment!  07.26.12 - 10:59am
Elizabeth Langford - Thanks Jasmine! I have struggled with ring shots and this video was so helpful!!  07.26.12 - 10:57am
Jennie - Thanks for the tips!  07.26.12 - 10:41am
Missy Wuertz - You are positively awesome. Thank you so much for the tutorial!  07.26.12 - 10:16am
ashley barnett - Love it!! Thanks for always being so helpful and open, you da best! I always joke that shooting the rings is when I get my breathing exercises in for the day!  07.26.12 - 10:11am
brittany - Loved this!!! Thank you for posting. J have guidelines now lol!!!  07.26.12 - 10:06am
elisabetta {Linen and Silk} - Jasmine, I looove this Shooting Star video with the demo! I'm not a tog, but this is perfect advice for us bloggers too who sometimes need to style objects for a blog post. Thank you! x  07.26.12 - 10:05am
erica clark - Fabulous!  07.26.12 - 9:53am
Ginny - Sweet! Thanks for posting. You look fabulous!! Love the new studio space. xoxo  07.26.12 - 9:52am
Deborah Zoe - That was awesome Jasmine!!Thank you for sharing!  07.26.12 - 9:48am
jackie almeida - great post! thanks for the info :) I never really have a hard time getting inspirations for my pictures..i'm just having a hard time with the auto focus with my canon mark ii and my canon 100mm 2.8 macro..i never can trust the auto focus it takes way too long but i noticed you did back focusing so i'm going to try that! thanks  07.26.12 - 9:46am
Robin - Great ideas, as an other option, I do the classic ring shot in the crease of a Bible at 1 Cor 13:8 with the grooms ring casting a heart shadow and have the word Love inside the brides ring, "Love never fails", just use a torch to cast the heart shadow.  07.26.12 - 9:46am
Gosia - Thanks for the info... and btw, love your outfit!  07.26.12 - 9:45am
Leah Simpson - Awesome!!! Now I seriously want to go out and try this!! Thanks!!  07.26.12 - 9:44am
Lauren | Lauren Nicole Photo - Talk about creepy internet stalking - my first thought was, "Oh, that's what Jasmine was wearing when JD took her to PinkBerry the other day..." Thanks for the video - I have the non-L version of that lens and sometimes I struggle with 2.8 not being detailed enough when I am trying to focus on something that does NOT focus well (such as a shiny diamond). Do you ever find yourself shooting at a larger f-stop to get MORE diamonds in focus? I've been wanting to play around with my own rings in lots of lighting and setup situations at various f-stops to get a lot better with putting my focus JUST where I want it - thanks for the inspiration to stop saying "I'm PLANNING to" and to just got and DO IT.   07.26.12 - 9:42am
Kitrin Jeffrey - Go on with your bad self J*! Great episode of Shooting Star - very helpful, and loved the demo you provided. Your new studio is sick btw! Thanks so much for all that you do!  07.26.12 - 9:42am
Raghu - Great ! Thank you :-)  07.26.12 - 9:40am
Jessi - I just started my business in March and I did my first BIG wedding in June but I did two small weddings before that. I really wanted to show off the rings but like Jasmine said, it depends on the environment and what is going on. None of this photos I did were planned. It was all spur of the moment. The one of the flower was a Civil wedding so i picked a flower from ground and placed it with the rings: https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/s720x720/389360_10150950895239917_2054883937_n.jpg -- this next one i did was from my big wedding and they rented a camero for the big day so of course I was so excited to use this in the photos and HAD to use them for the rings. https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/s720x720/391429_10151010112814917_1760911208_n.jpg -- (One thing I may have changed from this photo was moving the rings more to the left but since it was my first wedding I can correct myself from one thing and make sure i do it next time. Over time I'm sure Ill be to the point where I know I won't make anymore mistakes. AND Just go with your gut and know your bride prior to the big day so your not asking too many questions because that can get overwhelming. My poor bride from the big wedding was stressing cause EVERYONE was asking her what to do and I ended up being the photographer/assistant lol. It all worked out and we had fun! And Thanks Jasmine for posting!  07.26.12 - 9:34am
Lupe Ruiz - I love that you did a demo!! Keep those coming! ;)  07.26.12 - 9:31am
Angela - Killer tops and necklace!! Thanks for the tips! I always find that I need to shoot at f5 or so to get all of the ring in focus when I am so close with my macro.  07.26.12 - 9:31am
Scott Herdling - Thanks for the great video! I learned alot =)  07.26.12 - 9:31am
Priscilla Longshore - so awesome ty for this!   07.26.12 - 9:30am
Haley Johnston - Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! This was perfect!! I am so glad you did the mini shoot with the rings, so helpful!   07.26.12 - 9:29am
Katelyn James - You're great. I know this took some time and so thanks for being committed to go above and beyond to help:) you da best:)   07.26.12 - 9:28am
Mark Potter - Jasmine!!! This is incredible - thank you, thank you, thank you. This helps tremendously and I feel so honored you answered my questions in such depth. Your explanations and demonstration, combined with showing the actual results - freakin awesome! I learned so much from that and know it's going to make a massive difference. Thanks for being such an inspiration to so many and for making the industry feel so much warmer and real - you're amazing!  07.26.12 - 9:25am
Alan Phillip - Thank you Jasmine for posting this, and thank you Mark for the wonderful questions@  07.26.12 - 9:15am
Dana Laymon - that was such a great video! They just keep getting better and better! And I love the new studio, totally my style. thanks for the tutorial :)  07.26.12 - 9:15am
Dallas Curow - Wow, this might be the best Shooting Star video of ALL TIME! Jasmine (and JD, as I'm guessing he's the one who filmed it ;)) you did an amazing job with this. This information, and particularly the live demo, were so helpful. It's incredible how giving you are to your community and I am extraordinarily grateful. Thanks a million for this inspiring and game-changing video.  07.26.12 - 9:11am
Toni - I seriously LOVE every installment of Shooting Star. I love that you're so willing to help out other photographers with tips and info that you worked hard to learn. Thanks for being so generous with your knowledge! P.S. Is it weird that you are MY Mark Zuckerberg? ;)  07.26.12 - 8:52am
Robert Hunter - Thank you Jasmine! That was very insightful video.  07.26.12 - 8:50am
Sarah Clawson - I just think you are the coolest. This video is great, you look gorgeous and it was very helpful! Thanks for putting it together and all that you share with us! :)  07.26.12 - 8:43am
Janelle C. - This was very helpful Jasmine!!! I appreciate the time you took to demonstrate how you would shoot rings! Thank you!!!  07.26.12 - 8:22am
Scott - Jasmine, you are the best !!  07.26.12 - 8:20am
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