For Photographers: Behind The Ring Shot

Ring shots are one of my favorite detail shots of the wedding day. Today, I'm going to discuss how this shot was put together.



- Canon Mark 5D Mark III

- Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro



1/320 F/5.0 ISO 1600

White Balance: I shot in Kelvin, and put the temperature to 5400K to keep the shot on the warmer side. You can see the effects of shooting in Kelvin in Live View mode

Focus: I used back button focusing, and put the focal point on the part between the diamond prong, and the band



- The engagement ring of course. You can add in the two wedding bands as well

- White paper (You can use any plain material or even a white poster board as the bottom background)

- The Family Joolz Square Ring Box

- Ribbon spool by Silk Ribbon Florentes

- Fake flowers from Michaels


Set Up:

1. I put the background layer next to a large window

2. I put the ring into the box, and started to build around it

3. I wanted to show the silkiness of the ribbon, so I wrapped it around the ring

4. I added in some pink flowers on the top, and a little bit of white flowers on the bottom right area

Tip: use details that match the wedding colors!



I edited on Adobe Lightroom, and here were the settings I used. Here is the unedited version of the photo.


 After importing your photo, go to the Develop tab.



1. White balance: I left it As Shot (Since I shot in Kelvin, I didn't have to adjust the temperature)

2. Exposure: +.72 (My style is on the brighter side, so I increased the exposure)

3. Contrast: +27 (Adding a little bit of contrast on detail shots help add pop)

4. Highlights: -29 (When you increase the exposure, some of the areas become blown out, so I decrease the highlights to compensate for that)

5. Shadows: +22 (I brighten the shadows and blacks to lighten up the heavy areas)

6. Blacks: +15

7. Clarity: +5 (I don't typically increase the clarity, but a little bit makes the ring pop!)

8. Saturation: +6 (I also only use saturation on my detail shots. Increasing the saturation on people makes skin tones look funny)


Tone Curve:

1. Highlights: -29 (This also help with the blown out areas from increasing the exposure)

2. Lights: +19 (This is another thing that adds pop to your photos)

3. Darks: +18 (The darks help lighten the dark areas)

4. Shadows: -38 (Bringing down the shadows add back in some details from brightening the overall image from the exposure and shadows/black increases)


HSL/Color/B &W

Color Tab:

Note: Decreasing the saturation removes the color, while increasing in adds in more color of that color tone. Decreasing the luminance brings in more of the color, while increasing it will lighten the color. If you pull the hues to the left or to the right, you can see how it affects the colors.


Red: +8 Saturation -11 Luminance (This adds in some colors for the pink ribbon and flowers)

Orange: -28 Saturation (I noticed some orange in the background, so I decreased the oranges)

Yellow: -12 Hue (If you look at -100 on the hue, it makes the yellows more red while +100 makes the yellows look more green. Since there were lots of yellows, I brought the hue closer to the red side) -32 Saturation (I used this to decrease the saturation)

Green: +20 (Bringing it to the right makes the greens more blue green, while bringing it to the left makes the greens more yellow brown)



Sharpening Amount: +35 (I added in some sharpening to add in some clarity to the ring)


Lens Correction:

Profile: Check mark "Enable Profile Corrections"

- Each lens adds a little bit of vignetting on the corners of the photo. It's more obvious in wider lenses, but I enable this on all my photos to remove the vignette


Camera Calibration:

Green Primary

Hue: +25 (This gives it a little bit of the film look)


Local Adjustments:

On the tool bar right below the histogram on the top, find the little icon for the Adjustment Brush. You can also just push "K"


This brush tool lets you adjust parts of the image. I decreased the saturation to -18, and brushed the diamond and box to remove the yellow and orange tint. 




I hope this gave you some insight to my editing process. Hopefully I can blog more tips in the future that will help you!


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