How to Capture Beautifully-Lit Wedding Ring Photos with a Cheap LED Light

Wedding photographer Paul Keppel created this helpful 3-minute video tutorial on how he goes about shooting consistent wedding ring photos using a cheap LED light and a macro lens.

Keppel says he struggled to get consistent shots of rings until he started using the Yonynuo 160II LED light, which costs less than $60 online.

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The trick he discovered was placing the LED light on its barn doors with the lights facing straight down at the rings, thereby creating a mini makeshift light tent.

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Youíll want to set the rings on a shiny black surface if you can find one. Keppel has used things such as toasters, trash can lids, glass cooking surfaces, and TV stands.

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Here are some ring photographs Keppel has made using this technique:

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The technique is by no means limited to wedding rings: you can photograph all kinds of jewelry and small objects using this makeshift light tent:

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If youíre interested in adding this idea to your arsenal as a way to shoot well-lit photos of small objects on-the-go, you might want to think about picking up a similar LED light yourself.

You can find more of Keppelís photos and writing on his website and blog.

(via Paul Keppel via SLR Lounge)


Image credits: Video and photographs by Paul Keppel and used with permission

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