Photographing the ring is one of my favorite parts of wedding details. Okay, I guess I love all the details, but I haven't always loved the ring shot! You would think that photographing a gem would be fun for a photographer, but I just wasn't inspired by the ring until recently. Do you want to know what changed everything for me? Grain. Grain is the dream of film photographers everywhere and I needed a way for my digital ring photos to look like gorgeous film shots! So below you are going to find TWO solutions to this problem: a tutorial on adding grain to your photos and a ring preset pack in the Jordan Brittley Shop!!!
1) Get the right combination of gear!
I use the Canon 5D Mark III + the Canon 100 macro L, but you should find whatever works for you!
2) Don't get too close!
That macro lens makes it easy for you to get really close to the ring, but I have found that the photograph looks better when you back up just a little. Give the ring just enough room so that the edges of the photograph are illuminated. Then get to work!
3) Shoot in manual!
My typical ring settings are f/2.8, ISO 800, 1/160!
4) Apply my preset!
That's it! The preset changes several different things, but today I am going to show you how to add grain that looks like film grain!! CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PRESET!
And as promised, here is a tutorial on how to add grain to your photographs in Lightroom!
1) Load your image into Lightroom and click on Develop
2) Scroll down to "Effects" under Develop and add grain! For the image below I added an amount of 57, size of 51, and roughness of 30. I like to keep the grain subtle while still adding texture, so try only adding enough grain so that it's visible in the shadows! That's the real secret with film ring shots!
And last, but definitely not least, I am selling a RING PRESET PACK with 6 presets in the Jordan Brittley shop! So head on over to simplify your editing and take an extra 15% off with the code JBBLOGREADER! Enjoy!