The Rings – Creating Something Out Of Nothing

I’m going to do a little write up on a shot i did recently, Nothing special but i just want to show you can always create something out of nothing, which is easy to do with the rings. Anything can be possible if you put your mind to it, you just need to be a little creative sometimes (as you will see below!). Normally this type of image would appear in my Wedding gallery, but as this is just a practice / creative shot, i chose not to bother, however it is in the main gallery (in larger form).

I am not the most creative person by any means, however a little time and thought gave me an idea. Why not have a play around with “The Ring” shot. So my take on one of these is below, have a look and let me know your thoughts!

Here at BDHPHOTO, we believe that the morning is just as important as any other part of the day, thats why we take the bridal preparation seriously. When all the mad rush and hectic morning is in full swing, we like to capture the finer details. Here we have the rings which would be taken during the mad hectic dashing around! Offering stunning reflections amazing twinkle lights and a nice warm glow. Here we have created something out of nothing. Located in Rotherham, Sheffield, Doncaster anad other surounding areas.

Initially I can see where I would improve this going forward, but I can also see that this has a wow factor about it. Here is the good bit, the image was actually taken in my kitchen! I will list everything I have used to create this shot below:

Camera Gear:

Canon EOS 5d Mkiii
Canon 70-200mm F2.8 L IS 2 Lens

Other Hardware:

1 x mirrored picture frame. This particular one was purchased from asda
1 x set of battery powered fairy lights. These are to create the light orbs at the back of the image
1 x photography (ice) light. I used the ORSA LED UY-Q508D from amazon
1 x knife block. This is to prop the fairy lights up
1 x Tea bag holder. Only needed to elevate the rings up from the worktop
1 x easter egg box (believe it or not, it helped)

The Setup

To setup this shot, I placed the tea bag holder underneath the mirrored photoframe (raising the frame up off of the worktop). I placed the Knife block behind the mirrored photoframe leave a gap of about 15-20cm, place the fairy lights around the front of the knife block but facing the photoframe. The rings needed to be held down with a tiny amount of bluetack to keep them standing up, and the easter egg box was placed around the ICE light (plain side facing inwards) which channeled all of the lights power into a smaller area. Now, place the ice light about 10-15 cm above the rings.

That is the basic setup. If you are unsure as to what this would look like, please see the image below (use whatever you have available to prop the ICE light up):

The rings - setup image






Now for the camera settings. I shot this image using the below details:

ZOOM: 200mm
ISO: 200
Aperture: f3.2
Shutter speed: 1/400
White Balance: Kelvin 10,000

Standing around 5-6 feet away from the rings and focusing on the thickest part of them. Shooting at f3.2 allows enough of the image to stay in focus.

The settings provided are only a guideline really and all depend on the power output of the light sources you introduced.

Once the image was taken, I just had to make a few minor adjusments in Lightroom and cropped the image slightly which left me with the image at the top of this page.

Thanks for reading and I hope this little post has helped you realise, you can create something out of nothing!