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Trial By Fire: Creative Wedding Ring Photography To The Extreme

By Hanssie on February 16th 2015

My most favorite detail shot of a wedding day is getting photos of the rings. I love thinking of new and creative ways to photograph wedding rings, and not only that, I get to dabble a bit into macro photography which I don’t get to do much as a wedding and portrait photographer.


I’ve seen some incredible and very creative ring shots, but none quite as intense and extreme as the following video from a wedding videography company based in the Philippines. Archie and Sansan, a husband and wife team who together are the videographers behind Alt X Videos made a compilation of the best wedding ring shots they’ve done. Using fire and water and movement, the pair have given life to these inanimate objects. Given the fact that wedding rings are some of the most expensive pieces of the wedding and they are not indestructible, this video is not for the faint of heart. At times, I felt myself both in awe and cringing at things they did to and around the rings. But the end result is undeniable. The video is stunning.

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I’m a bit inspired to try using fire for the rings shots at my next wedding…and also scared.

Watch ‘Best Wedding Ring Shots’

Looking to Step Up Your Wedding Ring Shots?

If you are looking for ways to step up your wedding ring photography game, you don’t have to jump right into the fire (see what I did there?). We’ve written a few tutorials on wedding ring photography. If you want 10 general tips on WEDDING RING MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY, click here.

For tips on HOW TO USE INEXPENSIVE LIGHTS TO CREATE AMAZING RING SHOTS AND MACRO IMAGES check out the article and the video below.

[Alt X video video via Petapixel]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Naval Gupta

    Thanks for sharing these tips. I do < a href=””>wedding photography in Delhi</a> and  I want to improve my skills to take ring photographs as this is trending in every wedding. 

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  2. Clare Havill

    Beautiful video but you need to be very careful dropping diamond rings onto a hard surfaces. You can damage the setting which can cause the diamond to become loose. It may not come out at the time but it could at a later date. I won’t want a bride to loose the stone on honeymoon and blame you.

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  3. Gurmit Saini

    It is a brilliant video and article, but I don’t think my bride will love the idea of throwing her rings down the water, on the rocks! but cheers to the brave ones. and loving the grip lights.

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  4. Dean Reid

    Nice lighting tip

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  5. Brandon Dewey

    awesome ring shots, very unique

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  6. Lanza Coffin

    Great stuff, huge inspiration to pay more attention to the details.

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  7. Chris Nachtwey

    No way I’m letting a clients ring get thrown around like that. Ring shots are great, but just no, I’m cool with sticking to something creative and safe. I would never want to be the one who ruined the rings. I’m a little shocked clients even signed off on such extreme and some what abusive use of their rings just for something “cool”.

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    • Brandon Dewey

      I agree, very cool shoots but like you I don’t know if I could throw clients rings around like that.

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    • Phil Bautista

      It was an ad for their company. They probably just rented those rings. Or not.

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  8. James Rogen

    i once tried to do a creative ring shot by placing the rings on top of the one of the balloons they had in the reception. While standing back to take the shot the balloon popped, fortunately we found the most expensive ring (brides engagement ring), but her wedding band is still lost… This is why i don’t try to get too creative at weddings anymore, that and her yelp review completely ruined my business.

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    • David Hall

      wow James… that is just awful. I know you must have been heartbroken that happened.

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  9. Lissette Garcia

    That video by Alt X was excellent. My favorite part of the video was at 1:10 where the rings slide slowly down the wedding dress. Incredible details on the dress.

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