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How to Use Inexpensive Lights to Create Amazing Ring Shots and Macro Images!

By Pye Jirsa on June 4th 2014

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grip 6 led camo SMD pocket light

As photographers we love lighting equipment that help us produce better photos. My friend Travis Johansen introduced these Grip 6 LED Pocket Light to me at WPPI and asked, “Hey Pye, check out these cool camping LEDs, do you think you could do anything with them?” Without hesitation, the first thing that came to my mind was using these little lights for close up macro shots of rings. So, right then and there I bought the lights off of Travis so I could start playing around.

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Lighting Our Ring Shots

By using these handy dandy portable LED lights we’re able to light our ringshots like never before. In this first shot I took the bride’s clutch and I placed it behind the rings and placed my 2 grip LEDs to the sides to create beautiful highlight edges around the rings.

setting up ring shot

By placing the rings on a glass table I get a nice reflection and some more dimension in this photo. Also by using the bride’s clutch this simple ring shot becomes more personal and meaningful to the bride. Here’s what my final shot looks like.

gorgeous ring shot

Here’s another set up I did using these grip lights. I balanced the rings on a couch and tucked the LED lights in the sofa cushion.


After I placed the lights I got really low so when I took the photo I don’t see the lights, but I do see the beautiful ambient glow. Here’s what the final shot looks like.


Can Be Used For Anything

These Grip 6 LED Pocket Lights can be used for more than just rings, they can also be used for portraits. In this boudoir session I used the LED lights to mimic the blue tones that would come from window light to add complementary blue highlights to our model’s legs. To see exactly how it was used watch the video above.

boudoir session


These small LED lights are fantastic, and for the price and size there’s no reason to have a couple of them in your case. The Grip 6 LED Pocket Lights are available on Amazon.

If you want more tips on ring shots be sure to check out this article!

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Sumanth Suresh

    another great article brother ,which macro lens are you using i am planing to getTokina AT-X M 100mm f/2.8 Prime Lens for Canon whats your take on that

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  2. Joseph Prusa

    Nice video

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  3. Steve Urwin

    Great little set of lights. They are in my bag for every shoot I got to now. Plus great for searching for kit, in a dark room, when you’ve lost something at the bottom of your bag!!

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  4. Barry Cunningham

    Just bought a couple from Amazon.
    I worry a little about a color cast from the bright lime green housing.
    But, at the price, they’re worth it even if they only get used during blackouts.

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  5. Gurmit Saini

    Love the idea of using these lights. Trying to find something like this in UK is a nightmare, but found one at a extortion price of £29, but luckily my friend is travelling to USA to meet her sister and she will pick couple of them for me., great.

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  6. Michel Andy

    Many many thanks for those great tips Pye. Can’t wait for my next wedding shoot

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  7. Rafael Steffen

    Thanks for sharing this amazing technique.

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  8. Jeff Hamm

    My set just came in the mail today, got them from Amazon. Played around with them and made this shot:
    Nice little lights on the cheap!! Thanks for the vid!

    Can also be found here for $4.39

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  9. Kurk Rouse

    On my way to the Dollar store :), nice one Pye

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  10. izabela mieliwodzki

    Brilliant ! thank Pye :)

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  11. Prashaunth J

    It was great to learn from this article to recreate the clicks of ring shots. Thank you for sharing all the tips.

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  12. Jeff Hamm

    What kind of batteries do those Grip 6 LED pocket lights use? Thanks for the video!

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  13. Laura

    Thank you!! It is great to see behind the scenes on how photos are created! I will have to try those lights.

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  14. Tony Yiu

    Just got these lights from Amazon after watching your video… these lights are simply amazing and easy to use. Thanks a million!

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  15. Simon Mendiola

    You’re an inspiration Pye! Thanks to you and your team for putting yourselves through hell for our benefit. I just ordered those Grip lights and some Elmer’s putty to practice with on Andreea’s ring. You’ve definitely renewed my drive and passion for wedding photography.

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  16. Nena Diana

    Hi Pye,

    thank you for this useful tip last week at the Bahamas workshop. We tried to get these in Germany but unfortunately they are only available in US. But we will find a way ;-) I think those light are necessary in every wedding photo bag!

    Thanks and many greets from Munich
    Nena & Tom

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    • Pye

      Glad you guys are home safe and sound! Yeah, I am sure your local camping shops should have something similar though. Was great meeting you guys =)

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  17. Ross

    What camera setup were you using for the ring shots? Gonna add some sort of LED lamps to my bag; thanks for the tip!

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    • Pye

      It was just a Canon 5D Mark III and the Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS L Macro

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  18. Westley Jerdon

    As always, amazing advice and LOVED seeing these in action during the workshop! I am picking up a pair myself and I also just got the Pelican 1510 case… NO MORE SAND! Lol. Thanks for EVERYTHING Pye! Best workshop EVER!

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    • Pye

      Thanks Wes for the kind words amigo! Glad you enjoyed the workshop =)

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