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How To Edit a Wedding Ring Shot – Weekly Ordinary to Extraordinary Lightroom Edit – E17

By Pye Jirsa on October 8th 2013

In this tutorial we’re going to be editing a beautiful wedding ring shot. In just a few clicks we’re going to make this image bright and colorful using the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5.

[Note: In the new Lightroom Presets v5, we have revamped all of the presets to improve image tonality and quality, allowing you to achieve even more amazing results. We’ve also added 95 new presets to reach a total of 311 presets in what is the gold standard of Lightroom image processing. In this series we’ll be going over how to use the new v5 presets to create great looking photosClick Here to learn more or purchase the system.]

With each of our Ordinary to Extraordinary Edits, we’re going to first be going through how we create our effects with the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5, then we’ll be going through the details in the develop settings so everyone can understand exactly how we get to a specific look. This way, whether you have the presets or not, everyone can benefit from watching this video or reading the article below.

Lightroom Presets v5 Mixology Recipe

  • 01-30 BASE – VIVID: 30a. Vivid – Import + Profile (RESET)
  • 01-30 BASE – VIVID: 31a. Light Crush – Color
  • Radial Filter: 03 Burn (Darken) -0.5 Stops)

Watch the Lightroom Video Tutorial

Complete Written Tutorial

We have this great macro image that was shot on a Canon 5D Mark III with a 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens.


In this image we have the couples rings set over their fingerprints on their wedding day. We’re going to start this edit using the “01-30 BASE – VIVID: 30a. Vivid – Import + Profile (RESET)” preset.


After the import preset, we’re going to apply the “01-30 BASE – VIVID: 31a. Light Crush – Color” preset. Then we’re going to raise the Exposure so we can a nice white point in the diamonds.


The last thing we’re going to do is add a Radial Filter, and if you’re in Lightroom 4 you can get the same effect by using an Adjustment brush or Lens Vignetting. We’re going to use our “03 Burn (Darken) -0.5 Stops)” and pull out the Radial Filter from the center of the diamond. Then we’re going to adjust the Feather to 60 to give a nice subtle vignette effect.


In our Develop Settings we have our Exposure set to +.43 to get a nice bright diamond. Our presets raised the Contrast, Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation to make this image vivid and lively. The Highlights and Whites were dropped slightly to bring back some of the midtone highlights. We also have a subtle contrast boosting “S” curve in the Tone Curve. Here are what the Develop settings look like after our presets are applied.


This is what our image looks like before and after our presets are applied.





Conclusion and Learn More

We hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. If you are interested in learning more or purchasing the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5, please click any of the links in this article.

Stay tuned for more SLR Lounge Weekly Edits!

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for posting

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  2. brandon shink

    great idea :)

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  3. Shamanth

    Hey guys, nice tips. It would be great if you did a video on how you guys shoot your wedding rings. I have seen some stunning shots in your albums.

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  4. Kevin

    Why did you stop doing the “Constructive Critique” Episodes? Any plans in starting them again?
    Btw: enjoyed all your tutorials!

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    • Pye

      Yep, we actually have a few in the que that we are just waiting to get edited and put out. I will get back on it, thanks Kevin! =)

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