For many who have just become engaged via accepting a ring from their significant other (or vice versa), this may be one of the most exciting times of your life. You naturally want to get the word out and share the event with those close to you — and one major part of this involves taking some good pictures of your new engagement ring to send around.
At AAA Jewelers, we’re happy to not only provide clients with the best engagement ring options they can find, but also to assist with numerous related themes, including those like these. What are some basic recommendations we make to clients who are taking their own photos of an engagement ring, often with a smartphone? Here are several to ensure you present the ring in the best possible fashion to those you’re sharing the big news with.
One of the first and most important considerations for any photograph is making sure it’s taken in proper lighting. For engagement ring photos, this means having the right type of light to ‘bring out’ the ring in all its glory. Here are some suggestions:
Down related lines, it’s vital to ensure you’re taking pictures from the best possible angle and position. Here are some things to consider:
Most prefer to take pictures of their new ring with it on their finger, and those doing so should also ensure their finger and hand look great. If this means getting a professional manicure, doing so might be worth the effort. Beyond this, a few other basic themes can help a bunch.
Moisturizing the hands is helpful for making your skin appear radiant, while also avoiding any excess dryness that can exacerbate lines or overall skin appearance. Treat cuts or abrasions before taking photos to avoid the ring being framed by an unsightly blemish on your finger, and also trim your nails so they don’t have any jagged edges.
Another important factor for getting the very best pictures of the ring is what’s sitting in the background. The right background will elevate the entire shot, while the wrong one can make a previously nice picture appear dull or even worse. Consider these points when setting up your shot:
If you’re using a smartphone for pictures of your engagement ring, we strongly recommend avoiding the use of zoom unless you’re shooting it from a distance. This is for a few reasons, the first of which is that using zoom simply reduces the quality of the shot you’re taking. It also compresses the image, making it appear flat and limited in contrast.
Lastly, when using zoom digital artifacts are more likely to become visible in your final picture — this includes fine lines that can end up looking like cracks in the finished version.
While zoom is a smartphone feature to stay away from, filters are your friend in this area. They can assist you with adding a little twinkle to an otherwise flat shot and help better bring out the sparkle of your diamond. If you’re using Instagram or another similar app, consider adding a filter that darkens the appearance while still keeping the color saturation high to really bring out all the wonderful parts of your ring.
You may not realize it while you’re taking pictures, but people will be able to tell if you tense your hand or stiffen your fingers when you press the shutter button, and doing so can create a less than flattering image. This is just as important as getting the spacing between your finger and the ring right to avoid an unwanted over-the-top look that appears very unnatural.
Take several practice shots with relaxed hands before taking the big picture to ensure you’re ready.
For more on how to take ideal pictures of an engagement ring to send to friends and family, or to learn about any of our diamond engagement rings or other diamond jewelry, speak to the staff at AAA Jewelers today.