Yesterday in one of the forums somebody asked for advice on ring shots. I know this is more about hands than rings, but Don's classic hand shot, showing the rings of the bride and groom, is still one of the best! Nobody did it better when it came to classic hand shots than Big Daddy!
I apologize in advance for the quality of the scans. I no longer have the original images, but they're good enough to make the point. These were scanned from a copy of the book we wrote together, Body Parts. They should help you create your own classic hand shots. The image with the flowers, has always been one of my favorites.
Don's tips were all based on simplicity.
- Use a high camera angle.
- Keep the bride's wrist down and remember, the groom's hand is just going to be a prop.
- Roll the ring hand into the lens.
- Try to turn the hands so you're photographing them from the side. Try not to show the palm or the back of the hand.
- When his hands and her hands are close together or touching, curl his fingers slightly. With her hands, extending the fingers will add elegance to the image.