Wedding photography – Video light for macro detail photos
With the details photos of the wedding rings, I generally resort to on-camera bounce flash for enough light … and for interesting light. Sometimes though, I mix it up by using video light instead. Here I used an LED video light (affiliate). What I love about this LED video light, is that the White Balance can be changed from Incandescent to Daylight. This helps you blend the additional light to that of the existing ambient light where you are photographing the subject.
The need for smaller apertures with macro photography, means we need more light … but working with a tripod is often just too slow with the hectic pace of a wedding day. Then a stabilized macro lens is essential. Recommended macro lenses would be the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR macro or Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS macro or the Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 G OSS macro (affiliate links)
The photo above was shot with an LED video light, so we had to hold the light very close to the rings to get enough depth-of-field. Fortunately though, with a macro lens, you’re working so close to your subject, that the positioning of the light source is unlikely to interfere with your composition.
- camera settings: 1/125 @ f/8 @ 1600 ISO
- Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR macro / Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS macro
- recommended LED video light
I purposely composed the image so that the one flower would be in the background directly behind the rings, otherwise they would’ve blended into the black background. The rings and flowers were all lit with this single LED video light.
A starting point for positioning the light, would be to have the light at an angle to the camera. At least 30 degrees off the camera & lens axis. This helps make the lighting more dynamic than flat lighting would.