Getting The Best Ring Shot with Hoya Close-up Filters

Hoya Close Up Filters are awesome. I pretty much use them whenever I am shooting any type of detail - flowers, food, tiny baby toes, rings, etc. They add an extra "filmy" look with added depth of field, and I feel super free while working with them because I can just screw them on and off of my 85mm.

Getting The Best Ring Shot with Hoya Filters

Today I'm going to show you my favorite way to shoot wedding rings. I'll be using the Hoya Filters, an incredible piece from Poppy & Scooter and my own wedding set. I'm going to show you all 3 filters and talk a little bit about what I like to shoot with each one. Let's get started!

How to use Hoya Filters

What exactly are Hoya Close-up Filters?

The first time I encountered these close-up filters was when I started researching more into film photography. Film photographers use these on their Contax's because many of them only have 1 lens, and that's an 80mm (similar to a 50mm on a 5DMarkiii). If I tried shooting every wedding detail with a 50mm I wouldn't do a bad job- but I would definitely feel stuck without having a macro. (side note- I used to always use my 100mm macro and now I hardly use it at all because I love these filters so freakin' much). So these filters act like a magnified glass for your favorite prime lens. Mine happens to be the 85mm. There are 3 "strengths" : +1, +2 and +4.  Each "strength" has it's place.

Hoya Close-Up Filters
Hoya Close-Up Filters

The Best Ring Shots with Hoya Close-up Filters

I thought I should start off by showing you what a ring shot looks like with only using an 85mm. That's below:

We definitely want to get closer. So let's add on a +1

+1 Close-up filters are awesome for quite a few things! I use a +1 while photographing tablescape details, bouquets and stationary. I also use the +1 while working with babies.

+1 Close-up filters are awesome for quite a few things! I use a +1 while photographing tablescape details, bouquets and stationary. I also use the +1 while working with babies.

Let's add +2!

I've started using the +2 more frequently with stationary but +1 and +4 are my go tos!

I've started using the +2 more frequently with stationary but +1 and +4 are my go tos!

That's pretty close. But we want to get closer for a really nice sparkly shiny ring pic. Let's add the +4!

Using a Hoya Close-Up Filter for Awesome Ring shots!

Omg it's beautiful! I love a simple, nice & clean photo of all jewelry I work with. Hoya Close-up filters are a super easy way for me to do that.

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