I have completed my 6th wedding and I'm amazed at how much I learn each time. I've learned to carry my light with me everywhere, to take the moments as they come (don't stage too much) and that if I wait too long, I might miss it. I'm learning to see things before they happen and my ring shots are getting more creative.
The ring shot is an important photo to get at a wedding. I missed getting the rings on their hands this time. Once the reception started things went rather quickly (note for next time) and I just didn't think of it. Another lesson, you can't always get what you want. However, there was plenty of time before the wedding to get photos of the rings (without hands).
I watched Susan Stripling shoot her ring shots and took the lesson from her with my choice of lens. I like to use my Macro 100mm 2.8. for this shot. I don't use any flash because I don't want the reflections in the rings or flat lighting so I just bump up my ISO.
It's the only time during the wedding that I get to be creative without worrying about people's reactions to what I'm telling them to do. It's the only time I have extra time to "play" with different exposures and depths of field.
So, here are a few of my rings shots from my first wedding to my latest wedding.