How one can Create the ‘Ring of Hearth’ Impact for a {Couples} Portrait


You’ve seemingly already heard of the “Ring of Hearth” pictures approach. It is a visible trick popularized by well-known marriage ceremony and portrait photographer, Sam Hurd. The Ring of Hearth is created by utilizing a chunk of copper tubing to mirror mild coming into the digicam.

It’s a easy trick that may fully rework your portraits and on this video, I’ll be strolling via how one can create your personal “Ring of Hearth.” Let’s begin with what you’ll want:

1. Bronze tube. You will get one at an area ironmongery store. I desire 2″ lengthy and 1-1.5″ in diameter.

2. Flashes (2 really helpful)

3. A large angle prime-like lens (24-35mm)

For this tutorial, I’ll be utilizing the Canon EOS R5 with the RF 28-70mm f/2.

Step #1: Place Your Topics

Following the C.A.M.P. framework, I began by composing my topics in entrance of a darkish wall. They’re lit by a big window simply off of camera-right.

Step #2: Dial In Your Publicity

Caption: 1/200 sec, f/2, ISO 200

Then, I set the ambient publicity. I lowered the publicity to the place I wished my shadows to be.

Step #3: Add In Your Flashes

I used two Profoto A10 flashes and MagMod CTO Gels so as to add heat to the lights. Conserving the peak of the lights beneath shoulder-level, I positioned every mild behind every particular person. Then, I aimed every mild inward to cross to the other particular person.

Step #4: Set Your Flash Energy

A tip is to begin with low energy and work your approach as much as your required setting.

Step #5: The Bronze Tube

Maintain the bronze tube proper in entrance of your lens. Then, utilizing your flash’s modeling mild as a information, transfer the tube round to get the correct angle. What creates this impact is the sunshine from the flash reflecting off of the within of the tube. With an especially shallow depth of discipline to blur out the tube and your hand, this creates the enduring flare impact.

Caption: Pictures by Lin and Jirsa

After that, begin taking photographs! Listed here are a few of our ultimate photographs, edited with Visible Movement’s Temper preset pack.


I hope you loved this text/video. This method is a unbelievable solution to fully rework your portraits. Don’t overlook to take a look at Sam Hurd, the photographer who popularized this unimaginable impact!

P.S. This tutorial was a sneak peek into the upcoming Particular Results Pictures Course over at SLR Lounge Premium the place we’ll be diving into how we create our signature portrait seems in full A-Z tutorials. Make sure to examine us out and keep tuned for extra!

In regards to the writer: Pye Jirsa is a marriage photographer primarily based in Southern California and the co-founder of SLR Lounge. The opinions expressed on this article are solely these of the writer. You will discover extra of Jirsa’s work on Instagram.


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