High School Rings Have Two Sides to Photograph

Yesterday, I shared the importance of photographing all sides of a treasure, especially a ring rich in history and symbolism. Today, these photos are a follow-up to that reasoning.

Another view of the Columbus South High School 1996 Senior Ring
Columbus South High School 1996 Senior Ring

Unlike my Aggie ring, I do not know the significance of the symbols for my mother’s high school ring. I do know the “S” on the shield represents South High School from Columbus, Ohio. I know there is a 66 for the year that my mother graduated. The remaining symbols have no meaning for me.

However, the ring is a treasure for both my mother and me. My mother gave me her Senior Ring when I was old enough to wear it with it not falling off. I wore this ring throughout high school and would eventually design my high school ring to resemble hers. The ring connects me to my mother and me to her.

Columbus South High School 1996 Senior Ring
Columbus South High School 1996 Senior Ring

To photograph this ring, I place it in a lightbox. I have purchased a Table Top Studio (not an affiliate link, I just like the product. I enjoy being able to collapse the studio and put it away, rather than store a cardboard box and attempt to be delicate with tissue paper. Many people would say, just make one every time, it’s cheaper. Maybe in terms of dollars, but for me, I don’t want to spend my time (which has a cost) making a light box every time.

The Table Top Studio comes with two lights and I’m aware they become very hot, very quickly. I will turn them on and off frequently to prevent a possible fire from overheating.

I used the Aperture Priority (AV) setting on my camera and focused on making adjustments to produce a nice white background and a focused image. The settings were: f / 7.1, ISO 100, Exp Bias +1.7 with Pattern Metering and no flash. Perhaps I can fine tune the settings on the camera to make a jewelry magazine quality image, but I like what I have. The focus is on the ring and the ring brings back memories.

What I also noticed was there is a chip of some kind on one side of my mother’s ring. Unfortunately, she’s not here for me to talk about what happened to damage the ring. However, I love that the chip is there. It means the ring was worn. It was worn by mom and it was worn by me.

Had I not photographed both sides of the ring, I might not have noticed the chip.

Read about the importance of photographing all sides of a piece of jewelry to capture the smallest of details. #memorabilia #genealogy #photography
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Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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