I read a quote from Mike Kelley, world renowned Architectural Photographer:
“Architectural photography is a haven for gearheads”
I find this quote to be very true. As I continue to pursue this beautiful photography genre, I notice the more gear I accumulate. Below is a photo of my kit and a list of the equipment that comes with me on a typical architectural, interiors, and commercial photoshoot.
1. Canon 5D mk II – This is my main workhorse. 21mp allows me to create large images, but also enough data to get in close to create composites. A full frame camera allows for me to use my lenses without any complications.
2. Canon 5D – This was my main camera for several years. It now sits in my bag as a backup system.
*Canon 24 TS – This is the lens that I am saving up for. This lens is fantastic for Architectural photography, it allows the photographer to create shots that would be difficult with a standard lens.
3. Canon 16-35 2.8 – This is, currently, my main lens. This is a great lens for photographing interiors. I probably don’t need the range of 2.8, however it was a great deal and so I go what was available.
4. Canon 20-35 – This was my first lens that I purchased for residential photography. It now sits in my bag as a backup.
5. Canon 28-135 – This lens will only come out of my bag for detail shots. Since the focal length reaches 28, it still can be used for interiors.
6. Speedlights and Trigger – I use these on every photoshoot I go on. They allow me to light the interiors of a space and allow me to control the light. The tigger allows me to control my speedlights from my camera.
7. Flashpoint Xplor 600 – If I need more power than what my speedlights are able to provide, I will use my strobe. At full power I can get more light than 3 of my smaller lights.
8. Gels – Gels are awesome! Speedlights have a color temperature of natural light, however when photographing inside with the lights on, I need to gel my lights to match the interiors of the home. This allows for a balance of color in the scene.
9. Rechargeable batteries – Speedlights use a lot of power and eat up batteries. I have probably save hundreds of dollars by using rechargeable batteries.
10. Gaff Tape – Gaffers tape is a useful resource when needed, it does not leave any residue when removed, allowing for many different scenarios.
11. Manfrotto 410 Junior Gear Head – A good tripod head can go along way. Gear heads are the most recommended tripod heads for Architectural photographers. It allows for precise leveling, of the camera, for the straight verticals.
12. Benro Long Mach 3 – This tripod is super sturdy and allows for me to capture many images for my editing process.
13. L-Bracket – This allows me to rotate my camera on the axis of the tripod, this allows for the camera to be sturdy in portrait orientation.
14. Umbrellas and Octabox– These light modifiers allow me to change the shape and softness of my lights. This allows me to cover a wide area in nice, soft light.
15. Reflectors – Yet another light modifier that allows me the control light when photographing a space. I can use them as a bounce for my lights or I can bounce natural light into the scene.
16. Black Cloth – Using black cloth allows me to remove light from a composition. Another tool to allow me to control the light.
17. Wireless Trigger – I use this for my residential photography. It allows me to take photographs without touching the camera to avoid movement or when in the other room.
18. Cam-Fi – Instant wireless tethering. I can adjust my camera, take picture, and view them from my tablet. Picture are also wirelessly transferred to my laptop for client viewing.
19. 8” Asus ZenPad – My tablet that I pair with my Cam-Fi.
20. Dell XPS 15 – This computer allows to me to do everything I need in Photoshop. It is powerful and fast. I also use this to show images to clients when photographing for an interior designer, architect, or commercial client.
Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC – I know that this cannot be photographed, however worth mentioning. Digital editing is an essential process in my workflow. There is never a project that an image will not be processed. I always use Lightroom and Photoshop to enhance the image further than what a camera can capture.
21. Seagate 2TB External Hard Drive – It is important for a photographer to backup their work. With 2TB I know I will have enough storage for a while.
22. Quik Lok Laptop Stand – I use this stand for my laptop when clients are viewing the photos as they are being photographed.