It doesn’t matter if you take photographs for a living or just as a hobby, this post will give you 5 must have pieces of equipment for architecture photography.

With these five bits of gear, you’re almost guaranteed amazing results every time you go out to take pictures of buildings.

So have a look below and find out which five essential pieces of equipment you need for architectural photography.

Camera for architecture photography

We’re going to start the list with perhaps the most obvious item, your camera.

If you’re just starting out, there are a host of great options to get you started, catering to all budgets.

If your budget stretches, I would definitely recommend getting a full frame camera for architecture photography.

If you want to read a bit more on why full frame cameras are a benefit for architecture photography then check out my post on APSC V full frame cameras.

In terms of the brand of camera.  All of the major brands are now all very similar, in terms of quality. So it’s worth spending a bit of time writing down what you want from an architectural camera.

Is wifi important to you? Do you want the ability to shoot video? Is the fact your camera has 7 million focus points a deal breaker?

Check out my best camera for architecture photography post if you need a bit more advice on where to turn.


Lens for architecture photography

The next bit of gear in your architecture photography bag should be a decent lens.

If it’s your first lens for architectural photography, I would definitely get something which covers a range of focal lengths rather than a prime lens. 

Most manufacturers offer something like this 16-35mm from Canon, which is a great starting point offering you wide angle to a standard focal length.

From there you can add some more specialised lenses such as tilt shift to help improve your work.

If you want some more information then check out this post on lenses for architecture photography.



Tripod for architecture photography

For your third essential piece of architecture photography equipment,I’d recommend getting a good set of tripod legs and a specialist architecture tripod head to help get your camera level.

Avoiding camera shake should be a big priority with your architecture photography, especially as you will be using longer than usual exposures. 

Use my how to keep your tripod steady post to give you some tips on how to avoid camera shake.

I’d nearly always recommend a carbon fibre tripod for architecture photography. You’re going to be doing a lot of walking around and any extra weight saving you can make will be a big bonus.

I use a Benro C3770TN, which I discuss in more detail in another post but there are loads of great options out there for varying budgets.

I’ve put together an architecture photography tripod guide if you want some more info.



Laptop for architecture photography

The fourth bit of equipment on our MUST HAVE pieces of equipment for architecture photography list is a decent laptop.

Something which you can carry around and tether to is a great addition to your kit bag. 

Often the screen on the back of the camera isn’t quite big enough to be able to see whether an image is composed correctly.

Having your camera tethered is a great way to increase the real estate (excuse the pun) that you’re working with.

Something which is portable is a must for interior photography as you will often be moving around quite a bit.  

I use a Macbook Pro for nearly all of my tethering. However if I need to be a bit more mobile an Ipad connected to the camera via a CamRanger is a great second choice.

It lets you wirelessly control the camera exactly the same as using your laptop, you just don’t have the added security of backing the images up to the ipad and it can often be slower.

Lighting for architecture photography

And our final must have bit of gear for architecture photography is a good light (or two)

If you’re lighting large buildings, a basic flashgun just isn’t going to have enough power to light a big enough area.  

You will end up with a very small, harsh light which isn’t much use.

You’re going to want to get the big guns out if you’re not a fan of ramping your iso up.

I’d look at a 1000 watt strobe and if you can afford, get a second one for when you really need a tonne of light.

You’re going to want a battery powered system too as it’s highly unlikely you will have a plug socket outside when you need one.

If you want to read more on which lights I would recommend, check my lighting for architecture post out.


So there is my list of 5 must have pieces of equipment you need for architecture photography, is there something you would add to the list? If so pop it in the comments below.


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