What kit is in my bag for architecture photography?

 

I’ve been shooting architecture seriously for the last few years now.  The equipment in this post culminates all the trial and error over that time to find the right architecture photography gear.

The architecture photography kit which is in my bag this year is:

Canon EOS R

I’ve only recently upgraded to the EOS R after using a Canon 1Ds mkiii for the last 12 years. It hasn’t been that well received by many of the “mainstream” review sites but for architectural photography, it has everything I need without all the bells and whistles.

Canon 80D

I always carry a backup with me and the 80d is my current backup until Canon add a “professional” body to the EOS lineup.

I chose it because it shoots video really well, which is great for BTS bits and the crop sensor can actually come in handy sometimes with longer lenses.

Spare batteries

Spare batteries are essential – there is nothing worse than powering up your camera to see the battery sign flashing. Making sure you have multiple (charged) spares will get you out of any potentially shoot ruining situations.

The EOS R and 80D both take the LP-E6N battery which is really handy!

Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L

This lens has been a game changer for me, it took me a while to pull the trigger because of the price, but once you’ve tried one, you won’t regret it!

Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L

This is the lens which is on my camera 50% of the time, it’s a great walk around lens for when you can’t or don’t have time to set up the tripod and the tilt shift lens.

Canon 24-105mm f4

This lens is always in my bag but hardly gets used. They can be picked up for dirt cheap now on eBay, so it’s handy just to have in case you ever need the extra focal length.

Canon 1.4 extender

I got this to pair with the 17mm TS-e, creating a poor man’s version of the 24mm TS-E. 

There is a slight dip in quality when you’re really pixel peeping, but if you didn’t know it was there I doubt anybody else would realise.

Canon 600EX Flash

I don’t tend to use a lot of flash in my images, so this tends to be carried as a backup. If I need any more power, I’ve got the portable Hensel kit too.

Rechargeable Batteries

I use EBL rechargeable batteries and find you can never have enough of them. They hold their charge for a good few months, so you’re not constantly having to keep them topped up.

Benro C3780TN

This is my current go-to tripod. It’s carbon fibre so weighs next to nothing and is super solid, i’ve had times when i’ve been in strong winds and expected this thing to fly away but it just takes it.

Manfrotto 058B 

This tripod is an absolute monster to carry, so is only used on jobs I know i’m not going to be walking around too much.  It creates a rock solid base to build on. It extends to way above my head, so I’ve never had any issues getting the shot I need.

I really like the fact you can extend all the legs from the central column, too, so you don’t need to bend down and mess with each leg separately, something I think should be on every tripod.

Sunwayfoto GH-PRO Geared Head

If you can’t afford the Arca Swiss cube which seems to be the standard architectural photography head then pick one of these up. It weighs less than a kg and gives you all the functionality of a geared head in a much cheaper package.

I’ve had mine around 18 months now and it still works perfectly.

Cam Ranger

The Cam Ranger is something which I carry but I don’t always use. Having the ability to shoot tethered in Capture One negatives many of its positives, but if I know I’m going to be more than 10 feet away from the camera or I want to travel light, then this comes in really handy.

Ipad Air

I carry an Ipad Air for use with the Cam Ranger, and also in case I want a bigger screen for the drone.

Macbook Pro

I’m nearly always shooting tethered, so having a Macbook on me is essential. I shoot into Capture One.

Tether Tools Cable

The same as every other tethering cable, except it’s bright orange.

Lee Circular Polariser

A polarising filter is a great investment for architecture photography, allowing you to eliminate any unwanted polarised light which could be bouncing off a surface or reflections in glass.

Lowepro BP 350 AW Flipside Trek

This is a great way of transporting gear without it looking too obvious if you know you’re going to be in an area you don’t want to be screaming that you’re a photographer.

This is the smallest in the series but still easily fits a couple of lenses and 2 cameras in the back with an Ipad and all my filters etc in the front.

Peli 1510 Case

If I’m travelling any further or need to take lights with me, I take a Pelican case with me. 

I have a few different sizes, but it’s nearly always the 1510 that comes with me, it’s small enough to not be a pain to move and has wheels and a pull out handle too making it easy to get around too.

Mavic Air Drone

I’ve got a few drones now, including the Inspire and Phantom, but I tend to carry around the Mavic Air with me as it’s small enough to just fit in a coat pocket and it still takes great images.

So that’s what’s inside my architecture photography kit bag, what’s in yours? Pop a comment below if there is something you couldn’t do without!

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