I’ve caught up with four architecture photographers from around the globe to see what gear they keep in their bag for every shoot.
Adam Goldberg – Atlanta, USA
Adam is an architectural photographer based in Atlanta, GA.
His work primarily focuses on commercial spaces, including offices and hospitality.
Adam’s primary camera is the Canon 5D Mark IV, with a Canon EOS R as a backup.
These two camera bodies are paired with a number of Canon lenses, including the 17mm TS, 24mm TS, 16-35mm F/2.8 and the 24-105mm F/4.
To maximise the tilt shift lenses, Adam also uses the Canon teleconverters which give him versatility and extended range without having to buy additional lenses.
This all sits on top of a Gitzo GT5563 tripod, which Adam loves for giving him a solid platform and an ArcaSwiss d4 geared head for precise adjustments.
Adam carries a range of accessories, including the Tiffen Digital HT circular polariser to reduce glare and add contrast on exterior photographs, as well as a Camranger and iPad to shoot tethered at all times.
Lighting is all done with the Interfit monolight system – a combination of the S1 and Honeybadger, with a number of umbrellas and modifiers.
Check out more of Adam’s work at: www.agoldbergphoto.com/
Jon Buscall – Stockholm, Sweden
Jon primarily shoots real estate jobs, so his gear bag is always pretty full to allow him to be prepared to react to whatever kind of home he walks into, whether that’s a swanky downtown loft, family home in the suburbs or an idyllic summer cottage.
Jon shoots both mirrorless and DSLR, but prefers DSLR for real estate because it’s so rugged and the battery life is phenomenal. His go-to camera of choice is the 5D mark 4, with a mark 3 as a backup.
His main lens is the Canon EF 17-40mm F/4 to cover wide angle shots, choosing to stay around the 24mm mark – which is preferred by many Swedish agents.
He often finds himself reaching for the Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 and the 50mm F/1.8 for more “lifestyle” shots too.
The Canon 24-105mm F/4 is Jon’s second workhorse lens which is typically used for details inside the property, as well as outdoor shots around garden or decking areas. This lens is also used for the majority of Jon’s pole photos, where he uses the Manfrotto 269HDBU Super Giant Stand to get 24 feet above the ground.
Lighting wise, Jon prefers to travel light and uses the Yonugo 560 IV off-camera flashes triggered with a YN560-TX ll trigger. This allows him to adapt a run-and-gun approach and work much more quickly, combining ambient with flash shots.
For his tripod, Jon has chosen SIRUI 53205X legs with a SIRUI K-40 ll ball head.
To view more of Jon’s work, check out: www.nordiskahem.photography
Douglas Bridge – London, UK
Douglas is an interior and architecture photographer based in North West London who has always had a huge passion for design and architecture, especially compact architecture and minimal living so when he studied photography, it was a natural subject for him to focus on.
For his main camera, Douglas uses the Canon 5D mark 4 with a 5D mark 2 as a backup.
The lenses in Douglas’s bag include the Canon 11-24mm F/4 and 16-35mm F/2.8, which he finds are a must for interiors, especially in some of the smaller flats in London.
As well as the two wide angle lenses, a 24-70mm F/2.8 is used for its versatility, to help capture detail shots.
For a tripod Douglas uses a trusty Manfrotto which has even been run over by a van, but continues to work!
Although Douglas prefers to use natural light he always carries a pair of Yongnuo 560 IV off-camera flashes and the wireless trigger to help balance natural light and provide a bit of fill, when needed.
To view more of Douglas’s work, check his Instagram out here: instagram.com/douglasbridgephotography/
Pete Helme – Bath, UK
Pete is a professional interior and architectural photographer based in Bath, UK.
After working for five years in Central London, he now works for clients around the South West of the UK and abroad.
Pete’s gear is all about workflow and efficiency. He’s had a few pieces in his bag over the years, but he’s found the lighter the load, the better.
For his main camera, Pete shoots with a Nikon D850 but he also has the Nikon D810 as a backup body, as well as a FUJI XT2 for travelling and scouting.
The Nikon PC-E 24mm F/3.5 is the first lens in Pete’s bag with the Nikon 16-35mm, 14-24mm F/2.8, 50mm F/1.8 also finding a place for wide angle work.
At the longer end, Pete carries a Samyang 85mm and a Nikon 28-300mm.
To hold all this in place, a set of Manfrotto legs with a 410 geared head give Pete control to get the shot he wants.
Lighting is done through two Profoto B10 heads and a handful of SB910 flashlights.
Choosing to shoot tethered, Pete shoots into Lightroom through a Tethertools cable directly to his Macbook Pro.
To check out more of Pete’s work, head to: www.petehelme.co.uk
I hope you’ve enjoyed a peak inside 4 professional architecture photographer’s bags!
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