If you have read any of my other blog posts you will know that one of my favourite bits of kit is my tripod setup.
I’m a big believer that your tripod is one of the most important bits of architecture photography kit and here’s 5 reasons why:
Low light level shooting
A tripod will help you with anything when shooting in lower light levels, especially for interior photography when you’re looking to keep the aperture around f8-f11 to get the sharpest image.
This will mean you have to use a slower shutter speed than usual to get your desired exposure and anything slower than 1/60th of a second you’re going to be introducing some kind of camera shake, using a tripod will eliminate this.
Using manual focus lenses
99% of the time i’m using manual focus with my lenses.
With tilt shift lenses I don’t have a choice and with any other lens, I prefer to use manual focus for architecture projects to ensure everything that I need in focus is 100% pin sharp.
This wouldn’t be possible hand holding the camera because I would be moving too much. Having a tripod is essential to fix the camera in place and adjust the focus to suit for each situation.
Also, if you’re doing anything involving focus stacking with your images using manual focus the tripod is a must.
All the tilt shift lens are manual focus.
For architecture photography, there are going to be a lot of times you will need to bracket the exposure to evenly balance your lighting across a scene, for example when you have a really bright window but a dark interior.
Using a tripod means you keep your camera in exactly the same position making it a breeze to combine these exposures during post-processing.
Introducing motion blur
There will be times when you want to introduce motion blur into your images.
For example when you want to draw the viewers eyes to a particular part of the image by introducing someone walking by or having a car zipping past.
To ensure that your main subject stays in focus but you can use a slow enough shutter speed to blur your person, your camera will need to be mounted on a tripod.
Using a slower shutter speed will allow you to blur moving objects.
Long exposure photography
There are going to be times when you will need to use a long exposure to capture a scene, this is particularly useful if you’re doing dawn/dusk shots where you need to balance out the exposure.
Many times you will be using an exposure which leaves your shutter open for a few seconds at a time and there is no chance of you hand holding that without everything being blurry.
They are my 5 reasons why I believe you need a tripod for interior and architecture photography, put a comment below if you can think of any more.