I was going to give a comprehensive walk-through of my current gear set-up, but I soon realised how boring that would be. Instead, I thought I would highlight my three favourite pieces of kit from my camera bag. Now this is a much more difficult task than I first expected, mainly because I only own equipment which I actually use. After much deliberation, I’ve settled on the following.
1. Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
This is the lens I use most often for architectural work. It’s a wonderful piece of kit and produces incredible images. What makes it so special is that it’s a ’tilt shift lens’. What this means for me is, it can correct any converging vertical in-camera, enabling you to get perfect composition on location. Traditionally, taller building and interiors would require the photographer to aim the camera upwards in order to capture the entire space or structure. This causes the vertical lines in the scene to converge, which not only looks incorrect, but also requires correction during post-processing. In extreme cases, the correction isn’t possible. That’s where this lens comes in to its own. It’s expensive at around £1,700, but there’s a reason it’s so popular among the architectural photography community. It takes time to learn the intricacies of its abilities, but it’s time well spent for the images it can produce.
2. Manfrotto 410 Geared Tripod Head
I love this thing. Precision movements across three axes make it a must-have for architectural work. I’ve seen some photographers move on to other, more extreme options, including the Arca Swiss Cube, but I’ve never felt the need to upgrade. A bargain at £160.
3. Profoto B1
Profoto gear is over-priced. They sell diffuser umbrellas for £350! Three hundred and fifty pounds for an umbrella! I still bought one though. That’s because Profoto make some of the best lighting and light-shaping tools in the industry. Top of my Profoto purchases is the award-winning B1 off-camera flash. A considerable investment at £2,200 with the required flash controller, but it can fill the largest of spaces with the most beautiful, soft, even light.
For a full breakdown of the gear I use, please check out my profile at Kit.com
Canon TS-E 24mm image courtesy of Canon
Manfrotto 410 image courtesy of B&H Photo
Profoto B1 image courtesy of Fotossrac.com