Happy to have out first guest post for the new blog with professional architectural photographer Matthew Carbone. The post is self explanatory, but I just wanted to thank Matthew and give you a couple links so you can find him on Twitter and check out his website. The image above, that’s his too. Take it away Matthew.


 

Nic asked if I might be interested in doing a guest post and sharing a bit of insight into what a professional architectural photographer has in their bag. I was happy to accept Nic’s gracious offer.

First things, don’t wait. Use whatever camera or equipment you have now and start creating.

Ok, so what do I currently use? I’m not going to go over all my equipment, just the most used items. I’m set up with a Nikon DSLR kit. Don’t worry, Canons are cool too.

Cameras

  • D700 and patiently waiting for my D800 to arrive.

Lenses

  • 14 – 24mm: Wide angle zoom, often used for tighter interior spaces.
  • 24mm PC*: This lens is the work horse for both interior and exterior architectural photography.
  • 24-85mm zoom: Rarely used for anything other than scouting but good to have.
  • 35mm PC*: A natural focal length, much like that of the human eye.
  • 45mm PC*: Similar to the 35 in many ways.
  • 85mm PC*: Used mostly for capturing details, materials, or compressing visual elements.

*PC stands for perspective correction. This feature is often used to keep buildings from looking like they’re falling over. It can also be used to shift horizontally and diagonally around trees, light poles, etc. PC lenses are manual focus and often metering, as a result they slow the process down to ensure a precise technical quality. Slowing down is a good thing.