I have to admit that I have a slight obsession with camera tripods. Over the past ten years, I have accumulated six of them in my office and every one has its own unique use. For my architectural shoots in the mountains, I was looking for a real jack of all trades.
If you’re into architectural photography, my guess is that you already know about the abilities of tilt-shift lenses. Canon has been on the forefront of this domain for years. More recently Laowa has started to offer an alternative. Now they have both a 15mm and a 20mm option.
Our favorite gear shop B&H Photo is running some great promotions and sales today. If you’re thinking about grabbing new photo equipment or gear for your office, you might want to check in on their current deals. Here are a few of my favorites: Save $800 on the Fujifilm GFX 50S II Fuji’s GFX 50S II typically costs $3,999.95 for the base, but right now at B&H you can pick it up for $3,199.95, saving you $800.
Hikes through the Alps are my favorite excursions, in search of new architecture to photograph. Here I have to work out my pictures. For these photo shoots, I usually stay one night on location. This way I reserve the time with the most beautiful light for photography: late afternoon, blue hour, and early morning.
For my latest shoot in my ongoing photo series Modern Alpine Architecture, I had the chance to test out a new piece of equipment. Data transfer and protection have always been an essential part of my shoots. Usually, I had my laptop on top of a backpack at the trunk of my car or in the passenger seat.
Whether a hobbyist or a professional, you’re more-than-likely familiar with classic pieces of gear most photographers need…lenses, light modifiers, flashes, etc. What you don’t typically hear about though, are the unconventional pieces of gear that photographers use.
DJI released the Mavic 3 back in November of 2021. This next iteration of their flagship drone brought with it a ton of upgrades users had been eagerly waiting for since its predecessor, the Mavic 2 had been released three years prior. We wrote a series of articles about this much-anticipated release, including two fantastic deep dives by my fellow APA writer György Palkó that you can find here and here.
Ever since I started my journey as an architectural photographer, I’ve had to face a big dilemma. I learned the basics of photography with Nikon cameras, so when I got to the point where I really needed to use tilt-shift lenses in my architectural photography work – I was left wanting.
I know for an architectural photographer, the use of a tripod is assumed to be mandatory. It seems like we have our cameras firmly glued to our tripod heads. However, I have to confess that, especially for outdoor shots of buildings, I find the freedom of shooting handheld really liberating.
Camera Cages are just for videographers, right? In this review I am going to show you why I love a cage for my hybrid work between architectural photography and videography. From day one I put my Canon R5 into a camera cage and only let it out of there for trips with the family, where I want to carry minimal equipment.
There have long been rumors that Fujifilm would launch tilt shift lenses, and now they have finally shown off what they have been working on. Screen capture from X summit 2022For a long time, GFX photographers have used Canon’s TSE lenses. These have worked well for many photographers and we did a comparison of how they performed on a GFX100s a year ago.
For the past few years I’ve been focusing my energy on establishing myself as an interior design and architecture photographer and with that came a lot of very expensive purchases. The type of equipment we need to develop ourselves in this industry is very specialized and is often accompanied by a hefty price tag.
It’s my favourite and most indispensable piece of gear. My Logitech MX Master mouse. Now granted, I probably spend a lot more time editing than out shooting than most but still, if I had to judge the most worthwhile investment by the amount of time I’ve used any piece of gear, this would be it by far.
There are many apps that show where the sun is at a given time. I have tested several of them, but it was only when I saw a video by Nigel Danson that I became aware of PhotoPills. In the video, he calls it “a swiss army knife of apps”. Briefly explained, PhotoPills is an app that shows you where the sun and moon are at a given time.
I wrote about the DJI Mavic 3 drone in March, and at the end of the article, I shared my wish for its improvement, saying “There are many unique benefits we get with this new drone, but there are still flaws. I hope that the Mavic 3’s issues can be resolved with software updates down the road, as they have done so far.”
B&H has announced that the 13″ MacBook Pro with the M2 8-core chip is now available for pre-order! The M2 MBP is geared toward photographers and filmmakers who need a little more oomph out of Apple’s laptop offerings. Prices range from $1,299.00 to $2,499.00 for the newest iteration of the M2 MacBook and are available to configure with options like RAM in 8, 16, and 24 GB, SSD in 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB.
The first DJI Mavic Pro was announced in September 2016 and released in late 2016. The small size and the foldable design made me absolutely love it. I used the Mavic Pro for 2 years, and I was very pleased by its capabilities. I even won an architectural photography contest here in Hungary with an image created using that drone.
‘Tis the season for end-of-year deals on gear, and as always, B&H is offering massive discounts and great steals on odds and ends to add to your kit. I just perused their Mega Deal Zone, and put together a brief list of my favorite sales for you: You can pick up the Vello Canon EF/EF-S Lens adapter to use Canon glass on your Sony E-Mount camera for just $69.95 right now!
With all of the hubbub around DJI’s newest drone release, many folks are wondering if it’s worth upgrading their Mavic 2’s to the new, pricier, Mavic 3. Heck, even we’ve been wondering how it stacks up in a real-world performance test after comparing the stats in our Mavic 3 comparison article last week.
After a longer than expected wait, DJI has unveiled the newest iteration in its flagship drone series – the Mavic 3, a release that pushes their Mavic line into the professional realm. I wasn’t able to get my hands on one before writing this article, but I will be renting one later this month and plan to report back with my own personal experience on how I think this drone stacks up to the Mavic 2 Pro and the Air 2s.