Photographing Architectural Models using wireless tethering

For the second year running, Leupold Brown Goldbach Architekten have asked for a helping hand with their annual Christmas Card. 

In recent months, I have taken a keen interest in learning product and studio-based photography. When LBGO got in touch, I enthusiastically took up the opportunity to photograph their vast collection of architectural models to front this years’ card design. 

Shortly before I arrived for the shoot, they laid out their favourite models in a well-organised fashion. One would assume that all that would be left to do is to find a suitable viewpoint for the shot. After numerous attempts, we agreed on the best angle to get our ‘hero shot’. However, the medium of photography composes the scene in two-dimensions and objects within the frame may need rearranging to suit the perspective. For example, some of the models may seem clustered together, and in other cases, there may be dead space between them. The model positions required a fair amount of tweaking to get it looking perfectly balanced for our chosen view.

Photos by A. Leupold / LBGO Architekten

When styling an interior scene, or indeed a host of architectural models, as in this case, I use wireless tethering to view the photographs on a digital tablet. This method has the benefit of instantly reviewing the images with my collaborators. A further advantage is that we can reposition objects in the scene by activating ‘live view’ on the tablet and walking around with it. In other words, the tablet displays what we would see by looking through the camera’s viewfinder. 

I embrace new technology, and if deemed useful for improving the way I work, I will add it to my arsenal. Wireless tethering helps tremendously to collaborate easily with fellow creatives on set, which in turn gets us to the result that we are aiming to achieve with ease and efficiency.

Shoot setup and technical notes:

The final image is a composite of multiple exposures. Two base exposures made up from one with ambient lighting and another with bounced flash. Using Photoshop, I hand blended these two layers and brushed in diffused flash pops to various areas of the scene.

Camera: Nikon D810Lens: Nikon 50mm f1.8Lighting: Godox AD200 with a beauty dish modifier, Tethering Setup: Tether Tools Case Air




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