If you’ve read the previous posts on this website, you should have established by now that photographing Japan is a joy for those who enjoy photographing different cultures and people. However, as a traveler you will mostly be on your feet, walking around with your camera and trying to capture all that you can. A lot of the moments you want to capture will go by very quickly, as they often do in street photography, so the following tips might be helpful in getting the shot you want.

  • When indulging in street photography, always try to use a fast shutter speed if you’re trying to freeze the action around you. While this does reduce the amount of light getting into your camera, it ensures that you don’t miss an important image thanks to the blur caused by slower shutters.

 

  • A black and white image, usually, can be taken in a lesser amount of light than a colored one. So if you’re using a high shutter speed but don’t have enough light to create a well-exposed image, consider shooting in black and white.

 

  • And finally, if you don’t already know, shoot in RAW! This will help you immensely in editing your photos after taking them. You can tweak the exposure, sharpness, colors, and a lot more without degrading image quality if you shoot in RAW.

 

Street photography in Japan is something you simply have to take a shot at the next time you’re there. The culture, the people, the architecture, everything in Japan deserves your attention as a photographer, and with these tips in mind you can be sure to take some great street photos.

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If you have gone through my previous blog posts, you may have already decided to take a trip to Japan yourself. But an important question to ask yourself, especially if you’re a photographer, is what kind of camera should you take along with you?

For Good-Looking Travel Photos – Go Compact

If you’re taking a trip to Japan simply to enjoy as a family and just need to take some photos to record the memories, even a basic compact camera of these days will serve you well. Compacts have come a long way in recent years, providing excellent image quality for their price. While not as robust as a DSLR in image quality, compact cameras are small, lightweight, and better than your average smartphone.

There are many high end compact cameras available as well with larger sensors than usual, allowing you to take some very good photos that can be printed if needed. So don’t be afraid that carrying a compact camera will not let you get some fine art photography done if you’re into that.

For Enthusiast Photography or Professional Work – The Choice is Yours

Now we come to the whole debate of whether a DSLR is better or is mirror-less the new pro. The fact of the matter is that both these technologies have improved over the years, but mirror-less cameras being the newer tech have taken the world of DSLRs by storm.

Mirror-less cameras are smaller, lighter, and easier to carry around than DSLRs, and have a vast array of features and accessories just like a DSLR. I personally prefer mirror-less technology because of these reasons, but there are many people who don’t. So based on your personal taste, choose between a DSLR or a mirror-less camera if you want to take photographs that you can print or sell on a professional level.

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Traveling around the world is one of the most therapeutic things one can do. Meeting new people, seeing new cultures, and experiencing things different than what you are used to can help open your mind to new possibilities. I personally love to travel, and since I am a photographer as well, I tend to take loads of pictures on my trips. One of my favorite tourist destinations, as you might have already figured out from my previous posts, is Japan.

There are multiple reasons for this choice of mine. The primary ones are that Japan boasts a very colorful and interesting culture, and the people of Japan are quite friendly and accommodating. If you are also planning to take a trip to Japan for some photography, here are some things you should remember:

People Love the Peace Sign

Whenever you are taking a posed photo of a Japanese person, expect them to make the peace sign almost every time. I can’t explain why the Japanese love this symbol or why they feel compelled to make it in every photo, but you need to accept the fact that you’ll have a lot of these symbols in your pictures.

Know How to Capture the Cherry Blossoms

If you happen to visit Japan during springtime, you should definitely plan your trip according to the arrival of the Cherry Blossoms. The country just transforms into an explosion of pink, you will see a huge number of locals and tourists picnicking under these trees all over the place.

When photographing Cherry Blossoms, you should keep a few things in mind. The first is to look for the perfect light. The color of these trees is so light that even the slightest of light at the wrong angle can disrupt your image. You should also be careful about what you add in your frame, and how the color of the trees will be used to accentuate your shot.

Another thing you can do is to take multiple photos of the same scene at different exposure settings and combine them into an HDR photo with the help of an HDR processing software. Aurora HDR 2017 does this job wonderfully. An HDR shot will ensure that you have the right kind of light in your image and that the details are maintained in the highlights as well as the shadows.

Be Mindful of the Privacy

In Japan, people take their privacy seriously. So whenever you take photos of people with the plan to publish them online, you might have to blur out some faces if you don’t have the permission from the subjects to share these photos. I know it looks weird, but you should keep this in mind prior to taking photos so that a good shot doesn’t get compromised later on.

Japan is, without a doubt, a beautiful country that I would suggest everyone to visit. The rich culture, the friendly people, and the breathtaking landscape all combine to make Japan one of the best places to visit for your next photo expedition.

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Today, most of the photographers are also musicians. Rudyard Kipling is a classical guitarist and also being a very passionate photographer. He was one of the most famous artists as well as print making studios photographer. I have been a life-long musician and my mother was a music teacher. My mother made me took many lessons and also learnt one-hour of music for everyday. Later in my life, I was good enough musician in playing the best guitar performance. In fact, the music has also played in some part of the photography. Even many musicians can also take the photography and many photographers can also play the music at the same time. But it is indeed possible to do both such as listen the light as well as play it. However, these two disciplines like photography and music can share several traits. The musician also loves editing photos and then applies to any kind of photography.

I often write the music and use it in my slide shows and then occasionally do it in live. As a musician and photographer, I would like to use several phrases such as rhythm, texture, energy, shape, dynamics, pattern, repetition, color, balance, tone, line, dominance, form, dissonance, harmony, perspective or weight. Even the musicians are story-tellers too, because the same type of effortless transformation of ideas, whether it may be in form of a photo or music. They can also put many things to learn in single discipline while practising another. However, I strongly believe it is necessary to learn to become a good musician and photographer too while learning to play a musical instrument. When you are thinking about these forms of creative process, you just thinking less and feeling more, which is a single-way ticker to do excellent things. I am writing this especially for those who are open to find out art forms in order to become a great photographer.

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