This episode catalogues Gina’s adventures in Japan including sneaky shooting, lots of bikes and missing her plane home.
In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to know about shooting in Japan, iconic locations, how to try out a new photographic style, and how to “set a stage” for your shots. They also cover: how to communicate when you don’t speak the language, what gear to bring, why the light in Tokyo is like nowhere else in the world – and what that means for your photography.
Mandy Miller’s epic Nutella series. You’ll find the full series in the Facebook group: “So you want to be a photographer: podcast community”
Why Gina missed her flight home:
What gear did Gina bring?
- Canon 5D Mk 111
- Speed light
- 2x Pocket wizards
- Small soft box
- Light stand
- Small backpack
- No tripod
- Japan is a country of stairs and train stations.
- The fastest and easiest way to get around is by foot and by train.
- Travel as light as possible.
- Bullet train is fastest way to get across Tokyo.
- Cheaper to buy a rail pass outside of Japan – about $300 U.S. For 7 day pass including airport transfers.
What were your trying to capture?
- A new style of street photography
Shibuya 5 way crossing
Best vantage point 35th floor hotel Shibuya Mark City
Gina’s Excursion to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto
- Bike hire 1000 yen per day
- Get first train 7.10am from Kyoto
- Gets really busy by 8.30
- Green absorbs light
- Overexpose where foliage is dense
- No tripod.
- Used knees to brace because used low shutter speed.
Old Town Kyoto Shots
Memory Lane, Shinjuku
Japan has great used camera gear