Archive for 31 December, 2016

5 top photos of 2016

Here are the top five JapanesePhotos.Asia photos of 2016. It’s been a busy year, and so for adding to my portfolio, it hasn’t been so easy. However, this year I’ve been fortunate once again to work with some great and talented models and makeup artist. This year, strangely enough, was also the first time I went to Tokyo. It was exciting, and I look forward to going again in 2017. So, without further ado, here are the top five, which are all available on my PhotoShelter portfolio and Alamy.

Runner up. Getting smoke blessings at Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo.


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5. Boudoir portrait.


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4. Sensoji-Temple special effects at night, Asakusa, Tokyo.


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3. Tourist girl in Tokyo.


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2. Umbrella girl.


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1. Girl in the City of Ghosts.


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As you can see one model stood out the most this year. Special thanks to Miyu who is a fantastic model to work with. Ksara a great makeup artist, organiser, help, and conversationalist. Also thanks to Joanie and Ana. And thanks to you for inspiring me to do more. May 2017 be another great year for all of us.

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Model and MUA call in #Nagoya #名古屋

This is a open only to people who are or will be in Nagoya, Japan.

Basic info: The shoot is in Nagoya city, and only open to anyone (aged 20 and older); professional or amateur. I want to expand my tourism and art collection, and I need your help.

Two young women taking selfies at Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo.

Two young women taking selfies at Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo.

Wanted: male and female models or couples for (outdoor) traveller / tourist type of photos, candid-like street portraiture, and art. Clothing should be nice, simple, but of tourist-like appearance. It is possible that we cannot get a makeup artist, so be prepared to do your own.
MUA: Makeup artist to ensure the models look great and natural. Provide makeup work, basic hair setting, and nails. Also some general photo shoot assistance.

Theme: Tourists in Nagoya; Ghosts in the City.
Location: Streets and tourist areas of central Nagoya including Meieki and Sakae, Nagoya Castle, Atsuda Shrine, and others.
When: The New Year period, weekends in January, and weekdays/weekends in February and March.

Young twenty-something friends on a day out in Osaka.

Young twenty-something friends on a day out in Osaka.

Clothing: This is a low-budget shoot, so there is no wardrobe to be supplied. Please wear something that is fashionable, nice, simple, and with no brands or logos. Comfortable shoes is also best. Wear thermals or heat-tech underneath.
Pay: Models, ¥2,500/hour (Japanese currency); each shoot can be 2 to 4 hours. MUA, ¥5,000 for two hours, plus makeup kit expenses (negotiable). Multiple shoots are planned.
Required: Models will sign a model release to allow the photos to be used for commercial purposes. Also, a shoot plan will be sent a day or two before the shoot, please study and rehearse these poses.
Links: For general model call information in English and モデル求人日本語, see this announcement on Model Mayhem, Contact me here, or via JapanesePhotos.Asia for more information. My main portfolio is on PhotoShelter.

 

General advice: Please where full length heat-tech or thermal underclothing, and no clothing with brand logos or print designs. Please do not bring large or heavy bags; you can keep them in a train station locker.

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Happy New Year: Coupon


I think it’s safe to say that we don’t want another 2016. So, we all hope that 2017 will be a great year. To help kick off 2017, here is a 20% off coupon for photo purchases via the JapanesePhotos.Asia PhotoShelter portfolio. The coupon is valid until the 31st January 2017. The code is: 2017NEWYEAR. Minimum purchase of USD$20.

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Photos for Personal Use – for cheap

Did you know that bloggers and personal website owners can get high quality photos for cheap?

The problem: Some people don’t understand that photos are free to look at, but not free to take and use; like food at a buffet, free to look at, but not free to take. Photos for commercial or editorial uses can cost anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to tens of thousands. Pricing depends on the distribution and the size of the audience, and many other factors. However, this means that many bloggers mistakenly believe that high quality images are too expensive, and so they steal the images instead. This means that many bloggers have had infamous take-down notices issued, had their web accounts closed by their website hosts, and social media accounts closed. Also, many bloggers have faced expensive legal action with real lawyers in real courts, with real judges, and real prosecutors.

Girl in the City of Ghosts

Girl in the City of Ghosts

The How: JapanesePhotos.Asia instead provides a personal solution, for personal bloggers and personal website owners. Purchase cheap licenses for your personal use, not for redistribution or resale; for in perpetuity. JapanesePhotos.Asia has multiple options for many different types of buyers and uses. For personal uses, go to the JapanesePhotos.Asia PhotoShelter portfolio, and browse for what you like, click on the green buy button, and choose your license, go to the Downloads tab, and choose Personal Use; and you’re all set.

How to buy a license and download an image for personal use from JapanesePhotos.Asia

How to buy a license and download an image for personal use from JapanesePhotos.Asia

Why the cost? The model in the image above costs money. She’s a great and professional model, and we worked with a great make-up artist; all of this costs money. How much do you earn per hour, and consider they need to be paid too? It took about a day of work to make that image above, and I’m competing against tens of thousands of great images, so each sale is important for cost recuperation. If you really do value an image enough to want it, please value the time and effort too, so that I can make more great images in the future.

One more thing: Occasionally I do have discount offers, please look out for coupons.

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Model call: Christmas in Nagoya

This is a open only to people who are in Nagoya, Japan.

Basic info: The shoot is in Nagoya city, and only open to anyone (aged 20 and older). I don’t have any Christmas related photos in my collection, and these are urgently required.


Wanted: male and female models or couples for (outdoor) traveller / tourist type of photos, and candid-like street portraiture. Clothing should be nice, simple, but of tourist-like appearance. It is possible that we cannot get a makeup artist, so be prepared to do your own.
MUA: Makeup artist to ensure the models look great and natural. Provide makeup work, basic hair setting, and nails. Also some general photo shoot assistance.

Theme: Christmas in Japan.
Location: Streets and tourist areas of central Nagoya including Meieki and Sakae.
When: 18th December 2016; morning, afternoon, or evening.
Clothing: This is a low-budget shoot, so there is no wardrobe to be supplied. Please wear something that is fashionable, nice, simple, and with no brands or logos. Comfortable shoes is also best.
Pay: Models, ¥2,500/hour (Japanese currency) each shoot; shoots can be 2 to 4 hours. MUA, ¥5,000 for two hours, plus makeup kit expenses (negotiable).
Required: Models will sign a model release to allow the photos to be used for commercial purposes. Also, a shoot plan will be sent a day or two before the shoot, please study and rehearse these poses.
Links: For general model call information in English and モデル求人日本語, see this announcement on Model Mayhem, Contact me here, or via JapanesePhotos.Asia for more information. My main portfolio is on PhotoShelter.

General advice: Please where full length heat-tech or thermal underclothing, and no clothing with brand logos or print designs. Please do not bring large or heavy bags; you can keep them in a train station locker.

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