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WIN a FREE website (inc web address and web space) this month

This is especially great for fellow photographers, travel bloggers, lifestyle bloggers, or anyone who should have a web presence.

JapanesePhotos.Asia has started a new project at Patreon.com/ablyth, called 52 Facts About Japan, where we will share:

  • Each week 1 new photo with a short story about Japan (you can keep the photo for personal use on your own blogs), and
  • Each month, a new travel guide entry, or
  • A photographic how-to (great for beginners and travellers)

This project is new, and we have already published a few posts, which show things are happening and we are committed. It is exciting, and will be loaded with travel advice, travel information, and photographic ideas to make your next big trip fantastic. Best part is: It’s super cheap, much cheaper than any travel guide, AND you can join in the discussion, ask questions, and get responses. Most travel books provide information one-way. Here, we will build a community, and you can have your say on what we can do next. That’s right, if you want to know more about a place in Kyoto, and other people agree, we can take you there with our Patreon blog.

To help promote this project, we’ve teamed up with HelloSpace.Me the leading provider of websites for education and lifestyle people and groups.

Become a Patron, access up to date travel guide, and win a website

Become a Patron, access up to date travel guide, and win a website

The competition

Want your own .com web address and website? Yes, you can be one of five people to win the first year of your own website FREE from HelloSpace.Me. To enter, simply Become a Patron to our Patreon.com/ablyth blog in September 2017 and you’re in the running. Winners will be announced both here, Patreon.com/ablyth, and at HelloSpace.Me/blog. The prize is over USD$130 of webspace and domain for your own website*.

You will get:

  • The Lite Plan with 3Gb webspace, easy one-click install of WordPress and many other web apps, upto 5 email addresses, and more (see the Lite Plan here).
  • Domain registration (for your own web address) choose a name with one of the following TLDs: .com .audio .ca .cn .eu .nagoya .net .nl .nz .one .org .pro .ru .space .tokyo .uk .us (USD$20/yr limit).
  • If you prefer a different TLD like .blog .me or .photo then you will still get the 3Gb webspace free, but you will neet to pay for the domain registration (web address registration) yourself. Full list of TLDs is here.
  • Choose your web address / domain registration at: https://hellospace.me/host/index.php.
  • Cost of renewal after the first year is: domain registration plus Lite Plan fees (current discounted cost: USD$90) plus taxes.
  • Winners to be announced 1st October 2017, and will be chosen at random.
  • Follow us on Twitter.com/japanesephotos Instagram.com/japanesephotosasia Patreon.com/ablyth
  • Follow HelloSpace.Me on Twitter.com/hellospaceme.

Best of luck

* Based on normal industry prices: https://hellospace.me/about-webhosting/compare-us/.

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News this week & photo shoot

I don’t normally do such a catch up like this, but it’s been a terrible week, and so I’m using the weekend to do office stuff. In my previous blog post I said that I’m considering selling on a lens I don’t use anymore (the Sony SAL 70-300mm G), if you know someone who might like it, please tell them to get in touch with me. I also received the Dobot Rigiet gimbal for shooting videos on my smartphone. I hope to take that out to play tomorrow.

Also in the news, I’ve been in the news! Yay! News about my Kickstarter project has been distributed through a network of news outlets. The cost-share photo shoot is a new concept and an experiment, and I had no idea how it will go. Hopefully being in the news will help spread the word to small companies and startups who would benefit most from this. Anyway, it has made it in the news at Arizona News Online, Colorado News Desk, and other places. Yay!

There are just six days left, and I hope to get just ten companies who might be interested involved. This afternoon I’ve been reaching out to mainly small fashion brands telling them that I can help. I hope to get at least ten! I hope that this can be a success, and so I can repeat this and help these brands and others again in the future. Also, to sweeten the deal, there is a prize for the first company to get on board, where they can win a website (domain and webspace). Details: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/japanesephotos/cost-share-a-product-shoot.

Photo shoot services for lifestyle and product placement for social media.

Photo shoot services for lifestyle and product placement for social media.

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Where should I go? Making a travel guide and get incredible autumn photos


In short, I will make a travel guide for a autumn-colours tourist spot here in Japan.

There is fledgling community of patrons following JapanesePhotos.Asia at Patreon.com/ablyth. There, I post a photo a week and share travel guide information for followers. From the 1st October a poll opens only for patrons in the $5 tier. I am looking forward to hearing your ideas on where I should go. I hope to create a great travel guide for a place to see autumn colours here in Japan. If we get enough funding, then I can travel to more adventurous places, or get the help of models (may be in a kimono).

Join the community, have your say, and access content including photos. Usually, these photos cost USD$25 each, but the minimum is $1 or $5 (whatever you can chip in).

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WIN a FREE website in September with us and HelloSpace.Me

JapanesePhotos.Asia has started a new project at Patreon.com/ablyth, where we will share:

  • 1 new photo each week with a short story about Japan (you can keep the photo for personal use on your own blogs), and
  • Each month, a new travel guide entry, or
  • A photographic how-to (great for beginners and travellers)

This project is really new, and we have BIG plans for it. It is exciting, and will be loaded with travel advice, travel information, and photographic ideas to make your next big trip fantastic. Best part is: It’s super cheap AND you can join in the discussion. Most travel books provide information one-way. Here, we will build a community, and you can have your say on what we can do next. That’s right, if you want to know more about a place in Kyoto, and other people agree, we can take you there with our Patreon blog.

We’ve teamed up with HelloSpace.Me the leading provider of websites for education and lifestyle people and groups.

WIN a FREE website from HelloSpace.Me

WIN a FREE website from HelloSpace.Me

The competition

Want your own .com web address and website? Yes, you can be one of five people to win the first year of your own website FREE from HelloSpace.Me. To enter, simply Become a Patron to our Patreon.com/ablyth blog in September 2017 and you’re in the running. Winners will be announced both here, Patreon.com/ablyth, and at HelloSpace.Me/blog. The prize is over USD$130 of webspace and domain for your own website*.

You will get:

  • The Lite Plan with 3Gb webspace, easy one-click install of WordPress and many other web apps, upto 5 email addresses, and more (see the Lite Plan here).
  • Domain registration (for your own web address) choose a name with one of the following TLDs: .com .audio .ca .cn .eu .nagoya .net .nl .nz .one .org .pro .ru .space .tokyo .uk .us  (USD$20/yr limit).
  • If you prefer a different TLD like .blog .me or .photo then you will still get the 3Gb webspace free, but you will neet to pay for the domain registration (web address registration) yourself. Full list of TLDs is here.
  • Choose your web address / domain registration at: https://hellospace.me/host/index.php.
  • Cost of renewal after the first year is: domain registration plus Lite Plan fees (current discounted cost: USD$60) plus taxes.
  • Winners to be announced 1st October 2017, and will be chosen at random.
  • Follow us on Twitter.com/japanesephotos Instagram.com/japanesephotosasia Patreon.com/ablyth
  • Follow HelloSpace.Me on Twitter.com/hellospaceme.

Best of luck

* Based on normal industry prices: https://hellospace.me/about-webhosting/compare-us/.

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First Pateon-exclusive post gets published tonight

We’ve started our two Patreon projects:

  1. 52 Photos of Japan (weekly)
  2. Travel info, guide, travel photo articles

The first Patreon exclusive content goes out at 7pm tonight (Friday) Japan time. It includes a free photo normally worth USD$25/photo, for JUST $1 or $5/post. Find us at Patreon.com/ablyth.

 

A young Japanese lady in Asakusa, Tokyo.

A young Japanese lady in Asakusa, Tokyo.

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New exclusive work on Patreon

We have published a lot of great travel articles, travel guides, and more here on our blog. However, we don’t get paid for it. A lot of people are able to benefit for free, but we struggle to afford the trips and the models we need. Consequently, we will be doing two new projects on Patreon.Com/ablyth.

  1. The 52 Week Japan Photo Project, a photo per week will be given for free to patrons.
  2. All new travel articles and travel guides will be published on our Patreon page; we hope to eventually do this monthly. Included will be large-sized photos that patrons can download and use without any watermarks. Patrons can also use these photos for their own personal use including blogs.

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Various Japan-related scenes.

Various Japan-related scenes.

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Cost-share product shoot on 13th November

Our KickStarter project has Launched! Details and pledges: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/japanesephotos/cost-share-a-product-shoot.

Japan has a great reputation for quality products and manufacturing; have your products appeal enhanced by being seen in Japan. Give your product an international feel, and a look that seems accepted and normalised in Japan. On the 12th or 13th (and may be 14th) November 2017, my skilled models, makeup artists (mua), and I, hope to shoot a bunch of products like yours. However, we have only limited spaces available. Contact us now if you’re interested.

A cost-sharing shoot is where we have the location, scene, models, and MUA, but need a group of companies to supply the products and the funds to pay for the location, models, mua and me. This means, you share the cost of a shoot, which normally starts at about USD$2000 (AUD$2600), but you save lots of money (about 90% of the cost). This is ideal for small companies, startups, and low-cost products. We cannot do any “explicit” or illegal products.

Photo shoot services for lifestyle and product placement for social media.

Photo shoot services for lifestyle and product placement for social media.

 

The scene: Inside a traditional Japanese (or modern style house, TBC), with a young female adult model. If stretched financial goals are achieved, then we can include a male or another female model. These extra models may be mixed-race or expats.

Theme: Lifestyle & product placement.

Photos intended for: Social media, Amazon, your website, billboards, fliers, brochures, your Kickstarter or other crowd-fund-sourcing page, advertising materials, anywhere.

Getting set up for a shoot in an old style Japanese house in Yokohama.

Getting set up for a shoot in an old style Japanese house in Yokohama. (Photo taken on iPad)

 

Photo licence: World wide, unlimited-time, unlimited prints, non-transferable (cannot be given to other companies to use, except for media-promotional uses).

Benefits: Low-cost semi-exclusive shoot. You get ten web-sized and ten full-sized photos, and two videos of about 5 to 10 seconds each (intended for Instagram use). Photos will be delivered in jpg, and videos in avi, mp4, or mpg formats. Your product will appear international and normalised in an authentic domestic scene. Japan has a reputation for excellence and quality products, have yours associated with this.

Makeup artist preparing a model for a lifestyle shoot in an old-style Japanese home.

Makeup artist preparing a model for a lifestyle shoot in an old-style Japanese home.

 

Buy-in: Early-bird sponsors (the first ten): USD$200 (AUD$260; which is only 10% of the normal price of a similar style shoot, ie: a 90% discount) per product (maximum five similar models or prototypes of an item). Second group (next 10): USD$250 (AUD$315), and then the third group: $300 (AUD$380). Limited spaces. We are using KickStarter, and so pledges & payments may be available via Kickstarter; for more information contact us.

Currency:  I am Australian, and my PayPal account is Australian, and so the currency for this campaign needs to be based on the Australian dollar. For referential purposes, equivalents are posted in US dollars based on the conversion rate on 19th August. Models and makeup artists will be paid in Japanese yen.

 


 

What kinds of products?  Anything (that’s legal). Example: cosmetics, shampoos, watches, books, bags, cups, Kickstarter prototypes, clothes, small electronics, small furniture, sports items, whatever.

Where: A house in Nagoya or Yokohama in Japan, which will be similar to the samples on this page.

Deadlines & schedule: (current plan)

  • Pledge by: Friday 6th October 2017 (via KickStarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/japanesephotos/cost-share-a-product-shoot).
  • Final decisions of:  Participating models and location.
  • Products to arrive by: Friday 3rd November (Japan time)
  • Shoot date: 13th November (Japan time).
  • First photos of some products shown on social media: Day of shoot.
  • Photo deliveries: One to five weeks after shoot (post-processing takes some time)

What will the money pay for? The model(s), makeup artist, shoot assistant, me. Our time, cost of materials, transport, minor props, post-processing, other shoot related incidentals. If stretch goals are achieved, then a second model can help. If further stretch goals are achieved then additional models may be required, and a second shoot day.


Eri making paper cranes in a Japanese tatami room.

 

What will happen: Once the shoot is confirmed to go ahead, we will email you with postage details, and shoot related questions. After confirmation, cancellation is not possible, and so immediately send your products with any artistic shoot suggestions. We will try to follow your shoot suggestions the best we can, but may not be able to use the scene to recreate precisely what you describe. We will of course do our best to deliver high quality photographs that you will want to use. We also hope that you will be so pleased that you will want to tell your friends about us, and use our services again.

During the shoot we will try to show your products in the most naturalistic of settings. We want to avoid kitsch, unnatural, and forced poses; so each shoot will take a little bit of time to plan and prepare, and shoot. After the shoot day(s), there will be thousands of photos for us to process. We will select the best looking photos of your product, process them (with minimal adjustments), and send them to you at the earliest possible time.

Postage of items/products: The items must arrive by the deadline before the shoot. If the items fail to arrive on time they will be returned unopened and we will not be held responsible for delivery delays. Refunds cannot be issued. Also, tell us if the items/products you sent need to be returned after the shoot; bear in mind that you will pay for return postage. The product(s) must arrive by the 3rd November, so that we can organise and plan. It’s strongly advised that you post early, in case there are delays or issues in the shipping process. Any customs fees must be paid by you. We cannot be responsible for products seized by customs authorities; please confirm the legality of your product in Japan before backing this project. Additional customs and delivery charges must be settled by bank or PayPal transfer.

Legal: All items must be legal and legal in Japan too. Japan Customs usually restrict imports of seeds and nuts, and adds tariffs to electronic items. Prohibited items, more info.

 


Eri enjoying an ice cream on a window sill.

 

Social media & additional promotion: If requested, your products will be shown on JapanesePhotos.Asia Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr accounts; also on our blog. Send us links to your website and the social media accounts you want in the descriptions or comments. We’ll also follow you, and include your @accountname if possible. The model may also include his/her name and may also share it in his/her account (depends on the model’s own pre-existing contracts). In most cases, JapanesePhotos.Asia will keep the photos on display in our social media feed and will be persistent.

Delivering the photos:  This will be done via the cloud. You will get a link and password, and so you can download them all. First deliveries will be within 24 hours, and most will be completed in one to five weeks after the shoot.

Finally, we will be very grateful for your support in this project, and we hope you will be pleased with the results.

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Tumblr, this blog, and Kickstarter for updates.

Who is doing this? The worker bees doing this for you are:

  • Photographer & chief organiser: Andrew.
  • Makeup artist: Ksara.
  • Models:  Eri, Chiaki, or Miyu.
  • Shoot assistant:  (depends if funds are available).
Photographer: Andrew & Ramen; MUA: Ksara; Model: Eri

Us: Andrew (photographer), Ksara (MUA), and Eri (model).

 

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Summer theme product shoot

What:  Have your product shot with model in a summer theme photo shoot. Use the photos to promote your products on your social media and else where. We can share the photos on our social media accounts too.

Costs and funding details: http://bit.ly/2v2yeKI. The money raised will pay for the models and makeup artist’s time, theirs and my transport, and other incidentals. For the two shoots, it will cost about USD$2000 equivalent. Actually, our PayPal and GoFundMe accounts are linked to the Australian Dollar (currency of Andrew’s receiving account for international transfers), so don’t be surprised when this crops up.
Benefits: You don’t need to spend USD$1000 or $2000 for an exclusive photo shoot, instead, you can cost share. Minimum contribution is AUD$100 gets you five different photos (full and web-sized, total 10). AUD$200 gets you ten different photos (two sizes, total 20). AUD$300 gets you fifteen different photos (two sizes, total 30), and so forth.
Best for:  These shoots are great for start up companies needing high quality photos with an exotic atmosphere. This gives your product an international / global look, making you seem bigger than you are.
Current possible shoot dates:  7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th August
Locations:
  1. Indoors in a Japanese home in Tokyo
  2. At the beach, in either Chiba or Izu Peninsula near Tokyo
Model(s): Not yet confirmed, but will be young Japanese women, and may be men (it is very difficult to find male Japanese models). Here are some of the models we’ve worked with in the past: http://ablyth.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/Models/C0000quDQSfYbu8k.
Guarantees:  As you know, all projects have risks. However, we do have a track record of delivering and for quality. See for yourself here our photo library hosted on PhotoShelter.
What to do:
  1. Get in contact.
  2. Send money (we’ll send you details how)
  3. Send the product (we’ll tell you where)
  4. Tell us your social media accounts so that we can post and link the posts to you.
  5. We’ll shoot the product(s) with a model, process the images, post to social media
  6. We’ll send you both full-sized and web-sized photos for your unlimited use
More details to come.

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Model Call for Tokyo & Yokohama for summer themed shoot

Updated: 2nd Aug.

Wanted:

  1. (found) Models. Men, women, young, old, whatever.
  2. URGENTLY need a Makeup artist (do makeup, create a look suitable for scenes, assist the model, and some help with flashes)

Theme: Japanese summer. Shoot 1 “At home”,  Shoot 2 “Girl in Tokyo”, Shoot 3 “At the beach”.

When: all day, 8th August 2017.

Where: This is only open to models & MUA already in Japan.

Shoot 1, Indoors, 8th Aug: At a traditional style Japanese house, near central Yokahama.

Shoot 2, Street, 4th Aug: Will be a street shoot around Akihabara. (cancelled)

Shoot 3, Beach, 7th or 8th Aug: May be (depending on budget):    (cancelled)

 



Shadows.

 

Why: 1. Actually, I’m not normally available to shoot in summer in Japan, and so I have this big gap in my photo library. Also, I really don’t know what to shoot, and so I need some practice and a chance to experiment with a summer theme. 2. Some of these will be sample-photos to call for sponsors for future shoots. 3. Product placement shoot (if sponsors can be found in time).

Paid: For the right model & mua, yes I will pay.

What to wear: Summer fashion themes. Strictly, no brand names, no logos, and no copyrighted designs. This will be a low-budget shoot, and so you will need to use your own wardrobe.

Shoot 1: Normal comfortable clothing (not old unfashionable things)

Shoot 2: Something that looks good, but can still look nice in 10 years.

Shoot 3: Swimsuit(s), beach/summer shawl, hat, sunglasses, flip-flops, towel. (You will need to get into the water).

If you have another idea, please tell me.

Other: A model release needs to be signed, and you cannot have exclusive contract restrictions for too many products.

More info: My standard model call (en) and モデル求人, 日本語 (jp), contact me and I can send the draft shoot plan.

 



Young Japanese lady.

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