I’ll be at the Nagoya tournament on Wednesday 11th July. Photos may be available later that day for online sale via my portfolio within hours of the tournament finishing that day (6pm local time). However, exclusive rights can be purchased, and photos can be delivered raw during the event if you contact me as soon as possible.
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It’s simple, choose your favourite image from the five in this month’s competition, and hope for the best. If there are at least 12 confirmed sales of the art, then the winner will receive their wall art too. Voting ends at midnight, Melbourne Aust time, on the 13th July (about the 12th July for Europe/Nth America). Orders to purchase your own wall art open on the 14th July and close on the 28th July (Aust / Japan timezones). Following which the prints will be made, framed, signed, and delivered in early August. The options will be for the print to be about A4 or A3 sizes (the frames will be slightly larger). The frames will be black aluminum, with black borders; the print will be on matte paper. Please sign up to a mail list so you can receive updates on future offers, competitions, and more.
Please tell all your friends about this. The more people who know, the more likely the winner can get their prize. Unfortunately, I’m not in a position to just give stuff away without a minimum number of sales first. So, I hope you like the work I do, and I hope you can help with this, and future art projects.
Yay! I’ll be in Tokyo for a short trip on Tuesday / Wednesday. I hope to meet some models I hope to work with again later in July and August.
What: Photos of a tourist exploring the busy streets of Tokyo. The images will mostly be used for self-promotion for direct to client promotions and social media.
When: 3rd/4th July
– Tuesday afternoon / evening (times: TBC)
– Wednesday early morning (before things get too busy) / Afternoon (times: TBC)
Where: (TBC) Meet and discuss the shoot in a convenient café, near where we will shoot.
– Tuesday either Akihabara / Shibuya
– Wednesday Akihabara and (TBA)
Style: Casual / stylish, or all white.
Makeup: This is a low-budget shoot, please do your own.
Legal: You’ll be asked to sign a fairly standard model release.
Benefits: You will get a selection of photos that you can use for your own self-promotion.
Contact: Email me asap.
Please check this page again, as there will be updates.
This is only for people in Japan, especially in or near Nagoya.
Part 1: Model call; Part 2: Assistant needed
Part 1, Model Call
Who: Women, preferably expats or travelling models visiting Japan. Basic English skills will help.
What: Summer themed clothing & fashion shoot, including swimwear
When: TBC (probably 31st May, 6th, 13th, or 20th June), and again in July and/or August.
Where: Possibly Utsumi Beach (Aichi) https://goo.gl/maps/eTx9hwq7A4F2, or similar place. If the model is based in another city like Tokyo, Osaka, or other, we may meet near there instead.
Transport: Public transport will be reimbursed (paid back, please keep receipts or photos of tickets)
Benefits: Usually ¥2,500/hour (depending on model) for four or five hours, transport time not included. Plus receive at least five key photos from the shoot. Model may keep the clothing for social media promotion purposes. More information about social media product placement and brand promotion provided when you contact me.
Collaboration projects, you of course won’t get paid, unless we can make sales. I’m considering 1. An Instagram project (portraits in the city), and 2. making a photo book and calendar. Let me know if you’re interested, or if you have your own idea.
MUST: Provide information about your clothing sizes as soon as possible, including type of mobile phone you have (especially if you have an iPhone or Samsung). Have own medical insurance.
Generally modelling information: Here.
Contact: Please contact me as soon as possible.
Part 2, Assistant Wanted
Who: A bilingual (English / Japanese) speaker needed; some Chinese abilities may also help. Since most models are women, a female assistant is preferred, but a male assistant will be hired if no one else suitable can be found.
What: Assist with photography shoots.
Benefits: Pay is usually ¥1,000/hour; usually for three to five hours each job, plus an hour of preparation before. Transport time not included.
When: For the job above, plus occasionally through the year. May involve travel to other cities.
Transport: Will be provided or reimbursed.
Description: To assist the photographer with basic tasks on a photo-shoot, including holding flashes/lights, reflectors, replacing batteries, and other basic tasks. Also to assist the model(s) when required.
Requirements: Bilingual or have good-enough abilities in English & Japanese. Driver’s license may sometimes help. Some social media skills (especially Twitter and Instagram). Have own medical insurance.
We’re so, so excited to announce this. We hope you can get as excited as we are. Now, we at ablyth-shop.com we have a tree added to our forest, and we hope that you can join us in becoming carbon neutral. On our scale of economy for now, we will invest €10/month for a monthly commitment. In the future, we hope to offset carbon on a monthly basis at a greater scale, so that as a community we are all contributing. Details of the project so far: https://tree-nation.com/profile/ablyth.
For each tree that is planted, two things happen. One, it converts harmful CO2 into oxygen for us to breathe. Two, it locks carbon in the body of the tree as well, thus removing it from the atmosphere. In fact, there are many other benefits to having trees. These act as a home for animals, cool the ambient temperature (especially important in summer), provide resources to support local and global economies, hold the structure of the soil together to prevent erosion and other major problems; and there are many, many more important functions trees perform.
What does carbon neutral mean? We need to offset about 9 tonnes of carbon a year, which on average means about two trees per month, per person. Until we build up enough members of our community, we suggest that you also create your own Tree Nation account, do help out directly.
Not many people know this about me, but I trained as a biologist in my undergrad years. I learnt so much about how our planet was on a course of doom, even back in the 1990’s. Protecting our natural world became an important thing for me, especially since it is where every human gets food and water from. Without food, water, and shelter, we have nothing, and will ourselves go like the dinosaur: extinct. There simply is no priority higher than taking care of our natural world. I’ve had some involvement with community ecological organisations, but have always wanted to step up my game. Some of my art projects have tried to focus on the loss of the natural environment, including Nuclear Spring and Fall of Nature. I simply cannot do it alone, so I need partners in this; that is you, me, and Tree Nation.
We’re so happy about these three announcements, including about our recent giveaway competition.
Firstly, a HUGE thanks to everyone who entered. We really appreciate your interest in us. There will be more competitions in the future, and there are discount coupons for everyone too. We will email you about that soon.
Secondly, a HUGE congratulations to Noam W of Tel Aviv, and Sarah W of New Berlin who both won the $150 worth of ABlyth items. We’ve already sent you emails, please check your inbox and spam boxes.
Finally, we ask a big favour. Now the winners have been drawn, please don’t abandon us. There are two big reasons why. Firstly, we want to host more giveaway competitions like this again, but we need your support to make it possible. Members get free shipping and other discounts for sharing photos of ABlyth products on social media.
Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, we are partnering with an environmental organisation, because we want to contribute to having a sustainable future for our children, and children’s children; and we’ll need your help. We’ll be announcing more on this in the coming weeks.
Watch this space.
UPDATE 2nd May: We’ve contacted the winners directly. Regarding contacting all the other entrants, we’ve broke our email system, so we’re working on that.
I’ve been really super busy trying to finish writing a textbook that I should get to the printers either today or tomorrow, because for the next couple of weeks I’ll be touristing about Nagoya, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, and Shizuoka. For Osaka, I’ll be there for the final day of the Spring sumo tournament on the 25th; should be super exciting. Then see the deer in Nara; and a few days in Kyoto (my favourite city). I had hoped to get a classical photo of cherry blossoms and Mount Fuji, but it seems the way they are blooming, we’ll get them in Kyoto and may miss them in Shizuoka.
During this time, I’ll be getting tonnes of great photos, and new t-shirt and poster ideas for ablyth-shop.com. If you haven’t already noticed, there is a competition where you can win upto USD$150 worth of ABlyth branded clothes. This will allow you to choose what shirts, designs, and products you want. Which means, you could also choose from any new designs that are created while I’m travelling about. Enter either at JapanesePhotos.Asia homepage, or at ablyth-shop.com/pages/win-prizes.
Also, I’m really excited to see people ordering ABlyth products, and even happier to see photos of these sent to me. FYI, there are discount codes available if you show your ABlyth product on FaceBook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #ablyth and the ablyth-shop.com link. Yes, this project is still new, and so we’re doing everything possible to get the word out, and we’re very happy to give you discounts for helping. So, post your photos with the ABlyth products, and alert us, and we’ll get you a 15% discount code for your next order.
Last week was a terrible week for me (Andrew). I have four days straight of migraines. On the day of the Tagata Fertility Festival, I decided I had to get out, and I had to use my last migraine pill. I spent the day there getting photos like this one below, without pain, but totally spaced-out on analgesics. Now, big question, will there be a t-shirt with a fertility festival theme coming out? Hmm… On another note, I learnt that anyone can apply to be a shrine maiden for this event, and I assume the same for the men who carry these phallic palanquins through the town. I will write about the Tagata Fertility Festival in the future, but no time today, I’m afraid. More photos will be on the way, and more on the Tagata Fertility Festival in these previous blog posts.
Wireless remotes are the way to do portraits. These pictures below used two flashes; it should have been three, but I dropped one and broke the wireless receiver. I always have a Plan B, for when things go wrong, and the shoot carried on anyway. One light is warming the background, whilst the other is providing natural clear light on the model. These are my branded apparel, and I want them to appear as bright and clear as possible, hence the style of lighting. However, how do you work with two, three, or more flashes?
I’ve been able to source some essential photography gear from some suppliers, see here. These days, hotshoe flashes are really powerful, so you can make great portraits without old-style expensive gear, but you need your flashes to synchronise. I wish I could source more Godox, but Yongnuo from Hong Kong does the same job anyway. Oh, and I’m considering hosting a workshop, possibly in May, to introduce Portrait Lighting, Posing, and Modelling. Of course, it will be hosted here in Nagoya. If I do, participants will need at least one hotshoe flash that can be triggered wirelessly, digital camera with hotshoe, the camera instruction manual, and a general use lens about 24-70-ish mm in range. Watch this space for news, or follow me on Twitter.
A great starter kit, field kit, and more, for serious and amateur photographers. Available at https://ablyth-shop.com/collections/photography-video/products/yongnuo-3pcs-yn560-iv-yn-560-iv-master-radio-flash-speedlite-yn-560tx-controller-for-nikon-d7100-d810-for-canon-1100d-650d-6d
Welcome to the new month. What a busy week! Well, I’ve had a busy month designing and preparing designs for shirts, hoodies, and more. Another task I got to was sourcing reliable suppliers for other goods that people like. I think my stuff is great, but that doesn’t mean the ABlyth label has all the goods you need. I was also planning and preparing a shoot which was done on Tuesday this week. There are discounts for shirts, raglans, hoodies, and much more…
I am so grateful to Tetsuya of The Cooper’s Irish Pub (Instagram) in Meieki for letting us use his space. Also, to Asia (that is her name; Instagram) for her hard work, preparation, and commitment to the shoot.
For members of ablyth-shop.com there are some discount offers that are currently running. The offers and discounts cannot be used concurrently, so please choose which one you want to use. They are:
- First time customers: use “FirstTime20” for 20% off your entire order. Minimum USD$25 purchase, and one use per customer. Offer ends 31st Mar 2018.
- Sakura products: It’s springtime in Japan. Use “Sakura2018” discount code for all cherry blossom (sakura) themed products. Minimum USD$25 purchase, ends soon. See here: https://ablyth-shop.com/collections/ablyth-sakura
- Free shipping: use “Members2018” for free shipping for all of this year. Minimum USD$25 and maximum USD$100 purchase. Available to all members in all countries; for the entire order.
- Staff discount: For people I’ve worked with (mostly models and makeup artists, see your info booklet for details; expiration 31st Dec 2018, will be renewed).
- Social Media Discounts: Follow us, and share photos of your ABlyth branded items on social media with the #ablyth hashtag and @ mention, and receive a your custom discount code for 15% off future orders. Each code is good for 3 months, and so use it to get gifts for friends, family, or just to treat yourself.
- Newsletter subscribers: Get 10% off your order. Information is sent to you when you signup for a newsletter.
- More to come. Watch this space (better still, signup for the newsletter and get the jump on everyone else: ablyth-shop.com).
Asia (the model) said that she really likes this 3/4 sleeve raglan top. I admitted that I just don’t have the confidence to know what designs people like, so hearing that was great. I also admitted that I love raglans, especially this shirt with this image “Wheels”. The material used in this is nice and soft; I love it. You can get yours here.
That’s right. We’re offering 15% off all selected Sakura themed shirts, drawstring bags, and smart phone cases for this spring only.
- Go to: https://ablyth-shop.com/discount/SakuraSet2018
- How much: 15% off (specific products only)
- What: Travel Japan Series: Sakura shirts, smart phone cases, bags, and more.
- When: Just this Spring
- Minimum order: USD$25