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Cost-share product shoot on 13th November

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 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 considering using KickStarter, and so pledges & payments may be available via Kickstarter soon; otherwise we will accept PayPal, 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: Monday 2nd October 2017 (via KickStarter).
  • Final decisions of:  Participating models and location.
  • Payments by: Friday 6th October (or automatically executed by Kickstarter on or soon after the 2nd October), mail your products asap.
  • 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.


 

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.

Sample product shoot. A young lady at Sensoji Temple with iconic lantern and Tokyo Skytree Tower in the background.

Sample product shoot. A young lady at Sensoji Temple with iconic lantern and Tokyo Skytree Tower in the background.

 

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, and this blog for updates.

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

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

 


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Lifestyle shoot: Summer at home


Daydreams. This is one of the wonderful photos with Eri from the shoot this week. Special thanks to the wonderful, cheery, and very talented Eri; it is always great working with you. Also, a big thanks to Akiko, our most-helpful and wonderful makeup artist for the day. Also, a special thanks to the owners of the house for letting us shoot there. どうもありがとうございました。


We shot a variety of situations through the day. The theme was a lifestyle shoot of “Summer at Home”. We couldn’t get through the complete wish list, but did the best we could. The typhoon the day before disrupted our start times, especially as we weren’t sure if we could start on time as planned, start later, if at all. In the end, we started later in the morning than we hoped.

The highlights: Eri can make paper cranes, Akiko was a brilliant assistant, the mandarin flavoured ice block was apparently really nice, so too the pizza, and I didn’t bump my head too many times on the low door frames.

 


Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2vo6ZrL. More photos of this shoot are in the Eri Gallery of the PhotoShelter Portfolio.

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All set up, but delayed because of yesterday’s typhoon

All set up, but delayed our start time because of yesterday’s typhoon. I thought the first thing I would do on arriving last night was to dump my bags at the front door, get my camera out and photograph everything. However, dragging my gear up the hill for about 20 minutes in the dank heat and humidity. Phew… I was spent! I have fairly strong legs and leg muscles, but I could barely walk back down to the station to find food. Anyway, the first time I got my gear out was this morning to check all the equipment, and do some light tests. Now, just waiting for everyone to come.
Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2vy6P3I.

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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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Using the #Gnarbox for the first time

Women at the Arimatsu festival posing next to a banner that says "Arimatsu" in Japanese script.

The Gnarbox was a Kickstarter project, and it is an in-field storage and back up device. It also lets you edit and post pictures without a laptop, and do it away from your office. I pitched in on Kickstarter paying USD$149, and it now retails at $299. It has a capacity of 128Gb, and a claimed battery life of 4 to 6 hours (a wide error of margin) with 4,000mha capacity. It can connect to your smarthphone or Android or iOS tablet via wifi and the Gnarbox app.

 

Sony a99 with Sony 70-300mm G lens, Gnarbox, iPad Mini 4 with Gnarbox app in index view.

Sony a99 with Sony 70-300mm G lens, Gnarbox, iPad Mini 4 with Gnarbox app in index view. (photo taken on iPhone)

The Gnarbox arrived and it sat doing nothing for about two weeks. It was already obsolete by the time I received it. It was originally meant to be delivered in March 2016, but finally came in May 2017. My previous blog posts describe the ordeal of waiting for the Gnarbox, the constant new promises, and missed delivery deadlines. There were constant complaints by Kickstarter backers near the end of 2016 and early 2017. For me, by the time it arrived it was already replaced by a Toshiba wifi memory card. Also consider that most new cameras now include wifi connection to your smartphone, too. Anyway, I paid for it (back in July 2015), and it’s finally just arrived. On Sunday just gone, I went shooting at Arimatsu. They are known for their cloths and tie-dying industry; no, not hippy tie-dying, but the kimono type, as you’ll see below. So, I thought it would be a great chance to do a real life test of the Gnarbox.

 

A kimono on display blowing in the midday breeze at Arimatsu.

A kimono on display blowing in the midday breeze at Arimatsu. Photo taken on Sony a99 with Tamron 28-75mm lens, processed in the Gnarbox app.

 

To prepare this blog post, I’m using the WordPress app, the Gnarbox with my iPad Mini 4, the Gnarbox app, and an ice-cold Chocolista from my favourite cafe in Japan. Firstly, the wifi connection doesn’t show in the top bar of the iPad, and so I thought it wasn’t connected. After five minutes of trying different things, I thought I’d just try the viewer. Lo and behold, it was connected. It was showing 40% battery. Then I realised it didn’t automatically import the +300 photos from my SD card. It took a slow 5 minutes or so to do the job. In the meantime, it was sucking the battery dry.

 

From left to right. Sony A99 camera with Sony 70-300mm G lens. Gnarbox first generation (128Gb capacity). Apple iPad Mini 4. Tully's Chocolista Tall size.

From left to right. Sony A99 camera with Sony 70-300mm G lens. Gnarbox first generation (128Gb capacity). Apple iPad Mini 4. Tully’s Chocolista Tall size.

 

Additionally, the top surface of the Gnarbox was getting too hot to touch. A point of no concern for their snow-based “real world” testers. It seemed like they really did most of their testing in the Californian winter alps (just check their Instagram feed). I mention this, as I’ve not seen any other sample images and videos from the Gnarbox Instagram account. Previous blog posts describe how I was blocked by Gnarbox after complaining about yet another missed delivery date, and the social media censorship that coincided with the start of the prestigious CES exhibition. They obviously wanted to hide their missed deliveries and angry customers.

 

Editing view of the Gnarbox app. It's simple compared to the Adobe PhotoShop Express app, but it can do raw files.

Editing view of the Gnarbox app. It’s simple compared to the Adobe PhotoShop Express app, but it can do raw files.

A young lady in a kimono at the Arimatsu festival.

A young lady in a kimono at the Arimatsu festival. Photo taken on Sony a99 with Tamron 28-75mm lens, processed in the Gnarbox app.

There are good points and bad points. Mixed in with this are the two facets of the Gnarbox, the box and the app. The box itself is heavy, but feels quite sturdy and rugged. The data connections including card slots are protected with environment proof flaps. In the app, the thumbnail display didn’t complete loading, and so I sat there waiting using up valuable battery life. I eventually found the refresh button; a problem I probably won’t have again. The main concern I noticed right away with the app was the skin tones; the gamma levels seemed off. Also, it doesn’t seem to be able to manage the transition from highlights to normal very well. I’m certain this isn’t a lens or sensor issue. Admittedly, no one wants to shoot in the midday sun, which of course contributes to the problem, but the point of editing software is to reduce this issue, which it failed. However, I do love the “punch” slider. I’m not exactly sure what it does, but I do like the outcome. It is probably like the vibrance slider in Lightroom. It does manage recovering details from dark areas wonderfully. The app seems good, but lacks a range of features when compared to the older and more mature Adobe Photoshop Express. However, the Gnarbox app can manage full resolution images, in raw format and video.

 

Two men sitting in the shade in front of a store at the Arimatsu festival.

Two men sitting in front of a store at the Arimatsu kimono and cloth festival. The man on the right is wearing a summer kimono known as a yukata. Photo taken on Sony a99 with Tamron 28-75mm lens, processed in the Gnarbox app.

Other issues aren’t major ones. My camera was set to raw + jpg, as it is the only way for the Toshiba wifi card to work and connect with my phone. However, Gnarbox can work with raw files, no jpgs needed. However, the index view doesn’t indicate which is raw and which is jpg. Furthermore, as nice and neat as it looks, the cropped images make it hard to choose which photo is worth editing at a glance. You have to tap on one, check, then flick through and find out which you want the hard way.

 

The index view in the Gnarbox app.

The index view of the Gnarbox app. Using square cropped previews is nice, but which one will you want to edit? Which are raw and which are jpg?

 

Different tie-dye cloths on display at the Arimatsu festival.

Different tie-dye cloths on display at the Arimatsu festival. Photo taken on Sony a99 with Tamron 28-75mm lens, processed in the Gnarbox app.

 

I don’t do much video editing, and so I probably struggle to use this feature. Which may explain why I couldn’t figure out how to stitch two separate videos together (if it is indeed possible). It is said that the Gnarbox comes with some basic music that can be overlaid into your in-field created video, and you can add more sound tracks to the box yourself. The video colour editing function didn’t work. The error message said something about a firmware update is needed first, something not possible while working on the fly.

The Gnarbox battery went from 40% to 9% within 45mins, which hints that the claimed 4-6 hours might not be possible on this particular unit. It was at about 50% when I opened the box minutes after receiving it from the mail man. There were issues regarding battery life reported online; I hope mine isn’t one of the affected ones. Some buyers have had to return theirs and get a replacement. The Gnarbox took some hours to charge, it was charged overnight, and so I’ll now have the opportunity to test the full battery life in the future.

 

Women demonstrating creating feature patterns that are unique to Arimatsu.

Women demonstrating creating feature patterns that are unique to Arimatsu. Photo taken on Sony a99 with Tamron 28-75mm lens, processed in the Gnarbox app.

Do you really need a Gnarbox? For day trips, it’s probably not needed. Just use a $50 wifi SD card and the Adobe PhotoShop Express app (set your camera to raw + jpg). For extended trips, as a backup device in case you lose your memory cards, for some people it’s good to have. For immediate social sharing it’s a must have (if you can’t or don’t want to use a wifi SD card). For an overseas jaunt, it’s perhaps quite under capacity at a mere 128Gb. An hour or so of shooting at Arimatsu created 198 photos taken at raw & jpg, which created a 5.92Gb folder. Plus two short videos at 100mb (1:09min) and 35mb (0:24min). I usually take about 300 plus photos at an event and more video. So, I typically walk away using about 12Gb of storage space on memory cards. Consequently, for a trip away, I think the last few photos won’t be transferred onto the Gnarbox. For videographers and vloggers, you might want to wait and see if Gnarbox creates a second generation product with more capacity. Of course, this is my own take on things on its first outing, and as based on my needs and uses. You may see advantage in it, or not. Overall, I will use it, but not as often as I might have 22 months ago. Would I buy one now? No. I’ve never lost a memory card, and my next camera will probably have wifi built in anyway. I have to say this once more, the Gnarbox app does a great job of recovering details in the dark areas, and the punch/vibrance slider is awesome.

Women at the Arimatsu festival posing next to a banner that says "Arimatsu" in Japanese script.

Women at the Arimatsu festival posing next to a banner that says “Arimatsu” in Japanese script.

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