Off to Japan on assignment ---> What are the pitfalls?

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Azra Regular Member • Posts: 407
Off to Japan on assignment ---> What are the pitfalls?

Hi Gang!

I'm off to Japan (primarily Tokyo city) in a couple of weeks with 2 journos to shoot some portrait sessions and some assignment work... and was hoping I could pick your brains a little first.

So I have two questions:

1) As a traveller / shooting in public photographer, what do you wish you had know BEFORE you flew out ? (anything from pack lighter strobes, through to bring more business cards or certain local customs you didn't know about)

2) As a photographer; shooting street events / in public. Is there anything you discovered as a problem regarding local photography laws or the cultural attitude to snappers?

I am aware that Japan is considered a highly photographically friendly/illerate country, and that it is also a very 'private' country.

I am also under the improess, from some people I know who have been out there, that it is probably less stress to shoot without permits in the streets of Japan than it is to shoot near a London landmark (due to anti terror laws and security guards).

As we have never been out there, even tho we have a local contact, I would appreciate the sharing of knowledge and any tips you are willing to share with us before we go.


Figured it is worth saying the party will be 2 females (UK,white) and one male (UK,white, myself). I'll be taking out a d800 and d700, using wide and mid rang zooms only. Flashes will be sb900's rather than my usual quadra's.

I've been advised a rolling bag is probably better than a backpack for ease of moving in the city and on the tube. We have also been briefed on the protocols and general behaviours regarding business cards and meetings

Please feel free to tell me if any of the above is untrue,etc.


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