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Stubbornly resistant to change, Japan is finally giving in for the sake of tourism

Kofu, Japan<p>Yamanashi prefecture, located two hours west of Tokyo, is unlikely to surface on most must-see guides for people visiting Japan. And yet, tourists are swarming there.<p>In the last five years, the number of overnight foreign visitors to Yamanashi—Japan’s main fruit-growing and wine region, …

Japan

A Beginner’s Intro to Using Histograms to Check and Nail Exposure

Once you understand how to read a histogram, it becomes an extremely useful display of the data that your camera is seeing. This 10-minute video from …

Skills in Practice: Auto Focus Vs. Manual Focus - A Field Guide

Skills in Practice: Auto Focus Vs. Manual Focus – A Field Guide<p>Rating:<p>4.00 based on 2 Ratings<p>April 23, 2017 By Michael Moodie<p>Skills in Practice: Auto …

Japan’s most powerful political bargaining chip is its culture

Much has been made of Japan’s recent turn away from pacifism and growing military muscle, but Tokyo is also extending its global reach in more subtle ways. Japan is especially serious about increasing its soft power, the ability to win over global partners with cultural and diplomatic affinity …

Japan

Travel Photography with a 35mm: How a Prime Lens Stole My Heart

From the beginning of my photography career—which is … almost 30 years ago (that can’t be true!)—I’ve been shooting with zoom lenses. Due to the …

Cameras

Does Size Matter? Upgrading Your Gear For The Wrong Reasons

Let’s face it, many photographers believe that “bigger is better.” I know I initially did years ago. Large is in charge, and it’s easy to assume that …

Canon M5 review: the best mirrorless camera of four years ago

It's something of a running joke in the photography world that Canon and Nikon, the two biggest camera companies in the world, have missed the boat on the interchangeable lens mirrorless camera trend. Over the past few years competitors like Sony and Fujifilm have pumped out increasingly fantastic …

Getting out of Auto: Understanding Shutter Speed

What is Shutter Speed?<p>Compared to ISO and aperture, shutter speed is a relatively straightforward concept to understand. It's the period of time that …

Islands on the frontline of a new global flashpoint: China v Japan

While the South China Sea has drawn attention, the Senkaku Islands have become the site of renewed tension<p>The Chinese flotilla arrived at the start of August, more than 300 fishing boats escorted by 15 vast coastguard ships, some of them armed. They circled the Senkaku Islands for a week, drifting …

Japan’s government has legalised casinos, but they are not popular

MOST forms of gambling are banned in Japan, but many Japanese still like to have a flutter. Over ¥23trn ($203bn) is waged annually on pachinko, a …

Japan

3 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Photography

There are a some lessons that we all learn the hard way. Trial and error, though equally arduous, are still the two most ingraining teachers any of …

How I lost faith in micro four thirds and switched to Sony mirrorless

If you’re thinking about moving to micro four thirds or buying the E-M1 Mark II… maybe read this first, it may actually save you money down the …

Cameras

3 facts about histogram you may not have known

If you’re not sure whether you’ve achieved good exposure, using a histogram is the best way to check it. But there are some misconceptions about …

Photography

Camera Review: Olympus OMD E-M1 Mk II (Micro Four Thirds)

Olympus has always been a company that in some ways played to their own drum. With the Olympus OMD E-M1 Mk II, that is totally the case. While many …

Leica SL, Fuji X-Pro2, Olympus OM-D E-M1 with three world-class zooms

Olympus and 12-40 at 80mm (eq)This indeed could be a Pythonesque review: The Department of Silly Comparisons, Mirrorless Camera Division. Who on …

Kit lens masterclass for new shooters - Part 1

So your kit lens is rubbish, you know this for a certainty because numerous photo blogs and camera test sites have told you so. It’s been confirmed …

Christmas Light Photography Tips

At this time of year, many of the world’s cultures and religions celebrate holidays that involve lights. While the use of lights and candles is often …

Mirrorless camera shootout: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II versus Fujifilm X-T2

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: Wilson WongMirrorless cameras have been with us for over a decade but have until recently been seen by some as mere toys when …

Olympus OM-D EM-5 II Camera Review for backpacking & hiking

Superb zoom lenses & weather resistance set the Olympus OM-D EM-5 II apart as a great backpacking & hiking camera. With the EM-5 II you’ll continue …

Digital Photography Exposure For Dummies Cheat Sheet - dummies

Understanding the art and science of exposure in digital photography involves three main settings on your camera (which is probably a digital SLR, or …

Will the Ricoh GR1 dethrone my Olympus XA2? - Guest post by Frank Lehnen

Since this morning, I’m the proud owner of a Ricoh GR1. I’ve really longed to try this camera out, so I thought I would try to give a day by day …

Ricoh

How to Use Hyperfocal Distance for Landscape Photography

Tired of adjusting the settings and positioning to minimize blur in your landscape photos? Hyperfocal distance is defined as the distance between a …

75 years ago, what if Japan never attacked Pearl Harbor?

Historic images reveal the devastation after the Japanese assault.<p>Historic images reveal the devastation after the Japanese assault.<p>Few events in World War II were as defining as the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The "date which shall live in infamy" — as President Franklin D. …

Geopolitics

The Grand Landscape, Part 1

As if it were yesterday, I strongly recall my first “out west” grand landscape photography trip. As my excursion went on, I mailed every roll of …

Landscape Photography

Japan's approach to education is perfectly summed up in its love of unicycles

Amid the din of freeze tag and leap frog, a gaggle of kids could come whooshing past you in a pack of unicycles at any moment.<p>Silly as the unicycle may seem, Japan's Ministry of Education actually requires schools carry certain toys that help build core strength, Motoko Rich recently reported in …

How to Shoot Pro Portraits in Everyday Places

My name is Nick Fancher and I’m a portrait and commercial photographer who specializes in lighting, specifically with the use of small flash in …

Sorry Nikon - This is Where You Lost Me... (Now Fujifilm X-T2 Shooter)

NEW GUEST POST FEATURE <br>Write Your Articles Directly On FujiRumors!<p><i>guest post by theoverratedphotographer – Twitter / Instagram</i><p>I’m going to be honest …

Shallow vs Deep Depth of Field in Photography

Do you ever notice the background in a scene when watching a TV show or movie? Do you notice when it’s in focus or out of focus? Try to look out for …

Landscape Photography

Xpert Advice: Creating Sharper Portraits in Camera

The secrets to getting sharper portraits in camera are a lot simpler to figure out than you’d honestly think. There are three key components: light, …