Girl-fun: The Tokyo Photography Lesson

The other side of the camera has always intimidated me. I can work the front of the lens pretty easily. Find your light, hit your marks, know you angles. Years of posing makes it a natural state of being, but I’m always trying to learn. You don’t want to get stuck with a set of poses or looks that drag you into laziness. There’s nothing quite like a beautifully shot photograph- of anything.

All of the writing and exploring I’ve been doing, I needed to buy a new (read: real) camera, so I headed to Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara and picked up this little baby.

Canon EOS M

So I had a great camera that I had no idea how to use. Lucky for me,  I have friends in the business. Tokyo shooter Alfie Goodrich and I did a serious walkabout this afternoon, where he taught me about lighting, speed, and most importantly, composition. It was 91 degrees and 80% humidity, and he had the patience of a lamb. Lucky girl. 🙂

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Alfie and I will be shooting together soon, (with me in front of the lens), but for now, I’m so excited to know how to use the features on my rig and study a bit. Tokyo is a living, breathing movie set, so spending time behind the camera will (hopefully!) improve my work in front of it.

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