JAPAN IN SUMMER 2021
Japan is a country that calls for travel, each one of us has a memory linked to this archipelago made up of thousands of islands. Some will talk about the animated films of the Ghibli studios, others will evoke the period of the samurai or the landscapes seen in National Geo books.
It's a whole world full of beauty, contrasts and mysteries that we want you to discover in pictures: a small temple hidden between the buildings of the capital, Mt fuji during the sunset, monks praying on the top of a mountain or a woman wearing a kimono in a Kyoto alley.
My name is Nicolas Wauters, I will accompany you throughout this Workshop from Tokyo to Osaka. With my experience as a tour guide and photographer, I will show you the most beautiful places of Japan while explaining my vision and my photographic technique.
14 AUGUST 2021 - 28 AUGUST 2021
4 - 6 participants
14 to 28 august 2021
4 minimum to 6 maximum
Easy - Moderate
French & English
14 DAYS IN JAPAN - ITINERARY
DAYS 1-2-3 : TOKYO
Day 1 :
This is the day you arrive in Japan.
From Narita or Haneda airport you will take transport to join your hotel.
You can take advantage of this first day to adapt and recover from the jet lag.
As all participants can arrive at different hours and with different flights, our first meeting will be on the 14th at 4 pm in the lobby.
We will enjoy this first evening to go out discover the alleys of Tokyo and eat together to make the first acquaintance.
Day 2-3 :
This is where our photography adventure begins.
During the next two days, we will visit the different districts of Tokyo, its different neighborhoods, and atmosphere.
We will thus be able to approach street photography, architecture photography, and urban photography.
According to the weather, we will take advantage during one of these two evenings to take night photography of Tokyo with low light conditions and create long exposure shots.
3 nights in Tokyo hotel
DAYS 4 : KAWAGUCHIKO
For this fourth day, we will leave Tokyo early in the morning to discover the greatest symbol of Japan, Mount-Fuji.
We will take advantage of this day to capture it from its best angles and also discover the city of Kawaguchi.
At sunset time, we will photograph the Mount-Fuji from the Chureito pagoda before returning to our hotel in Tokyo.
1 night in Tokyo hotel
DAY 5 : TAKAYAMA
Today, we leave the hustle of Tokyo for the Japanese Alps for the next three days, with three different stages.
Day 5 :
Between Tokyo and Kanazawa is the city of Takayama, which will be our first stop.
There are narrow streets housing old wooden merchant houses dating from the Edo period, a dream location for those wanting to see the traditional side of Japan and a photoshoot in old Japan.
1 night in Takayama hotel
DAY 6-7 : SHIRAKAWAGO
After a morning walk in Takayama town, we will take a bus for a 45 min journey to land at our next stop, the World Heritage village of Shirakawago.
A former village is hidden in the heart of the mountain and a UNESCO Site, Shirakawago is a sumptuous place with its old houses made with thatched roofs.
The location of this city, its low rate of light pollution, and our night there will make the perfect place for an Astro photoshoot session with the goal of capturing the Milky Way or create a circumpolar.
1 night in Shiarakawago hotel
DAYS 7-8 : KANAZAWA
On this seventh day, and in order to stay in traditional Japan, we will leave Shirakawago Village for Kanazawa city.
Located an hour by bus from Shirakawago, it too will satisfy your nature and old Japan photographic desires.
Like Takayama, these districts have been well preserved from the Edo period, the city is renowned for having one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens but also for its regional art & craft museums and its ancient samurai quarter.
We will spend a night there and enjoy a full day there, sharing landscape and urban photography.
2 night in a Kanazawa hotel
DAYS 9-10-11 : KYOTO
Kyoto is a city that has kept its authenticity and traditions, during the next 3 days we will photograph the most beautiful temples there during the day such as the Fushimi Inari, the silver pavilion and the kyomizu dera, in the evening we will go to the discovery of the rue des Geisha in the district of Gion and the magnificent Yasaka pagoda.
But we'll also take advantage of lesser-known places to focus on the image.
Not far from here is the city of Nara, renowned for its sumptuous temples full of histories of the most important families and gods of the archipelago. But another very curious thing is happening in Nara, hundreds of deer greet us near the entrance to the temples.
We will take advantage of the old character of the city for a portrait photo session with a Japanese model in a Kimono animated 100% by Pierre Boisseaux.
Accommodation : 3 nights in Kyoto hotel
DAYS 12-13 : KOYASAN
The rest of our trip continues in the mountain of Koyasan.
Koyasan Mountain is located in Wakayama Prefecture and is another Japanese UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Made of sacred sites, cemeteries, pilgrimage routes in the heart of the Kii Mountain Range.
After a two-hour loaner train transfer, we will spend our next night in this village.
Although we never stop photographing and enjoying the beauties of Japan with its temples.
This stop will also be the right time to experience and get closer to Japanese culture. We will sleep dear the monks and will have to comply with the rules of punctuality and Japanese lifestyle.
Those who wish can also enjoy a Yoga session and the fire ritual in the company of the monks.
According to the weather, it will be the perfect place for a night shoot session at Okunoin cemetery.
1 night in a Buddhist Monastery
DAYS 13-14 : OSAKA
Day 13 :
The next two days will take place in Osaka, the second-largest city in Japan, which will offer us beautiful photos of architecture with its colorful buildings, futuristic architecture or its castle located in the heart of the city.
The streets in Osaka are very lively and bright at night, which is why we will have the opportunity to climb to the top of the Umeda tower and photograph the city, then we will stroll through the streets of Dotombori, Namba, and Shinsekai.
This last day will also be the perfect occasion to do a retouching session in the Fujifilm Japan office and to see the editing of some of our images.
(For sure, this session is additional to the retouch session we will make on the day to day).
D14 return flight Osaka (free) :
This is where the journey ends, you are free to stay as long as you wish in Osaka and return home for your return flight.
1 night in Osaka hotel
SOME OF THE PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES WE WILL COVERED DURING THIS WORKSHOP
The purpose of our trip is on the one hand to discover regions of Japan, but also how to capture them.
I would like to share my knowledge with you, and my knowledge of the following points:
Long exposure: managing Shutter speed on waterfalls, crowd movement...
Night photos: city and urban, the Milky Way, streets with small lights
Panorama: the creation of panoramas with several images
Bracketing: bracketing option to get high color and resolution
Composition: understanding light, how to create a good balance of elements, and how to deal with weather phenomena.
Architecture: creating effects of gigantism and managing parallels on buildings in major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka.
Equipment and settings: explanation of which lens, filter, or accessory to choose in the field and the settings.
- Videography basics
It's not enough to take pictures, you still need to be able to edit them.
During the stay we will take the time to discuss how to use software such as Lightroom and Photoshop:
Importing photos to Lightroom
Contrast and colors settings for beginners and advanced users
Creation of masks and adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop
Export in print and web format
ABOUT OUR TRADITIONAL JAPANESE ACCOMMODATION
During this trip, we will spend many nights on western style hotel, but also be able to experiment the Japanese traditional hotel "Ryokan".
During these nights, you will sleep on a tatami room with a futon and be able to try the Japanese baths call "Onsen".
A unforgettable and very relaxing experience, especially after those walks days.
At Koya San, the Ryokan is situated in a Monestary.
You will be able to access to some Japanese monk fire ceremonie and relaxation session.
*Keep in mind that the dinner in Koya san will be monks tradtionnal food who is vegetarian and not flexible on timing delivery.
WHAT TO BRING
ABOUT CLOTHES :
Summer in Japan is very hot and humid.
Around 40 degrees with an average of 80% humidity.
Please be careful about that.
Try to bring comfortable and cool clothes to enjoy the Japanese summer weather!
Comfortable shoes or boots.
We recommend cooler clothes to support the hot weather.
A camera backpack
Easy removal shoes for some temples in Japan (where you have to take off your shoes).
Charge adapter for Japan.
ABOUT GEAR :
A DSLR camera or a mirrorless camera.
A wide-angle lens, for instance: 14-24 MM
A mid-range lens, for instance: 24-70mm
A telephoto lens, for instance: 70-200
ND filters (optional)
A laptop with Adobe Lightroom or Camera RAW (optional)
Charging cables and type C adapter
A drone can be optional (some area can be fly with a drone but not inside the city)
SMALL BUT IMPORTANT DETAILS
Almost the whole workshop is organized by us, we will pick you up at the hotel from the first day and we will be together all along our trip.
In addition to photography, we will have several opportunities to take the subway, local trains, enjoy good food, and visit temples.
The JR Pass: it's the Holy Grail, it allows us to travel freely on the main lines all over Japan! We will take care of your request for JR Pass and we will go to validate it as soon as you arrive.
Here is the list of what is included and not included during the Workshop:
Single or double hotels
The JR Pass
Transfers between Tokyo city and the airport for your return journey
The guides during the whole stay
1 to 1 session on Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop
flights to and from Japan
occasional subway transports
Lunch & evening meals, according to your tastes you will be free to enjoy whatever you like
Non included temple fee entrance
Price: to be advice in January
Participants: 1 to 6 maximum
Language: French and English
Difficulty: Beginner, amateur, and semi-pro photographers.
My name is Nicolas, and I would be proud to be your guide for these 14 days in Japan.
Now based in Tokyo-Japan, I have left my own country in 2012 to come to Japan live my dream.
Guiding and landscape photography are more than a job for me, they are two passions.
I want to share with you all my knowledge of the country and photography, so more than a simple Workshop, it will be a trip experience with people who have the same interests.
My name is Pierre Boisseaux, I'm a photographer and videographer based in Belgium and I would be very glad to guide you during this Photography workshop in Japan.
I work mostly on portrait and landscape but I'm also into videography and manage the Youtube channel "Pierre Boisseaux".
Using my photography and videography in-depth knowledge I would do my best to help you to capture the most iconic places in Japan during those 14 days as well as teaching post-processing which helps you get the most out of your images.
WHO WE WORK WITH
To create this workshop made of travel and photography I build partnerships with professionals of travel.
Since 2014 I work with the biggest travel agency from Belgium called Connections who I'm an ambassador in Japan.
All my these tours are created in partnership with Connections.be
Thanks to them for their help & support and to make those travel reality.