In Photos: Japan Through the Camera Lens with Eyexplore Tokyo

One of my ongoing best practices is to improve my photography.

About a year after I bought my first mirrorless camera, the Sony a6000, I came to a stalemate with what I could do with it and quite frankly too lazy to allocate enough time to figure out how to get the most out of the camera’s features. Over the last year or so, I took my camera out to play in my favorite country, Japan, a country so photogenic, the opportunities are endless. When I went searching for photography workshops and guidance, I found Eyexplore Tokyo, a company that offers day/night photo adventure tours.

Initially, I signed up for their Tokyo Metropolis tour and had such a good time that I decided to try their tours in Kyoto and Osaka as well. Just so you know, this post is not sponsored. I genuinely had a great time, and it was fun just to go out and play with my camera with people and guides who love photography and Japan as much as I do. Their knowledge and expertise in the field made the tours some of the most beneficial, hands-on experiences I’ve ever had, and I learned a lot about best camera settings in different weather conditions, the importance of a tripod especially when shooting at night, and shutter speeds.

In Tokyo, we walked around the Yurakucho area, photographing people and architecture as the sun set over the city and learned about reflections. In Kyoto, we did a night shoot at Fushimi Inari Shrine and focused on angles and composition. Finally, in Osaka we worked with long exposure, light trails, capturing movement, and blurring surroundings around a still object.

If you’re interested in doing a photo adventure in Tokyo, Kyoto, or Osaka, check out the Eyexplore Tokyo website. Without further ado, here’s a collection of my favorite photos from the tours.

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Salarymen of Tokyo

What’s for dinner?

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Entrace to Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto

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Towards the light inside Fushimi Inari Shrine’s thousands of torii gates.

Playing with lines, shadows, and patterns at Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shrine.

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Sharing a moment in Osaka

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Playing with light trails and long exposure in Osaka

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Ghosts of Osaka

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From the red eye shadow and hair buns to the smile on her face, I love this girl’s style

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Playing with light trails outside of Osaka station

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There’s light and food at the end of the tunnel.

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Going around in circles inside a game arcade in Osaka

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Still going around in circles.

Throw your hands up in the air, known as BANZAI.

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