People from different countries each take photos with unique tastes. The author introduces a simple style that I like very much: Japanese Style.


What is unique about the photos taken by Japanese photographers?

  • Many natural lights
  • More white background, simple
  • Low chroma and contrast, soft

Shooting with Japanese style, “how to view the scene” plays a very important role. Please remember one important point: harmony. The photos look harmonious, and the Japanese style appears natural. The author aims at still life photography this time, including food, groceries and indoor space, and can be taken at home.

Shooting tips indoors

  1. Use Natural Light
    Window Light is the most important element to shoot natural tones. Be careful to turn off lamps when shooting. If the light source is insufficient, you can use a reflector and increase the aperture. (White cardboard, pearl plate, or cloth is also possible.) Please use a tripod to assist if necessary. Do not use the flash, because the hard light of the flash makes objects look unharmonious.
  2. Pay careful attention to the changes in sunlight at
    different times. The color temperature is different. Everyone may pay attention to the change of daylight, you will find that the blue color that appears very heavy before sunrise and after sunset is the cold color temperature; the morning to afternoon is the warm color temperature with yellow. Avoid shooting at noon, the daylight is soft. If you shoot in the early morning or before dark, don’t have a taste.
  3. Organizing the Background
    If the background is too cluttered, the photo cannot highlight the theme, so please keep the screen simple and clean. In case of difficulty, cover excess items with a cloth.

Framing and Framing Techniques

  1. There Should be Sufficient White Space
    To keep the picture concise, a little distance between objects, and use white space techniques. A solid wall, floor, or dining table is a good background choice. If you find it too monotonous, you can lay a patterned tablecloth or even hang the tablecloth as a background.
  2. Uniform Items Style and Color
    As long as the style is uniformed, adding little items isn’t messy. To bring out a sense of harmony and the hue of the object should not be too strong. You may want to use a series of close tones, then add some colors, like white furnishings with brown objects.
  3. Think About the Shooting Angle
    Shooting directly from above can show things with special and flat shapes; things with height can be shot from above or obliquely. Close-up shots feel different from different angles. If necessary, you can hang the object and shoot it again.
  4. Making up a Small Story
    If the image can be made into a story through an arrangement, the work can add even more mood. Every object has its meaning, you may want to think about which objects in the picture need to be used to express it’s feeling you want to appear. Of course, you can also take a series of photos to tell the story.

Turn Effort Into Style

The layout of a scene is very important in the sense of harmony. Let me suggest several styles as a reference:

  • Simple Style
    It is based on monochrome, avoiding using too many colors. Don’t think about how to increase things, but to decrease. The point is to balance the picture if it is too simple and feels empty.
    Recommended small items: old fabrics, wooden boards, stamped or stamped paper, old items
  • Cute
    It is quite suitable for shooting food and desserts. It’s not limited to western style, as long as you can make yourself feel cute, any combination can also be tried. Different patterns of fabric are very good but pay attention to the balance between the pattern and the object, the size of the pattern should be similar to the object. For feminine furnishings, one is enough.
    Recommended small items: flower cloth, plaid cloth, lace, ribbon
  • Natural
    Based on the color of the Earth, creating an appropriate sense of life. The material should be simple, of which wooden objects are the most commonly used props, and you can also add flowers and plants. Shooting with a little yellow sunlight in the afternoon can create an atmosphere.
    Recommended small items: wooden products, creases or unpunched linen, stale objects

Practical Comparison Examples

Finally, the author shares different examples for comparison. Sometimes it takes time to carefully arrange the layout, but the author only shoots in daily life. The effect of not intentionally creating the layout is not bad, for your reference.

↑ Framing at different angles, feeling and focus are different

↑ In addition to different color temperatures, they also show timeliness

↑ safe and beautiful angle, the simplest
↓ changing the angle and including the background is completely different

All in all, it’s not difficult to shoot Japanese style, take a little thought and look for simplicity and beauty! Use natural light and assist with reflectors. Let’s start and enjoy the Japanese style today!


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