Completing the film-to-digital transition

If you’ve been keeping up with this BBS, you would know that I’ve switched over from film to digital last year. I don’t use film anymore.

It started with a compact Canon PowerShot camera. That obviously was not enough so several months later I got the Canon Kiss Digital (300D or Digital Rebel). Having a D-SLR made me feel like I really switched over. But not 100% yet. I still have to get a professional D-SLR and a few more Canon lenses (since I’ve been using Nikon film SLRs).

But one major sticking point in the digital equation remained: The thousands of pictures I’ve taken with film. They were still in analog mode. I knew that I would have to eventually make digital versions of all my best film shots. And so about a year ago, I started scanning my best film images during my spare time (or during work).

I am happy to announce that the job has been completed. I now have over 21,500 shots of Japan scanned from film. Of course, they represent only a small fraction of all the pictures I’ve taken during my years in Japan. But they are the best, my all-time favorite shots of all 47 prefectures in Japan.

It’s great to have instant access to 21,500 images stored on a 160 GB hard disk (and backup DVD disks) at my beck and call. If you’re a Web-oriented person like me, having a large stock of photos is a real boon.

So now I’m working on a brand new Web site (PHOTOGUIDE.JP) to show thousands of my scrapbook photos of Japan. Through these images, I look forward to sharing my travels, adventures, and experiences in Japan with the world.

Update: From fall 2009, I’ve begun to scan all my film images, even those I scanned before. I’m using a better scanner and taking more time to eliminate dust spots along the way.

Introducing Photographers Japan

I’m pleased to announce the opening of Photographers Japan, an online directory of Japan-based, English-speaking photographers and related contacts.

Objectives of Photographers Japan
1. To help fellow English-speaking photographers in Japan find and meet each other.
2. To help promote English-speaking photographers in Japan so they can get more customers.
3. To help potential clients find and hire English-speaking photographers in Japan.
4. To establish a nationwide network of English-speaking photographers in Japan with PhotoGuide Japan as the hub.
5. To use the network to hold occasional gatherings and other events in Japan.

Google Ads

For the first time, PhotoGuide Japan has advertising. Google has come up with a sensible and easy ad program called Google AdSense and out of curiosity, I have inserted them on certain pages. If they work well, more pages will have these ads.

The ads are pretty unobstrusive and targeted, so it’s worth a try.

Month of Photography, Osaka 2004

The annual Month of Photography, Osaka will be held during late May and early June. Besides the 1000-Person Photo Exhibition, 150 photographers chosen by a public drawing will have wall space the size of a tatami mat (hitotsubo) at six galleries in Osaka.

Highlights are as follows:

Hitotsubo Exhibition by 150 Photographers
1. Osaka Nikon Salon, May 27-June 2
2. Osaka Canon Salon, May 27-June 2
3. Fuji Photo Salon Osaka, May 28-June 3
4. Space Sen (06-6364-8522), May 29-June 5
5. City Gallery (06-6316-6663), May 30-June 5
6. Visual Arts Gallery, May 30-June 5

1000-Person Photo Exhibition
Featuring photos submitted by 1,000 people.
Space Sen (06-6364-8522)
May 23-28

High School Photo Exhibition
Photos by high school students.
Miura Art Gallery (06-6316-6355)
May 30-June 5

Discussion about photo books produced in Kansai
Visual Arts Senmon Gakko, Arts Hall (06-6341-4407)
May 29, 13:00-17:00, admission 1,000 yen

Month of Photography, Tokyo 2004

The annual Month of Photography, Tokyo will be held during May and June. Besides the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, major photo galleries in Tokyo will hold a diverse array of photo exhibitions.

Highlights are as follows:

Japanese Documentary Photographers: The 1960s to the Present
Featuring well-known Japanese documentary photographers.
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2nd floor)
May 15-June 3, 10:00-18:00 (till 20:00 on Thu. & Fri.), closed Mon.
Sample photos:

Asian Photographers 2004 Bangladesh
Photos of people and life in Bangladesh by various Bangladeshi photographers.
Shinjuku Nikon Salon
June 1-7, 10:00-19:00 (till 16:00 on 7th)

Konica Minolta Plaza, Shinjuku
May 22-31, 10:30-19:00 (till 15:00 on last day)

Aidem Photo Gallery Sirius
June 3-9, 10:00-18:00 (till 15:00 on last day)

Canon S Tower 2nd floor
Open Gallery
May 18- June 17, 10:00-17:30
Sample photos:

Women-Only Photo Exhibition
Featuring women photographers.
Shinjuku Park Tower Atrium, Gallery 3
June 4-13, 10:30-18:00

Photographic Society of Japan Award-Winning Works
Featuring winning works of PSJ’s annual photo awards.
Ginza Fuji Photo Salon
May 28-June 3, 10:00-20:00, (till 14:00 on last day)
Sample photos:

1000-Person Photo Exhibition
Featuring photos submitted by 1,000 people.
Yebisu Garden Place
May 29-June 2, 10:30-18:00, (till 17:00 on last day)

For phone numbers, addresses, and directions to the galleries, see PhotoSpaces at

Detailed schedule (in Japanese) provided at the PSJ site:

Organized by the Photographic Society of Japan (Nihon Shashin Kyokai) with the cooperation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Tel: (03) 5276-3585

PhotoWho’sWho slimmed down

PhotoWho’sWho, a collection of biographies of Japanese photographers, has been trimmed from 253 to about 190 biographies.

Over 50 biographies have been deleted with a click of my mouse. A few more may be deleted in the near future.

At first I thought, the more the merrier. But now, I realize that there are photographers who are too obscure to be listed and those who do not seem to garner much interest overseas (judging from the number of hits). These people I have eliminated without notice. (They probably didn’t know they were listed in the first place.)

I think quality is better than quantity…

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