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Last updated:
June 18, 2005

What's this? List of photography-related words in English and Japanese compiled by Philbert Ono.

PhotoWords aims to help English-speaking photographers learn basic Japanese words related to photography. With 1100+ words, PhotoWords is the largest online vocabulary list of its kind in the world. This is an ongoing project and more words will be added (without notice) when deemed appropriate. To display the Japanese characters, you should install or enable Japanese fonts in your computer or browser.

PhotoWords consists of the following vocabulary lists:

Main List - The entire English-to-Japanese word list in alphabetical order. Click on any letter below.

A |  B |  C |  D |  E |  F |  G |  H |  I |  J |  K |  L |  M
N |  O |  P |  Q |  R |  S |  T |  U |  V |  W |  X |  Y |  Z 

J-E List - Japanese-to-English list of common and unique-to-Japan words. These words are not in the Main List.

General Words - Everyday words for shopping, etc. These words are included in the Main List.

Camera Words - Camera equipment words. These words are included in the Main List.

Lens Words - Lens words. These words are included in the Main List.

Digital Photo Words - D-SLR, pixels, image-editing, etc. These words are included in the Main List.

Accessory Words - Flash, darkroom equipment, etc. These words are included in the Main List.

Supplies Words - Film, paper, batteries, etc. These words are included in the Main List.

PhotoSigns - Photo gallery of Japanese signs photographers should understand.

Adult-Oriented Words - Japanese-to-English list of racy (but not raunchy) words.

Credits - Bibliography and Acknowledgements.

Also see PhotoJapanese for useful Japanese phrases for the photographer in Japan.

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