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Last updated: 2005-06-18

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What's this? List of photography-related words in English and Japanese. The Main List has 1100+ words (click on the alphabet links). Many of the words are also categorized in separate lists (General, Camera, etc.). Meanwhile, the J-E List is a separate Japanese-to-English list of essential words not included in the Main List. And Signs is a photo gallery of Japanese signs explained in English.

Note: If the Japanese term contains an English word, the English word is spelled in normal English in the romanization. This is for easier recognition and maybe easier pronunciation and understanding. If the Japanese term is identical to the Engiish, a left arrow <- is displayed (you still have to pronounce it in the Japanese katakana way). Macrons are provided to indicate long vowel sounds. Credits here.

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cable release <-, remote cord ケーブルレリーズ、リモートコード
camcorder video camera ビデオカメラ The word "camcorder" never caught on in Japan.
camera <-, shashin-ki カメラ、写真機 "Shashin-ki" is somewhat archaic. Older-generation Japanese might say it.
camera angle <- カメラアングル
camera bag <- カメラ・バッグ
camera body <-, camera hontai カメラボディ、カメラ本体
camera case <- カメラケース
camera equipment camera kizai カメラ機材
camera industry camera gyōkai カメラ業界Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.
camera instruction manual setsumei-sho, shiyō setsumeisho, toriatsukai setsumeisho 説明書、使用説明書、取扱説明書 English manual: Eigo-ban no setsumei-sho. 英語版の説明書
camera lens <- カメラレンズ
camera magazine (periodical) camera zasshi カメラ雑誌
camera manufacturer camera maker カメラメーカー
camera movements aori あおり With large-format camera.
camera museum camera hakubutsukan カメラ博物館Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ハクブツカン Where a collection of cameras is displayed.
camera phone  camera-tsuki keitai denwa カメラ付Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ツき携帯ケイタイ電話デンワ
*国内コクナイで"camera-equipped cell phone"と直訳Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.チョクヤクされることもよくあるけど、欧米オウベイでは"camera phone"と定着テイチャクしている。
Camera phones are enormously popular in Japan enabling picture-taking on an unprecedented mass scale. Most cell phones sold in Japan are equipped with a camera. They are the main reason for slumping sales of single-use cameras.
Also see cell phone.
camera repair camera no shuri カメラの修理Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.シュウリ
camera shake camera-bure, tebure カメラブレ、手ブレ
camera shop camera-ya, shashin-ya カメラ屋、写真屋
camera show <- カメラショー
Camera types
a. 35mm-format camera
b. camera phone
c. classic camera
d. compact camera
e. compact digital camera
f. digital camera
g. digital SLR camera
h. disposable/single-use camera
i. entry-level model
j. film camera
k. half-frame camera
l. high-end model
m. large-format camera
n. medium-format camera
o. point-and-shoot camera
p. rangefinder camera
q. SLR camera
r. still camera
s. top-of-the-line camera
t. twin-lens reflex camera
u. underwater camera
v. used camera
w. view camera
Camera no shurui
a. sanjū-go miri-ban camera
b. camera-tsuki keitai denwa
c. kura-kame, <-
d. <-
e. <-
f. deji-kame, <-
g. D-SLR, digital ichigan-refu camera
h. tsukai-sute camera, lens-tsuki film, tsukai-kiri camera
i. entry model, entry-ki, fukyū-ki
j. <-, gin-en camera
k. half-size camera
l. high-end-ki, jōi model
m. ōgata (or ōban) camera
n. chūgata (or chūban) camera
o. See compact camera.
p. kyorikei rendō camera, <-
q. ichigan-refu, SLR
r. <-
s. saijōi kishu
t. nigan-refu camera
u. suichū kamera
v. chūko camera
w. <-, ōgata camera
カメラの種類
a. 35mm判カメラ
b. カメラ付き携帯電話
c. クラカメ、クラシックカメラ
d. コンパクトカメラ
e. コンパクトデジタルカメラ
f. デジカメ、デジタルカメラ
g. デジタル一眼レフカメラ
h. 使い捨てカメラ、レンズ付きフィルム、使いきりカメラ
i. エントリーモデル、エントリー機、普及機
j. フィルムカメラ 、銀塩カメラ
k. ハーフ・サイズ・カメラ
l. ハイエンド機、上位モデル
m. 大型カメラ、大判カメラ
n. 中判カメラ、中型カメラ
o. コンパクトカメラ
p. 距離計連動カメラ、レンジファインダーカメラ
q. 一眼レフカメラ
r. スチルカメラ
s. 最上位機種
t. 二眼レフカメラ
u. 水中カメラ
v. 中古カメラ
w. ビューカメラ、大型カメラ
See also Film formats.
camera with interchangeable lenses lens kōkan-shiki camera レンズ交換式カメラ
cameraman <- カメラマン A woman photographer is also called a "cameraman." A "cameraman" could also be a video or TV cameraman. See also photographer.
camera-ready copy shashin seihan genkō 写真製版原稿
camera-to-subject distance satsuei kyori 撮影Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.サツエイ距離キョリ
cancel (a setting, etc.) kaijō suru 解除する
cancel (printing operation, etc.) chūshi suru 中止Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.チュウシする
candid camera (entertainment program) dokkiri camera どっきりカメラ Usually a TV program or the act of catching someone by surprise and recording his/her reaction on video. Also see hidden camera.
candids kakushi-tori, <- 隠し撮り、キャンディッドフォト There is also tōsatsu (peeping tom photos) which has a negative connotation.
caption <-, setsumei-bun キャプション、説明文Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.セツメイブン
card reader <- カードリーダー For memory cards like CompactFlash.
carry around a photo (in a wallet, etc.) shashin o mochi-aruku 写真Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.シャシンを持ち歩く
carte-de-visite meishi-ban shashin 名刺判Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.バン写真 Vintage photos.
cash (money) genkin 現金Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ゲンキン
cashier/checkout (to pay for goods) reji レジ
catchlight <- キャッチライト
CCD sensor <- CCDセンサー
cell phone keitai, keitai denwa 携帯(ケータイ)Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ケイタイ、携帯ケイタイ電話デンワ Most people just say "keitai." Also see camera phone.
center-weighted average metering chūō jūten heikin sokkō 中央重点平均Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ヘイキン測光
centerweighted metering chūō jūten sokkō 中央重点測光
change (a setting, etc.) henkō suru 変更Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ヘンコウする Change a setting: Settei o henkō suru.
check (the exposure, image, etc.) kakunin suru, check suru 確認Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.カクニンする、チェックする
children kodomo 子供Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.コドモ See also Photographic subjects.
chromatic aberration iro shūsa Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.イロ収差シュウサ
CLA (clean-lube-adjust) overhaul オーバーホール Camera repair.
claim receipt (for processed film) hikikae-ken 引換券
classic camera kura-kame, <- クラカメ、クラシックカメラ Very commonly abbreviated as "kura-kame."
clean (the sensor) seisō suru 清掃Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.セイソウする
close shot (of face, etc.) up アップ
closest focusing distance saitan satsuei kyori 最短撮影距離
close-up photography sessha shashin 接写写真 See also Photographic fields.
close-up shot close-up shashin クローズアップ写真
cloudy See overcast.  
CMOS sensor shiimosu sensor CMOSセンサー
collotype <- コロタイプ
color iro Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.イロ
Color cast
a. Bluish
b. Greenish
c. Reddish
d. Too orange
Iro kaburi
a. aoppoi
b. midorippoi
c. akappoi
d. orenjippoi
色カブリ
a.青アオっぽい
b. 緑ミドリっぽい
c. 赤アカっぽい
d. オレンジっぽい
color compensating filter iro hosei filter 色補正フィルター
color fading taishoku 退色 Inkjet prints.
color film <- カラーフィルム
color gamut shiki iki 色域
color hue shikisō 色相 Iro-ai色合イロアい is also used, but shikisō is the Photoshop term.
color negative film color nega film カラーネガフィルム
color photograph/photography color shashin カラー写真
color reproduction iro saigen 色再現
color saturation saido 彩度
color slide film color reversal film, slide film, posi カラー・リバーサル・フィルム、スライドフィルム、ポジ
color space (sRGB, Adobe RGB, etc.) iro kūkan 色空間
color temperature iro ondo 色温度
color temperature correction iro ondo hosei Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.イロ温度オンド補正ホセイ
color toning (sepia, etc.) shiki-chō 色調
color-faded photograph See faded photo.
commercial photo studio <- フォトスタジオ
commercial photographer commercial cameraman コマーシャルカメラマン
commercial photography commercial photo, shōgyō shashin コマーシャルフォト、商業写真 See also Photographic fields.
compact camera <- コンパクトカメラ What they call "point-and-shoot camera" in the US is just "compact camera" in Japan. You may also hear the term "bakachon camera" (バカチョンカメラ) which implies a cheap and simple compact camera.
compact digital camera <- コンパクトデジタルカメラ
CompactFlash card <- CFカード
composite photograph gōsei shashin 合成Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ゴウセイ写真シャシン  
composition/framing of subject kōzu 構図  
compress the photo shashin o asshuku suru 写真を圧縮する
compression (JPEG, etc.) asshuku 圧縮Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.アッシュク
computer graphics CG シージー
condensation (of lens) gyōketsu 凝結
connect (with cable) setsuzoku suru 接続する
consumables (ink, paper, etc.) shōmō-hin 消耗品
consumption tax shōhi-zei 消費税 Including tax: zeikomi 税込み
Excluding tax: zei-betsu税ゼイベツ
contact info (address, phone, etc.) renraku-saki 連絡先
contact info for inquiries toiawase-saki 問い合わせ先
contact print beta-yaki ベタ焼き、コンタクトプリント The digital version is called "index print" which is a sheet of thumbnails.
contemporary photography <-, konpara shashin, gendai shashin コンテンポラリーフォトグラフィー、コンパラ写真、現代写真
continuous shooting renzoku shashin, rensha 連続撮影、連写
continuous shooting speed renzoku shashin sokudo 連続Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.レンゾク撮影サツエイ速度ソクド See also maximum burst.
contract/stringer photographer keiyaku cameraman 契約カメラマン
contrast (of photo) <- コントラスト
copy stand <- コピースタンド
copyright chosakuken 著作権Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.チョサクケン
copyright symbol chosakuken mark 著作権マーク
corporate annual report kaisha annai 会社Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.カイシャ案内アンナイ
correct exposure tekisei roshutsu 適正Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.テキセイ露出ロシュツ
cover photo (of magazine) hyōshi shashin, cover shashin 表紙Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ヒョウシ写真シャシン、 カバー写真
credit card <- クレジットカード
credit card size card size カードサイズ Also see Paper sizes.
credit line (photographer's name) credit クレジット
crop (a photo) trimming トリミング
*英語Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.エイゴでは、trimmingはハサミなどで写真シャシンの紙カミを切ってトリミングする。Croppingは引き伸ばす段階Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ダンカイでトリミングする。
カミの毛を切Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.キるときもtrimmingをよく言う。日本ニホンの皆ミナさん、和製ワセイ英語エイゴを要ヨウ注意チュウイ
"Trimming" is another English word used incorrectly in Japan. In English, trimming means to cut the picture with scissors/knife. And crop means to exclude unwanted parts of the picture during the enlargement.
curator (museum, etc.) gakugei-in 学芸員Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ガクゲイイン
curvilinear distortion fuseikyoku shūsa 不正曲Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.フセイキョク収差シュウサ Lens aberration.
custom functions custom kinō カスタム機能Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.キノウ
custom-made/special camera tokusei kamera 特製カメラ

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