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Last updated: 2005-06-18

Compiled and written by Philbert Ono

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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hair light <- ヘアライト
halation <- ハレーション
half-frame camera half-size camera ハーフ・サイズ・カメラ
half-silvered mirror half mirror ハーフミラー
half-stop increments handan step 1/2段Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ダンステップ Whole-stop increments: Ichi-dan step. 1段ステップ
halo effect (with backlight) gyakkō ホールライン
*と日本語の写真用語辞典にありますが、一般的に使用されていないようです。
Although "halo effect" is a common term in English, there might not be an exact equivalent in Japanese. The closest might be "backlight effect."
hand-held temochi 手持ち
handle-mount flash grip-type stroboscopic flash グリップタイプストロボ
hand-tinted photograph saishiki shashin, iro-zuke sareta shashin 彩色写真、色づけされた写真 Vintage photos.
hang a photo (on a wall) shashin o kakeru 写真をかける
have one's photo taken shashin o totte morau 写真を撮ってもらう
head shot kao shashin 顔写真 Literally means "face shot."
hidden camera kakushi kamera  隠しカメラ
high image quality kōgashitsu 高画質
high resolution kōkaizōdo 高解像度
high shutter speed kōsoku shutter 高速シャッター
high-end model high-end-ki, jōi model ハイエンド機、上位Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ジョウイモデル
highlight (overexposure) warning highlight keikoku ハイライト警告Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ケイコク
highlight detail loss shiro-tobi Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.シロとび The highlights are washed out: Highlight-bu ga tonde iru. ハイライト部が飛Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.トんでいる。See also shadow detail loss.
highlights (in a photo) highlight-bu ハイライト部
high-speed film (ISO 400 and higher) kōkando film 高感度フィルム ISO 1000 and higher film is called chōkando film. 超高感度フィルム
high-speed sync (FP flash) high-speed synchro, FP hakkō ハイスピードシンクロ、FP発光Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ハッコウ
high-voltage battery pack sekisō kandenchi 積層乾電池 Used with handle-mount flash.
histogram <- ヒストグラム
history of photography shashin-shi 写真Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.シャシンシ
hobby shumi 趣味Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.シュミ Photography is my hobby: Shashin wa shumi desu. 写真Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.シャシンは趣味シュミです。
holiday kyūjitsu 休日 National holiday: saijitsu 祭日
3-day weekend: san-renkyū 3連休
See also vacation.
horizontal yoko Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ヨコ
hot shoe <- ホットシュー Note the difference with accessory shoe.
How many? (pictures) Nanmai? 何枚Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ナンマイ?
How much? Ikura? いくら?
hypo clearing agent suisen sokushinzai 水洗促進剤

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