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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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ENGLISH
ROMANIZATION
JAPANESE
REMARKS
objectionable photo ikagawashii shashin いかがわしい写真
obscene photograph waisetsu shashin わいせつ写真
observation deck (skyscraper) tenbōdai 展望台Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.テンボウダイ
official photo kōshiki shashin 公式写真  
official portrait kōshiki portrait 公式ポートレート  
One more shot! Mo ichimai! もう一枚 The photographer or subject can say this.
one/single photo ichimai no shashin 一枚の写真
one-time use camera See single-use camera.
on-site, on location roke ロケ Short for "location."
optical zoom
Ex.: 3x optical zoom
kōgaku zoom
Ex.: Sanbai kōgaku zoom
光学Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.コウガクズーム
Ex.: 3倍バイ光学コウガクズーム
optics kōgaku-kei 光学系
order (a camera, book, etc.) chūmon suru 注文する
out of focus pin-boke, out focus ピンボケ、アウトフォーカス See also background blur.
out of stock zaiko-kire 在庫切れ See also sold out.
outdoors yagai 野外Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ヤガイ
overcast/cloudy kumori くもり
overexposed roshutsu obaa (over) 露出オバー
over-head projector OHP OHP

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