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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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rangefinder camera kyorikei rendō camera, <- 距離Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.キョリケイケイ連動レンドウカメラ、レンジファインダーカメラ
RAW <- ロウ
RC (resin-coated) paper <-, RC inga-shi RCペーパー、RC印画紙
realism See photo-realism.
rear-curtain flash sync atomaku shinkuro 後幕シンクロ
recent photograph saikin no shashin 最近の写真
recharge time (battery) jūden jikan 充電Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ジュウデン時間ジカン
recompose (the shot) kōzu o kaeru 構図を変える
recording format (JPEG, RAW) kiroku format 記録フォーマット
recording media kiroku baitai 記録Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.キロク媒体バイタイ
recycled paper saisei-shi 再生紙
red aka Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.アカ Reddish: akappoi
red eye akame genshō 赤目現象Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ゲンショウ
red-eye reduction akame kanwa, akame keigen 赤目緩和、赤目軽減 Either a lamp or low-intensity flashes are used.
reflection (of light) hansha 反射Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ハンシャ
reflector (panel) refu-ban レフ板
refraction (of light) kussetsu 屈折Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.クッセツ
Rembrandt lighting <- レンブラントライティング
remote control rimo-kon リモコン "Rimo-kon" can refer to the remote control unit or the remote control function.
rental gallery kashi gallery Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.カギャラリー
repair shūri 修理Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.シュウリ
replace (battery, etc.) kōkan suru 交換Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.コウカンする
reprints yakimashi 焼き増し
resin-coated paper See RC paper.
resolution (image quality) kaizōdo 解像度
resolving power (of a lens) kaizōryoku 解像力Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.カイゾウリョク
restoring a photograph shashin no shūfuku 写真の修復
retail price teika, hyōjun kakaku 定価、標準Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ヒョウジュン価格カカク See also street price.
return the purchased item henpin 返品Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ヘンピン
ring flash <- リングフラッシュ
roll film <- ロールフィルム
roll of film film ippon フィルム1本 Hon/bon/pon is the counter for rolls of film.
roll paper roll-shi ロール紙Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.シ Inkjet printer.

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