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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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waist-level finder <- ウエストレベルファインダー
warranty card hoshō-sho 保証書
warranty period hoshō kikan 保証期間
waterproof bōsui 防水
waterproof camera bōsui camera 防水カメラ
water-resistant taisui 耐水 See also waterproof.
weather forecast tenki yohō 天気予報 Sunny: Hare 晴れ
Rain: Ame 雨
Cloudy: Kumori 曇り
Chance of rain: kōsui kakuritsu (expressed as a percentage) 降水確率
Snow: yuki 雪
Thunderstorm: Raiu 雷雨
Typhoon: Taifu 台風
Temperature: kion 気温
Web site home page, <- ホームページ、ウェブサイト In Japan, "home page" is by far the most common term for "Web site." It is also used to refer to any Web page in a Web site. So you may have to sometimes clarify whether the person is talking about a Web site or a Web page.
Web site URL home page address ホームページアドレス In the early years, the Japanese used to say "period" for the dot (as in dot-com). Now they say "dot." For the @ symbol, say "at mark."
wedding photographer kekkon-shiki cameraman 結婚式カメラマン
wedding photos kekkon-shiki no shashin 結婚式の写真
weight (of product) shitsuryō 質量Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.シツリョウ The weight of a person is called "taijū" 体重 and not shitsuryō.
Welcome! Irasshaimase! いらっしゃいませ!
wet collodion process shippan-hō 湿Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.シツドイタホウ Vintage photos.
What time? Nanji? 何時Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ナンジ
Where? Doko? 何処Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ドコ
white shiro Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.シロ
white balance <- ホワイトバランス
white balance bracketing <- ホワイトバランスブラケッティング
white balance correction white balance hosei ホワイトバランス補正Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ホセイ
white lenses shira-dama 白玉 White lens barrels were first introduced by Canon to help make the lenses cooler under the sun.
Who? Dare? Compiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.ダレ
wide-angle lens kōkaku lens 広角レンズ See also Lens types.
wildlife yasei dōbutsu 野性動物
wireless <-, musen ワイヤレス、無線
wireless flash with multiple Speedlites wireless tacho strobe satsuei ワイヤレス多灯ストロボ撮影
woman photographer josei shashinka 女性写真家
woman josei 女性 See also Photographic subjects.
writing data (on memory card) kakikomi 書込みCompiled by Philbert Ono at photojpn.org.

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