• Camera • Hotel Pickup • Tripod (available for rent)
Minimum Required Gear
• A comfy pair of shoes • DSLR or mirrorless camera capable of manual modes • 18-55mm zoom lens (on crop sensor) or similar prime lenses • 24-70mm zoom lens (on full frame) or similar prime lenses • Tripod (available for rent)
• Wide-angle zoom or prime lens (around 20mm to 28mm) • Ultra-wide zoom or prime lens (14mm to 20mm) • Tripod is required (available for rent)
As the sun sets, the night breaths life into the Osaka metropolis. After dusk the city is bathed in a colorful blend of incandescent and tungsten light. Capture the dreamscape of people, traffic, and city lights in your camera. We’ll freeze the hordes of people against a backdrop of bustling traffic—light smeared in vivid rainbow of iridescent hues.
What We’ll Shoot
Equipped with our tripods we will decipher the camera’s manual settings and capture long exposures in the city. We will use the traffic’s constant motion to create breathtaking compositions of light trails. At times, we switch to handheld photography and work on low light street photography to capture the mood of Osaka at night.
Where We’ll Explore
We begin in the bustling heart of the city at Osaka station. After exploring its labyrinthine walkways and passages, we will go out into the Umeda district—the nightlife capital of the city. We will end our exploration in the Kitashinchi entertainment district, known for its glitzy bars and extravagant neon signage.
Instructors for this Photo Adventure
We meet inside JR Osaka station at the "Toki no Hiroba" square in front of the big golden clock. This square is located on the connection bridge above the train tracks. When in doubt, ask the station staff* about "Toki no Hiroba."
If you are in Osaka... 1. Go to JR Osaka station 2. Head towards the "Connecting Bridge" 3. Take the escalators up towards the 5th floor 4. You should see a big Golden clock soon 5. You are at "Toki no Hiroba", the meeting spot 6. When in doubt ask station/information staff for "Toki no Hiroba" square*
If you come from Kyoto... 1. Go to JR Kyoto station 2. Take an express train towards Osaka (20 minutes) 3. DO NOT take the Shinkansen 4. Upon arrival go up the escalator on the platform 5. Alight at the "Bridge Exit" 6. Pass the turnstile head right towards "North Central Exit" 7. Take the escalators up towards the golden clock 8. You are at "Toki no Hiroba", the meeting spot 9. When in doubt ask station/information staff for "Toki no Hiroba" square*
* Osaka station is a maze, when asking for directions don't ask a local looking person: ask station personnel only!