What’s the Story?
Tokyo’s streets take on another life after dark. The neon lights are set ablaze, bathing the city in hues of blue, red, and violet. Wandering the back streets of Kabukicho, the city’s major red light and entertainment district, one gets a sense of a world hidden amidst the neon haze. Seemingly secret passages lead away from the lights and into an underworld of wires and cramped locales, frequented by the denizens of the night. And in the rain, the atmosphere is all the better.
What We’ll Shoot
We will explore creative ways of shooting street photography in the night-scape of Tokyo’s most colorful districts. In addition to understanding the ideal settings for night street photography, we will also practice setting up panning shots of passing traffic, learn how to creatively use reflections, and how to capture silhouettes while shooting in high contrast or very dark conditions. On this photography workshop, you will learn how to get the most of your camera at night in Tokyo, without the use of a tripod.
Where We’ll Explore
We begin in Shinjuku, one of the hearts of the Tokyo Metropolis. Here we will explore the smoky and bustling Omoideyokocho before heading into the pleasure district of Kabukicho. After exploring its underbelly through our cameras, we will take the metro to Shibuya where we will venture into an old building overgrown with pipes and conduits, a scene straight out of cyberpunk cinema. Finally, we will pass through Dogenzaka, another neon-filled red light district, before ending up at Shibuya crossing.