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One of my goals for the trip to Tokyo was to capture more photos of people, both posed and candid. This has actually been a goal for a while, and I've always fallen flat on my face.
I finally accomplished it in Tokyo, for a couple of reasons. The first is the biggest, and that is because people in Tokyo are simply more photogenic. There's no real nice way to say this...but a lot of American tourists look bad. This is not an excuse for me failing to photograph them in the past (Scott Smith does an amazing job, so it is possible), but I'm not very good at this, and American tourists make something that is difficult for me even more difficult. By this, I don't mean that I find Americans unattractive, I just find that many aren't exactly good photo subjects. They are often slovenly, wearing ill-fitting clothing, etc. There's a reason studio portrait photographers cherry-pick their subjects--it's because it makes their job much easier. Well, pretty much everyone in Japan is well-groomed, wears properly fitting clothing, and is pretty fit. This made things easier for me.
Second, I finally found a nice, prime walk-around lens that I left on my camera for hours at a time--the Sigma 35mm f/1.4. Normally, the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 is on my camera most of the time, and it's not nearly as good for portraits. Using the 35mm more forced me to look for different types of photos, which definitely resulted in photos that were different from my normal wide angle stuff.
I'm still not good at portraiture or candid photography, but they're areas in which I want to improve, so hopefully more practice will yield results!
I reviewed the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 on my blog today. If you shoot full frame (or want to see more photos of Japan), you should check it out.
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