In a few days, I get to check off a bucket-list item and finally get to attend the Tokyo Auto Salon, which is the car conventions of car conventions in Japan. Always reading about it in car magazines like Super Street and seeing a lot of industry people post photos from the event, I knew it was time to make my way out to the Makuhari Messe event hall for this epic event.

It’s not my first trip to Japan, but my first time attending the convention. I love Japan and shooting there because it’s a lot different than shooting in Los Angeles. Check out a few shots I’ve managed to get on my previous trips!

An engagement session I did in Yokohama, Japan right before the wedding.

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A few after their engagement session was their wedding day in Yokohama.

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On to some car stuff I was able to capture in Toyko, Japan on my latest trip.

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On this next trip to Japan in just a couple of days,  I’ve managed to book a few shoots and attend a couple of other events during my trip. These events include the show itself inside the convention center, taking action photos at Twin Ring Motegi and Nikko Circuit, as well as shop visits and a family photo session for a couple of friends that hired me as their wedding photographer a few years ago. Since I’ll be traveling alone this year, I really need to pack light and only bring the essentials so I’m not miserable lugging around my equipment and luggage at the same time in very cold weather.

In my camera bag, depending on my shoot, is typically my trusty Canon 5d Mark 2 and Canon 7D (for high speed action shots) and assortment of prime lenses that include:

Canon 50mm 1.2L
Canon 100mm 2.8L
Canon 35mm 1.4L

As far as lighting goes, I carry my Pelican hard case with two Alienbee B800 that’s complete with 13 foot light stands, 2 Vagabond Mini, and Pocket Wizard Transceivers. A Canon 580 EX II can always be found in my bag too for on and off camera lighting if I don’t need much firepower.

All that is my Incase camera bag filled with 2 bodies, at least 3 lenses, a flash, pocket wizards with cables, a Pelican case with lighting gear, and a light stand bag with 2 light stands. That’s 2 handfuls already and not enough hands for luggage with clothes!

Since I won’t be able to bring the typical set up, I have to think real hard about what I need to bring. In order to do this, I have to consider the shoots I have booked, the lighting conditions, and pretty much the least I can get away with. Convention centers are usually low light, track photos will require fast shutter speeds for the fast action, and I’ll most likely not bring strobes for night shoots.

With that said, I need real versatile camera equipment that’ll get the job done and allow me to travel comfortably. Zoom lenses will give me a lot more range with less space, so I’m going to leave all the prime lenses at home except for the 35mm and will pack a Canon 24-70mm 2.8 L Mark II, a Canon 70-200 2.8L II, and a Canon 16-35 2.8L II . Since I won’t be able to bring strobes with me, I’m going to have to use a Manfrotto Tripod for long exposure shots at night with maybe a little light painting using the Canon 580ex II and the Wescott Ice Light LED

Ideally, I’d love to bring all the primes and leave the zoom lenses behind, bring the strobes, light stands, vagabond battery packs, and pocket wizard transceivers since that’s what I normally pack when I shoot locally, but with all the traveling I’ll be doing in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, life would be pretty miserable to carry all that equipment. I’ll be able to make the best of what equipment I have since photographers shouldn’t have to rely so heavily on equipment (even though it helps a lot).

Thanks for reading and stop by again soon for photos from my trip to Japan!

Cheers,
Danny
Blue Soul Photo

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