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TDUB Tutorials and Guides

You can find a variety of short tutorials in this section. If there is something you would like us to address, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

How to: Sea Fireflies

I’m sure many of you have seen some of of our firefly shots in the past but over the past couple of years we’ve also been playing around with Bioluminescent sea firefly shots. Photographed in a similar way to the fireflies you find in the forest shots but with a completely different feel.

Posted on August 16, 2016 more

Lomo Instant Wide x Light Paint

So Lomography Japan recently contacted us about testing out the yet-to-be released LOMO Instant Wide camera system with some long exposure light painting. Working with instant film for light painting sounded incredibly fun so we jumped at the chance.

Posted on November 14, 2015 more

QuickTip! Battery life for Sony A7Rii?

The batteries that come with the Sony A7 series’ cameras have gotten a reputation for a short battery life. The size is small and they are advertised as getting 250 per charge. Of course, how many shots you actually get heavily depends on how you use it.

Posted on September 17, 2015 more

Sony a7Rii / Metabones EF to E mount Error

We love new toys, and i think this is universal for all photographers, so I’m sure you can share our excitement when we received our two brand new, highly anticipated Sony a7Rii’s on the day of release. We’d love to hear from any other people who’ve had similar experiences.

Posted on September 11, 2015 more

Sea fireflies

Trevor had a go at them last year and we knew right away that there were a lot more creative ways to cover this subject. The 2015 season has rolled around and we are now going to tackle these guys in a more creative way. The first thing is dialing in on a process for catching them.

Posted on July 12, 2015 more

QuickTip! Secret plastic bag?

Here is another tdubphoto quicktip! What can be done with just a plastic bag? Peep the vid and find out! Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and also let us know what you think on Facebook. Look here for more tips going forward.

Posted on July 4, 2015 more

Guide to capturing firefly images

Have you ever tried capturing light trails from fireflies? If you have not you should definitely give it a try. Fireflies are found in certain areas of Japan, where I live, and in other places around the globe. They are 2 species found in Japan, Genji and Hime.

Posted on May 27, 2015 more

Quicktip! Shutter releases

Shutter releases! What’s the deal? Too long that it hangs down by your feet but too short to use as a regular remote for when you need to be in the picture. I don’t get it. Who chose this length? It just dangles around in the dark just above ground level.

Posted on January 20, 2015 more

Quicktip! for Lens fog

At certain times of the year lens fog and even ice can be a real problem when photography at night. Of course, this is going to vary depending on where in the world you are located, but here in Japan it is almost all year. Especially when the camera is left to time lapse the night sky.

Posted on January 14, 2015 more

QuickTip! Glowing tripod legs?

Here it is. Our first Quick Tip! This series will be short videos that show exactly what the title says; a quick tip. We will share our little tips from both our commercial and personal video and photography projects. This quick tip is about night photography.

Posted on January 6, 2015 more

Filling sandbags!

Sandbags! What? They are an important piece of kit but are often overlooked. They can balance out your boom arm and more important stop your stands and other things from blowing over from wind or tipping over from bad balance. I rely on them quite a bit to keep my gear safe.

Posted on March 15, 2014 more

School Photos!

Just a quick BTS post. I shot some school photos this morning. The photos in included class group photos and graduation portraits for kids headed to elementary school. Quite far from what I regularly do but definitely a fun job to do every once in a while.

Posted on February 7, 2014 more

WHAT'S GOING ON...

  • 23 April 2017
    Sunday April 23rd 09:30-17:00

    Okinawa iStock Event

    We will be coming to Okinawa to look for photographers and videographers interested in making money through licensing their content through stock photography with iStock.

  • 12 March 2017
    9:30-17:00

    iStock Event in Okayama

    ストックフォトやストックビデオに興味のあるフォトグラファーを対象としたセミナー&実践撮影会を開催する運びとなりました。どのような写真やビデオがストックとしてふさわしいのか、プロストッカーから撮影方法や生のアドバイスを得られるチャンスです。
    経験豊富なゲストスピーカーをお招きし、明日にも使える充実したカリキュラムをご用意しています。
    皆さんこぞってご参加ください!

  • 10 December 2016
    10th and 11th of December

    Light Painting Workshop!

    Come join us in tropical Okinawa, Japan for a weekend of Light Painting fun. You will learn techniques that will make you confident night shooter. There will even be door prizes!

  • 2 July 2016
    Saturday, Time TBP

    LED Lenser filming

    LED Lenser makes the finest handheld torches on the planet. They have kindly supported what we do and have been a vital partner of ours. We will film a promo video for LED Lenser on July 2nd.


LED Lenser makes the finest handheld torches on the planet. They have kindly supported what we do and have been a vital partner of ours. We have been using their lights since 2008 and are proud to be working closely with them.


We’ve been using DJI equipment professionally now since 2013, so we’re super excited to be working alongside them now to produce content. DJI make a range of drones and camera stabilizers that take our work to a higher level, both figuratively and literally.

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