Hi there, I'm a digital marketing manager, photographer, Tech Advocate and aspiring iOS developer from Orlando, Florida living and working in Okinawa, Japan.  My favorite photography is portraiture, documentary, and I'm an avid street photographer as well.   

Photography is an amazing genre of art, and modern technology is constantly giving us new tools to play and create with. Shootlighter.com was born from my passion for travel-light photography using mirrorless cameras from Fujifilm, my iPhone and the DXO One camera from DXO. My hope is that I can share my knowledge and passion with others on my photographic journey while also sharing photos of the people and culture here in Japan. Thank you again for visiting, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or just to say hello.

Thank you,

Thomas Alan Smilie

Gear I use

Since the rise of mirrorless and other high quality —yet much smaller and lighter— cameras I have reduced the size and weight of the gear I use as well. Below is most of my primary gear that I use for the majority of my shoots. I'm not saying this are the best, I am just sharing what I like and what works really well for me. 

Cameras

Lighting

Light Modifiers

Before I started shooting with Fuji X-Series cameras. This is a behind the scenes shot from 2010 reviewing images with graphic artist Rachel V. at a U21 magazine shoot in Okinawa. 

I've spend the last five years working as the staff photographer for MCCS Marketing, publishers of Okinawa Living magazine. Below are some of my favorite images from the shoots I've done over the years, and some of the covers my images have appeared on.

Commercial and Editorial Portfolio


“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind

Tearsheets and Covers