Presenting bpb’s guide to everything photography—the most reliable shops and printers, camera doctors, cool workshops, and where famous photographers like to flash in the city.
Contributing photographers: Rohit Chawla, Bhumi Ahluwalia, Simran Kapur, Tanvi Mishra, Malini Kochupillai, Kavi Bhansali. Many thanks!
Where to Shop
Foto Color Emporium: Exclusive Canon partners and authorised dealers with efficient staff. They have over 35 kinds of lenses that you can touch and try, plus they keep a database of their DSLR customers who’re entitled to a free two hour workshop at the store. Foto Color Emporium, N 40 Connaught Place, call 23315300/5600 and ask for Mr. Prabhat or S 16 A, Second Floor, Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, call 40506843 and ask for Sanjeev.
Madanji: For indigenous lights, stands, tripods, batteries, filters, gels, cases – the whole shebang at this story that’s more than half a century old. Most He also carries used Hasselblad bodies sometimes, but they're not the cheapest. Madan Jee & Co., 12, Chandini Chowk, call 23276958/4331.
Golu: This second hand dealer is a good bet if you’re looking for a bargain. Call +919811062088.
Sharma Framers: Photographer Rohit Chawla uses these wooden frames, who also supply to picture frame stores across the city. Well-priced and efficient. Sharma Framing House, Okhla Phase III, Factory No 129, call Hori Lal Sharma at 9810320739.
B&H Photo, Video and Pro Audio: Camera equipment and accessories for cheap. Visit http://www.bhphotovideo.com/.
Photosystems India: They sell Pelican Cases for air transit and out-station shoots. They are virtually indestructible, weather-proof and if you're careful to buy the right size, they make one that's just correct cabin-size even for international flights. Buy online here, Rs 14,245 for the Rs 1,520 model.
Flipkart: For National Geographic camera bags, now available online. Rs 6,560 for medium shoulder bag, order here.
The Fine Printers
Siddharth Malhotra: He uses an indigo machine and charges about 1/10th of the usual cost, so he’s the perfect person to call for limited edition prints or books. Contact Siddharth Malhotra at 9811132142.
SV Photographics: Ask for Satish, who’ll hook you up with everything you need. For black and white printing, film developing and scanning. SV Photograpics, D-732, Lower ground Floor, CR Park, call 41603702 or view their website here.
Tupinderji in Safdarjung Enclave, Siddharth Photgraphix in Bhogal and SV Photographics in CR Park, in that order, are all excellent places to develop film – choose between colour, black and white, 35mm, 120 mm and/or slides. They all also scan film. Call Tupinderji on 9810562997, call Laxman at Siddharth Photographix on 9810138155, call Satish on SV Photgraphics on 41603702.
The Most Reliable Rentals
World Media Vision: For Camera and light rentals at competitive rates and super helpful service. 38/1 Basemen, Manohar Kunj, Gautam Nagar (behind South Extension Part II), call Bharat at 9999994497.
Flamingo Film Studios: Started by former sound recordist Nandhakumar, this is one of the best places for lights and video equipment rental. M 212, Lado Sarai, call 9810086012 or visit www.flamingofilmsindia.com.
Photographers to Hire
Photo Tantra: The guys who shot Kunal Nayyar’s (Rajesh from Big Bang Theory)’s wedding.
Natasha Hemrajani: For lovely portraits.
Shreya Sen: Super maternity shots.
Pawan Manglani: Ace food photographer.
Photography Groups & Workshops
PhotoSensitive: Headed by photographers Shailan Parker and Joginder Singh, they conduct basic workshops for amateurs and enthusiasts. Call 9811119331 or 981009175, or visit their website here.
Lomography India: A global community centered around analogue film photography. So if you're still passionate about film in the digital age, this is a great group to be a part of. Also, they sell super cool lomography cameras in pop colours. For more details, visit their Facebook page here, or log onto http://www.lomography.in/.
Photojojo: Photojojo sends you DIY photo tips in your inbox every day, and Digital Photography School which has comprehensive tutorials and step-by-step classes on how to improve your photography as well as forums where other photographers can critique your work. See Photojojo here and Digital Photography School here.
Blind Boys: You can contribute your portfolio to be featured on this cool online photography magazine. Details on www.blindboys.org.
Vacations Where Your Camera is Your +1
Toehold: A collective of wildlife, landscape, fishing and sports photographers replace tour guides on these specially designed trips that combine vacationing and picture-taking. Visit www.toehold.in or call 0802244221.
Trip to Click: These guys put together all kinds of trips – backpacking, adventure, festivals tours- for photographers, along with a guide on how to create a photo journal. Call 9769046941.
Shoot! Photographers’ Favourite Delhi Locations
Rohit Chawla, fashion photographer: Jantar Mantar –I’m not much of a monument photographer, but I remember this as the site of one of my first shoots in 1985. The architecture is just incredible. There’s also Jamali Kamali, near Qutub.
Malini Kochupillai, photographer: Mehrauli Archeological Park; any busy whole sale market; Chandni Chowk. Every photographer has done it, and if they haven’t, they should.
Bhumi and Simran, mood & ambient photographers: Just off Mehrauli (near the phool mandi), there’s a quaint hidden park full of minars and other old dilapidated walls that makes for an interesting place to shoot; Hauz Khas Village, of course; along the ridge, near Delhi University; and Tughlakabaad Fort.
Kavi Bhansali, photographer and producer, BalconyTV Delhi: Old Delhi; Daryaganj and its back lanes during the Sunday Book Market; the entire area leading from the end of Chandi Chowk to the Jama Masjid after hours; Nizamuddin Dargah complex, including the Basti neighborhood; Shadipur and the neighboring basti.
Tanvi Mishra, photojournalist: The bylanes of Old Delhi are always a great place to shoot; Paharganj Chowk and Baara Tooti Chowk area where I've enjoyed going there in the past and shooting the Tongawallahs that ply around the area; Nehru Place is another great place to shoot a completely different demographic and architecture.
Photoink: A just-for-photography gallery. Photoink, Hyundai MGF Building, Ground Floor, 1 Jhandewalan, Faiz Road or call 28755940/41.
The Delhi Photo Festival: Watch out for the Delhi Photo Festival in 2013. View their website here or call 41504521.
A Brazilian photographer’s project that documents all skin tones. Read the story at Petapixel.com here.
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