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: Colston Julian, Subi Samuel, Gaurav Bhatt, Akshay Bhoan, Shridhar Kunte, Raj Lalwani, Prutha Rajeshirke, Fawzan Husain, David De Souza, Rajen Nandwana, Ritesh Uttamchandani, Aneesh Shivanekar, Gaurav Sawn, Mitesh Mirchandani.
Where To Shop
Central Camera: This store houses all the big brands —Nikon, Canon, Sony. And if you come to them with a broken camera (with or without warranty), they’ll put you on to the right camera doctors. 195, Saheb Building, DN Road, Fort, call 22614427.
Foto Centre: Here you’ll find Ketan Shah, the go-to guy for many photojournalists in the city. Besides setting you up with the right camera, he’ll make sure you get it serviced regularly. Also available, Kata, National Geographic camera bags. 2, BNG Davar House, 197, Gola Lane, DN Road, Fort, call 22700909.
People Camera Co: These guys retail only Canon cameras, but have a separate section for Lowepro and Tamarac bags and accessories. The staff can be impatient if you’re a newbie, but their accessories section is worth a browse. Shop no 177/179, next to Sterling Book House, DN Road, Fort, call 22666770.
Standard Supply: If you’re still attached to your film camera, get rolls here. 123, Image House, Hira Chand, near City Palace Hotel, Fort, call 66389144.
JJ Mehta: This store comes with an active online forum where fellow photographers will almost definitely answer your query. Narayan Smruti Chhabildas Road, near Dadar railway station, Dadar (W), call 9833677550, visit their website.
Attic and Sanctum: These lifestyle stores sell fun lomography cameras in pop colours that come with a cool flash and Instagram-like lenses. Attic, Bir Sagar 17th Road, Santacruz (W), 32169292 and Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba, call 65650444; Sanctum, Vasant House, 19th Road, Khar (W), call 26495775.
Kalabhai: Owned by Rajen Nandwana, Kalabhai is a 94-year-old family business that retails a premium range of imported equipment like wooden tripods and digi-cabinets to keep your gear humidity-free, panorama equipment, custom white balance filters and more. 43/44, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Vikhroli (W), calls 25774058, visit their website here.
Camera House: This little shop at Chor Bazaar sells 8 mm movie cameras and a few vintage still cams too. Our pick is the Yashico Electro 35 for Rs 1,200. Fujifilm Folding cameras and Canon rangefinders start at Rs 1,500. 137, opposite Bombay Furniture, below Handiwala Masjid, Mutton Street, Masjid, call 9869071556.
The Fine Printers
Angel Foto: For matte, gloss, metallic and even analogue bromide colour prints at affordable rates. 11, Sonawala Building, Gola Lane, Fort, 22616320.
Idea Creative Services: Managed by technicians who’ve previously run their own labs, Lomography’s official print station has their own dark room and enlarger, where you can get colour and black and white prints for Lomo and other film cameras. Shop no 1, Sharma Building, next to Prabhadevi Temple, Prabhadevi, call 65730184.
Mazda Imaging: So apparently, big clicks like Vikram Bawa have gotten their portfolio printed by these guys. And their spacious studio can be rented out for commercial and editorial shoots. 10, VK Industrial Estate, Pais Street, KK Marg, Byculla (W), Mumbai, call 23004002.
Authorised Service Centres
Nikon: Satellite Silver, ground floor, opposite Star Plus, Marol Naka, Andheri Kurla Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai, 40925555.
Canon: 502, 5th floor, 194, Natraj By Rustomjee, Junction of Andheri Kurla Road and Western Express Highway, Andheri (E), 67605000,
Olympus: Camera Care Centre, 25, Commissariat Building, next to Old Handloom House, DN Road, Fort, 9769603540.
Sony: Sony Service Centre, ground floor, 349, Business Point, Western Express Highway, near Sai Service Centre, Andheri (E), 61417900.
K Prabhakar Sons and Mini Photo: K Prabhakar specialises in repairing old cameras. Mini Photo has been around for over 20 years, and can fix most analogue cameras. K Prabhakar and Sons, Saheb Building, 2nd floor, DN Road, Fort, call 22613827; Mini Photo, 1st floor, Sultan Manzil, Bohra Bazaar, call 66315270.
Patil Camera Centre: Owner Sanjay Patil is known to be quite the miracle worker when it comes to damaged cameras. Patil Camera Centre, call Sanjay Patil, 8286913512.
IT Technicians Sujith and Ejaz: Recommended by fashion photographer Colston Julian, these guys will come over to your home or studio and help with any digital and processing requirements— MAC or Windows PC calibration, software installation or even advice on how to store your photographs. Call Sujith on 9820123777 or Ejaz on 9833050567.
The Most Reliable Rentals
Rentacam: They rent out a range of high-end cameras from Canon 5D and 7D DSLRs to medium-format Hasselblads and over 22MP Mamiyas. Flashes and other lighting accessories from Profoto, Elinchrom and Broncolor are also available. 7/290, ShivKiran CHS, Dr Annie Besant Road. opposite Glaxo, Worli, call Shiva 9892036479 or visit their website here.
Pro Video Rental: Mehmood will send an attendant (charges for his conveyance and commission will need to be paid separately) straight to your location with all the equipment you need. Tres convenient! Available are Canon DSLRs and lenses, Alexa, Red and Arri movie cameras and lenses. Call 9820184525 or view the Facebook page here.
Accord equips: They rent Canon 5D Mark 3, 5D Mark 2, 7D cameras and lenses. They also rent out video cameras, underwater housing and lighting accessories. G3, Prem Sagar, ground floor, Azad Nagar, behind Apna Bazaar, near post office, off JP Road, Andheri (W), call Ajit 9594070032.
Lab Classic: This place rents out Canon DSLRs and lenses, and also offers Profoto, Broncolor and Elinchrom lighting gear on rent. Pickup and delivery options available. Near SL Raheja Hospital, Mahim (W), call Vitthal on 9892897474.
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 does maternity shots; and Pawan Manglani for food photography.
Courses and Workshops
The Art Loft: This Bandra-based workshop hub holds regular photography courses. See schedule here. The Art Loft, Valentino Rest, first floor, above Patel Stores, Mehboob Studios, Bandra (W).
Blind Boys: You can contribute your portfolio to be featured on this cool online photography magazine. Details on www.blindboys.org.
Lomography India: India’s Lomography community is conducting a Lomography Monsoon Walk in July (dates not confirmed), a basic workshop where people get to take their cameras out in the rain and shoot Mumbai in its most dramatic mood. The cameras and film will be provided; all you need to do is show up. For event updates, visit the Facebook page here.
Kalabhai Camera Shop: Owner Rajen Nandwana is conducting a quality management workshop over three sessions (approximately 15 hours) that will cover fundamentals like colour management and camera settings to managing photography as a business. If you’re interested, you can also ask Rajen about how to apply to the fellowship program at the Royal Photographic Society. Course takes place on August 5, 12 and 19 at Kalabhai House, 43/44, LBS Marg, Vikhroli (W), call 25781823, Rs 2,000.
Blind Camera Project: They organise photography workshops for the visually impaired. They also conduct blindfold photography workshops for corporates that are supposed to boost self-esteem and team building. Call Partho Bhowmick on 9821474731, visit the website here.
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 or view the Facebook group here.
Shoot! Photographers’ Favourite Mumbai Locations
Subi Samuel, film photographer: My favourite city locations include Vasai Fort, Bandra-Worli Sea Link and Versova Beach.
David De Souza, photographer and professor: I like the old parts of Mumbai—Bhendi Bazaar, Bhuleshwar, Kotachi Wadi. Abdul Rehman Street, Muhammad Ali Road and pockets of Andheri are fascinating as well.
Fawzan Husain, documentary film maker and photographer: The Worli Fishing Village, for the kolis, the village ambience, the skyline; around Crawford Market, for the chaos and the extended market on the roads; the few Parsi eating joints that are left in the city for their beautiful interiors.
Gaurav Bhatt, film and celebrity photographer: It’s getting increasingly difficult to shoot outdoors in the city, because of all the permissions involved. I like to shoot indoors, at the JW Marriott, Juhu and Trident Hotel, Nariman Point.
Colston Julian, fashion and commercial photographer: Ballard Estate is my favourite location.
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