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Take A Shot: Pinhole Photography Day

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Take A Shot: Pinhole Photography Day

Niche film photography labs and stores across India

My tryst with photography began with my grandfather’s 35mm Kodak film camera. I know I’m not a professional photographer but even today I feel happy using a non-digital process to take pictures.

April 29 is Pinhole Photography Day. Pinhole photography techniques are pretty simple. One needs a black box and film (usually photographic paper) to create a picture using long exposures. This DIY video will help you cover the basics with household items.

Film photography is making a comeback in India and even if you don’t shoot pinholes, film photography enthusiasts need to celebrate the day.

If you’re keen to experiment with this analog medium, this handy guide will help you locate the right people, who still sell and process negative film across India.

These places also accept orders from outside their respective cities.

Mumbai

The customer-focussed staff at Idea Creative are some of the last remaining photo professionals who know the intricacies of developing and printing negatives and slides.

Developing and printing B&W and colour negatives is their speciality.

With reasonable rates, decent turnaround times, and great results, they have happy customers from across India, including me. This lab can also scan your negatives.

Located in a busy bylane near CST, Nikhil Enterprise and The Standard Supply Co sell 35mm and 120 film.

Check with other stores in the area as well.

Delhi

The capital’s only processing lab, SV Photographic, is located in Chittaranjan Park. They process B&W and colour film and offer scans.

They’re also known for their fine art printing. Prices are on the steeper side and you have to wait longer to see your developed negatives.

To buy film, head straight to Madanjee at Chandni Chowk. The photo store is quite an institution in the area.

Eastern Photographic Co in West Delhi also stocks a fresh range of B&W films and paper in various formats.

Bangalore

Started by a bunch of experienced lab professionals, Filmfotostore is an online service that develops and sells a variety of films. Printing and scanning services are also available.

The ease of an online shop is unbeatable. Their offline version is called Prabhu Photos, near Brigade Road.

Also try RK Fotoguide near Gandhi Nagar for films.

Calcutta

For film, you have to leg it and walk down Metro Gully near Esplanade. The market is dedicated to camera gear and some of them will stock colour and B&W films.

Zoom16 processes 35mm colour films only and you can mail them your undeveloped rolls. Scanning is also available.

The veteran lab is into large format fine art printing, which is an added plus to show off your photos on your wall.

Image Credit: Zeroimage.com

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Mineli Goswami is a 24-year-old Assamese-East Indian, which usually translates into pretty good weekend feasts. When she’s not at her desk struggling with poetry – more often than she’d like – she’s seen wasting time on an assortment of things such as lugging an antique SLR, breaking nails climbing boulders, and chasing turtles. She’s graduated in history and has an unofficial PhD in Bandra-style jiving.

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