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#1 Oct 14th, 2014, 05:12
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Hi! Do you guys know if there is a place to rent photo equipment in Jaipur? I would like to rent a tripod and possible some small light stands. I will be shooting a wedding and then traveling around India for a few weeks after and don't want to bring that stuff with me everywhere we go, so it would only be for a few days
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You could go to Dungri house at Indira Bazaar (in the walled city) where there are a number of Camera equipment stores. Also check Raisar plaza. They might be able to rent to you.
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Thanks! Would you happen to know the names of the camera stores? I'd like to contact them before coming to India to make sure it's all sorted
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Well Paree digital is where I bought a camera bag from once but I wouldn't recommend them since they never gave me a receipt or a warranty card for the Lowepro Inverse bag I purchased from them. I'm still upset about it.

ETA: If you don't mind carrying the equipment from Delhi, the variety and availability is far greater. You may just google - otherwise Chandni Chowk has shops where I've seen a significant number of tripods, reflectors, etc.

Sorry!
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Further, I had a look at your photography website. Stunning images, very dreamy - something I cannot say about most Indian Wedding photographers' work I've seen so far. My compliments (I'm an amateur forever dabbling with the idea of doing some pro work on the side). Some of the photos I've taken over last year + are here (no people, not doing people at the moment - https://www.facebook.com/Arora.Vaibh...6644665&type=3 and here:

May I ask if you're traveling all the way to India for a paid assignment or are you here for leisure and the assignment has just happened?

- Curios.
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Wow from the first look your work is beautiful as well! I will spend a lot of time looking through your images tomorrow..its bed time now!
But thank you for your suggestion about renting in dehli..I think that would be an option..depending on our itinerary we would be going back to dehli after the wedding anyway to get some connections to other parts of India. And thank you for your lovely compliment about my work! I will be shooting a wedding in Jaipur, so..paid assignment It happened kind of coincidentally, but the bride is from there, the groom is from the US and they met while working in Munich, Germany (which is where I live now)... so..they contacted me about a session here, and I asked if they have a photographer for their wedding yet and...voila I love colour and vibrant things, so shooting an Indian wedding is something I have been dreaming of for years. To do so in India will make it even more incredible... I still can't believe it
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Few quick points -

1. If you're shooting in Jaipur, check if it is a heritage venue and how early would you be allowed access to the venue (some venues allow access no earlier than 24 hours). I'm sure you'd want to recce.
2. Typically from what I've seen of wedding photographers in Indian weddings, they shoot handheld due to all the chaos happening around them. Pre-wedding shoot will be different of course.
3. Do you know the color of the bride's / groom's outfit will determine how good he looks (or not)? People choose Lehnga / 'sherwani' colors based on that - how well does it bring out the eyes / skin tone, etc. So quite different from the west in that sense where I suppose the choice of the background where you shoot will determine quite a bit (since the color variations possible in the dress are much more limited).

Let me know if you need anything else. I'm far from Jaipur till end of this year but my heart's always there !!

- V_A
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Thanks for the tips!! The wedding ceremony itself will be in the garden at the brides' family home and then the reception will be at the Jai Mahal Palace Hotel And I almost never shoot with a tripod...only at night if I take nighttime portraits which I definitely plan on doing because the hotel looks amazing at night from what I've seen in photos. That's very interesting to know about the colours of the bride's outfits! The more I learn about Indian wedding traditions the more excited I get..the bride told me when we met last that even the time of the ceremony is specific to the couple based on birthdays and some things... that it so neat!
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I have a tripod that I never use. You can use that while you are in Jaipur. But mind you the tripod is not of the best quality but its a tripod nevertheless

Also a good idea for you would be to join Jaipur photographers Club facebook page. And there you can ask for requirements. I am sure members will be happy to lend you their equipment.

Regards

Vaibhav : Your photographs are brilliant!!
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Originally Posted by deky View Post Vaibhav : Your photographs are brilliant!!
Thank you Deky! And a happy Diwali to you and your family as well. I also leave my lousy cheap tripod at home when I travel looking for photo-ops.

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Originally Posted by kristinspeed View Post Jai Mahal Palace Hotel
This is such a huge huge coincidence. My brother got married at the same hotel. So, from memory few points -
  • The layout of the garden is beautiful but due to the placement of the fountains and the waterways, a tripod is pretty much useless. All the five photographers at his wedding largely shot handheld.
  • One place where the tripod can be set up in advance and possibly left while you move the body around is where the stage would be set. It should result in better photos too depending on the backdrop color and material (flower backdrops are hard to shoot, cloth works better).
  • Is there a tent guy involved? Ask the bride / her family. Jaimahal has some restrictions on what all can be covered with cloth but a stage would definitely be allowed. So, you can influence the tent person to set a soothing tone background for the stage (pearl / pink / peach, etc) then your portraits will come out so much better.
  • The chess set area is not normally lit so check with the electric guy if it is being lit (I know it looks great in the day and on the hotel's website but at night, its invisible!)
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Originally Posted by deky View Post I have a tripod that I never use. You can use that while you are in Jaipur. But mind you the tripod is not of the best quality but its a tripod nevertheless

Also a good idea for you would be to join Jaipur photographers Club facebook page. And there you can ask for requirements. I am sure members will be happy to lend you their equipment.

Regards

Vaibhav : Your photographs are brilliant!!
Oh thanks so much Deky! I will check out the jaipur Facebook group... also...add me as a friend: Facebook.com/kristin.speed ..it would be great if I could borrow your tripod for the wedding if I don't find another solution
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Thank you Deky! And a happy Diwali to you and your family as well. I also leave my lousy cheap tripod at home when I travel looking for photo-ops.



This is such a huge huge coincidence. My brother got married at the same hotel. So, from memory few points -
  • The layout of the garden is beautiful but due to the placement of the fountains and the waterways, a tripod is pretty much useless. All the five photographers at his wedding largely shot handheld.
  • One place where the tripod can be set up in advance and possibly left while you move the body around is where the stage would be set. It should result in better photos too depending on the backdrop color and material (flower backdrops are hard to shoot, cloth works better).
  • Is there a tent guy involved? Ask the bride / her family. Jaimahal has some restrictions on what all can be covered with cloth but a stage would definitely be allowed. So, you can influence the tent person to set a soothing tone background for the stage (pearl / pink / peach, etc) then your portraits will come out so much better.
  • The chess set area is not normally lit so check with the electric guy if it is being lit (I know it looks great in the day and on the hotel's website but at night, its invisible!)

Oh wow!! That is a huge coincidence! It looks amazing!! I shoot handheld 99.9% of the time, but sometimes if the location looks nice at night I might also set up a tripod and do some neat nighttime shots with my couple or of the location itself...and thats when I use a tripod For the wedding itself and the party I can't be bothered with tripods Do you have an photos of the wedding? I'd love to see what it looks like! But what do you mean about the stage and cloth? and tents? My bride hasn't said anything about any of that...but maybe I can ask
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ok..there are like 5 Jaipur photography clubs on Facebook lol... which is the best?
#14 Oct 24th, 2014, 16:29
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Ooops sorry, didnt realise there were so many photography groups in Jaipur. Well I dont know how good or bad they are but I am a part of Jaipur Photography Club and these guys are pretty helpfull and responsive.

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