November 4th, 2016

5 Things to Do With All Your Smartphone Pics

At London Drugs, we love smartphone photography. It’s not just for amateurs anymore, either. Even most pros have probably found themselves taking more and more smartphone pics lately.

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In fact, it’s estimated 78.8% of all photos taken worldwide will be shot on smartphones by 2017. We’re also currently taking more pictures than ever, largely because of smartphones. In 2015, one trillion photos were taken worldwide for the first time – a 16.2% increase from 2014.

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September 30th, 2016

Protect Your Cherished Photos with Our New Photo Scanning Box

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Print photos are a wonderful way to remember your history and legacy – your family, your business, your friends, and your home. However, they’re also at risk. Photos fade over time, can be damaged by heat and humidity, and are at risk of being destroyed in the event of a disaster. Protect your memories with London Drugs!

We’re pleased to present a brand-new service from the London Drugs Photolab. It’s called the London Drugs Photo Scanning Box. Here’s how it works.london drugs photolab photo scanning box

  1. Pick up your box from a London Drugs Photolab.
  2. Fill the box to the brim with family photos and documents.
  3. Drop off the box at any London Drugs Photolab. (We promise, we’ll take good care of them.)
  4. Pay for the service. (It’s only $179.99!)
  5. We will scan all photos and documents and archive them onto a USB flash drive (which is included in the price of the service).
  6. Pick up your photos, documents, and your handy new digital archive (in the form of the USB flash drive).

There are many benefits to this service!

  • You’ll be able to share your family photos with everyone in your family.
  • You’ll have a backup of the photos in case they get damaged or lost.
  • You’ll be able to view your family archives no matter where you are!
  • You’ll never have to worry about losing photos or memories.
  • You’ll have high-quality digital photographs that can be repurposed into gifts! Check out the Photolab for more information.

What are you waiting for? Come to your nearest store to pickup your Photo Scanning Box!



July 22nd, 2016

7 Tips for Taking Better Smartphone Pictures

 

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Flickr photo: “iPhone Photography” by Olle Eriksson

The capabilities of most smartphone cameras have increased enormously over time. Using iPhone as an example, you can see dramatic improvements with each iteration. Celebrating these advances, Apple has even used snaps by users in the recent Shot on iPhone 6 ad campaign.

Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 3.00.52 PMIt’s also becoming more common to professionally print smartphone pictures; they’re getting that good. Our own Photolab iOS app makes this process fast and easy — available soon for Android, too.

Of course, smartphone picture quality still lags behind results you’ll get from a high-end DSLR camera, or even from an advanced point-and-shoot model. With this in mind, we offer this collection of useful tips and tricks for taking better smartphone shots. (We hope by now everyone knows to press the screen to auto-focus!).

Here are seven ways you can improve your smartphone photography today.

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March 16th, 2016

LD Experts: How to Digitally Back Up Your Print Photos & Film Negatives

Back Up Your Film Photography and Negatives Digitally with London Drugs

LD Expert David Levett on how to digitally store your film photography.

We all know how important it is to back up photos from your smartphone, tablet, digital camera, and computer. You can use an external hard drive or the cloud to make sure you’ll never lose those memories. But what about your old filmstrips and photo prints – how can you make sure those photos are safe? LD Expert David Levett visited CTV News Regina to discuss the options.

There are two options for backing up your film photography – do it yourself at home with a scanner, or get the expert to do it, by dropping the negatives or photos at your local London Drugs Photolab.

It’s ideal if you have the film negatives from your already-developed photos – that’s where you’ll get the most detail in the digital version of the photo. However, if you only have the prints, that’s okay too. Scanners today are so good, that even scanned copies of your photography will turn out well. Once digitized, you can save the files where you store all of your digital files. They’ll be easy to share, accessible from anywhere, and you’ll never have to worry about losing those memories.

Plus, you can order beautiful reprints, canvases, and other collectibles from your Photolab location.

Watch the full interview here. 



February 5th, 2016

6 Canadian Instagrammers You Need to Follow

O, Canada! These 6 Instagram accounts are full of photos doing you proud. Take a look! Make sure to follow us @londondrugs and we’ll #followback. Please do tip us off to your favourite Canadian Instagram accounts while you’re at it.

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Don’t go chasing waterfalls. Just wait till they’re frozen. // photo by @davidguenther #greatnorthcollective

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Not only does @GreatNorthCo provide quality photographs of spectacular Canadian scenery, it also has the cleverest captions of any travel account. Don’t mind if we do.

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January 22nd, 2016

London Drugs invests in all new photo finishing platform

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New Photolab Website and Kiosks installed in 78 London Drugs locations

London Drugs continues its commitment to superior customer service with the launch of its new photolab website and in-store kiosks. At 78 London Drugs locations across Western Canada, the new touchscreen kiosks and technology have been installed in the photolab departments. With upgraded software, mobile access and a widespread variety of customizable printing options – including fine art – London Drugs is taking its photo business to a whole other level.

“Our developers have spent the last year refining our new website and in-store software before preparing this extensive rollout for our customers across Western Canada,” said Andy Kahrmann, London Drugs business unit manager, photolab. “We believe this new platform and design will provide our customers with an enhanced photo sharing and printing experience. Our photolab printing options continue to expand as new technologies enter the market. We’ve had tremendous success with our personalized photo mugs for example and our ability to provide a 24-hour turnaround.”

London Drugs’ new photolab website now has the ability to inform customers of their photo upload speed while hosting all images in an online photo album. Customers can upload images directly from their Facebook, or Instagram accounts while seeing the different print options available for each image. An added new feature is the ability to begin a photolab project in one location and then finish it in-store if additional guidance from a London Drugs Photolab expert is required.

In-store kiosks have been updated with larger touchscreen monitors. Customers uploading photos in stores can use all formats of storage media including smartphones or tablets using in-store WiFi to upload their images. Every London Drugs store has free WiFi available. All completed projects are stored in a cloud account making future ordering easy.

“We read all of our customer comments and took this feedback into consideration when designing the new photolab platform,” added Kahrmann. “Customers will be thrilled with how simple it is to crop and preview images and photo gifts on their screens. There are also now more than 30 themed categories with 111 individual styles available for building the very popular photo books.”

Additional customizable printing items include puzzles, boxes, calendars, coasters, mousepads, pet items, clipboards, and crystals. Fine Art printing continues to increase in growth for London Drugs’ photolab with bamboo and canvas materials available.

Customers are invited to visit the in-store kiosks at their local London Drugs or to access the Photolab website at their home or on their smartphone. Individuals looking for a demonstration of the Photolab can attend an introductory workshop.



September 29th, 2015

6 Tips to Get and Share Great Shots on Instagram

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Want to post great shots like this on Instagram? We’ve got the tips you need.

Whether you’re new to Instagram or consider yourself fairly experienced, there are many ways to improve your shots. Start with one, or all, of these six tips to improve your staging, cropping, alignment, filtering, use of IG sliders, and hashtagging. You’ll be an Instagram pro in no time.

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