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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August 27th, 2015

10 Instagram Accounts That’ll Make You Proud to Be Canadian

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We never get tired of double-tapping photos of Canada’s majestic scenery. So why resist? To celebrate the growing popularity of #beautifulcanada on Pinterest (above), we’ve decided to collect our 10 favourite Canadian photographers posting to Instagram. Follow them and just wait for the magic to hit your feed.

1. Hannah Keiver

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Vancouver-based Hannah Keiver uses her feed to demonstrate her love for adventures and the outdoors. Think epic mountains and sunshine.  READ MORE



June 3rd, 2015

Top 10 End of the School Year Gift Ideas

With the final days of school coming to an end for the summer, it may be time to start thinking about how you would like to document your school memories. For parents or students who are looking to thank their teachers or coaches with a year-end gift, photo gifts are a great way to document those memories. The London Drugs photolab has come up with some ideas to capture end of the school year moments for teacher mementos, sports teams, or even school fundraisers.

Cookbooks

cookboookFor those students who learned to cook and create their own recipes in home economics class, a class cookbook is a creative way to document your favourite class dishes. A year-end cookbook can be designed from a compilation of each student’s favourite recipe. Gift your teacher with a custom made cookbook, or create one for each student totake home. Don’t forget to create a customized place mat to go along with your favourite cookbook recipes!

Scrapbooks

scrapbooksFor students who may be transitioning from elementary school to high school or from high school to post secondary, memories of your past schooling can easily be documented in a scrapbook. These mini albums are perfect for sharing and will keep your memories safe for years to come.

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April 27th, 2015

Tech Talk with GoPro and 3DR Drones

If you haven’t already heard, GoPro’s are the next big thing and London Drugs has all the accessories and items you need to capture the perfect video. On Monday, April 20th, London Drugs tech expert David Levett sat down with anchor Darrell Rumold on CTV Morning Live in Regina to discuss the latest GoPro and some of the newest accessories to go with it.

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November 14th, 2013

Proud to match Passport Canada imaging technology

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Bon Voyage! It’s winter travel season and time to check passports. Passport Canada has a new ePassport or Biometric Passport system and London Drugs is the only retailer in Canada with the same biometric imaging technology.

One of the new aspects of the passport technology is the measurement of unique physical characteristics, such as facial features, for the purpose of verifying identity with a high level of certainty.
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December 8th, 2011

Download images directly from Facebook, Flickr, Google+ and Picasa

London Drugs has launched a new Photolab Web site that allows you to login and access images from Facebook, Flickr, Google+ and Picasa social media accounts to create a variety of customized photo items.

http://www.londondrugs.com/photolab/order/chooseSource.aspx

“We’re giving our customers more meaningful ways to preserve memories from their digital photo albums on social media accounts. Customized photo items and hard cover photo books really bring captured moments to life and make for ideal gifts,” says Wynne Powell, president and CEO of London Drugs.

Almost half of Canadians asked say they’ll access the web for some of their holiday shopping this year (Bank of Montreal Survey). This growing trend is quickly becoming a holiday tradition as shoppers realize a less time consuming way to select meaningful gifts: ordering customizable gifts online.

“A customized photo gift adds a layer of thoughtfulness and it can commemorate a milestone, special event, or preserve a fond memory.” says Powell.

Online shoppers can create personalized gifts for even the most hard-to-buy-for individual. Whether it’s for a co-worker, hostess gift, family member or for an exchange between friends, London Drugs’ Photolab offers several customizable gift giving ideas that will make gifts truly unique.

Personalized Christmas Ornaments: These easy-to-personalize ornaments can include unique details such as a photo, names, special dates and holiday greetings on a variety of ornament shapes. The customized design can be created at a London Drugs Photolab or online at www.londondrugs.com/Photolab. From $6.99.

Photo Gifts: Memories of special moments are one of the greatest gifts we can give anyone. London Drugs offers a range of custom-made photo keepsakes including puzzles, ceramic tiles, jewellery boxes, aprons, t-shirts, pillow cases, mugs and more. Photos and text can be included on each item. View the complete catalogue online. From $6.99.

Photo Books: As the end of 2011 approaches, it’s the perfect time to reflect on all of the memories of the passing year with a London Drugs Moments Photobook. Simply download the London Drugs Home Edition software to your computer, create your professional quality photo books and send them to London Drugs Photolab where your pictures will be professionally colour corrected, printed and bound. The easy-to-use software allows you to individually select images straight from your computer, create customized themed backgrounds, intriguing page layouts and add special touches with personalized text. The process can be further simplified by selecting the Fast Track option, which lays out an entire photo book within minutes. You can also use images straight from Facebook, Google+ and other popular social media accounts. London Drugs Moments Photobooks come in a variety of styles including photographic albums and coffee table books. Photographic albums start at $34.00. Coffee table books from $9.99 for softcover – $34.99 for hardcover.

The deadline for ordering customized photo gifts for Christmas is December 14th.



November 22nd, 2011

Don’t Lose Your VHS Memories

Here’s a sad situation. You have a family get together, and want to reminisce about first birthday memories caught on video. You unearth the VHS tape you’ve been carefully storing all these years and pop it in the old player—the player that’s been banished to the spare TV in the basement because it was replaced by the DVD player a few years ago. Sadly, the first birthday moments of your kids are marred by noise and blips and other signs of degrading video tape.

VHS tape lasts between 10-15 years, if stored properly, while DVDs can last a lifetime if properly stored.

Here are some other solid reasons to transfer your video tapes:

  • Space—DVDs and cases take up a fraction of the space of those clunky VHS tapes
  • Duplication—Now you’ll have an original you can make copies of for family members
  • Fun—Since the tape is transfered to DVD in an editable format (request this when dropping off), with the right software you can enhance your memories with subtle music and subtitles.
London Drugs offers a duplication service to help you hang on to those memories. Just bring your VHS—or mini DV, or Video8, Hi8 or Digital8—in to the Photolab at London Drugs, and the staff coordinate the content transfer.

The cost is $40 per hour of tape, and you’ll receive the content back as digital files on DVD. If you want it in an editable format (i.e. importing into Movie Maker or iMovie to add music) let the staff know when you bring in your tapes. The process takes about 3 weeks, from drop off to pick up.

Before your family memories get a second older, get them transferred professionally at London Drugs.



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