December 9th, 2016

Top Gifts for Photographers

There’s snow on the ground and cheer in the air. But wait, you still haven’t finished your holiday shopping? Don’t worry, we can help.

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Starting with Busy WomenTechies, and Foodies, we’re posting gift guides for a different group each week, covering everything from stocking stuffers to show stoppers.

This week, it’s our gift guide for photographers. At London Drugs, photography is one of our specialties. So if it’s a passion for someone on your list, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s our guide to buying picture-perfect gifts for the shutterbug on your list.

Note: This guide does not cover cameras. But you can find advice from LD Experts here: The Best Point-And-Shoot Cameras / Choosing The Right Camera.

And you’ll find Photolab gift ideas here: Giving Gifts They’ll Actually Love

1. Let There Be Lighting

As the old saying goes, “wherever there is light, one can photograph.” It’s true. But “brighter light, well directed, makes those pictures crisper” could easily be added.

For a hobbyist, the opportunity to take portraits, product shots, or really any posed photos using softbox lighting could be a dream come true. For an aspiring professional, it’s essential. You may also need an independent flash for certain shots, depending on if you’re adding light or simply redirecting it.

Then again, there is more than one way to achieve superior lighting. A light reflectorfilter, or a flash diffuser are great tools to have. And even the right light bulb and a directable lamp can provide an edge.

2. Moving & Storage (For Pictures)

For digital photographers, capturing the shot is just the beginning. Next, it’s time to upload, sort, edit, and ultimately store the image files.

But high-quality photo files are notoriously large. One detailed JPEG can be over five megabytes. So one gigabyte holds only about 200 good images. Meanwhile, moving groups of photos can take a long time. This is especially troublesome on a multi-use hard drive, like a laptop or family computer.

The solution is an external hard drive used only for images. Many hold one terabyte of data, enough for about 200,000 quality shots. Now that’s more like it! Some, like the Canon Connect Station, are custom-designed for use by photographers.

3. Upgrade Their Camera Bag

Most cameras come with a carrying case. But many photographers–especially nature photographers and frequent travellers–require more space to carry their whole toolkit. They need a dedicated camera bag.

But not just any backpack or saddle bag will do. A true photographer’s bag is specially designed to hold a camera, plus additional lenses, film, and more. Many have dedicated pouches for laptops or tablets, as well as rain guards to protect the valuable contents.

Exactly which bag is best for the photographer on your list depends on their unique needs. Luckily, we carry dozens of camera bag options, so chances are you’ll find just what you need.

4. A Quick-Draw Camera Strap

A regular strap, the kind that usually comes with a camera, keeps the unit resting on your chest. This is safe, but not always convenient. A great accessory strap keeps it out of the way, while also helping you capture the perfect shot.

So what should you look for? A great camera strap is comfortable, durable, adjustable, and ambidextrous. One of the most important features, though, is that it allows the wearer to quickly draw the camera to capture fleeting images in the blink of an eye.

At LD, we carry plenty of great camera straps that fit the bill. But one of the best and most versatile is definitely the Black Rapid Cross Shot.

For more gift-giving advice for the photographer on your list, speak to an LD Expert today. To make a purchase, visit London Drugs in-store and online.

We’ll be back next week with a top gift guide for music lovers. See you then! 



November 11th, 2016

LD Experts: Choosing The Right Camera

Our London Drugs experts can help you with almost anything, but one product we’re especially associated with is cameras.

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In fact, our decision to sell cameras in the 1940s first helped us stand out and paved the way for our technology departments today. Of course, not everyone is defined by photography. Most of us just want great pictures of our family, friends, and experiences.

In 2016, that could mean using an SLR, smartphone, or even a drone. And we find it can be hard for shoppers to know which option is best.

So we created this primer on choosing the camera type that’s right for you.

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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 26th, 2016

How to Plan the Best Summer Roadtrip Ever

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Long summer days and the freedom of the open road – it doesn’t get much better than that. However, like so many Instagram-worthy vacation ideas, pulling off the perfect summer road trip can take a little planning. That’s why we’ve pulled together this guide of summer roadtrip essentials to keep you on track for fun and adventure – and out of the ditch.

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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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April 6th, 2016

LD Experts: How to Get the Perfect Children’s Passport Photos

At London Drugs, we’re proud to offer our customers expert advice. In this #LDExperts article, guest author & Photolab Manager Meghan shares her intel on how to simplify the passport photo process – for you and for your kids.

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