How to Capture Your Canadian Staycation Memories this Summer

Once again, Canadians will be sticking closer to home this summer, but there are still plenty of places to explore right in our own backyard! It’s time to play tourist in your own town, while local destinations are still relatively tourist-free. Here are a few ways you can enjoy your staycation at home in Canada, while still capturing some great summer memories.

Road Tripping

Swap out a flight abroad for a road trip in your own province this summer. Canada has an abundance of natural beauty, so there is plenty to see right here at home! In BC, do a quick day trip up the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler, or a longer drive up the Alaska Highway to Mile 0 in Dawson Creek. For Alberta residents, The Cowboy Trail or the Trans Canada from Lake Louise will make for good road trip memories. In Saskatchewan, Cypress Hills and Grasslands National Park are both worth a scenic drive. Meanwhile, recommended road trips in Manitoba include a drive to Steep Rock which has lots to see along Highway 6, and Yellowhead Highway to Minnedosa Valley.

If you’re planning to vlog the experience, having a Panasonic LUMIX G100 Vlogging Camera with Tripod Grip in tow will make capturing the journey a breeze. It has features for both beginners and experts, including 4K video, Frame Marker, V-LogL recording, audio tracking that auto-adjusts, and a lightweight design that supports one-handed recording. The Sony VZ-1 Camera for Content Creators and Vloggers and the Nikon Z50 Creators Kit are also great choices for the budding vlogger. You can check out our full selection of gear for vlogging and streaming here.

If you have a dashcam, you can also turn that video into a time-lapse video to add to your vlog! And another great item to pack is a drone, like one of our DJI drones or Ryze Tech Tello Drone. You’ll be able to capture epic aerial shots along your road trip, from the winding roads to sweeping views. We also offer a Coastal Drone Pilot Advanced Course Bundle to help prepare you for safe flying.

When documenting your road trip in photos, don’t forget to snap photos of mile markers, small-town city signs, scenic views, a couple of good shots of the windy road (we love a photo with some leading lines), and any unique stops you make along the way. Oh, and a group shot of your road trip crew, of course!

Hiking or Camping

Explore Canada’s stunning outdoor destinations this summer with a hike or some camping (or both!). There are lots of great hikes you may have seen on Instagram but have yet to venture out to – like Joffre Lakes in BC, which has spectacular views and a campground at Upper Joffre Lakes. Starting June 22, backcountry camping reservations will be available for the rest of the season, to accommodate for the increase in demand and to allow visitors to secure bookings in advance. For some picture-perfect hikes in Alberta, check out these 7 suggestions in the Rockies. Saskatchewan is home to Meadowlake Provincial Park which boasts the province’s longest developed hiking trail and has 12 campgrounds with over 800 campsites. In Manitoba, the Spirit Sands & Devil’s Punch Bowl hike at Spruce Woods Provincial Park is a must, plus the park also offers some great camping spots.

When hiking or camping, it’s a good idea to take a camera along that is rugged enough to withstand the elements, while also offering you great image quality to capture those spectacular views while out in nature. Especially if you’re planning to venture into the wilderness this summer, it’s worth upgrading to a camera like the Nikon Coolpix W300, which is dustproof, shockproof, freezeproof and waterproof. It also offers stunning high-resolution photos, 4K Ultra HD videos, time-lapse videos, superlapse videos and even music montages! The onboard GPS, eCompass, Altimeter, Depth Gauge and more will also help you easily track and view your course, steps taken, altitude, depth, and even atmospheric and water pressure. It’s the perfect hiking and camping companion.

From camping candids to wildlife sightings and landscape views, having your rugged camera by your side will ensure you capture every moment of your time in the outdoors.

Adventuring

Looking for an adrenaline rush? There are plenty of great options locally – from surfing on the West Coast in Tofino, to mountain biking and ATVing in the Rocky Mountains and on the Prairies. You can capture the exhilarating ride hands-free with a GoPro strapped to you for a unique perspective.

If you’re mountain biking, try the GoPro Seat Rail Mount which captures the action from the back of your seat, or this Handle Bar Mount for a front view. For ATVing, fasten your GoPro with a Vented Helmet Strap if you have a vented helmet, or use one of our Helmet Front and Side Mounts to help capture all the action. Surfers can mount their GoPro right to their surfboard, with the GoPro Surfboard Mount Kit.

Of course, the camera itself is the most important part. We have a selection of GoPro cameras that are rugged and waterproof – exactly what you need while adventuring. With Voice Command, just say “GoPro, take a photo” or “GoPro, start recording” to capture those extreme action shots hands-free.

Pool, Lake or Beach-Going

Summer vacation wouldn’t be complete without a trip to your nearest pool, lake or beach! Take advantage of spots that are close to home this season – check out some of our favourite beaches across Western Canada here.

Of course, if you’re going to be by the water, a waterproof camera is a must to avoid any smartphone mishaps. The Panasonic DC-TS7 Waterproof Camera can go down to a depth of 31 metres, so you can not only get it wet, but you can dive right in and get some great shots underwater without any additional waterproof case needed! The viewfinder is also designed for intense sunlight, so no matter how bright it is at the beach, you’ll always be able to compose the perfect photo. You also may want to add a floating strap to your camera, so if you become separated, you’ll be able to spot it floating on the surface. If you’re looking for some tips for taking better photos at the beach this summer, check out our blog on capturing beautiful beach views.

We hope your summer is full of new and exciting experiences this year, even if your plans are a little closer to home. Between driving, camping, hiking, biking and beach-going, we’re sure your camera will be full of photos of your summer adventures in the great outdoors! To preserve those memories, compile your photos into a personalized photo book from our Photolab that you can look back on for years to come. They’re printed on high-quality photo paper with exceptional inks, and every image is reviewed and corrected as necessary by our professional Photolab technicians. You can even customize your photo book’s cover with linen, leather, soft cover and photo cover options. Text can also be added to help document your road trip stops or notate where you caught that breathtaking sunset.

If you took some beautiful scenic shots while on your summer road trip or hike, then you may want to think even bigger! We can print your images as enlargements up to 44×96 in size. Or really take your wall décor to the next level by printing your image on an aluminum metal panel or a canvas gallery wrap.

Click here to get started with printing your summer memories!

Outdoor Accessories for Your Next Adventure

Nice weather is finally here, and that means it’s time to go play outside. Whether planning a backcountry camping trip, or birdwatching in the park, there are a wide variety of products that can help enhance the experience.

Spot Messenger

The Spot Satellite Messenger is great for those who like to adventure beyond the reach of cell towers. With it’s two-way satellite messaging capability, a 2.7 inch backlit display and illuminated full QWERTY keyboard, this satellite messenger ensures you can type quick and accurately while having clear view of incoming messages. Rated IP57 for water, dust and impact resistance, it is ideal for use in outdoor environments. (Service subscription plan is required.)

Garmin Hand Held GPS

Find your way through challenging trails and climbs with this Garmin GPSMAP 66i handheld GPS system. The 3-inch display delivers added brightness in sunny conditions for better visibility, and the interactive SOS feature lets you reach a 24/7 search and rescue monitoring centre for safety and peace of mind. A long-lasting rechargeable battery provides up to 35 hours of use in 10-minute tracking mode and 200 hours in expedition mode, so you can use this Garmin GPSMAP 66i handheld GPS system during extended hikes.

Portable Power Banks

While traveling off-grid with electronics, no one likes a dead battery. Have a power back up ready with a portable power bank. Available in a wide range of storage capacities, sizes and designs, you are sure to find one that fits your style and needs. This Renogy Power Bank is even solar powered so you can top up its charge on the go!

Pelican Cases

The ultimate personal utility case for your personal gear that’s crushproof, dustproof, and adventure proof. These Pelican cases ensure your valuables are protected no matter the adventure you choose. With a wide range of sizes and options available, there is one for you. IP68 rated protection from water, dirt, snow and dust ensure worry-free transport. Strategic organization features allow you to customize the inner compartments to fit everything you need, and a lifetime guarantee gives peace of mind.

Nite Ize Radiant 170 Rechargeable Headlamp

Don’t get left in the dark. The Nite Ize 170 Rechargeable headlamp packs 170 lumens to light the night. Features include 180 degree tilt, USB recharging, and multiple light options including low, high, red and flashing. Recharging in under 3 hours via USB, this is a must have accessory to keep in your bag for any adventure.

Binoculars

Get closer to your subject with a nice pair of binoculars. With a wide range of magnifications and uses, a pair of binoculars can help you spot your next camping spot from the ridge above, or get in close to see baby birds in their nest. Speak to an LDExpert today about what pair is best for your needs.

No matter what your next adventure holds, our LDExperts can help ensure you have the tech needed to ensure a great trip. Visit us in-store or online today.

Photo Month 2021 – Contest, Live Event Schedule, and More!

May is Photo Month, and we are excited to be hosting a series of contests, events and promotions to celebrate!  

 

Streaming Events

As part of our photo month celebrations, we are excited to be hosting weekly streaming events on Facebook LIVE. Each event will cover a different theme relating to various types of photography, and be lead by industry leaders, professionals, and social media influencers who will be answering questions live in the chat. These live events happen Thursday evenings at 6pm PDT throughout the month of May.

Click the event to learn more and RSVP today on Facebook.

Thursday May 6th, 6pm PDT

Thursday May 13, 6pm PDT

Thursday May 20, 6pm PST

Thursday May 27, 6pm PST

Photo Month Contest

In addition to streaming events and special offers, our photo month contest is a great way to practice your skills. Built around our streaming event themes, showcase your skills for a chance to win great prizes.
To enter, simply follow @LDPhotolab and @LondonDrugs and post your photo or vlog entry to your Instagram profile and tag it using the hashtags below.
One lucky winner per theme will win a $100 London Drugs gift card and an 8×10 metal print from our Photolab! Plus, select entries will be featured on London Drugs Instagram stories.
Limit one photo entry per theme each week. For full contest rules please refer to the terms and conditions.

Theme 1 – Local Landscapes

Saturday, May 1, 2021 to Sunday, May 30, 2021
Get outside in your neighbourhood and explore what landscapes exist in your own backyard. From skylines to nature-scapes, there is beautiful scenery waiting to be captured. Use hashtag #LDlocallandscape to submit your best local landscape photo.

Theme 2 – Pet Photography

Friday, May 7, 2021 to Thursday, May 30, 2021.
Everyone loves their furry companions, and photographing them can be very rewarding. For this theme, capture your furry friend and use hashtag #LDpetphotography.

Theme 3 – Vlogging & Content

Friday, May 14, 2020 to Thursday, May 30, 2021
Vlogging can be a great way to tell your story, share an experience, or spread knowledge. Upload a 30+ second vlog entry to your Instagram feed, IGTV or Instagram Reels, with the hashtag #LDfunwithvlogging to enter. 

Theme 4 – Street Photography

Friday, May 21, 2020 to Thursday, May 30, 2021
Street photography captures everyday life within the urban environment. Use hashtag #LDstreetphotography on your street photography entry to submit your photo.

 

Contest Terms and Conditions

London Drugs Photo Month Photo Contest – Official Contest Rules

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3 Ways to Improve Video Calling at Home

If you’re still using your computer’s built in webcam and microphone for your video calls or twitch streams, it might be time to consider an upgrade. With many people still working from home, consider how you can elevate your at-home streaming by being intentional with your lighting, camera and sound. These three simple steps will help add that extra umph to your next stream.

1- Camera

Many laptops come with webcams as a nice built-in feature, but lack in the professional video quality that a stand alone camera will produce. If you already have a Mirrorless or SLR, consider using it for streaming. Since the start of the pandemic, most camera manufacturers have released instructions on how to go about doing so. Check out our blog on how to set your DSLR or Mirrorless camera up as a webcam here. If you don’t have a mirrorless or SLR, you can always use a designated webcam for increased video quality. We have a wide selection available online and in store.

2- Microphone

Just like your video, having high quality, crisp audio can elevate your home set-up to a professional level quickly. With a wide range of options from the Blue Mic Snowball, to the Blue Mic Yeti X, there are options for every budget. A table top microphone can also add in that radio personality feel.

3- Lighting

The final piece of the puzzle is lighting. It can be as simple as rearranging a lamp to better light your set up, but if you’ve gone through the trouble of setting up a stand alone camera and microphone, consider a ring light. A ring light will help separate you from your background, make your eyes pop, and add that professional feel natural light struggles to produce. If on a budget, this affordable Mobifoto 6 inch LED Vlog kit will do the trick. To find the optimal light placement, adjust the light placement from straight in front of you, to left and right.

No matter what your home office set up looks like, a few simple tweaks can help make your next video call look like a professional studio. For more great ideas on how to get the most out of your set up, speak with an LD Expert today!

 

 

 

Complete This Ultimate Photo Scavenger Hunt This Spring Break

Looking for a fun Spring Break activity for you and your family? Get your smartphone or camera ready, we’re going on a scavenger hunt! To help inspire your creativity and encourage you to experiment with photography, our London Drugs Photolab invites you to participate in the ultimate Photo Scavenger Hunt this Spring Break. Each of the photo categories below will challenge you to examine your surroundings from a different perspective, experiment with different photography styles, and hone your photo-taking skills. Plus, you can share your scavenger hunt photos with us on Instagram for a chance to win a $100 printing credit for our London Drugs Photolab!

Here’s how to participate in our Spring Break Photo Scavenger Hunt contest:

  • Follow @LDPhotolab on Instagram
  • Share your scavenger hunt photos on Instagram with the hashtag #LDPhotoScavengerHunt to be entered for a chance to win a $100 LDPhotolab printing credit!

You can post one entry per scavenger hunt category, for a total of up to 20 entries. The more categories you enter, the more chances you’ll have to win the $100 prize! Make sure to indicate in your caption which category your photo is fulfilling. The contest runs March 15 – April 5, 2021. Official contest rules can be found below.

Plus, your photo could be selected for a feature on our Instagram Stories!

Tips to Get You Started

This photo scavenger hunt is meant to get you thinking creatively about your surroundings! Once you’ve looked through the list of categories above, here are a few photo tips to get your started:

  • Think outside the box – You don’t have to take the categories literally! For example, ‘something green’ could be the colour green, or something environmentally-friendly.
  • Try a new perspective – Before you take the shot, consider if a low or high perspective would add to the photo’s interest, rather than simply shooting it straight-on. Sometimes, a change in perspective can convey an entirely different message.
  • Try shooting on film – One of the things people enjoy most about film photography is that it makes you think more intentionally when composing and capturing your shots. Plus, there’s the wonderful feeling of excitement that comes with seeing your newly developed photos for the first time! If you don’t already have a film camera, we offer a selection of single-use cameras and instant cameras. And if you already have a film camera, we have you covered, with a selection of film products as well. Of course, we can also develop your film for you when you’re done the roll!
  • Get creative at home – You don’t have to leave the house to participate. Just get creative with the categories. For example, ‘an uplifting sign’ could be a sign you see through your window, and blossoms could be from a house plant.
  • Challenge friends/family – Why not create some friendly competition? Challenge your friends or family to see how many categories they can capture within a set amount of time. Or delegate one person as a judge, and have awards for the top photos based on photographic skill, artistic sensibilities, emotion, impact and originality. This could be something you do together with your bubble, or connect virtually with those outside your bubble afterwards to share your photos.

Proudly Displaying Your Scavenger Hunt Photos

Once you’ve completed our scavenger hunt, it’s time to admire your photos! You might just find you’ve taken some real gems. Before those photos disappear into the abyss of your smartphone or memory card, why not do something more with them?

If you’re particularly proud of one of the photos you took, consider printing it as an enlargement you can display. We can print all the way up to 44×96 and offer mounting up to 24×36. Aluminum metal panels, canvas gallery wraps or our fine art prints (like Kauai and Baryta) are also great options if you want to really elevate your images. If you can’t decide on just one image that you love, create a collage with all of your favourites!

If you participated in the scavenger hunt as a family, you can create your own personalized Spring Break photo book, with pages featuring each person’s images. Your photo book could also include images beyond just the scavenger hunt, from bike rides to baking at home – however you’re spending time together! Considering this Spring Break will look vastly different than usual, it’s worth documenting all the ways you and your family made the most of your time at home this year. It will make a valuable keepsake you can look back on years from now.

 

We look forward to seeing all of your Spring Break Photo Scavenger Hunt snapshots over on Instagram with the #LDPhotoScavengerHunt hashtag!

Spring Break Photo Scavenger Hunt Contest – Official Rules

To enter:

Looking for a fun Spring Break activity that will inspire your creativity? Participate in our Spring Break Photo Scavenger Hunt!

Follow @LDPhotolab on Instagram and share your scavenger hunt photos with the hashtag #LDPhotoScavengerHunt to be entered for a chance to win a $100 LDPhotolab printing credit! You can post one entry per scavenger hunt category, for a total of up to 20 entries. The more categories you enter, the more chances you’ll have to win the $100 prize!

Spring Break Photo Scavenger Hunt Categories

  • Blossoms
  • Letter L
  • Bird
  • Something tall
  • Rain boots
  • Reflection in a puddle
  • Something green
  • Candid
  • Outdoor mural
  • Unique building
  • Prized possession
  • Something with paws
  • Canadian flag
  • Someone smiling
  • Sunset
  • Beautiful landscape
  • Uplifting sign
  • Shadows
  • Something close up
  • Selfie

Contest Dates: March 15 – April 5, 2021

  • No purchase necessary. Limit one (1) entry for each category listed in the Spring Break Photo Scavenger Hunt (the “Contest”) – up to a maximum of twenty (20) entries per social network per contest. Contest will commence on Monday, March 15 2021 and all entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Time on April 5, 2021, 11:59pm PST.  London Drugs is not responsible for entries that become lost or misdirected.  All entries become the property of London Drugs Limited and will not be returned.
  • Contest is open to all residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba who, as of the date the prize draw is made: (i) have not won a London Drugs contest since April 5, 2020; (ii) have reached the age of majority in the province in which they reside as at March 15, 2021 (iii) are not employees of London Drugs, or any family member living with any such employee.
  • Entries must be posted as a feed post on a public Instagram account to be eligible.
  • In the event of a dispute as to who submitted an electronic entry, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the Instagram account associated with the entry. “Authorized account holder” of an Instagram account is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an Instagram account by the applicable social media platform
  • The entrant must clearly indicate in the caption of the Instagram post which category the photo is fulfilling. If the entry is not clear which category the photo is fulfilling, both in the caption and in the photo, it will not be eligible. London Drugs reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant should entrant’s registration be incomplete, not meet all requirements of these official Rules, or contains inappropriate or offensive content. Your entry may be rejected if (in the sole and absolute discretion of the London Drugs) is not fully completed with all required information and submitted and received in accordance with these Rules during the Contest period.
  • A carousel post that features multiple photos will only be considered as one entry (the first photo in the carousel).
  • In the event that more than one entry is posted per scavenger hunt category, only the first entry collected (starting from the bottom of the contest hashtag on the Recent hashtag search tab) will be eligible.
  • Entries must be posted to Instagram between the dates of March 15, 2021 and April 5, 2021. Entries posted before this date will not be eligible (this includes entries that were posted before March 15, 2021 and were edited to add the Contest hashtag between March 15 and April 5, 2021).
  • The selected entrant will be randomly chosen by London Drugs on April 8, 2021 in Vancouver, British Columbia, from all eligible entries received. To win, selected entrants must have correctly answered the skill-testing mathematical question on the online entry form and must sign London Drug’s declaration and release confirming compliance with the contest rules and acceptance of the prize(s) as awarded, releasing London Drugs from liability in association with the contest and prize and consenting to the use of their name, photograph, voice and statements for promotional and publicity purposes.
  • There will be 1 (one) prize awarded to 1 (one) winner: prize is one (1) promo code for the London Drugs Photolab valued at $100. The promo code will have an expiry date of December 31, 2021. Prize must be accepted as awarded, is non-transferable and no substitutions are permitted. London Drugs reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value should any prize become unavailable for any reason. Prize will be awarded via email or the social network it was drawn from.
  • Only one prize may be won by any one person and household. In the event that any selected entrant incorrectly answers the skill-testing question or is otherwise unwilling or unable to comply in full with these rules, a new entry will be drawn.

Contests dates: March 15 – April 5, 2021

Draw Date: 12:00 PM Pacific Time: April 8, 2021

  • Selected entrants will be contacted by email, or social network they were drawn from. No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants. If the selected entrant does not respond then she/he will be notified for the second time, 3 (three) days after the first notification. If the selected entrant still does not respond within 3 days of the second notification, a new winner will be chosen in the same manner until a winner is successfully contacted.
  • The chances of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Decisions of the judges in respect of all aspects of this contest including, but not limited to, eligibility of entries and correctness of answers given to the skill-testing question, are final.
  • London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization, and their respective agents are not liable to an entrant in any manner relating to the contest or the awarding and use of the prize(s).  Contest winners must hold the copyright and necessary consents and licenses to any image they provide for entry into the contest.
  • This contest is subject to all federal, provincial, and municipal laws and regulations. By entering the entrant consents to the collection of all personal information included on their entry and agrees to the use and disclosure of such information by and between London Drugs and their agents. The winner(s) also agrees to the collection, use and disclosure of their name, entry, photographs, voice and statements for London Drugs’ publicity purposes without further compensation.  All personal information collected from entrants will be used only for the purposes of administering the contest and for marketing and promotional purposes as contemplated by these rules; under no circumstances will any personal information be sold or rented to third parties.  All personal information collected by London Drugs will be kept in accordance with the privacy policy of London Drugs, which can be viewed at londondrugs.com, and in accordance with all applicable privacy laws.
  • This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any other social media platform which may be used to communicate this contest.  All such entities are completely released of all liability by each entrant in this contest.  Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the contest should be directed only to London Drugs.
  • London Drugs is not responsible for any failure of any website during this Contest, nor is it responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software or any e-mail, online or internet entry lost due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer or property related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the promotion.
  • The right is reserved by London Drugs to terminate this contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the contest, and/or these rules in any way, should any cause beyond the reasonable control of London Drugs or its agents affect the proper administration thereof.

Statement of Declaration and Release

All selected entrants will be required to sign the Statement of Declaration and Release attached before they can be declared a winner and receive a contest prize.

 

Pro Tips for Photographing Your Pets and Immortalizing Their Cuteness

Especially with so much time spent at home lately, you may be running out of subjects for your photos – but what about your furry friend? They make a great pawtography subject!

To help you get started, we’ve launched a new video all about taking pet photos over on our Photolab’s DIY Studio! Our Photolab members have free access to all of our DIY Studio modules, which are a great resource of insider photography tips to help you improve your photos. If you don’t already have a Photolab account, you can join for free here. In our latest video, pro photographer Erin Manning is sharing lots of helpful tips for taking great photos of your pet – she’ll even show you how you can immortalize their purr-fect little face on all kinds of fun pet photo items, from pillow cases and tumblers to key chains and pet bowls.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a fancy camera, your smartphone will do just fine! In fact, Erin has some clever tricks that will help you take even better photos of your pet using your smartphone. Get a sneak peek of her pet pics video below, and watch the full DIY Studio video here!

 

Once you’ve got some great photos of your fur babies (thanks to the photo tips you picked up from DIY Studio), here are some fun and adorable ways to share them.

Make Your Pet a Meme

A creative way to put your best pet photos to use is by captioning them with something funny! If you’ve got an adorable photo of your tired doggo, why not add that photo to one of our photo mugs, and add some text like: ‘Mondays, am I right?’ or ‘Case of the Mondays’? The possibilities are endless – just take a look through your collection of pet photos and see which ones have humanlike attributes you can associate with them. A quick online search for ‘pet memes’ will give you lots of ideas to get you started!

Our Photolab makes it easy to customize every part of your mug, from the colour to the photo, theme and text. Just customize, order, and pick-up in-store or ship to home. It’ll be a great way to make you smile first thing in the morning (even if you’re not a morning person!).

Immortalize Their Hungry Face

Snapped a great shot of your pooch mid-lick or tongue-wagging? Sounds like the perfect photo to customize a pet bowl! Our Photolab offers two pet bowl sizes, small and large, so you can pick the right one for your pet. Then just choose from the available photo templates that include fun pet patterns, and customize the number of photos featured on the pet bowl, from one to nine photos (because who really can pick just one?).

Treat Them to a New Pet Tag

Upgrade their pet tag with a beautiful aluminum one that is fully customizable! Portrait-style photos are great for this (make sure to follow Erin Manning’s tips in her pet photos video). Just choose from one of the three pet tag shapes, bone, heart or round, and then add your photo. You can also add your pet’s name to the tag too, if you like. We also recommend customizing the back of the tag (if you choose a double-sided tag) with your contact information, in case your beloved pet ever goes missing.

Turn Your Fur Baby into Fine Art

Yes, you heard that right: that great photo you took of your fur baby is worthy of a fine art print! Choose from beautiful papers like bamboo, Baryta, Kauai, canvas, metallic paper, and metallic canvas, each of which offers a unique and elevated look to your images. Frame the print of your photogenic pup and hang it above your desk, or anywhere else in your home so they can put a smile on your face every time you see it. In fact, if you’re particularly smitten with your pet, why not create a whole gallery wall to honour them? Mix and match frames and print sizes for a bit of added visual interest.

Preserve Family Moments Together

Your four-legged friend is part of the family, and being able to see them grow together with the rest of your family is so precious. Preserve those sweet moments together by turning them into keepsakes, like this photo puzzle. Once you’re done piecing it together, take it apart and pass it along to another family member to complete, or frame it and hang it on your wall!

Of course, your pet photography doesn’t have to be limited to just cats and dogs. Many of Erin Manning’s pro pet photo tips (and our ideas for preserving those photos) can be applied to pet birds, gerbils, lizards…or whatever animal has captured your heart. There are also lots more tips available on DIY Studio covering everything from composition and lighting techniques, to how to improve the look and sound of your video calls. More helpful videos are coming soon on DIY Studio, so make sure to check back for new videos.

A don’t forget – if you’re snapping pet photos from your smartphone, make sure to download our London Drugs Photolab App (available for iOS and Android) to order quickly and easily straight from your phone. When ordering photos or other products with your prized pet on them, you can choose to have them shipped to your home, conveniently pick-up in-store, or select curbside pick-up if available at your local London Drugs location.

We’d love to see what you create with your pet photos! Share with us on social media by using the hashtag #LDPhotolab.

Tech to Keep Your Fitness Goals on Track

Keep your New Year’s resolutions on track with these helpful tech products. With a wide variety of activities, these handy gadgets can help make sure you are on pace for the best year yet!

Watches

No matter the activity you choose, keeping track of time is usually a key factor in achieving your goal. Whether doing intervals on the track, or going for a 30 minute cruise on your bike, a watch is a great accessory to help. The Timex Ironman is the true classic, introduced in 1986, the original sport watch is still as practical today as it was then. With a timer, stopwatch, and alarm, it performs all the tasks you need to track your workout times.

Timex Ironman Watch

Timex Ironman Transit – Blue

Timex Ironman Transit – Pink

Smart Watch

If you want a watch that can go the extra mile, a smart watch is what you need. With a variety of options on the market with various features, make sure to compare options to find the one best suited for your needs. Smart watches have added abilities like tracking your route using GPS, a heart rate monitor, or a step counter. Some can also sync with your phone allowing you to receive text messages or calls on the go.

Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Multisport GPS Watch

Timex Ironman R300 GPS Smartwatch

Fitbit Charge 4SE – Granite

Fitbit Charge 4 – Black

Satellite Messenger

For those who like to venture into the backcountry to exercise, a satellite messenger is a handy tool to ensure you keep safe. With the ability to connect with love ones beyond the reach of cell service, these are great for back country runs, bike rides or adventures.

Spot Gen4 Satellite GPS Messenger

Sports Headphones

Getting inspired during your fitness routine is another important element to remain focused. Whether listening to music or podcasts, a pair of dedicated sport headphones is a must have. Specially designed to stay on while you move, you’ll never have to worry about them falling out. Being waterproof is a big plus too, ensuring you can get sweaty or wet during your workout. These options will ensure your music mix keeps you going, or your favourite podcast keeps your mind off the pain.

JBL Under Armour Flash Sport True Wireless In-Ear Headphones

JBL Reflect Flow True Wireless Sport

Smart Speaker

If you’re looking to get active at home, then consider a smart speaker. Changing songs, or podcasts while in the middle of your workout routine has never been easier with their voice activated commands.
Pro tip: You can also set yourself reminders via voice, for that to-do list item you only remember while struggling through those last few reps.

Google Nest Mini Voice Assistant Speaker

Amazon Echo Show 8 Voice Assistant Display

Apple HomePod mini

Games

Getting active doesn’t always require endless exercise. There are many games available to get you moving. If you’ve ever played Just Dance, you know that it can be a workout in its own right. There is also the Nintendo Switch Ring fit, which gets you moving while on a mystical adventure. You can even track your pulse estimate with its built-in IR motion sensor.

Just Dance 2021

Nintendo Switch Ring Fit Adventure

 

We hope this gave some ideas for great products to help you achieve your fitness goals for 2021.

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