Photography for the Active Lifestyle

Sometimes photography seems at odds with a busy lifestyle. Much of photography is slow and deliberate: setting up shots, testing light, waiting for the perfect moment.

For active people involved in sports and outdoor pursuits, photography is a different art altogether. Instead of planning and deliberation, the active photographer relies on convenience and opportunity. With the right tools and a little preparation, you can transform your active photos.

  1. Think compact: Cameras are smaller and more powerful than ever before, packing functionality into convenient, lightweight bodies.
    • Point-and-shoot— small and convenient, point-and-shoots have come a long way. Small enough to fit in a pocket, many point-and-shoots have shooting modes to give the photographer creative options that were previously available only on digital SLR cameras.
    • DSLR—Digital SLRs are renowned for their superb photo quality. In the past, photographers have sacrificed portability for the versatility of interchangeable lenses. A new generation of dSLR changes this: camera bodies are lighter and more compact than ever.
    • Compact System Cameras—New to the photographic world, Compact System Cameras pair the convenience of compact with the versatility of interchangeable lenses. Compact System Cameras are well-suited for active photographers who prefer the creative freedom of a DSLR.
  2. Know your camera: Most casual photographers leave their mode dials permanently on ‘Auto’, but learning about the different features can transform your photos.
    • Action Mode—Use this mode when photographing a moving object. The camera will choose a fast shutter speed that can freeze motion.
    • Burst mode—Many compact cameras have the capability of taking frame after frame in rapid succession, giving you many action shots to choose from.
    • Autofocus—Take a few moments to read about your camera’s autofocus. Some cameras can automatically focus on the moving object; some can be disabled so you can play with the focus manually.
    • Waterproof, shockproof—Is your camera waterproof? Water resistant? Shockproof? Many compacts are designed for durability, making them the perfect equipment for camping, boating, and other active pursuits.
    • Remote control/Self timer—The family photographer never seems to get in the shot! Setting your timer or using a remote control shutter release will give you the flexibility to have everyone in the picture.
  3. Consider a telephoto lens: Filming a big game? Professional sports photographers use telephoto lenses to get close to the action. When using a telephoto lens, remember while the lens magnifies the subject, it likewise magnifies hand shake. It’s a good idea to use a tripod.
  4. Take a tripod: Tripods are not just for telephoto lens shots! Compact tripods are lightweight and easy to pack, and stabilizing your camera can open up your photographic possibilities.
  5. Take your camera everywhere: Sometimes the best shots just present themselves to you—a dog catching a Frisbee, a kid on a swing, a ray of light through a tree. Get in the habit of taking your camera whenever you leave the house. Shoot lots and don’t be afraid of taking a bad picture—you can delete the bad and print the good when you get home.

Sidebar: Order your prints, your way

  1. Deliver images the way you want: Drop by London Drugs with your flash drive, SD card, disc, or film; alternatively, you can upload your photos at London Drugs Photolab. We print fast, usually within an hour or two.
  2. Get the prints you want: We print standard 4×6 and 5×7, as well as 6×8 for those who shoot with compact digital cameras. We can enlarge your prints too, from 8×10 to 44×66.
  3. Get the quality you want: Our experienced lab technicians inspect and correct every image. We use cutting-edge Dry Photographic Technology for richer colour with superior definition. The result is exceptional quality prints, guaranteed to last.

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