It’s October. You don’t need to tell me, I am aware. In fact, I just finished round one of Thanksgiving grocery shopping, in which I calmly purchase all the trimmings (round two is where I run around madly trying to find the turkey I should have ordered weeks ago). So why, then, am I writing a post encouraging you to get started on holiday Photobooks?
October 6th, 2015
October 5th, 2015
October is upon us. The air has turned crisp, the leaves they are a-changing, and pumpkins are appearing on doorsteps all over the neighbourhood. It can all mean only one thing:
It’s time to start thinking about your holiday cards.
Seriously. Holiday cards are the kind of thing that can totally sneak up on you, so that the day of the December postal deadline you’re scrambling to get them printed. Sure, the Photolab can have the cards ready within one hour, but do you really want to add to your impending holiday stress by leaving it so late?
October 2nd, 2015
Let’s start with the obvious: fall is not summer. It starts getting darker, sooner. Skies tend to be more cloudy. The food you eat in fall is usually different as well. And you certainly don’t dress the same for fall as you do for summer. So why, may I ask, are you taking pictures in fall the exact same way you took them in summer?
Part of being a strong, well-rounded photographer is adjusting your techniques and tools to get the most out of your shots in any season. As mentioned, days are shorter in fall so there’s less natural light to work with, plus it gets colder so we tend to do more things indoors. Such circumstances often result in dimmer, more gloomy-looking photos, which is why it’s up to you to light your shots with external lighting such as a flash.
September 7th, 2015
We’ve been talking quite a bit about enlargements here on the Photoblog. The fact is, however, that if you aren’t shooting with enlargements (or fine art prints or gallery wraps for that matter) in mind, you’re simply not going to have a great range of options. If you’re even thinking of printing an enlargement or two (and I strongly recommend doing so as a centerpiece for at least one of your walls) your photos will definitely need to be high-resolution. Fortunately, when you order prints of any size through the Photolab, the web app will indicate if your image file is too low-res and thus the print quality will be compromised as a result.
Composition is also critical when you’re looking at enlargements—and of course, the lens you choose will have a huge impact on your composition. There are a number of informative past Photoblog posts on the subject of lenses, such as these:
Certainly, you’ll find no shortage of options when it comes to adding to (or beginning) your lens collection. Yet for the purposes of this post let’s look at two common lens options—telephoto and wide angle.
September 4th, 2015
Here at the Photoblog we often sing the praises of gallery wraps and fine art prints. Nonetheless, we realize they are not an ideal choice for every situation; for example, a 24×36” gallery wrap may seem a little out of place in your workplace cubicle. In reality, the Photolab has plenty of practical solutions for printing photos for any application. It could be that your favourite summer photos aren’t of some majestic scenery; perhaps they’re the goofy selfies you took with the kids on a camping trip. Great! Print them out on magnetic photo prints and stick them on the fridge. Photo magnets are a great idea for cabinets, lockers, bulletin boards and cubicle walls.
You can personally create and customize your magnets using the Photolab Home Edition Software. From the menu on the left, simply select ‘Other Photo Gifts’ > ‘Create New’ and the user-friendly software will
walk you through the rest. You can edit your chosen photo, add text or customize it however else you wish, and send it to your local Photolab for printing with a click. And as always, the technicians at your neighbourhood Photolab are always available to help you create your magnets in-store.
After all, the Photoblog (and the Photolab to which it’s devoted) is here to celebrate photography in all its forms. So never think that your photos are unworthy of printing if they’re not professional calibre. Photography is ultimately about celebrating life; to that end, any photo that makes you happy deserves to printed out and placed within view.
September 1st, 2015
So…was that a summer, or was that a summer? Hopefully, a couple of months from now when, as the song says, you’re out there standing in that cold November rain, you’ll be able to look back fondly on your epic summer. Which is why, wherever you went and whatever you did to make the most of the warm weather, you’ll be glad you remembered to bring your camera along.
Assuming you took full advantage of the long, sunny days and captured a bounty of fun action shots at the beach, the pool, or on the boat—not to mention some gorgeous scenic shots as well—the time has come to ask the question I always ask here on the Photoblog: what are you planning to do with them? Especially since I’m going to further assume that you’ve already posted them all over your social media. Are you just going to let them linger in the cloud forever as they gradually fade from your memory? Because that would be a grave injustice to two things: this glorious, who-knows-if-we’ll-see-another-like-it summer; and your photography skills, because if you’re proud enough of a picture you took that you’d post it on social media, it’s good enough to hang on your wall.
August 26th, 2015
Ahhh, bacon. The most obsessively-loved food in existence (not least, among obsessive users of the internet).
Bacon: You can bake it, microwave it, boil it, or fry it. You can weave it into baskets and make taco shells out of it. It can be crumbled into salads, added to sandwiches, folded into pancake batter, sprinkled over salads, and arrayed alongside eggs and toast.
Unlike Wendy’s (the Baconator), KFC (the Double Down family), and other fast-food shops in an arms race for
cardiovascular disaster tactical bacon supremacy—scientists are working on a vegan version, made of seaweed. Alas, it’s the exception that proves the rule: even vigilant health nuts think less of a life that has no bacon in it.
It’s only natural that the pork strips now have a global day of recognition. International Bacon Day is the first Saturday before U.S. Labor Day—falling this year on September 5th. The celebration’s fifth year is a day for people the world over to revel in good-natured kitch, mountains of pork, and, ahem, bacon-related merchandise.
Did we mention that London Drugs Photo Lab is set to help you celebrate Bacon Day in style? How, you ask? By printing photos with a bacon border—free. And by offering limited-edition bacon coffee mugs—a memorable morning gift for the maple-smoked, thick-cut lover in your life.
Don’t forget to tag @LondonDrugs on any bacon-themed social posts for a chance to win a prize. Happy Bacon Day, Canada!