May 11th, 2015

See you at LDFotoCon this May!

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May is Photography Month. To celebrate, London Drugs is hosting LDFotoCon—a month-long series of consumer photography shows created specifically to give photography aficionados of all skill levels a chance to fully explore the boundless depths of their joyous photo-geekery.

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May 11th, 2015

Change Your Lens, Change Your Perspective

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One of the best things about vacations is that they allow you to shift your perspective. Sometimes it’s just a slight adjustment, and sometimes it can be a sea change, depending on where you go and what befalls you while you’re there. But every vacation moves you in some way, which is part of their awesomeness—and their necessity. The human mind needs to be refreshed once in a while. A change in perspective is a change in thinking. Or maybe it’s the other way around.

 

The thing about this kind of perspective shift, however, is that it typically fades away over time. In the weeks and months after you return from your vacation, real life has a way of steamrolling everything back to normal—including your thinking.

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May 11th, 2015

Passport & ID Photos Done Right—At the Photolab

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In order to truly grow as a photographer, travelling is essential. The more places you go, the more varied the nature and culture you encounter along the way, the more your skills develop and the better your craft becomes. But first…in order to travel to these faraway places and take these amazing pictures, you must obtain one of the most drab and generally unflattering photos known to humankind—the passport photo. Ironic, isn’t it?

Why they tend to be so lousy is no mystery: there are a great number of very stringent rules—laws, actually—that govern what constitutes a legal ID photo. If the photographer gets any of them wrong, your photo is rejected and your passport won’t be issued until you include one that meets all the requirements—which is a heck of thing to discover when your departure date is imminent.

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May 8th, 2015

World’s First Ever Smart Drone Launches at London Drugs

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Our buyers recently attended the Global Drone Summit at 3DRobotics’ headquarters in Austin, TX to test out the newly launched 3DR Solo Drone, which is now available for pre-sale at London Drugs. The Summit was the first of its kind, and brought together distributors and retailers from around the world, including London Drugs, to get a sneak peek at the world’s first ever smart drone.

DSC_0112The London Drugs buyers spent 3 days with the 3DR team and SVP Colin Guinn learning about Solo, flying drones, and filming aerial videos. Having had the chance to test out the drone first-hand, their assumption that the Solo is a must-have for any video or photography enthusiast was confirmed.

Arguably the most evident advantage of the Solo was its GoPro functionality. In fact, Solo is the first drone to access the GoPro API. 3DR worked very closely with GoPro to have custom firmware written for the Solo that allows the user to fully control the GoPro while the drone is in the air. This means starting and stopping video, taking photos, and even changing camera settings from the ground. The result is a full HD video feed, directly to iOS or Android, or through an HDMI port, that allows you to see what you’re capturing up above.

Among the most impressive features was most certainly how easy the Solo was to fly, from automatic take-off and landing, to the return-to-home push button, to the emergency break pause button. For anyone who has never flown a drone before, Solo makes it easy to fly and film, straight out of the box.

After learning the ins and outs of flying, the 3DR team walked our buyers through Solo’s Smart Shots: a series of presets that allow the user to solo drone flyingcapture amazing cinematic aerial shots, all with just the push of a button. Choose from selfie, cable cam, orbit or follow, and Solo does the rest. They captured some stunning shots using the cable cam, which made the camera movement between two points into one steady, flawless motion.

Once all their captured footage was downloaded and edited, the result was an eye-catching video full of beautiful, stabilized aerial shots: mastered with just a click of a button on the Solo. For those looking for the most cutting edge video and photography tool, the possibilities really are endless with the 3DR Solo drone. You can pre-order your own Solo drone now. The Solo will be available in stores on June 27th.

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May 7th, 2015

You’re Invited to a Photo Walk

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Try out the latest Fujifilm X cameras and XF lenses Great photography tips and demonstrations

One additional guest allowed per person Limited spots available. Book Now!
(RSVP by May 9th, 23rd and 30th respectively)

Where:

Rocky Point Park
Sunday, May 10th
10:00 am ~ 1:00 pm
Port Moody BC

Beacon Hill Park
(Parking Lot by Children’s Petting Zoo)
Sunday, May 24th
10:00 am ~ 1:00 pm
Victoria, BC

Mission Creek EECO Centre
Sunday, May 31st,
10:00 am ~ 1:00 pm
Kelowna, BC

 



May 6th, 2015

Tech Talk Regina: David Levett speaks about cameras and Mother’s Day gift ideas

May is Photo Month, and it just happens to be Mother’s Day as well. On Monday April 27, London Drugs tech expert, David Levett, sat down on CTV Morning Live in Regina to discuss the latest cameras, camera accessories, and canon rebelMother’s Day gift ideas in celebration of Photo Month.

David started his discussion by mentioning the new camera upgrades to the Canon Rebel T6I. Since last year, a  wireless system linked to a mobile device has been installed in the Canon Rebel T6I. By downloading an app, the camera can be placed on any tripod to take photos and zoom anywhere you like from the control of your cellphone.

The waterproof, shockproof and freeze proof Nikon S33 was next on the list of camerasnikon to talk about. The camera comes with oversized buttons, which make it extremely user friendly. David matched the Nikon S33 with the Gorilla Pod, which can wrap around objects with its durable and flexible legs. This tripod is ideal for latching onto objects that usually wouldn’t act as a great surface for tripods, such as the branches of a tree.

selfie stickThe Table Tripod is a very straightforward Tripod that is compatible with any camera of camcorder.  David also mentioned the Travel Tripod, which is made out of a carbon fibre weave. The light, airy fixture makes travelling easy and hassle free.

Finally, David discussed the well-known Selfie Stick that has been making headlines lately. The Selfie Stick can be hooked up to a device on your cellphone that will allow you to zoom and take pictures with the click of a button, which is perfect for those much needed group photos.



May 2nd, 2015

London Drugs Celebrates National #PhotoMonth

With the arrival of May flowers, photographers everywhere are dusting off their cameras to once again capture the beauty of spring during Canada’s National Photo Month. Originally created to raise awareness and an interest in photography, Photo Month is the perfect time to choose the right accessories for your camera and improve your photography skills. To celebrate, London Drugs is starting the month off right with store-wide events and weekly workshops.

photomonth(blog3)London Drugs locations throughout the month of May will host photography related workshops to help customers better acquaint themselves with their current camera’s capabilities and to learn ways to better manage their images. Our Photo Electronics department will walk you through the differences between choosing a DSLR camera versus a compact camera system and even what the best smartphone camera solution is for you. Learn how to file and manage your images with external hard drives and photo editing software from our Computers Department. The weekly workshops will help customers discover how London Drugs is a one-stop shop for all your photography needs.

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The first annual #LDFotoCon is happening at six London Drugs locations this May in British Columbia and Alberta. Customers in select cities have the opportunity to meet with expert photographers and representatives from top manufacturers like Nikon, Canon, Fuji  and more to learn the ins-and-outs of professional photography. For more information about a #LDFotoCon near you or to register visit londondrugs.ca/ldfotocon.

National #photomonth wouldn’t be complete without an amazing end product to hang on the wall andphotomonth(blog2) show off to friends. London Drugs Photolab has the ability to turn any photograph into a piece of art by creating ultimate enlargements, canvas gallery wraps, photo mugs, greeting cards and vibrant metal prints. With tripods, bags and lighting equipment in-house, customers will arrive at London Drugs as amateurs and leave as prosumers on everything photography. Check out the variety of items the London Drugs Photolab has to offer here.



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