October 28th, 2014

Wynne Powell’s Museum-Quality Prints Unveiled at Vancouver Aquarium

London Drugs Photolab printed the works of wildlife photographer Wynne Powell, for his high-profile exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium. Using our cutting-edge printing processes, we worked together with Wynne to create museum-quality prints ready for exhibition.



October 27th, 2014

Paranormal and ghost photographs explained

Throughout the last few decades, people have used photography as proof that the paranormal is real and that monsters exist. The Loch Ness monster, the Sasquatch, Ogopogo and ghosts – there are so many photos and videos of these supernatural beings. So why is their existence still in question despite photographic evidence?

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Sasquatch Sighting 2014. Photo Credit: Myles Lamont. Watch the full video here.

“The truth is there are many ways to trick a camera into showing something that is not really there. The vast majority of paranormal sightings are easily explained through effects such as long exposure, and shooting out of focus,” explains Richard Skoczylas, Assistant Business Unit Manager with London Drugs’ Photolab.

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October 17th, 2014

LD Photolab Shines at Vancouver Aquarium

image1A mother grizzly bear pulls a salmon from a stream as her two hungry cubs watch from shore. An arctic fox, her coat a brilliant shade of white, captured laying comfortably upon the ice. A white sided dolphin mid-air as it breaches behind the photographer’s boat. This is but a snapshot of the new exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium “Through the camera lens – Wild North America” featuring the work of Sonora Resort president and CEO, Wynne Powell. The wildlife photographer and photofinishing expert has no shortage of stories recounting his thirty-plus years of experience traveling North America on photography expeditions.

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October 14th, 2014

Konstrukt some fun: the 35mm Konstruktor Kit

The Konstruktor Kit comes with a set of stickers to personalize your camera. However, many Konstruktor lovers would rather customize it themselves. (Source: Lomography.com)

The Konstruktor Kit comes with a set of stickers to personalize your camera. However, many Konstruktor lovers would rather customize it themselves. (Source: Lomography.com)

Perhaps no other camera puts the fun in Lomography quite like this one. After all, not only do you get to shoot manually on film, but with the Konstruktor you also get to build your own 35mm camera! Billed as ‘the world’s only plastic, fully-functional single-lens reflex (SLR) camera’, as a build-it-yourself the Konstruktor provides a hands-on, up-close view of the inner workings of a camera—thereby helping to demystify the process of photography. Once you’ve learned the camera’s mechanics, you’ll know exactly how and why the changes you make to each of its settings will affect the image you capture. READ MORE



October 14th, 2014

Diana F Instant Camera

Diana F Instant

Create dreamy images in a snap with Diana F Instant Camera. This package also includes a close-up lens, perfect for portraits.

The Diana F Instant is one of two cameras available at London Drugs that are iconic to Lomography (the Konstruktor is the other).

From Wikipedia:

“The Diana camera is a plastic-bodied box camera using 120 roll film and 35 mm film. The camera has a simple plastic meniscus lens. Originally marketed as an inexpensive novelty gift item, the Diana has been used to specifically take soft focus, impressionistic photographs somewhat reminiscent of the Pictorialist Period of artistic photography, but using contemporary themes and concepts, known as Lomography.

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October 14th, 2014

World Toy Camera Day

Source: World Toy Camera Day 2013

Source: World Toy Camera Day 2013

October 19th, 2014 is World Toy Camera Day!

No, this does not refer to the Viewmaster or Fisher-Price you had as a kid (although if you still have one of these in your possession then let me say that you, sir or madam, are awesome).

Anyway, in non-toddler photography circles, toy cameras refer to affordable low-tech cameras like the Holga, Lubitel and of course, two of the Lomography movement’s most iconic cameras: the Diana and the Konstruktor, both currently available at London Drugs.

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September 29th, 2014

DSLR cameras for the avid amateur

I’m sure there are many amateur photographers who occasionally consider upgrading to a DSLR and would like to know more about how it would enhance their craft. After all, isn’t the photographer’s eye for composition what really matters?

Obviously a better camera results in better quality photos, and in this post I hope to address a few of the specific enhancements and possibilities that a DSLR can provide your photography. In particular, I’ll be looking at two of the newest models to hit the market from two of the industry’s most iconic brands:

(1) Nikon Full-Frame D750

Within Nikon’s current offering of full-frame DSLRs, the D750 represents an upgrade from the D610. It also incorporates some features from the D810; 51-point auto focus (AF), for example. This five-minute video from Nikon is a great overview of the D750’s features:

Video timeline:

  • 0:32 Smaller, lighter, more comfortable grip
  • 1:14 Tilting LCD screen
  • 2:00 Same AF as the D810
  • 2:27 Amazing low-light sensitivity
  • 2:47 Facial recognition auto-focus
  • 2:50 Same video capabilities as the D810
  • 3:14 Expeed 4 full-frame photography advantages
  • 3:50 Built-in flash commander; advantages for outdoor portraits
  • 4:40 6.5 FPS continuous shooting
  • 4:56 Built-in wifi for smartphone photo transfers and camera control

For those unfamiliar with the term, a full-frame digital DSLR camera has a sensor that’s about the same size as 35mm film. To fully explain it would require going into some detail about things like focal length and crop factor, which you can learn more about if you’re so inclined. Essentially, there are two main benefits to going full-frame:

  1. With a full-frame camera plus a standard wide-angle lens, you can capture much more impressive landscapes and building interiors.
  2. The sensor on a full-frame is larger than standard digital sensors, which means you can capture higher quality images—especially in low light.

Arguably the D750’s most notable upgrade is its 100-12800 (Lo 1 to Hi 2) ISO sensitivity, which is double that of the D610. In lay terms, this refers to the camera’s sensitivity to light. So if you’re planning on, say, going on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of European cathedrals, the D750 would definitely help you take beautiful shots in low light.

(2) Canon EOS 7D Mark II

As the 7D does not appear to be accompanied by its own concise-yet-informative YouTube video, I sought some expert advice; specifically Matt N. from the Camera Department at the Granville St. London Drugs. According to Matt, the Mark II has been eagerly anticipated by camera geeks everywhere since the original EOS 7D was discontinued. Together, we ran through its extensive list of features, which includes:

  • 65-Point All Cross Type AF
  • Rapid burst 10 FPS shooting
  • 20.2 megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
  • Built-in GPS for location tracking
  • Built-in intervalometer for time-lapse capture
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port
  • 100-16000 ISO range for still & video
  • 10 FPS high speed continuous burst shooting

Unlike the D750, the Mark II is not a full-frame camera. However, its APS-C sensor and Intelligent Viewfinder provide approximately 100% field of view plus exceptional low-light performance. Matt was particularly impressed with the Mark II, calling it a huge upgrade over its predecessor; in fact, he described both its ISO (low-light capabilities) and 10 FPS (high-speed) shooting as “ridiculous.”

Either of these two cameras provide the tools to help you capture infinitely better photos, no matter what, where or when you’re shooting. With larger sensors and pixels capable of storing more information, they also provide you with many more options when it comes to printing and display. (In fact, there’s a whole other post about them.)

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The “ridiculous” (in a good way) Mark II

 

 



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