November 30th, 2015

Attend a workshop on Make a Gift Day!

When you say ‘workshop’ around this time of year, the one at the North Pole probably springs to mind…but only slightly less famous are the in-store workshops at London Drugs. They’re free to attend and always cover informative subject matter, like demonstrating new camera tricks or how to create holiday photobooks or gift cards.

In fact, each London Drugs store will be hosting a workshop on December 3rd, a date that’s also officially recognized as Make a Gift Day. Hey, there’s a coincidence! So mark the date on a calendar and be sure to stop by your local London Drugs. While there won’t be any elves cobbling toys to load on a magic sleigh, it’ll nevertheless be a really fun and interesting workshop.

Visit here for more details.

April 24th, 2015

London Drugs hosts first #LDFotoCon Consumer Photography Show in Vancouver


London Drugs is pleased to present its first #LDFotoCon Consumer Photography Show taking place in six locations throughout the month of May. Customers can learn the ins and outs of digital cameras and photography with the help of expert photographers and representatives from top manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Microsoft and Fuji.

With workshops happening throughout the day, amateur and prosumer photographers can discover how easy it is to capture images that will take their photos to the next level.


May 2nd, 2014

London Drugs and Photo Month!

Spring flowers, Sports Day, weddings, outdoor activities…if you ever needed good reasons to put your photo taking into hyper drive, they have arrived—because it’s spring!

My photographic inspiration in spring is capturing the way morning light illuminates my neighbourhood’s surroundings—especially flowers and other growing things. I have a good friend who likes to wander her neighbourhood in Vancouver capturing “found” objects in alleyways. I have yet another friend who takes graceful photos of her daughters activities. And between all of us we use different cameras to do it.


January 18th, 2013

Your Camera: The Grand Tour

For many of us who have reached a certain age, today’s cameras are barely recognizable. The cameras of our youth were very different: much bulkier and made of wood.

Figure 1: Way back in the 1970s, cameras were made of wood.

Fig 1 Wood Camera

I am exaggerating a little. Nevertheless, the cameras of my childhood were very different. They had newfangled names like Instamatic and Polaroid, and they were super easy to use: one shutter release button, one lever to advance the film to the next frame. The pictures were terrible, of course, but it sure was straightforward.

Figure 2: Truthfully, this is more like my first camera. Note the flash cube—after only one flash, the plastic casing would be melted and singed around the edges. You would then turn the cube for the next picture.

Fig 2 Flash Cube

Fast forward a few decades, and cameras have as many buttons and settings as the Starship Enterprise.

To help us wade through the new technology, every London Drugs store offers workshops on the basics of the digital camera. Called Photo Experience workshops, this is a casual evening where you can learn the ABCs of your camera.

Here are 10 reasons why you should take a Photo Experience workshop:

  1. Hands on learning: there’s no better way to learn how to use technology than to hear it, do it, and practice it. You will bring your camera to the workshop (there are separate sessions for point-and-shoot and DSLR users) and learn the quirks of your own little machine.
  2. Small classes: each workshop will have only a handful of participants, so you have plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
  3. Introduction to your camera: there are lots of icons, symbols, abbreviations, and initials on your dials, buttons, and menu. This evening is for deciphering these photographic hieroglyphics.
  4. Personalized instruction: if you are interested in certain types of pictures (garden photos, landscape shots, or portraits, for instance) your instructor can give you the hints and tips that will meet your specific needs.
  5. A little bit of theory: there are a couple of technical concepts that are very helpful in photography (white balance, ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, for instance). You don’t need a slide rule to figure it out—you just need a basic understanding of the way cameras capture images.
  6. Practice time: the best way to learn a new concept is to practice right away. You will have time during the workshop to take photos and test out your new knowledge.
  7. Questions and more questions: your instructor is there to answer your questions during the workshop, and especially after you’ve had some practice time. What worked? What didn’t? They can help you figure it out.
  8. Try out accessories: if you’re new to a DSLR, the world of accessories can be overwhelming. Telephoto lenses, portrait lenses, external flashes, and filters—choosing the right accessories can make a huge difference.
  9. From pixels to print: your camera can capture images in different types of file formats. RAW files and jpegs, two of the most common file formats, serve very different purposes. Learn when to use the right setting, and how to change it on your camera.
  10. Post-production: When you transfer your files to your computer, this is the perfect time to tweak and adjust the photos. Called ‘post-production,’ very user-friendly programs exist that can help you get exactly the right look for your images.


Every London Drugs holds Photo Experience workshops, usually on the first and third Tuesdays of every month. If you have a brand new camera, or you just want to get more out of your camera, this workshop is the perfect way to learn in a casual, fun setting.

For more information, drop by the Camera Department and our experts would be happy to give you all the details.


By Angela Ford, photo blogger

July 11th, 2012

Announcing a Free Education!

All Photo Experience workshops will be free for any customer to attend 
from July 15th until September 15th.


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