April 1st, 2016

#LDFotocon is back! Apr 16 – June 11


This is a wonderful time of year to be a photography lover, whether pro or amateur. First of all, May is Photography Month. It’s a celebration that’s been gaining momentum around the world the past few years and 2016 promises to be bigger than ever. As always, the Photolab and the entire London Drugs organization will be doing their part to share the joy with as many people as possible.

Which brings me to the subject of this post: London Drugs is once again bringing back #LDFotocon to help photography lovers celebrate Photography Month. In fact, since last year’s #LDFotocon events were so successful, we are expanding LDFotoCon to more select London Drugs locations as well as having workshops to celebrate Photography Month in all other stores.

In case you missed it, #LDFotocon is a series of informative workshops led by a wide range of ‘Subject Matter Experts’ as they’re formally known,  including:

  • London Drugs Photography, Photolab, Computer and Electronics experts
  • Camera vendors from all the top brands
  • Retouching and colour management experts, and more.

Each workshop is an opportunity to increase your knowledge, upgrade your skills, and expand your network of fellow photography pros and hobbyists in your local area. #LDFotocon events also offer a chance to preview the hottest new cameras and related hardware and software products.

Subjects covered in this year’s workshops include:

  • Point-and-shoot photography tips
  • DSLR showcases from the top brands: Nikon, Canon, Pentax
  • Compact system camera (CSC) photography and showcases from top brands
  • Drone photography
  • Mobile made easy: capturing images on your smartphone
  • How to build a Moments photo book or calendar
  • Making a photo mug
  • How to build greeting cards: perfect for Mother’s Day
  • Showcasing your photos on your walls with ultimate enlargements, gallery wraps, aluminum panels and fine art paper options.

There will even be representatives from London Drugs Pharmacy departments providing travel health clinics to prepare you for your next photo expedition.

This year, LDFotoCon events will be running in select London Drugs stores from April 16 to June 11. Check out the #LDFotocon website for dates and store locations, or visit our in-store workshops site to view workshops in all other stores. Attendance is always free, and each workshop offers you an opportunity to grow as a photographer—so feel free to attend as many as you can.  Even if you don’t see a particular subject interest of yours in your local store’s event schedule, keep in mind that each #LDFotocon location will also feature an all-day tradeshow with even more suppliers and store departments involved. In fact, it’s hard to imagine a larger and more comprehensive event devoted to photography—right in your neighbourhood, no less—so make sure you don’t miss it! If you’d like to help spread the word, be sure to use the hashtags #LDFotocon and #MayisPhotoMonth throughout the social media world.

April 1st, 2016

Local Inspirations Artist Gallery

Yes indeed, May is officially Photography Month—and one of its main objectives is to broaden the appreciation and appeal of photography worldwide. It’s also one of the key themes of London Drugs #LDFotoCon 2016. One of the main reasons Fotocon was created was to share the joy of photography with as many people as possible at the community level. Beyond the short term however, its greatest goal is to help local photographers prosper, which is why the Local Inspirations Artist Gallery (LIAG) was created.

Actually, the creator and driving force behind the LIAG was Meghan Shewchuk, Manager of the Ladner Photolab. It all started when a local artist (who also happened to be a co-worker) used the Photolab to print a 12×18” Remembrance Day image he’d created in Photoshop, and he asked her if she’d display it on the store wall. Meghan immediately envisioned the big picture (pardon the pun) and reached out to another local photographer to see if she would be interested in displaying a collection of her prints as well.

Meghan’s initial goal was to use the wall to showcase the various kinds of art prints available from the Photolab, to give customers an idea of how they might look on their own walls at home. However, she soon realized that the true value of such a gallery would be the platform it gives local photographers and artists—to showcase their work to others in the community, and help them gain new clients and grow their business.

Meghan’s next step was to get approval from head office. Her proposal went over so well that not only did she get the OK for her LIAG in Ladner, but they decided to roll it out to every London Drugs location that has the space necessary to create a proper display. And that’s how one creative Photolab manager’s idea to give local photographers a leg up in the community became an ongoing company-wide celebration of photography.

If you’ve never noticed it before, or if you simply haven’t been to your local Photolab in a while, be sure to stop by and appreciate some of the finest photography your community has to offer. Better yet, if you happen to be a professional photographer, digital artist, or even a member of a local photography club—speak to your local Photolab Manager for details about showcasing your work and becoming a local inspiration to others.



Selected images from photographer Karen Maires, whose prints have been featured in the Local Inspirations Artist Gallery at the Ladner Photolab. See more of her work at http://www.mairesimages.com

May 25th, 2015

May is Photo Month, so put your images on your wall.

Some photos simply deserve a better fate than confinement to a storage drive. Celebrate Photo Month by displaying them on your wall.

Some photos simply deserve a better fate than confinement to a storage drive. Celebrate Photo Month by displaying them on your wall.

May is Photo Month, and here at the London Drugs Photoblog we like to honour the occasion by encouraging you to not only take as many photos as you can, but to make the extra step of turning your best shot into prints—and then proudly displaying them in your home, your office, and wherever else you can.

Of course, I’m not just referring to regular enlargements—after all, you can never go wrong with quality London Drugs photo paper. However, the Photolab offers a number of art prints that can highlight the best features of any photo. No two images are like, and different surfaces can add textures and accentuate colour and contrast.

This month I’ll be reviewing three of the Photolab’s most impressive art print options: bamboo prints, canvas gallery wraps, and metal prints. If you’re an experienced photography vet, you’ll surely have a number of images that would be ideal for each option. If you’re new to photography, you’ll be able to grab your camera and shoot some amazing new images with a specific art print in mind. After all, true masters of photography don’t just shoot for the sake of capturing memories a moment; they consider how each image will be displayed as they compose the shot. There’s nothing stopping you from doing the same.

Happy Photo Month!

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.

April 27th, 2015

Tech Talk: GoPro

If you haven’t already heard, GoPro’s are the next big thing and London Drugs has all the accessories and items you need to capture the perfect video. On Monday, April 20th, London Drugs tech expert David Levett sat down with anchor Darrell Rumold on CTV Morning Live in Regina to discuss the latest GoPro and some of the newest accessories to go with it.

The GoPro HERO4 Black is the most advanced GoPro ever. It features improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates. The high-resolution 4K30 and high frame rate 1080p120 video  enables a stunning, immersive footage of you and your world.gopro hero4 black

David discussed a few of the accessories that can be paired with the GoPro HERO4. The GoPro Scenelapse is a mount for the GoPro that gives a 360-degree panorama. David suggested attaching the mount to the top of a car to get a perfect circulating shot. For those that are interested in seeing what the world is like from their dog’s point of view, they can purchase the GoPro Dog Harness. David explained how individuals would be surprised by the images their dog’s see by simply attaching their GoPro to their pets.

For those that are into other activities such as target shooting, David suggested to check out the GoPro Gun Mount. Individuals can attach their GoPro to the end of their shotgun to document their target shooting. Or, for those that are into documenting the social events with their friends, the GoPro Selfie Stick is perfect for their social gatherings. The selfie stick gives individuals the ability to take photos of himself or herself with more than one person.

Solo_White_AngleHowever, the latest accessory to come into London Drugs stores that will take your GoPro filming to the next level is the 3DR Solo Drone. The Drone has the ability to take GoPro’s up to 400 feet and can be controlled as far as a mile and a half away from your starting location. Individuals can tap into the GoPro camera attached to the drone from their smart phone, giving them a bird’s eye view.

The GoPro and its accessories can be used for a variety of activities. Whether you like to document taking your dog for a walk, or view your house from 400 feet in the air, the GoPro HERO4 has accessories to give you what you need with a high quality, durable camera. Make sure to check out all the different GoPro accessories here.

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.


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