November 16th, 2016

Experimenting with photo paper: Choosing the ideal texture and finishes to showcase your photography

When it comes to selecting photo papers, creativity is the main ingredient and experimentation plays an important role. Besides the usual suspects— glossy and matte —there are many different textures and finishes to choose from at London Drugs Photolab.

Photographer, Matt Ferguson recently decided to try metallic and bamboo prints. Here he shares his experience.

I’m a BC born and raised photographer, specializing in landscapes and hoping to take enough great photos of my daughters to one day make them a book of their adventures.  I love being outside, exploring and adventuring, even if it’s just around town, never a fan of idle time.

Every once in a while I like to get some of my photos developed, some to hang, some just for the fun of it, and often just to see how they’d turn out!  I also love to have printed photos simply just to have on hand.  I’ve never spent an evening going through a slideshow on my computer while laughing at the memories.  I most certainly have done so looking through a tub of photos at my parents’ place though, more than once.

So, recently I decided it was time to get some printing done and I wanted to try something new.  I chose metallic print for a Northern Lights shot and did a few moody fall shots on bamboo, as honestly, bamboo just sounded cool. 

When I opened up that order with Wendy, the Photolab Assistant Manager, we were both amazed at the quality of print and just how rad the bamboo looked… and felt, and made us feel. 

Like canvas or a black and white photo, the texture and physical feel to the print was so different than a regular photo.  It seemed like you could actually touch the trees and feel the coolness of the fog.  It was unlike anything I’ve felt about one of my photos before.  I have often noticed how much better a printed photo is than the computer version, but never have I stopped in my tracks like this. I’m looking forward to framing it up and putting it on the wall!


Left: Northern Lights photo by Matt Ferguson.  Right: Metallic print of photo printed at London Drugs Photolab.



Fall shot by Matt Ferguson printed on bamboo at London Drugs Photolab.

See more of Matt Ferguson’s work, check him out on Instagram: @mattfphotography

To learn more about London Drugs’ selection of print textures and finishes, click here.

May 6th, 2016

London Drugs Photolab Prints Fine Art for the 3rd Annual Capture Photography Festival

For the 3rd consecutive year, London Drugs is proud to be a sponsor of the Capture Photography Festival, celebrating local and international lens-based artistic talent in Vancouver. The festival is devoted to exhibiting challenging and thought-provoking photography at over 50 esteemed galleries and public installations.

This year, the London Drugs Photolab printed the works of several high profile Capture exhibits, including LA-based photographer Aline Smithson’s exhibit Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography, and the News Photographers Association of Canada’s National Pictures of the Year awards exhibit.

Using the best in photofinishing equipment and innovative materials such as our Hahnemühle Fine Art Bamboo Paper, our passionate, experienced Photolab Technicians printed flawless fine art pieces hung in galleries across the city.

These fine art printing services aren’t just reserved for professionals, either. Amateurs, freelancers, and professionals alike can get museum-quality prints, using the London Drugs Photolab’s cutting-edge printing services.

Visit our Photolab in-store or online to find the right print for your photography project!

August 10th, 2015

The History of Printing

World’s earliest surviving camera photograph, 1826 or 1827. Still, it’s clearer than many of my photos. 
Credit: Wikimedia Commons

World’s earliest surviving camera photograph, 1826 or 1827. Still, it’s clearer than many of my photos.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons

It may be a difficult thing to fathom in this age of cloud storage and flash drives, but there was a time not so long ago where printing was an inseparable part of the photographic process. Back in the days of film cameras, when you took your pictures the film then needed to be developed into a negative, and all that effort was kind of pointless unless you were actually going create an actual print from the negative.

Of course, printing from negatives is not dead, by any means; it lives on thanks to lomography and other more esoteric forms of photography. Not to mention my Dad, who recently showed up to a family reunion at a beautiful resort with a disposable film camera, despite the fact that he has a brand new iPad that he knows takes amazing photos yet refuses to so much as experiment with it…but, I digress. My point is that anyone who prefers shooting film for any reason can still have it developed by the Photolab.


July 3rd, 2015

Summer Fun: Travel, Shoot, Enlarge, Repeat

SummerFunAutumn is a great season for photography. All those crisp, clear days, auburn skies, and of course, the turning leaves with their infinite variety of yellows, browns and reds. Winter lends itself to great photos also, especially if you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow. Bonus points for photos of sunlight refracted through icicles. Then again, there’s always spring, with rainbows aplenty and blooming foliage everywhere you look. It’s true: there really is no ‘offseason’ for photographers.


August 15th, 2014

If they’re good enough for your wall, put them on your walls!

When it comes to photography, the phenomenon known as the social media wall certainly inspires some peculiar behaviour. And I’m not just referring to the subjects—because when you think about it, the photographer’s own behaviour can often be just as strange.


Whether it’s a traditional scenic shot from your Flickr page….

Think about how about ‘the wall’ has affected our behaviour as photographers. For example, take a typical day at beach, or some type of social gathering; whereas in the past we may have been content to simply capture the moment and then return to being in the moment ourselves, we now obsess about capturing the perfect shot. We badger our subjects with endless retakes, often as we simultaneously play around with different filters, screens and effects. READ MORE

July 21st, 2014

Book-it: a 4×6 photo book in minutes

Just look for the helpful point-of-sale card at your friendly neighbourhood PhotoLab.

Just look for the helpful point-of-sale card at your friendly neighbourhood PhotoLab.

In a world of quick, easy and amazing photo books, the PhotoLab may have achieved the ultimate in inexpensive convenience with Book-it.

Book-it may also represent the end of an icon: the glossy PhotoLab envelope stuffed full of loose prints. Nostalgia aside, this is not a bad thing; who wouldn’t prefer a nicely bound photo book to keep your favourite prints organized and easy to browse?

The London Drugs PhotoLab makes it easy to create photo books in a wide variety of sizes and styles. Book-it, however, requires even less effort; in fact, unlike other photo books, you don’t even need to use the PhotoLab site or software to put it together.

Ask your local PhotoLab for a sample so you can check out the excellent print quality.

Ask your local PhotoLab for a sample so you can check out the excellent print quality.

Here’s how Book-it works:

(1) You order a set of prints through the PhotoLab, either online, using the PC free software, or through an in-store kiosk, just like always;

(2) When picking up your prints at your London Drugs location, simply ask the PhotoLab technician to have them made into a Book-it photo book; in five minutes or less, up to 25 of your prints can be turned into an attractive 4×6″ photo book for just $4.99 plus the cost of the prints. Covers are available in either black or white.

Book-it could one day spell the end for you, glossy print envelope. Don’t be sad. You had a heck of a good run.

Book-it could one day spell the end for you, glossy print envelope. Don’t be sad. You had a heck of a good run.

Perfect for sharing, highly personal and inexpensive as gifts, and convenient for keeping around the house or carrying around in your purse or pack, Book-it makes it easier than ever to get your favourite images off the screen and into people’s hands.

May 31st, 2014

What is London Drugs Photolab Dollar Days?


Simply put, it is three different London Drugs exclusive Black Bordered prints with each set for only a Dollar!

Choose from one 7×9, two 4.5×6.5 or four 3.5×4.5 all for only a Dollar. Each size comes with a black border that frames your image and adds richness to the photograph and all of the black bordered prints still fit in standard sized frames.

The 7×9 fits in any frame with an 8×10 opening, the 4.5×6.5 fits into standard 5×7 frames and the 3.5×4.5 fits into any 4×6 or 4×6 collage frame.

Now it is even easier than ever to showcase your favourite images from your camera or mobile phone. And for the month of June it is even more affordable with these three unique Black Bordered prints all for only a dollar. Get started at any of the in-store kiosks at your local London Drugs.

Celebrate Photolab dollar days in store only at every London Drugs location for all of June.

*all three sizes of Black Bordered prints are available in store only on London Drugs exclusive Glossy or Pearl photographic paper. The 3.5×4.5 size is available in as little as one hour.  4.5×6.5 and 7×9 available same day. 

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