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.
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.
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 and 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.
While it may have taken its sweet time, it seems the nice, sunny weather has finally arrived in these parts. And sunny weather means it’s time for your garden to shine.
Now that you’ve planted the seeds, tended the soil, watered, fertilized and done whatever needed doing to keep the bugs at bay, at long last your garden has sprouted a vibrant, colourful palette of beautiful flowers. And now that you’ve just taken a step back to admire the rich floral bounty your handiwork has produced, what are you going to do? Well, before you get back to work watering, tending and keeping lonely vigil against spider mites and leg-lifting dogs, here’s a thought:
Why not photograph it?
It’s kind of astonishing how many people grow amazing gardens year after year, yet never even consider taking photos of them. If you happen to be one these wallflower gardeners, I bet it’s because of a lack of confidence in your photography skills. Perhaps you feel your green-ness as a photographer pales in comparison to your gardener’s green thumb, and you don’t believe your photography skills will do your garden justice.
Well, guess what? You don’t need to be an expert.
Yes, you can absolutely do your garden justice, and you don’t need to be on commission for Better Homes & Gardens to do it. After all, flowers tend to be fairly photogenic; it’s not hard to find their good side and you usually don’t have a problem getting them to sit still. All you really need is the will, so just get out there and start shooting. Play around with angles, light and distance. Spend some time. Like gardening, photography is a labour of love.
However, if you really feel like you need a little knowledge to get you started, here are a few links worth checking out:
How to grow your garden photography skills (Nikon USA):
Once you’ve taken a few beautiful pictures of your most glorious garden gems, why not consider displaying them on your wall as well? Our PhotoLab has plenty of options from fine art prints to canvas gallery wraps, and our technicians can help you find the ideal style to complement your images. Or maybe you’d prefer to create a custom calendar to use at work, so that images of your gardening handiwork can lift your spirits during the drab winter months.
Gardening brings an enormous amount of satisfaction. That’s a big reason why so many people do it. Again, the same can be said for photography. Which is perhaps why combining the two seems so natural.
By Alison Gresik
One of my spring-cleaning tasks is to collect up all the photos we’ve received over the year from friends and family. Living far away from many of our loved ones, we get a steady stream of cards and letters with these visual mementos tucked inside.
Some pictures are propped up on the mantelpiece, some are mounted on the fridge door, and some are tacked to the bulletin board. These are the school photos we get from our godchildren, the holiday portraits from our brothers and sisters, and the vacation pics from our parents. We also have snapshots of our own kids sent home from school and day camps.
It seems a shame to put these lovely pictures in a box, but I simply don’t have the room to display everything — and there are always more coming!
By Alison Gresik
Given the severe weather we’ve had in Canada and the US this winter, I’m sure that many of us are happy to see the tail end of the season. Thankfully, the Easter holiday and the promise of colourful spring flowers are right around the corner.