A brief history of instant photography

by Blogger on ‎11-21-2015 01:40 AM


Did you know that you're not supposed to shake a Polaroid as it dries? Yup, it's true! Despite what you see in the movies, waving around a modern Polaroid does nothing to help it develop, and it can actually cause blobs in the image if you wave it around too aggressively.


Mirrorless vs. DSLR

by Blogger ‎11-17-2015 01:19 PM - edited ‎11-18-2015 08:06 PM


As the mirrorless camera category continues to grow and improve, we take a look at one of the most common questions consumers are asking: 'Which is better, mirrorless or DSLR?'.


GoPro announces its new Hero+

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2015 02:26 PM - last edited on ‎10-23-2015 10:54 AM by Community Manager

gopro.jpgGoPro has just announced its latest model - the Hero+ . No more waiting till you get home to see what footage you've captured, now you can review, edit and share your footage right from your phone or tablet.


Review: Narrative Clip Wearable Camera

by Blogger on ‎08-31-2015 06:40 PM - last edited on ‎09-01-2015 01:53 PM by Editor in Chief

narrative.jpgIt’s amazing to see how cameras have evolved over the last 20 years. Remember the days when you’d have to load a roll of film into your camera and then take that film in to be developed after only 12, 24, or 36 snapshots? Those days are long gone. Now we can capture the ins and outs of our daily lives with our smartphone cameras and share those moments with the world in an instant via the touch of a button. The Narrative Clip wearable camera takes this concept of chronicling our lives­—or “lifelogging”—to a whole new level by snapping a picture every 30 seconds, and I recently had an opportunity to take one for a spin.


5 tips for better selfies

by Blogger on ‎08-17-2015 07:08 PM

10328189.jpgThe art of the selfie isn’t something new, despite what you might think. The French photographer Louis Daguerre, inventor of the first publicly announced photography process, sat for more than one of his “daguerreotypes”, making them the very first selfies.


Nowadays you don’t need to polish sheets of copper or treat them with mercury vapour, you just need to point your camera or your smartphone at yourself. It’s a great way to include yourself in your memories as you share them with others, so here are five tips for better selfies!


Catch Full-frame Fever - The Sony A7II Review

by Blogger on ‎08-14-2015 10:47 AM - last edited on ‎08-26-2015 01:25 PM by Editor in Chief

The Sony A7II is one of the most coveted mirrorless cameras on the market, because it carries a full-frame sensor capable of producing incredible image quality. Today we're going to look at some of the pros and cons of this groundbreaking camera and ask - are the professionals about to start ditching their DSLRs? 



Last week I took a look at the Sony Sonnar 35mm f/2.8 and found it to be a lens of exceptional quality. This week I’ve been fortunate enough to get the opportunity to test another lens from the Sony ZA line-up; the Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA. This is another high-end lens manufactured to the exacting standards of German optics company Carl Zeiss, designed for use with Sony’s full-frame A7 range of cameras.


Review: Should you upgrade to the high quality Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA camera lens

by Blogger on ‎07-27-2015 11:35 AM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:28 AM by Editor in Chief

Tcarl-Zeiss.jpghe Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA is a high-end lens designed for Sony’s E-mount compatible cameras like the A7 II, the A5000 and the A6000. It’s a lens which aims to satisfy the needs of professional photographers and serious enthusiasts. But for many readers of the Plug-in blog the question is: "Is it worth upgrading the kit lens that comes with my camera?" Today I’m going to attempt to answer that question in a totally unbiased manner.


Review: Sony FDR-AX33 4K HandyCam Camcorder

by Blogger on ‎07-26-2015 01:30 PM - last edited on ‎10-09-2015 11:55 AM by Editor in Chief

bestbuy-sony-fdr-ax33-camcorder.jpgIf you have a 4K TV you have a few options out there for getting the most out of your display … but if you’re like me there’s nothing more satisfying than creating your own content. Whether you’re shooting beautiful nature vistas, capturing exciting downtown life, or creating memories with friends and family at events that you won’t forget, shooting your own video in 4k is pretty awesome—and it’s more accessible than ever. Coming in at a reasonable price and packing a powerful 4k punch, the Sony FDR-AX33 Handycam is the portable video camera that’s makes it possible.  I had a chance to take it out for a spin: here’s how that turned out.



Announcing the new GoPro HERO4 Session action camera

by Blogger on ‎07-06-2015 11:22 AM - last edited on ‎07-10-2015 10:55 AM by Editor in Chief

Hero4Session_0_PIU.jpg_10667127_master.jpgThere’s a new member of the GoPro family that’s mixing it up. It’s lighter, smaller, and more colourful than its companions, while maintaining the level of quality and compatibility that GoPro is famous for. Want to learn more? Meet the GoPro HERO4 Session and read on!


A brief history of the selfie

by Blogger on ‎06-26-2015 05:39 PM - last edited on ‎07-08-2015 03:42 PM by Editor in Chief

Right now, the “selfie” trend is all over news sites, social media, blogs, and forums -- but did you know that selfies (and internationally-renowned “selfie artists”) have been around for hundreds of years?



Essential camera lenses To capture summer fun

by Blogger ‎06-18-2015 01:03 PM - edited ‎06-18-2015 01:44 PM


Summer is upon us, and that means lots of long, fun-filled, worry-free days ahead. If you’re anything like me, most of your favourite memories of youth revolve around the summertime. Today I’m going to give you some advice on choosing the best lens to help you get more from your photography this summer.


GoPro cameras are perfect for outdoor adventures

by Blogger on ‎06-17-2015 10:30 AM - last edited on ‎06-17-2015 10:45 AM by Editor in Chief

gopro.jpgToday I’m going to look at some of the features that have kept GoPro at the top, and a few tips on how to capture some awesome photos and videos this summer.


GoPro releases a new camera with LCD screen

by Blogger on ‎06-01-2015 06:00 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:01 PM by Editor in Chief

gopro_LCD.JPGGoPro has stayed at the top of the game in the action camera market by constantly delivering better cameras with more features. And today we can announce the GoPro+ LCD  which is no exception, with it's touchscreen and wireless capabilities. It looks like GoPro has another winner on their hands!


A Beginner's Guide to Dashcams

by Blogger on ‎05-28-2015 01:03 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:02 PM by Editor in Chief

Dashcam.jpgHave you been curious about dashcams and wondered what all the fuss was about? Let's take a look at them and why you might want one. 


A brief history of cameras

by Blogger on ‎05-05-2015 09:02 PM - last edited on ‎05-06-2015 09:13 AM by Editor in Chief

camera-history.jpgYou’ve probably snapped a picture in the last few days, right? With cameras in our phones, in our tablets, on the front of our computers and … well, in actual dedicated cameras, we’ve taken more pictures in the last ten years than in the previous hundred years put together. You might be curious as to when we started taking pictures. Read on to find out.


How to create amazing portraits for every room in your home

by Blogger on ‎05-04-2015 10:04 AM - last edited on ‎05-07-2015 02:07 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_05082015_DI.jpgRemember when you were growing up and people used to hang family photos all over the house? Well I think it's time to revisit that tradition and start framing some photos for our walls. Today I'm going to give you some ideas to help you get started.


How to create a great portrait gift

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2015 03:24 PM - last edited on ‎04-30-2015 03:28 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_DI.jpgPortrait photography is a remarkable way to connect personally with your subject. As such, portraits can be some of the most wonderful gifts you can give. If you’re interested in learning how to create better portraits that you can use as gifts, read on.


Best Buy Kiosks - Electronic Vending Machines Surprisingly Effective!

by Blogger on ‎04-27-2015 10:14 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:08 PM by Editor in Chief


I’ve done a fair bit of traveling already this year, and couldn’t help but notice Best Buy Kiosks in quite a few airports that I ended up in. I never imagined buying electronics out of a vending machine, but actually it is a brilliant idea. Having done hundreds of business trips over the years, I inevitably had occasions where I forgot my headphones or an important cable. I hate arriving at the airport too early so I usually don’t have much time to spare. A kiosk is a perfect solution because it is a quick and secure way to quickly pick up important necessities.


Insta-wow! How To Get More Likes On Instagram

by Blogger on ‎04-27-2015 09:53 AM - last edited on ‎04-27-2015 10:07 AM by Editor in Chief

bike-photo.jpgThere’s nothing a photographer enjoys more than a compliment on their work. It’s no wonder photographers spend so much time on Instagram—they just love those likes! So how does one rack up the most possible likes? Today I’m going to give you some tips to help you maximise yours.


Spring into the action with Sony's new Action Cam lineup

by Blogger on ‎04-27-2015 09:09 AM - last edited on ‎07-08-2015 11:22 AM by Editor in Chief

action-cam.jpgAt Sony Canada’s recent VIP product preview event, which included showcasing the new stunning Sony BRAVIA 4K TV lineup displayed, the Japanese electronics manufacturer also showed the a popular selling category this time of year: cameras. One model I took great interest in is Sony’s super portable, mountable and wearable Action Cam.



Dusk and Dawn; Tips To Get The Best Pictures During The 'Golden Hour'

by Blogger on ‎04-21-2015 10:38 AM - last edited on ‎04-21-2015 11:07 AM by Editor in Chief

dusk.jpgI’ve often mentioned the so-called "Golden Hour" in previous articles: that hour around dusk and dawn that photographers love, where the light is amazing—provided it’s a cloudless day. Today I’m going to give you some tips to help you make the most of this window of unique light to create some beautiful images you’ll be proud to hang on your wall.


The 10 best gifts to give your graduate

by Blogger ‎04-20-2015 08:47 AM - edited ‎04-20-2015 08:51 AM

images.jpgNot sure what to give that special graduate in your life? Whether your young adult is heading off to college, travelling the world, leaving the nest, or starting their first career, here are 10 great gift ideas that will help your loved one transition to adulthood.


The Top 3 Camera Systems

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2015 12:02 PM - last edited on ‎04-17-2015 12:30 PM by Editor in Chief

cameras.jpgToday I'm going to choose my top 3 camera systems from the vast range of cameras and lenses available here at BestBuy.ca. Forget boring things like budgets, today I'm letting my imagination run wild!


Tips For Capturing The Best Video

by Blogger on ‎04-15-2015 07:24 AM - last edited on ‎05-07-2015 02:05 PM by Editor in Chief

Screen Shot 2014-09-14 at 8.29.58 PM.pngAs a photographer, I’m a big believer in the power of the still image. But even I have to admit that videos can be at least as powerful as photographs, if not even more so. Video captures mannerisms, for example, in a way that photography cannot. Today I’m going to give you my top tips for capturing the best videos.


Top 3 DSLRs For Summer

by Blogger on ‎04-08-2015 11:21 AM - last edited on ‎04-08-2015 11:33 AM by Editor in Chief

summer-photo.jpgDepending on where you live in Canada, you had shocking / average / incredibly mild winter (from east to west, respectively). But no matter where you are, summer is just around the corner, as are water fights, short nights and lots of good times. Without doubt some of the best memories we make in life happen in summer and if you want to capture those memories and treasure them for years to come, you better have a camera handy. Today I’m going to take give you my Top 3 DSLRs For Summer!


How To Take The Best Photos Of Your Kids And Pets

by Blogger ‎04-03-2015 09:12 AM - edited ‎04-03-2015 09:19 AM

Juna-Photography-1-4.JPGSo we’ve all heard the old Hollywood cliche: ‘Never work with children or animals’. But for those us who love to make portraits, sometimes kids and pets are the only models available to us! So today I’m going to give you some tips and techniques for photographing these adorable, frustrating subjects.



The Top 3 Waterproof Cameras

by Blogger ‎03-30-2015 09:29 AM - edited ‎03-30-2015 04:10 PM

Nikon-AW1.jpgSpring is already well and truly upon us, and before you know it we’ll be packing the beach towels and SPF 50 for those summer trips to the beach (or lake). And if you want to capture of all the fun of those magical days by the water, you might want to invest in a waterproof camera. There’s actually quite a selection to choose from, so today I thought I’d give you my Top 3 Waterproof Cameras!


The Canon 7D MkII Review - Welcome To #Burstmode!

by Blogger on ‎03-26-2015 03:44 PM - last edited on ‎03-26-2015 05:01 PM by Editor in Chief

10365730.jpgThe Canon 7D MkII is a tough, weather-resistant unit packed with a ton of features. And it can shoot frames at a rate that will surprise even the most seasoned of photographers.


Why Photographers Need Fast Memory Cards

by Blogger on ‎03-22-2015 02:38 PM - last edited on ‎03-24-2015 12:18 PM by Editor in Chief

cards.jpgToday we're looking at the unsung hero of the digital camera setup: the humble memory card. Although we often focus on the capacity of memory cards, it is also worth paying attention to the speed of the card in order to get the most from your camera


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