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 Best Buy ‎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 ‎04-15-2015 07:24 AM - edited ‎04-15-2015 07:30 AM

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


The Top Three Super Slim Cameras

by Blogger on ‎03-16-2015 09:25 AM - last edited on ‎03-16-2015 09:35 AM by Editor in Chief

samsung-camera.jpgDSLRs are great, but they're big and heavy and awkward to carry. A lot of people prefer to use smartphones, but they have their limitations too. Today I’m going to look at three alternatives to the smartphone and the DSLR, cameras that are truly pocketable and capable of producing wonderful images.


You'll get an all new view of the great outdoors with the Sony Action Cam Mini

by Blogger on ‎03-10-2015 10:17 PM - last edited on ‎04-23-2015 02:38 PM by Editor in Chief

sony-action-cam-mini.jpgThe way I see it, there are two solid reasons why someone would pick up a point of view camera like the Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1VR. One, you’re doing something that involves speed or intense action like heading down a ski hill, mountain bike trail, or even doing something like jumping out of a plane. Or two, if you’re like me, you want to use it for both reason #1 and for following your kids onto the ski hill. For those reasons and more, the Sony Action Cam HDR-AZ1VR, the smallest, splash-proof action cam available, fits the bill and more.


Spring is the perfect season to explore and experiment with photography

by Blogger on ‎03-09-2015 05:21 PM - last edited on ‎03-10-2015 11:29 AM by Editor in Chief


There is no better time of year than Spring to grab your camera and get out into the open air and hone those photography skills. Today I’m going to give you some inspiration to help on your way; some suggestions about subjects you may wish to pursue, techniques you may wish to employ, plus a few words about choosing your equipment.


A comparison of two new DSLRs: Canon T6i and Nikon D5500

by Blogger on ‎02-26-2015 12:13 PM - last edited on ‎03-02-2015 09:35 AM by Editor in Chief

BBY_02272015_DI.jpgNikon and Canon have both announced new additions to their entry-level DSLR offerings in recent weeks. And at first glance, the Nikon D5500 and the Canon Rebel T6i look like pretty similar cameras in terms of the specifications. But are there any real and discernable differences between these two very capable units? Today I’m going to sift through the available data and see what I can decipher.


Canon Announces Two New Rebel DSLRs: T6s and T6i

by Blogger ‎02-12-2015 02:50 PM - edited ‎02-12-2015 02:55 PM

T6.jpgCanon has just announced the release of two new models in it’s EOS Rebel DSLR line: the T6s and the T6i.


Today we take a look at the new technologies and cool new features incorporated in both cameras, as well as the differences between them.


How To Use Flash Like A Pro

by Blogger ‎01-26-2015 04:14 PM - edited ‎01-26-2015 04:22 PM

Untitled.jpgFlash can be a pretty unflattering style of lighting, and yet there are pros who use it successfully all the time. Today we're going to look at some of the different ways you can use flash to make amazing photographs.


Thoughtful Valentine's Day Gifts to Indulge Her Interests

by Best Buy ‎01-23-2015 09:26 AM - edited ‎01-26-2015 08:08 AM

Valentine's DayThis Valentine's Day, spoil your special someone with more than just flowers and chocolates. Show your loved one how much you care by giving her a thoughtful gift that reflects her interests. Whether she's a fashionista, adventure junkie, or true romantic, you can sweep her away with a thoughtfully planned gift or date idea from this Valentine's Day guide.


How To Shoot Portraits Like A Pro

by Blogger ‎01-20-2015 09:26 PM - edited ‎01-20-2015 09:34 PM

Screen Shot 2014-09-14 at 8.29.58 PM.pngOne of the main reasons we buy cameras is to take photographs of people, i.e. portraits. This week I'm going to give you some tips and ideas to push you further and help you make portraits that you'll be proud to hang on your walls. 


How To Shoot Photos Like A Pro

by Blogger ‎01-15-2015 03:23 PM - edited ‎01-15-2015 03:56 PM

cool-new-cameras-dept-h.jpgIt’s the start of another year, full of possibilities and potential. A good friend of mine recently mentioned that she’s planning to get serious about her photography this year, and I’m sure there’s a lot of people out there who’ve had the same idea. So I thought I’d put together some ideas to help our readers here on the Plug-In blog push their photography further.


The Canon PowerShotSX60 HS Review: Who Needs A Telescope?

by Blogger ‎01-05-2015 09:31 PM - edited ‎01-05-2015 09:38 PM

10325744.jpgThere’s no denying that the 65x zoom on the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS is the headline grabbing feature, and when you use it it will just blow you away. It’s like having a telescope that can also take photographs, and HD video. 


But is there more to this camera? Let's find out.



Untitled.jpgWell if Christmas is on the way, then the end of the year must be just around the corner. And as ever, it’s a great time to look back on the year that was and reflect on the highs, the lows, and the in-betweens. As I have the good fortune to get to play with new cameras from time to time, I thought I’d look back at the best models I got to hold in my sweaty paws in 2014.


My Top 5 Cameras For Shooting Video

by Blogger on ‎12-10-2014 10:24 PM - last edited on ‎12-11-2014 09:57 AM by Editor in Chief

10322914.jpgVideo capture technology has come a long way in a short space of time. Up until a few years ago you had to have a specialized device to capture moving images, whereas nowadays it’s pretty much a given that your camera or smartphone will capture video and stills.


Today I’m going to look at 5 cameras that have awesome video capture capabilities.


Get The Perfect Gift For Your Camera Fanatic!

by Blogger on ‎12-03-2014 02:08 PM - last edited on ‎12-03-2014 02:20 PM by Editor in Chief

X-mas-2014.jpgDecember is here and it’s time to start planning the perfect Christmas - no pressure at all! Well you can reduce the stress levels by getting at least one present out of the way early. If you’re lucky enough to have a camera fanatic in your life, this is an easy one to knock out of the park because camera fanatics love new gear and here at Best Buy, we’ve got you covered.

Today I’m going to pick out a few items that I personally would be very happy to find in my stocking on December 25th.



Everio Quad Proof in Water.jpg



I have always been a big fan of GoPro cameras – well the Everio Quad Proof video camera is sort of the GoPro of “camcorders.” Unlike the GoPro, which has a separate case that makes it waterproof, the Everio Quad Proof camera is so durable that the camera as it is can go underwater, in snow, dust storms, and won’t get damaged if it is accidentally dropped. A great camera for all you outdoorsy types that don’t want the elements to prevent you from getting the perfect shot. I had a chance to test drive one and here’s what I found.


Review: Fujifilm X-T1—Will This Camera Become A Cult Classic?

by Blogger ‎11-21-2014 02:29 PM - edited ‎11-25-2014 11:27 AM

10246845.jpgAs the mirrorless (or compact system) camera segment has mushroomed over the last few years, one company has stood out from the rest for consistently releasing high-quality, stylish cameras that produce gorgeous images: Fujifilm.


Today I'm reviewing the rugged, durable X-T1, a camera capable of taking gorgeous images in the most demanding of circumstances.



The Perfect Gift Cameras for Xmas 2014

by Blogger on ‎11-14-2014 03:25 PM - last edited on ‎11-17-2014 11:49 AM by Editor in Chief

Xmas-2014.jpgHoliday season is fast approaching, and if you’re anything like me then you'll be doing a lot of headscratching when it comes to choosing presents for everybody this year. Digital cameras are one of those go-to gifts that are bound to be super-popular again this year, but given the array of models available it can be a bit overwhelming trying to find the right one. Today I’m going to offer you some insight into my favourite cameras, and the kind of user that might appreciate each one.


Tips to help you create perfect holiday memories

by Blogger on ‎11-09-2014 04:40 PM - last edited on ‎11-13-2014 01:37 PM by Editor in Chief

memories-edited.jpgToday I’m going to offer you some photography tips to help you make the most of those priceless holiday moments, like the visit to Santa’s grotto, the kids unwrapping presents, and of course everyone’s favourite, Dad asleep with the remote in his hand.


Take great close up shots with Canon lenses

by Vendor on ‎10-31-2014 05:09 PM - last edited on ‎11-03-2014 02:28 PM by Editor in Chief

1-macro_closeups.jpgToday we’re going to look at two separate, but connected, areas of photography: macro photography, which is concerned with making images of very small objects, and close-up photography where, as the name suggests, we get very close to our subject.


Gear up and hit the hill with the Sony ActionCam

by Blogger on ‎10-17-2014 03:58 PM - last edited on ‎10-20-2014 08:07 AM by Editor in Chief

sony-action-cam1.jpgI was pretty excited to test out the Sony ActionCam With LiveView Remote, and if you watch point of view action sports videos on Youtube the way most of my family does, you’ll instantly know exactly what this camera is for. Designed specifically to capture live action video in all the crazy places you’d go to for action sports and recreation, the Sony ActionCam has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a camera of this type. It was created for the ski hill, it shines on the side of a mountain, and you can take it with you while you hang ten on a wave near a tropic beach.


Choose the right Canon lens to take great sports and fast action pictures

by Vendor on ‎10-10-2014 06:37 PM - last edited on ‎10-22-2014 12:34 PM by Editor in Chief



Today we're going to offer a little bit of advice on some techniques and settings you can use to get great action shots, and also recommend some Canon lenses to help you on your way.


GoPro Announces Hero4 Range - Touchscreen, Wifi And Amazing Performance.

by Blogger on ‎09-29-2014 01:26 PM - last edited on ‎09-29-2014 02:06 PM by Editor in Chief

CHDSY-401_main1.jpgSince the release of the original wearable camera, GoPro has been a go-to for the outdoor action crew who want to capture videos of their wild exploits. GoPro has just announced the release of their latest batch of cameras under the name Hero4. This time last year they released two cameras in the Hero3+ range, and this time they’ve actually announced three different models; Hero, Hero4 Silver, and Hero4 Black.


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