The Focal Point
THE FOCAL POINT is Atlantic Photo Supply’s space for discussion, photo-sharing, and the latest creative ideas, trends, tips, and gear reviews. Shoot, share, comment, and enjoy!
This is a break from our usual blog posts about the latest cameras, our favourite local photographers, and gallery shows and contests. Since I’m the general manager at Atlantic Photo Supply, I’m calling this my soapbox—after all, the whole Atlantic Photo Supply family supported me through the biggest trial of my life. Support our team The Polyp Police with a donation to fight colorectal cancer, if you can. I’d be so touched. See you on the slopes!
This is an opportunity to show the world we are serious about making positive change—and not just incrementally, but wide-scale. At Atlantic Photo Supply, we’ve decided to remove plastic bags from our products as best as we can—sometimes barring the need for a protective casing around canvas or fine art—by March 1, 2019. It’s the right thing to do, and in the meantime we watch the back-and-forth and the inaction with no small amount of frustration. Let’s fix this!
I couldn’t get over the massive size of it as it stood in the wide open staring at our car. I was in awe. I quickly grabbed my gear from the back, adjusted my manual settings, quietly got out and started snapping away. I got a few great shots but they couldn’t compare to what I was going to capture next…
Throughout October, we invited our most keen photographers and enthusiasts to submit their latest and greatest shots for a very special contest celebrating our grand opening on Quinpool Road in Halifax. We were instantly flooded with more than 60 submissions, which was so exciting—we love seeing the creativity of our favourite and most prolific customers.
If you’ve ever had a tour of this place, you’d know that it’s not just the storefront where all the action takes place. In fact, there’s a whole other level of important work being done in the work areas behind the photo lab.
The restored colour print looks amazing; Geraldine at Atlantic Photo Supply did a fantastic job! The image was taken by my Nan's father, my late great grandfather, Percy. I don’t know when it was taken, but I figure that it was between 1940 and 1945. It’s a gorgeous colour print that looks like a piece of art. That’s those early days of colour prints for you.
As luck would have it, my patience paid off and without warning, the heron appeared out of the mist and landed 20 feet in front of me! It was surreal; just me, my camera and this beautiful bird posing for me!
Our new location will be right on the corner of Vernon and Pepperell streets in the new condominium building, The Keep. The project is still in its infancy stages, so stay tuned for more updates as we get going. Quinpool, we’re moving to your neighborhood! Hope to see you there.
In 50 years, millions of Digital Train Wreck stories will no longer exist, left on phones and hard drives and on long-forgotten internet clouds or a dead social media platforms. Do not get complacent! One catastrophic crash and a lifetime of photos can get erased…
Big news: we are introducing a website hosting and cart program designed to turn photographers work into profit; an online storefront that ties directly with our lab to process and ship. With APPIXPRO.COM, hosting, printing, and shipping are all done in-house, and prices are in Canadian dollars. Get started today!
The smooth, continuous tone of RA-4 printing is what makes it the gold standard for professional portraiture and for commercial printers. It's this standard by which other technologies are measured.
Some would say that with the advent of the internet that the days of the little guy in a local market are numbered. Then again, a lot of folks don't really understand the opportunities before us that allow the small companies to jump out into larger markets.
It's also around Christmas when people start to get sentimental. And dare I say...stressed? So here you are, staring blankly at your high-def screen; a single bead of sweat rolls down your forehead as you wonder what the heck to get your dear 'ol Mum this year. You are fresh out of ideas and know you can't buy her another pair of slippers.
This, in a nutshell, is what we believe separates us from the rest: we adhere to procedures and set our own standards. Box stores and many Pro labs don't drill this deep as it takes experience and resolve to stick to what can be a time consuming, but ultimately rewarding process. Would you want us to trade off quality for speed?
The pic of the day is an opportunity for staff to make a connection with our clients and allow them to tell their story. It’s extremely rewarding, and last year we had the opportunity to give back in another way. We decided to produce a Calendar, with proceeds going to The Children's Wish Foundation Of Nova Scotia.
Each workshop will be three intensive days of discovery. Every level of photographer is encouraged to attend, you must bring your camera, manual and laptop as well as an open attitude to learn, stretch and grow as a photographic image maker.
Just as my parents and grandparents saved pictures into albums, I too can create a more permanent and tangible timeline that you can pick up and hold in your hands. Remember that digital files being held in your hands are nothing but a recipe for disaster when it comes to the archiving of your family’s pictures.
I had the great fortune to meet a young lady that, for me, exemplifies all that is good for humanity. Anica James approached me to support her cause to help the people of Nepal after the earthquake on April 25, and we sponsored her fundraiser with beautiful prints.
Many people have the idea of printing their files in some ways daunting or incomprehensible, but the alternative of only having an electronic version of our life story is insane. In the meantime, my project will continue, and I will prove that a photographer who wants to can sell their work in print as it should be…
I checked the stargazing forecasts: snow, clouds, blizzard, freezing rain, more blizzards, and more clouds. Finally, after a couple of weeks of hateful temperatures and precpitation, there appeared to be a clear yet bitterly cold weekend coming so I packed the Nexstar up and we headed home.
If you’re anything like me, you have thousands of pictures living on your phone without a hope of manifesting into a physical print. It takes time to sift through the ones that I really like, and there are only so many pictures of my cat worth printing. My favourite way to display phone pictures in particular is to put them into a collage.
Your home is not the only place that you can personalize; your workplace is also a great option for displaying precious moments in time for all to see. It's important to know that almost all our print products are Mobile and Instagram-friendly, so get those images off your phone and onto a keepsake.
Years ago, we'd take photos for a reason—you had family coming over, you were going on a trip, there was a wedding. You had one or two special shots out of a roll of twenty four that you'd put in a frame or give away or put on the fridge. Those photos created the backdrop to our childhoods. They were the physical representation of a memory or a place you cared enough about to commit to film. Then, the options for preserving that memory were few.
For generations it has filled a special place on our walls. When I was a kid, our outhouse always had an up to date calendar from our local general store hanging front and center; Calendars were the center of family planning.
Bare walls can pose a challenge for anyone, but one option is to dress them with personalized wall art with the help of our online photo printing. This personalized wall art comes in the form of custom canvas photo prints. Atlantic Photo Supply makes it easy for both amateurs and professionals to create these prints in different sizes, configurations and looks.
All too soon it is late Sunday afternoon and time to head out to fly home on the red-eye out of LAX. We have had a great weekend of air show action and the weather co-operated as well, which is always a concern with outdoor events. Plans are already in the works as to where we will go next year!
The sky grew dark and sure enough it cleared. As people gathered, Paul Heath gave a fascinating tour of the night sky as he pointed out constellations, stars, nebula, and galaxies. He waved his laser pointer around the sky and told stories about the various things we could see and held us all, well, spellbound.
I struggle to find the right words to express the story that I never thought I would be able to tell. Letters and fragments of sentences fill my head with pieces of an entity that is difficult to grasp, and I’m nervous that they won’t do justice to the virtually untouched splendor that is Sable Island.
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