C$29 for a 60-minute Photoshoot Session at Star Pictures Corporation (a C$58 value)

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60-minute photoshoot session with 4 different poses, 8 prints 2x3”, 4 prints 4x6”, digital copies and choice of flat paper backgrounds.

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Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required. May be repurchased every 90 days. Appointment required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • C$29 for a 60-minute photoshoot session with 4 different poses (half or full body) with 8 pictures printed 2x3”, 4 pictures printed 4x6” and one digital picture resized for Facebook cover Comes with choice of six different flat paper backgrounds: Pure White, Black, Studio Grey, Sienna, Tulip and Tech Green, and DVD holding 2 types of copies: for Internet (72 pixels per inch) and copies for print in high resolution (300 pixels per inch) (C$58 value).

Early Photography: Portraits of Invisible People

Photography is a modern marvel whose roots stretch back nearly 200 years. Check out our guide to the world’s first exposure to photography—the daguerreotype.

Before JPEGs, before flimsy Polaroids, before even black-and-white prints on cardboard stock, the earliest practical photography method—called the daguerreotype, after its inventor, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre—could only capture images on a heavy metal plate. To take a picture, the photographer first had to coat a copper plate in silver, then cover it again with a vapor of bromide or halide. The combined chemicals formed photosensitive crystals on the surface of the plate, which was then placed into a camera and exposed to the subject. Doing so imprinted a latent image, invisible to the naked eye. To make it materialize, a treatment of mercury vapor washed the bromide or halide from the portions of the plate that received the most light, leaving only silver particles in the image’s highlights. A dip into a fixer dissolved the silver from the less-exposed areas, and the resulting highlights and shadows formed a clear image of a family or a fruit bowl with a top hat.

One day in 1838, Daguerre tested his invention by pointing his camera over a busy Parisian boulevard. The result was a crisp, richly detailed portrait of city life, with only one thing missing: life. Since daguerreotypes required exposure times of 10–15 minutes, the camera never captured the people and wealthy horses that bustled along the street, making the City of Lights look more like a ghost town. One man, however, did stand still long enough to appear. He was getting his shoe shined, and his bent knee shows up clearly among the shadows of trees behind him. Doubtless, the polish on the man’s shoes quickly scuffed and faded, but the polished silver plate endures as the earliest known photographic image of a person.

Customer Reviews

My experience at Star Pictures was amazing! I went to get pictures for my buisness cards and they turned out amazing! Mark knew what he was doing and had the equipment to made sure each picture was perfect. I would recommend checking this place out!
Ashley L. · October 22, 2016
Mark, Thank you so much for making me looked so pretty! I was totally relaxed at photo shooting. Your creative eye for lighting and colours… Outstanding! You are so easy to work with. Thank you for making me so comfortable so I could have these great images.
Yana S. · June 27, 2016
I was really happy with the service and price. Mark made it comfortable and fun. If you're not sure, I highly recommend you try it out!
Mary D. · April 25, 2016

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