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  • December Photo a Day

    December Photo a Day Free Printable

    The December Photo a Day free printable is the last in our yearly series of photo idea lists.  It is available for download below.  We hope you have enjoyed these photo inspiration sheets and that your photography skills have improved with all the practice.

    December Photo a Day Free Printable from Batteryheads.com

    Download your copy of the December Photo a Day from Batteryheads.com.

  • November Photo A Day + Tips for Better Holiday Photos

    November Photo a Day Idea Sheet

    Today we have the November photo a day inspiration sheet for you with ideas for a photograph (or 2 or 3) for each day of the month.  If you missed the other idea sheets, you can find the links below.

    Previous Month Photo A Day Idea Sheets

    November Photo A Day Idea Sheet from Batteryheads.com

    Download your copy of the November Photo a Day Idea Sheet from Batteryheads.com

    Tips for Better Holiday Photos from Batteryheads.com

    Tips for Better Holiday Photos

    Digital Photography School offers some great tips for taking better holiday photos.  Their tips include:

    1. 1. Try to GET DOWN LOW to shoot photos of the kids.  We usually take pictures from our own eye level, but getting low offers a change of perspective and often a more flattering picture.  Your photos can be more personable and memorable as well.
    2. 2. If you are taking pictures in the Auto mode, you may notice that your flash is going off quite a bit.  This can lead to some washed-out colors and funky shadows on people's faces.  Try ADJUSTING THE ISO settings.  Beware that a very high ISO setting can cause the picture to be grainy.  Practice with your camera settings, including Aperture Priority mode or Shutter Priority mode.
    3. 3. It is often a habit to try and pose people for our pictures.  If you FOCUS ON THE MOMENTS instead of the pose, you may find that the memories of the holiday will linger in your photos.  Pictures of family members talking together, cooking or eating together, playing games or even napping will provide fond memories for years to come.  An unposed shot will often give a more relaxed subject as well.
    4. 4. PUT THE CAMERA DOWN.  Your family and friends want to be with you, not just the lens of your camera.  If you can be intentional in your holiday photo taking, you will be there to savor the time you have with family and friends.

     

    You may also enjoy:

    Top Ten Photography Tips for Better Holiday Photos from Better Photo.com

    How to Take Your Best Holiday Photos Ever from PCMag.com

     

     

  • How Often Should I Replace My UPS Battery?

    What is the Lifespan of a Typical UPS Battery?

    The typical time frame for replacing a UPS battery is between 3-5 years.  However, sometimes the answer is "it depends".

    How often should I replace my UPS battery? Buy your UPS and SLA batteries at Batteryheads.comThe kind of load that the UPS battery is subjected to and the conditions can make a difference.  Sealed lead-acid batteries (SLA) are typically damaged by a full drain.  If you do regular load tests that drain them most of the way or if you have lost all power for extended periods of time, causing the battery to automatically switch on to power the server, then it may be a smart idea to replace them at 3 years.

    If they have generally stayed above the 80% charge for their entire lifetime, in a location with a nice even temperature, you can expect them to be functioning well closer to the 4 or 5-year mark.

    Don't Guess - TEST

    How often should you replace your UPS battery? Buy your UPS and SLA batteries from Batteryheads.comFollowing the manufacturer's instructions, create a maintenance plan for your UPSs.  The UPS batteries that last the longest, and provide the best performance, are those that are being managed and cared for.  Make sure your plan is simple, consistent and proactive.

    Testing will offer the best way to get an accurate picture of the fitness of the UPS.  While sealed-lead acid (SLA) batteries are called "maintenance free", this only means that you no longer have to add water to them.  Maintenance and regular testing are still recommended.

    SLA batteries will self-discharge.  Full capacity may not be possible is if the battery is not recharged periodically.  Typical monthly discharge is 3% per month.  A good idea is to check and recharge your unused SLA every three months.

    Inspect

    How often should you replace your UPS battery? Buy your UPS and SLA batteries from Batteryheads.comA swollen battery is a sure sign that your unit needs to be serviced.  Overcharging a battery may result in a swollen battery.  When excessive current flows into the battery after the battery has reached a full charge, the battery will heat up and cause it to expand.  A swollen battery should be removed from the system as soon as possible.

    Inspecting the battery regularly will also help you notice when leads may be starting to corrode.  Those can be cleaned, or the battery can be replaced.

    You may also enjoy Tips to Prolong the Life of Your UPS Battery and How to Find a Quality UPS Replacement Battery from Batteryheads.com.

  • October Photo A Day: Free Printable

    October Photo A Day Idea Suggestion Sheet

    If you are looking for a way to improve your photography skills, a photo a day challenge is a great tool.  Photo prompts invite you to interpret the suggestions in your own way with your own creativity.  To be a better photographer --- take pictures often and regularly!

    If you missed our other monthly suggestion sheets, you can find them all on our blog.  Save them in a Google Doc so you can access them anywhere, even from your phone.  Print them out and keep them in your camera bag.  Then when you have time to practice, you have ideas to spark your creativity.

    Other Photo A Day sheets from Batteryheads.com:

    October Photo A Day: Free Printable photo suggestion sheet from Batteryheads.com

    Download the October Photo A Day Photo Suggestion sheet.

    You may also enjoy the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, Photography Assignment Series on Flickr.  Find a link to one of her many photography assignments here and the Photography Assignment Flickr Group here.

  • Tips to Prolong the Life of Your UPS Battery

    Increase the Life of Your UPS Battery

    Tips to prolong the life of your uninterruptible power supply-UPS battery Single Server

    The typical lifespan of an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) battery is 3 to 5 years. This silent hardware is found in server rooms everywhere protecting data centers from electrical interruption downtime.

    The type of load and conditions that the UPS battery has been put under will make a difference in how long it will continue to optimally perform. If the charge stays above 80% their lifetime and it doesn't experience many full drains, you can expect that they will last closer to the 4 to 5-year time frame.

    If you have lost all power for extended periods of time, and the battery has had to empty to compensate for that, it may be a good idea to replace the unit after 3 years.

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  • September Photo A Day: Free Printable + Tips for Photographing Autumn Leaves

    September Photo A Day and tips for photographing autumn leaves

    Why do you take pictures?  Taking photos provides you with a daily diary of sorts.  You can catalog your personal history through images.  Time goes by so quickly.  Capturing memories with your photos is an opportunity to hang on to those moments and relive them again.  Taking a photo a day helps to teach you to really "see" things around you. Photographs can transport you to another time and place.  While we generally take pictures of things that are important to us, trying a Photo A Day challenge can give you the opportunity to see beauty and creativity in everyday things around you.  Give it a try!

    If you are just joining us, you can find our other monthly sheets at the following links:

    The September Photo A Day inspiration sheet is available here.

    September Photo A Day Free Inspiration Sheet from Batteryheads.com September Photo a Day Inspiration Sheet

     Tips for photographing fall colorsTips for Photographing Autumn Leaves

    We have rounded up some tips for getting the most out of your fall photography.  Autumn is a beautiful time to get outside and take pictures of the lovely colors that accompany the change of seasons.

    10 Tips for Shooting Autumn Foliage from Nikon

    Photographing Fall Foliage from Digital Photography School

    12 Ways to Capture the Colors of Fall from Digital Photography School

    8 Essential Tips for Autumn Color by Landscape Photographers Network

  • August Photo A Day: Free Printable

    August Photo A Day and tips for taking photos on bright sunny days

    The August photo a day sheet is available below.  This list will give you some ideas to keep taking photos 365 days this year and improve your photo scene in 2016.

    Summer is flying by.  Hopefully, you have spent some time working on your photography skills.  If you want to be a better photographer, the key is lots of practice.  If you wanted to be a good piano player, you'd take time each day to practice.  Photography is the same.  If you spend just 10 minutes a day taking pictures, of anything, your skills will improve.  Even if it is only a picture of the plant in your kitchen window sill!  Using a photo a day sheet will give you ideas of what you can practice taking pictures of each day.

    With the summer shining brightly in August, we have some links below with some tips for shooting photos on bright sunny days.  Because sometimes lots of light doesn't always equal great pictures!

    Download the August Photo a Day Inspiration Sheet here.

    August Photo A Day Inspiration Sheet from Batteryheads.comLight is usually the friend of photographers.  Sometimes, however, a bright sunny day does not always help your photos to turn out the best.  Between shadows and squints, the bright sun can cause some problems.  Here are 5 tips for Shooting on Bright Sunny Days from Digital Photo Secrets and 3 Tips for Shooting Portraits in Bright Sunshine from Digital Photography School.

  • July Photo a Day: Free Printable

    July Photo A Day and 5 tips for improving your summer photography

    Presenting the July photo a day sheet!  This list will give you some ideas to keep taking photos 365 days this year and improve your photo scene in 2016.  :-)

    Summer is a great time to relax and spend some time making memories.  We also have some links below with some tips for improving your summer photography.

    Download the July Photo a Day sheet here.

    July Photo A Day Inspiration Sheet from Batteryheads.com

    Digital Photography School shares 5 Tips for Improving Your Summer Photography.  Also, check out Tips for Summer Photos at Digital Photo Secrets.  You may also enjoy How to Take Summer Photographs.

    Summer Photography Tips at Batteryheads.com
  • June Photo A Day: Free Printable

    June Photo A Day Sheet and Organizing Photos

    We are back with your June photo inspiration sheet.  Use the prompts for each day as a way to get your creativity flowing.  Summer is a great time to get outside and work with your camera.

    Download your June Photo a Day sheet.

    June Photo A Day Inspiration Sheet: Free Printable from Batteryheads.com

    If organizing your printed photos is a project that is still hanging around on your to-do list, Kristin at The Gold Project challenged herself to get them all organized in 4 weeks.  She has a weekly task list that you can follow to get those photos organized, containerized, and easy to find.  Check out her June Challenge!

    Organizing pictures
  • May Photo A Day: Free Printable

    Looking for more photo prompts?  Here is your May Photo A Day inspiration sheet.

    Hop on board any time!  Start back at the beginning or just begin in the middle.  The Photo A Day inspiration sheets are a way to give you ideas for your picture taking adventures.

    Sometimes it may be difficult to find something you want to take a picture of on the specific day.  Give it a shot and you may surprise yourself with how good it turns out.  Practice may not make you perfect, but it will make you a better photographer!

    May Photo A Day Inspiration Sheet: Free Printable from Batteryheads.com

    May Photo A Day Inspiration Sheet: Free Printable {PDF}

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