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Monthly Archives: October 2016

  • 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.

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