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  • Tips for Great Spring Break Pictures

    Make the most of your pictures during this Spring Break.

    Tips for taking great spring break pictures from Batteryheads.com Bring both cameras

    Sure, your smart phone camera works great most of the time, but you may want to have a good quality photo that you can print out. Having a digital SLR will make for higher quality images.

    Make sure your camera has lots of storage space on the memory card.  If you bring along a spare memory card and a spare battery, you won’t have to worry about running out of storage space on your camera and have to delete pictures to make room for new ones.  Remember to bring along your camera battery charger if you don’t have a spare battery.Tips for Taking Great Spring Break Pictures from Batteryheads.com

    Visit Batteryheads.com to pick up a new battery for your camera or a battery charger.  We have what you need and our friendly and knowledgeable customer service department can help you find the right battery or charger for your camera, and at a great price too! Continue reading

  • 3 Pillars of Photography: Understanding Aperture

    3 pillars of photography: shutter speed, aperture, ISO

    Photography is built on 3 pillars: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO (or sensitivity).  These are all related to exposure.

    Shutter and aperture are controls for adjusting how much light comes into the camera. How much light is needed is determined by the sensitivity of the medium used. That was as true for glass plates as it is for film and now digital sensors. Over the years that sensitivity has been expressed in various ways, most recently as ASA and now ISO.

    Understanding Aperture

    Aperture refers to the opening of a lens's diaphragm through which light passes. It is calibrated in f/stops and is generally written as numbers such as 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11 and 16. The lower f/stops give more exposure because they represent the larger apertures, while the higher f/stops give less exposure because they represent smaller apertures. This may seem a little contradictory at first but will become clearer as you take pictures at varying f/stops.  Check your camera owner's manual to see how to set your camera for the Aperture Priority mode.  Then try experimenting with different apertures to learn to recognize the different effects the different apertures will have on your images. (source: Nikon.com)

    What is aperture Image courtesy of Nikon.com
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  • Quality Replacement Laptop Batteries: Part 2

    You get what you pay for with replacement batteries.

    Last week we addressed the topic of whether a replacement laptop battery was as good or better than one from the laptop manufacturer.  When you need a replacement battery, it is always wise to buy one that meets or exceeds the manufacturer's original specifications.

    What to look for in a replacement laptop battery.What to look for in a replacement battery. High quality replacement batteries from Batteryheads.com

    When shopping for a high quality battery, be sure to look at the following areas: Continue reading

  • CASMED 740, 750 Vital Signs Monitor Replacement Battery

    The CASMED 740, 750 Vital Signs Monitor is compact, lightweight and portable, allowing it to be easily carried and used in a variety of clinical settings. The monitor is powered by AC line power or by a Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) rechargeable battery pack. The internal battery pack charges when the monitor is plugged into a power source (AC line power or +12 VDC).

    CASMED 740, 750 Vital Signs Monitor Replacement Battery from Batteryheads.com CASMED 740, 750 Vital Signs Monitor Replacement Battery from Batteryheads.com

    The monitor is equipped with a 7.2 Volt battery pack that, when fully charged, is capable of taking 100 NIBP readings when the monitor is set in the 5-minute automatic mode.  The battery is charging whenever the monitor is plugged into a power source.  The Battery Power Visual Indicator, located on the front panel, indicates the status of the battery.  Battery will self-discharge when they are not used.  CAS Medical Systems (CASMED) recommends that the monitor be connected to a power source whenever possible to maintain full battery charge. Continue reading

  • March Photo A Day: Free Printable

    Welcome back to the Photo A Day challenge.  We are back with an inspiration sheet for the March Photo A Day.

    Taking pictures helps you to learn to "see" things in the world around you.  The more you practice the skills of photography, the better you will become at looking at things with new eyes.  You may begin to notice details and colors that you might have overlooked in the past.

    See the world with new eyes

    Remember, if you miss a day, just pick up where you can.  These inspiration sheets are just a way to motivate you to take more pictures and to give you some new ideas to spark your imagination and creativity.  If you are just now getting started, check our January Photo a Day Challenge and February Photo a Day Challenge sheets for more inspiration.

    A challenge doesn't have to be challenging.  One way to look at it is as an opportunity to broaden your perspective and to shake things up a bit.  Maybe you are caught in the rut of the same old photo-taking.  Tackling a Photo A Day challenge can open your eyes to new colors, shapes, and inspiration for your photos.  The world is a beautiful place.  Sometimes we just have to take a new look around us.

    Remember, if your camera battery isn't lasting as long as you'd like, visit Batteryheads for a new, high quality replacement battery for your camera.  With free shipping on camera batteries and battery chargers, our excellent customer service department can help you find the right one for your camera.

    March Photo A Day Inspiration Sheet

    March Photo a Day Free Printable

  • I Need a New Battery for my Laptop: Part 1

    Should I buy a replacement battery or one from the manufacturer?

    New replacement batteries for your laptop at Batteryheads.comSooner or later your laptop battery will begin to wear out.  Most of them perform well for 18 months to 3 years, depending upon how heavily they are used.  Then you will notice a slow decline in the ability to take a full charge and eventually it will be time to replace it.

    Most laptop batteries can be recharged 300-500 times before the battery cells begin to wear out. When that decline begins, the battery that used to power your laptop for three hours will now only run for an hour or less. It is time to replace the battery. Continue reading

  • Burdick Eclipse Battery

    Burdick Eclipse Electrocardiograph (ECG) Battery

    The Burdick Eclipse ECG heart rate monitor can be used as a stand-alone or with a treadmill for accurate, quick results.  The Eclipse is portable and may be operated from the battery or AC line power.  The battery is automatically charged whenever the unit is connected to AC line power.

    If the battery has been fully charged, and the battery status gauge indicates low battery within 30 minutes of operation, the battery pack may be worn out and require replacement or may require calibration.  If the battery does not retain a charge for more than 30 minutes of operation, you may need to replace the battery pack.  Batteryheads.com offers a high quality replacement battery (our part number LIF11069). Continue reading

  • 3 Pillars of Photography: What is ISO?

    Our series on the basic 3 Pillars of Photography continues with "What is ISO?"

    What is ISO?

    ISO is actually an Organization

    ISO is not an acronym and is actually pronounced "EYE-so", not "eye-es-oh".  ISO stands for the International Organization of Standardization.  The ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization which gives world-class specifications for products, services and systems.  The ISO has published more than 19,000 international standards.

    "Because 'International Organization for Standardization' would have different acronyms in different languages (IOS in English, OIN in French for Organisation internationale de normalisation), our founders decided to give it the short form ISO. ISO is derived from the Greek isos, meaning equal. Whatever the country, whatever the language, we are always ISO." (source: www.iso.org) Continue reading

  • Tips for Food Photography

    4 Tips for Food Photography: Expert food photographers share their ideas for photographing food.

    Tips for Photographing Food

    1. Background {Use a Contrasting Background}

    A common misconception about shooting images of your beautiful food creations is to use a white background, thinking that it will offer a clean, neutral backdrop that will highlight the colors of your creation.  Try using a darker surface to provide more of a contrast.

    Food Photography Tips

    2. Scene Preparation {Prep the Scene}

    While photographing people, you can move them around and adjust their angle and smiles, food can be more difficult to adjust.  Your window of shooting time can be limited by the changing temperature of your food.  Think melted ice and ingredients that thicken as they cool.  Lighting has to be right and it isn’t just about the food in the shot.  Get the setting, background and lighting right first, then slip in the food for the picture.

    Food Photography Tips

    3. What is the Story behind the food? {Find the Story}

    Use all the elements to tell the story of the food.  Besides the food itself, this can include the background, angles, and props.  What is the dish intended for?  Quick snack or fancy dinner?  Envision the food from several different angles then create your photo.  Does it look better in a close-up or something with a broader shot?

    Tips for Food Photography 4. When is the Perfect Moment? {Wait for the Perfect Moment}

    Food seems to be a big part of many life events.  That can lead to potential problems with photographing the food. Most people do not look as flattering in a photograph when they are ready to take a bite or while chewing their food. Try a telephoto lens and watch and wait.  Wait for the smile that comes while part of a conversation and then you’ve got the great shot.  Being able to integrate food into the story of the photo while still having a complementary shot of the subject is splendid.

    Read more of the expert's advice at Delicious Tips for Photographing Food.  Visit Batteryheads for replacement camera batteries and chargers to keep your camera power going strong.

  • Battery Power for Drone and RC Transmitters

    Drone Sales Surge in 2015

    The Consumer Electronics Association reports that drone sales were expected to spike over $103 million in 2015, as noted by U.S. News & World Report.  While drones are all the rage, battery power for drone and remote-control device transmitters is often overlooked.  The transmitters usually run on standard alkaline batteries.  Often the batteries run out after just a few hours of transmitter usage.

    A great choice for powering the RC transmitters is rechargeable batteries.  The Panasonic eneloop batteries, sold by Batteryheads, deliver advanced, individual cell charging capabilities.  Batteries can be purchased in packs either with or without a battery charger.

    Eneloop rechargeable batteries. Battery power for drone and RC transmitters. eneloop rechargeable batteries

    Panasonic Eneloop rechargeable AA batteries with charger. Battery power for drone and RC transmitters. eneloop rechargeable AA batteries with charger

    The advanced AC charger is designed to charge the battery cells individually. This allows you to completely charge fully discharged cells or just "top off" the charge of AA or AAA cells that are only partially drained.  By not throwing away used AA batteries so often, you are saving money.  Another advantage is having charged batteries ready to use when your other batteries run out of power.

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