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  • 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
  • April Photo A Day: Free Printable

    Photo A Day Inspiration Sheets

    Challenging yourself to take a photo a day can be a big venture, but it can also have big rewards.  Being able to look back at any day of your month (or your year) and recall who you met and what you did can be a fun adventure.  Photo a Day challenges help you document your family, your pets, your haircuts, and your travels.  It will make you a better photographer as you use your camera each day.  You will begin to notice lighting, backgrounds, and shot composition.  As you are forced to come up with a photo each day you will expand your creativity.

    Ready for another month of photo inspiration? Download our April Photo A Day sheet and enjoy the spring.

    April Photo A Day Challenge Sheet from Batteryheads.com

    Download the PDF: April Photo A Day Free Printable

    March Photo A Day Free Printable

    February Photo A Day Free Printable

    January Photo A Day Free Printable

  • 3 Pillars of Photography: Shutter Speed

    What is Shutter Speed?

    In photography, shutter speed or exposure time is the length of time when the film or digital sensor inside the camera is exposed to light.  When a camera's shutter is open when taking a photograph, the amount of light that reaches the film or image sensor is proportional to the exposure time.  In short, shutter speed is the length of time that your image sensor ‘sees’ the scene you’re attempting to capture.  Shutter speed can create dramatic effects by either freezing action or blurring motion.Shutter speed explained 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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  • 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

  • Photo A Day Challenge Improves Your Photography

    With the new year about to begin, make a New Year’s Resolution to kickstart your photography skills.   Set a goal of taking at least one photo every single day of the year – beginning with a Photo A Day January project – starting on January 1. Taking a daily photo will help improve your photography skills and capture beautiful memories of your family and your world.

    Why Participate in a Photo A Day Challenge?

    A photo helps you remember. The emotions that a photograph reminds you of can be amazing. Photography connects us to our past and helps preserve memories without words. Photography can help you see the world differently. It is a hobby you can start learning at any stage of life and the value of a photograph always increases with time.

    Photography is a popular hobby, but there are times when your creativity may dim and the inspiration dries up. A photo a day keeps the staleness away. Stagnation and boredom with a hobby like photography is a killer.

    Not only will this make you more enthusiastic, but will increase your photography skills. Practice makes progress! Shooting a daily image could, in fact, turn into a form of photo journal in which you document your life over the year.

    Check back here each month for a new Photo A Day inspiration sheet.

    Photo a Day January

    Photo a Day January Challenge to take your photography to a whole new level.

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