6 Ways To Get Inspired To Take Photos!

There are always going to be moments in a shooter’s life where he or she just feels glum. Non-creative, even. Here are some tips to get the blood flowing!

1 Take a hike!

Summer means hot, but it’s the perfect season for an early-morning or late-afternoon hike. The temperature is most pleasant then, and by fortuitous coincidence, these are also the best times for most outdoor photography: The low-angle sunlight produces long shadows that add interest to scenic shots, and the warm illumination enhances people and wildlife portraits. It’s beautiful early and late in the day, and a wonderful time to explore the world around you with your camera, whether that world is your local neighborhood or a national park. Look for exciting lighting, grand vistas and small details, and try different lens focal lengths.

2 Make an outdoor portrait!

Direct noon sunlight is terrible for people pictures, because its harshness makes subjects squint, and its high angle causes eyes to disappear into black pockets of shadow. But when the sun is low in the sky, your subject can face it without squinting, giving you a beautiful directional

How To Identify Hard Drive Failure

Hard drive failure is a common problem, which is often experienced by PC users at one time or the other. It is therefore, not a unique problem. However, people who are not fully prepared to face such a kind of problem may find it very stressful to deal with it. As a computer user, you need to prepare for failure at all times so that you may not be caught unawares.

clicking-drivesOne of the evident signs of hard drive failure is silence on your hard drive even when it is powered. The hard drive is supposed to be producing some kind of noise every time it is powered. If you realize that there is dead silence, then this is one of the signs of hard drive failure. First, check whether all your connections are done rightly. You may also need to check the loose ends so that you can easily establish the cause of failure. If this does not bring about any difference, you may need to seek another alternative of identifying the problem.

Hard drive failure can also be characterized by a loud clicking sound when the hard drive is powered. This sound may sometimes be occasional as well as continuous. Such a clicking sound may require urgent attention to get rid of further damage to the hard drive.

Signs And Symptoms Of Hard Drive Crash

Hard drives are often used to carry some vital information for the users and they also store data which is very valuable for individuals, companies and organizations. The problem with most of the PC users is that they do not think of creating backups for their data such that in case of any data loss, people end up losing it forever and they have no chance to recover it. Note that hard drive failure does not have any warning. It can happen at anytime even when you do not expect it at all. Some of such sudden causes could be a cut off on the supply of power, Continue reading »

Replacing A Failed Disk On ProLiant, Drobo RAID Servers

hppHP ProLiant disk failure can be big problems for people running servers. That notorious blinking red light when you look at the hard drive could spell disaster. Is it really that big of a deal? Sometimes, HP ProLiant disk failure is false alarm. When it does happen, there are a few things you might want to look into. Look into the HP system management and check for the hard drive’s status. If it says ‘predictive failure’ and ‘replace S.M.A.R.T. drive’ then it is not too late. Make sure not to wait because this problem must be dealt with immediately. Before starting anything, secure a very recent back up and that it works and has been tested. This is crucial if in case your repairs or anything else go awry.

One thing you want to look out for is to find out which RAID you have. RAID 5 is easy to deal with. All you have to do is get an identical drive (if you have a spare one, great!) to the other drives in the other slots; remove the drive with the failure and HOTSWAP the new drive in. If HOTSWAP is not an option, you might need to bring down the server before swapping the driver. After this, it is only a matter of rebooting the server. This might take a while because the RAID has to be rebuilt. It can be super easy to fix a HP ProLiant disk failure. The new drive should re-mirror automatically. Just make sure the one you replaced was that right one.

Solving The Problem With Drobo Disk

Drobo is one of the best storage solutions to protect and preserve all your data. If you are having a problem with Drobo disk, it is necessary to have it checked with the manufacturer in order to ensure that the files are not lost. There are a number of technicians who can handle a problem with Drobo disk. However, you have to be careful in approaching a technician because a single mistake can make a difference on your storage solution. There is always a high likelihood with Drobos, based on their configuration, that you will need a certified RAID data recovery provider. Messing with the Drobo disk configuration can be more than tricky, frankly. This is a pretty difficult setup as it is, so amateur attempts at hard disk recovery are strictly to be avoided.

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Rainy Days Bring Great Photo Opportunities

When it’s raining, don’t forget to protect your camera! Unless you have someone who can hold an umbrella over you, keep your compact camera inside your raincoat or use a locking plastic bag as a temporary waterproof housing. You can create your own housing by putting your camera in a plastic bag, with a hole cut out for the lens. Be sure to secure the bag to the front rim of your lens with a rubber band. Take care that the bag doesn’t block your viewfinder or any auto-focusing windows on the front of your camera. It’s also a good time to try a single-use waterproof camera. There are also several splash-proof compact cameras on the market. Some even feature a built-in zoom lens for added versatility.

rainydaysGray skies don’t usually add much to a picture, so it’s best to minimize the sky or find scenes where you can crop the sky out. A gray sky can fool your cameras meter and will render the rest of your picture too dark. If the foreground in your photo is exposed properly, the sky might appear chalky and white