More Bang for Your Camera Battery
You’ve bought your camera, and it came with a battery. Or maybe your last battery has passed on to that great big charger in the sky. Either way, now that you have a camera battery, there are some easy tips to keep in mind to ensure your battery lasts a while, or at least long enough for you to get in a few more crucial snapshots.
MORE BANG FOR YOUR BATTERY
Right off the bat, purchase extra camera batteries. If you’re purchasing a battery for a DSLR, consider a battery grip, or at least by the name-brand version of the battery you need. We’ve all heard cautionary tales of merchandise from overseas – I can tell you that most of my close friends have tried this and gotten burned with dud technology. Besides, it’s just common sense that Canon is going to care more about your satisfaction that SunTechDigitial or some other two-bit brand because Canon has a wider stake in the market. If you’re buying for a point and shoot (or any camera that might take AA or AAA batteries), consider buying rechargeable batteries.
Store camera batteries someplace cold. Put them in the fridge. Don’t leave them on the stove. Cold good, warm bad. Simple, right? Wrong!
Alkaline batteries stored in a cold environment have been proven to last 5% longer, but cold batteries in a camera will drain faster. So. Keep those puppies cold while not in use and let ‘em heat up next to your body before you shoot with them.
If you are using Lithium Ion, the best thing you can do for your battery is to charge it often, charge it full, and once it’s full, remember to unplug it.
But what should you do if you’re out shooting when your camera battery decides to give up the ghost?
The first thing you can do, is rule out some extraneous features on your camera that you may not need, like image stabilization or autofocus. (Yes, there is still such a thing as manual focus, Virginia.)
The second thing you can do is change LCD brightness (though if you are composing your shots in Live-View, this may lead to underexposed photographs), or better yet, turn off automatic review.
If your camera has a viewfinder, go ahead and turn off live view mode and set up your shots without it.
Finally, you can save time by not recording video or shooting long exposures. I’m not trying to cramp your style or tell you how to create, but these examples use a lot of juice.
So there you have it folks – some easy tips to extend the life of your camera battery or at least get a little more wear out of it. But if you want my flat out advice, just pony up and purchase a brand-name back-up. You never know when you’re going to need it.
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