Almost every DSLR comes with rechargeable batteries, but unfortunately, every rechargeable battery is going to lose its power within time.
Bringing spare batteries is always a good idea when you are about to have a photo session, but there also some tricks to extend the power of your battery!
Read all the tips in this article to learn how to save battery power!
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Not every lens has an inbuilt image stabilizer, but if you own a lens which features this extra, activating the image stabilizer will definitely drain battery power.
Image stabilizer is often used if you are hand holding your camera to get shake-free images. So if you primarily use your camera on a tripod make sure your image stabilization (IS on Canon and VR on Nikon) is set to “Off” on your lens to increase the battery life of your camera, as you don’t need to turn on the image stabilizer when your camera is mounted on a tripod.
I actually would recommend to delete your images afterward on your computer and not directly from the cameras memory card, because deleting images from the memory card consumes power.
Almost every modern digital camera has an inbuilt flash, but if the light conditions are good then you actually don’t need to turn on your inbuilt flash. Furthermore, most in-built flashes have a poor performance and they often result in awful shadows and hard light. So turning off the inbuilt flash will save a lot of battery. If you need an external light source you can mount an external flash on your camera, but mind that an external flash also needs batteries.
Turning down the brightness of your cameras LCD screen will probably save quite a lot of battery life. The only disadvantage is that you might not be able to see everything clearly on the LCD screen, but decreasing the brightness can get you one or two hours of extra battery life.
If your batteries are old, they hold less power, because all batteries have a limited recharge cycle. Old batteries won’t probably provide enough power for a whole 5-hour photo session. So think about investing in new batteries to
Imagine you are about to have the best photo session in your life and suddenly you realize your camera battery is empty, that’s one of the most terrible things that can happen to a photographer. So always be sure to bring along a fully charged extra battery for your camera body and of course for you flash if you use one. For some models, using the battery grip can actually benefit your work as it is easier to hold your camera, whereas battery life is significantly increased.
Batteries just tend to drain faster in colder temperatures and it is also really important to make sure that when you arrive back at home from a winter photography trip to leave your camera in your bag to let it acclimate to the room temperature. That is necessary in order to avoid condensation, it could be really harmful to the electronics if you will not let your camera the time to acclimate.
As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading our tips! Thanks for reading & see you next time!