If you’ve ever run out of juice when trying to make an important photograph, you already know the rule – as soon as you buy a new camera, go out and buy a second battery for it.
But assuming you ignored that rule or shoot a bunch and both batteries are near death, you’ll want to read these tips for getting the most out of your digital camera’s battery life.
1. Buy decent batteries to begin with. I don’t see any reason to try to save a few bucks when buying something as important as your camera’s battery. The same goes for flash batteries. Buy good quality batteries – hint – that means NOT going to the Dollar Store for your batteries.
2. Read your manual and pay attention to the boring section on batteries. Believe it or not, there’s some good information in there. Read it and believe it.
3. Keep your batteries warm. Cold batteries run out faster than warm ones.
4. Don’t chimp. Bending over looking at your camera’s LCD to see if that last shot was great or not may be thrilling, but in addition to potentially costing you that NEXT great photo opp because you were too busy looking in the wrong direction, chimping drains batteries.
5. Don’t delete images in the camera. It takes battery power to review and delete. Save that for when you get home.