Increase the Life Span of Your Batteries
Generally speaking, modern digital cameras use much more power operating than older analog cameras. One of the reasons for this is that the LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) on the back of the camera uses a lot of power when you review your images. Furthermore, the sensors of the camera use a lot of power for the process of capturing light and converting it to digital data. Running out of batteries all the time can be very frustrating. There are, however, many ways of avoiding this problem.
Use Rechargeable Batteries
This photo is from an assignment in the Arctic. In such an environment keeping your batteries warm is really a challenge. The most chilly assignment we have ever been on so far involved temperatures as low as 52 degrees below zero Celsius, in such extremes there is not much you can actually do towards keeping your batteries warm. Read more about proper clothing for extreme temperatures here.
Limit the Use of Your LCD
On the back of digital cameras we find the revolutionary LCD that allows you to view your photos immediately after shooting them. This display is a much loved and very useful tool, but it has one serious disadvantage: it uses a LOT of power. The more you use the display the quicker the camera runs out of power. For this reason you should make a habit of using the display only when it is actually needed. Many cameras can be set to shut down the display automatically after, e.g. one minute or 30 seconds. Always choose the lowest setting to save power.
Be careful! The LCD on the back of your camera uses a LOT of power.
Carrying a Spare Set of Batteries
Carrying a spare set of batteries in your pocket when you are shooting is often a really good idea. Batteries are easy to carry and there are very few things more frustrating than missing a perfect shot because your camera has run out of power. If you have prepared yourself for this situation by bringing along an extra set of batteries you are ready to start shooting again in a matter of seconds.
Please note that rechargeable batteries should never be thrown out along with household waste or, even worse, left in nature as they pose a danger to the environment. They should always be disposed of using the battery receptacles provided by municipal or other authorities.
Follow this link to read more about what types of batteries we use on our assignments. You can also read about how we shoot our winter photos or see some of our many photos from assignments around the world.
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