A photographer will go to any extreme in order to get that perfect shot but what if the battery dies during that process. Imagine you are at an event like red carpet and after all the hula, finally the superstar of superstars arrives and probably your favourite star.
And that's exactly when you know that your camera is run out of battery. It would hurt right won't it! So to avoid such a situation you need to stop making these following mistakes that drain your DSLR camera battery.
The LCD Screen
Just like any screen, it too runs on power and that power comes from your camera battery. So if you use the LCD screen to not just review your photos but also preview them then you might run out of juice before time. You don't need the screen to do all the changes in menu as you can do that by using external buttons and dials. Remember that the LCD screen is your biggest battery drainer.
More charging time will not result in a more than 100% battery time.
Doing this will kill the Lithium Ion cells in the battery and therefore, lower the potential longevity of its life.
Autofocus Set to Continuous
Every time your camera auto focuses a subject, those tiny motors are put to work. Again it's a no brainer that these tiny motors work the battery power, thus reducing its life. You only need autofocus for sports or action shots, otherwise, it's better to use manual focus.
Frequently Pressing Half Shutter Button For Focus
You may think that what the hell are we talking about?! ('If I don't press that button then how will I focus & take the picture Nigga!?') Well this one's for particularly the newbie or amateur photographers who constantly change their frame before taking the final shot. So first finalise your frame and then you can 'focus on focusing'.
First of all, there is no need of flash say 80% to 90% of the time and it can actually do more harm than good. Using flash makes your photos appear flat & unnatural, and can even give those unpleasant reflections. Having said all that the most damaging thing it does is draining your battery. So our suggestion is to use an external flash which will help save up battery as it runs on separate batteries of its own.
Active Unwanted Features
We are talking about features like image stabilisation which is a very good feature in itself but not really needed when you have mounted your camera on the tripod. Similarly, you can get rid of such unwanted or current unnecessary features like camera sounds and beeps, etc.
Avoiding Power Saving Mode
There is no point in keeping your camera turned on when it's actually just sitting idle. Once you turn on the Power saving mode in your camera, it will automatically shut off the camera after a particular set period of time.
Always Clicking Pictures in RAW Format
Now we know one needs the RAW photos for the utmost quality of pictures and full freedom in post-production period. But you don't have such requirements when you are on a holiday with family & friends taking random shots. By switching to other formats during such times you are not only reducing the resolution but also saving up on battery.
Frequently Switching On & Off: For sensor cleaning
A lot of people keep switching on & off their cameras to clean the sensor, while it does the task but puts a strain on the battery as well. We suggest you buy a sensor cleaning brush or a blower that can do the job.
While on a Shoot, Only Delete Images When You Need To
First of all you waste your shooting time that could actually be used to take more or better pictures. Then there is the risk of deleting a good picture that you might think is not good at the moment. And lastly you could also use these bad photos to see what went wrong and could learn from your mistakes. So don't delete the photos unless your memory card is running out of space.
Hope these few tips and tricks would help you save up some battery time, so that you can take those amazing photos for a little longer.