This seems like a simple one, but nearly every photographer on the face of the planet has been caught out before.
Some of the older bodies I use such as the 1D bodies will keep charge in the battery for months and it seems like you never have to charge them between jobs.
This has lulled me into a sense of false security as some of the newer bodies such as the current 5d will literally drain itself between jobs.
I’m guessing this is to improve the overall lifespan of the battery but it also means you have to keep on top of charging your batteries and keep a charger and ideally a few spare batteries on you if you’re doing multiple day shoots.
Buying a car charger can also be a good investment as this allows you to put a little bit of charge back in your batteries in between jobs, that extra 10% of charge could be the difference between a shoot taking place and you looking like an idiot in front of the client.
If you use any lipo batteries or rechargeable AA batteries, they are even worse for holding charge and you really need to keep on top of them to ensure they stay at peak performance.
Environmental factors such as it being below freezing can also make a massive difference in the life of your battery so if you’re shooting landscapes and it’s going to get cold, stick your batteries in your armpit to keep them nice and warm!
That’s it for today’s Creative Christmas, tomorrow I’m going to cover something which I think is really important for photographers to consider and that’s asking for permission before you take a photograph.
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