You finally get everyone lined up and looking at the camera when it happens: the battery dies. Or, perhaps, you’ve been sat patiently waiting for the perfect nature shot (maybe a bird looking the right way, or the sunset and the clouds finally arranged just as you wanted them) when the newly charged DSLR powers down, its power cell drained.
Soon you realize that you’ve been snapping photos – or waiting to – for far longer than previously thought, but still can’t shake that nagging feeling that the battery shouldn’t have run out just yet.
You’re Using the LCD Screen
Probably the biggest mistake is to use the LCD screen rather than the viewfinder to setup your shot. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that the LCD uses a lot of battery power; after all, it’s used to preview shots as well as to review photos after they’re snapped.
If you don’t feel that you can stop using it altogether, at the very least reduce the amount of time you spend using it. Two suggestions are to disable post-shot reviews and to reduce the brightness setting.