Conserving digital camera battery life may be the key to capturing all the footage you need for your video! Don't miss out on that one great shot or scene because your camera has run out of power. Here are some tips that can help you conserve your digital camera's power when you are out on a shoot!
Digital cameras normally require a low-voltage direct current DC power supply.
This power generally comes from an in-camera battery (which is DC voltage) or an alternating current (AC voltage) adapter plugged in to the camera, which converts the AC voltage to DC voltage.
Experienced camera operators generally carry multiple camera batteries (or battery packs) on a Shoot... (A Shoot is the period of time where you are filming or videoing material for your production)... just to be sure that they won't run out of power.
Also, there are other digital camera power options, including:
But… Even with carrying a lot of extra power... the Pros also know how and when to conserve their digital camera battery life!
The most obvious way to conserve your digital camera battery life is ...
To either switch the equipment off when you are not actually using it or switch your camera to a standby (warm-up) mode so that it is only using minimum power.
You would most want to do this when you are...
It is easy to squander valuable digital camera battery life... You always want to conserve as much power as possible so that you are sure that you can shoot all the footage you need and want for your video production.
Here are a few tips that can help you conserve your camera's or camcorder's power while out on a shoot...
Buying a high quality long life battery is the easiest way to ensure that you have enough battery power to get you through your shoot.
High-quality batteries will usually charge to their full capacity so that you get the expected number of hours from a charge cycle.
With a cheap battery you normally get what you pay for as far as digital camera battery life… the problems of an inferior battery include...
Camera batteries can lose charge when they have been stored for a long period of time or been subjected to extremes, temperature wise, even if you stored the battery at full charge...
it's still a good idea to plug your digital camera or camcorder in the night before to make sure you get the most you can out of the battery when it matters.
You don't want to lose that "perfect last shot" just because you ran out of power when you needed it at the end!
Carrying an extra fully charged battery or battery pack is the easiest and most sure way to ensure you have enough camera battery power to make it through a whole shoot and able to capture all the footage you need.
Extra batteries can sometimes cost a bundle but... can be very well worth it when it comes to videoing an important event such as a...
When you're recording these types of events... if you miss shooting any of it it's gone forever. Also... be sure to check to make sure your extra batteries are charged up before you head out to shoot an event.
Remember… Don't leave anything to chance when it comes to having power for your video camera!
No power = No video!
If your camcorder uses "itself" as a battery charger then you may want to consider purchasing an external battery charger.
With an external battery charger you are able to have a battery constantly charging while you are using your digital camera or camcorder.
You can also bring along your external charger to your shoot so you can plug it in and charge your extra batteries or battery packs on-site while you are using another battery in your digital camera or camcorder during the shoot.
The LCD screen uses quite a bit of your digital camera's battery power... your camera's viewfinder uses very little.
If you are in a situation where you want to conserve your camera's battery power then close the LCD screen and use the viewfinder, if you have one on your camera.
Navigating through in-camera video footage and then playing back the footage you have just recorded is a quick way to drain your digital camera or camcorder power.
Try to save the viewing of your freshly recorded video footage for times when your digital camera or camcorder is plugged in to a power source or when you are back at home or studio and don't intend on recording any additional video footage.
Sometimes, of course that's not possible… You need to see what you've just shot… But if you know that's going to be the case then plan accordingly and carry extra power with you.
Common actions like frequently turning your digital camera or camcorder on and off or camera operations, such as a lot of zooming in and out, can really drain your digital camera battery power fast.
Keep things like that to a minimum when you can. Try to plan ahead when you're shooting an event…
Even a simple shot lineup "in your head" (sort of a "mental" storyboard) will make you much more organized and efficient in shooting the footage that you want…
And also ... save you work, and some precious battery power as well!
If you do not have to “roam” for your shots and you have the option to plug your digital camera or camcorder in to a power source at an event... Plug It In!
Plugging in your digital camera or camcorder to a wall
socket or other external power source is the easiest way to ensure
you have enough power to make it all the way through an event or a
shoot with no problems.
For long events such as:
Select a seat or area near the back of the room or venue where you have:
A lot of times ... These types of events "take as long as they take". The above is the surest way to capture excellent video footage and not worry about how long the event will last and/or if you will have enough battery power to capture all of the video footage you need!
I hope these tips for extending your digital camera battery life will help you to avoid being left without camera power at a critical moment when you're shooting your video footage. I know that you don't want to miss that one "perfect shot" that you need to complete your video production masterpiece!
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