5 Reasons For An Extra Camera Battery

I’m a worrier. I know it and I admit it. Most non-worriers probably think this is a bad thing. Well, I’m here to tell you that worrying has it’s advantages. Yes, advantages. We worriers prepare, plan, then prepare some more. We anticipate the problem before it’s a problem and usually head it off. The end result often is – there was nothing to worry about in the first place. But, we are the people that have the solution when the problem does occur.

I can’t tell you how many friends of mine are running around with one set of camera batteries. As a worrier, this makes me nervous. I even have a friend who was doing wedding shoots with one, yes ONE battery! Guess what? His battery died during a shoot. He stopped playing the “one-battery” game after that.

For the rest of you who may or may not be worriers that are running around with one battery or one set of batteries, it’s time to prepare.

Here are five reasons why you should consider a second (or in my case a third, or fourth) battery:

  • You will take more photos, capture more shots, and potentially create more “keeper” images
  • Peace of Mind – Stress Less about the battery going dead
  • Be Prepared if your current battery malfunctions, fails, or wasn’t charged
  • Minimal cost compared to potentially getting NO photos
  • Batteries become weaker (especially in cold weather) over time and will slowly take less and less images

Photography should be a fun, exciting, adventurous experience. Watching an amazing shot unfold in front of your eyes, while you hold a dead digital camera in your hands can be one of the most grueling, gut-wrenching, feelings ever.

If you don’t have back-up batteries, did I convince you to change your ways? Or do you already have back-ups? Leave me a comment below and tell me how prepared you are.

PS – For those of you counting, yes there is another Nikon battery in the camera I used to make these images. And that makes five (5) Nikon proprietary batteries. So I’m prepared, what can I say?

BONUS TIP ~ with a marker, write the date you purchased your battery, on the battery. This will help you determine age and distinguish them for one another.


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