Battery Conservation: When to Turn Your Camera Off

When you hit the on switch it can take a few seconds for your camera to turn on. In those precious seconds you could miss your once in a lifetime shot. But you can't leave your camera on all the time or the battery will run out. So when should you turn off your camera for battery conservation?

Battery conservation is dependent on the circumstance. If you know that the shot could happen at any second, then don't turn your camera off or you'll most likely miss it.

But if you are at a graduation, and you know it's going to be a few minutes before the ceremony is set to begin, then you should leave your camera off if conserving the battery is an issue. There is no need to leave the camera on when you know you're not going to use it, especially if that creates the risk of running out of juice when you're going to need it later.

Use your judgment when it comes to battery conservation. And if you're serious about photography invest in a spare battery. They're not that expensive, and they will come in handy on a long day when you have a lot to shoot.

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