Wildlife Photography Tip Number 14....Warm Batteries

Tip #14) Keep Your Batteries Warm.... If you are shooting some great wildlife photography outdoors and it is supposed to be cold, or might be cold, make sure you keep your camera equipment batteries warm. When batteries get cold, they lose their strength fast and could leave you with no power to capture the rest of your cool wildlife photos.

You should have at least two fully charged batteries and a third would be even better. Then as you are shooting some great photos of wildlife, you can be swapping the batteries to keep them warm. Batteries don't stay warm in the camera, so that's why I say you should swap all your batteries to keep them all warm.

Hand/Feet/Battery Warmers!

The best and easiest way to keep your batteries warm is to store them in an interior pocket, close to your own body heat. A shirt pocket or pants pocket will work fine if the pocket is covered by your jacket to keep the whole pocket warm. Also make sure the battery can't fall out easily if you bend over or something like that.

While taking some winter snow scene photos this winter I ran into some problems with my batteries. I had two along with me, and they were close to being fully charged, but it was cold out, so I had some issues. The battery in the camera all of a sudden went dead, so I put the backup in and put the dead one in my pocket to warm it up. Then the backup went dead sometime later, so I swapped batteries again, and the first dead one was working again, so I used it for awhile and it went dead again. So for the rest of the time I had to keep swapping the batteries as they got cold. It was weird, the power meter would say full charge then a little while later it was dead, so that just shows what cold does to your batteries.

I never looked, but I bet someone makes some kind of little heated bag that could be used to store batteries in cold weather. Or a cheaper way would be to buy them hand warmer pouches, put one in your pocket along with your batteries, as long as it doesn't get too hot and damages your batteries. Or you could get a pair of heated gloves or mittens and keep your batteries in them with your hands if there is room.

However you do it, just remember to keep your batteries warm, so they don't die on you when you most need them. If your batteries are a few years old, then they will die even quicker in cold weather, so it's even more important to keep them warm.

So don't let some cold weather stop you from taking some great wildlife photography, get out there and enjoy nature, get some fresh air, and some great exercise, and of course some great wildlife photos!!