Don't Forget the Spare Battery for that Camera

Enthusiast photographer Jim Gilliland had an opportunity to photograph Keith Urban in concert. Off to the event he went with a single battery for his Olympus OM-D E-M5. I'll let Jim tell the story from here.

jim-gilliland-om-d.jpg Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the 45 mm f/1.8 lens. "I was shooting at ISO 800 at F4.5 and 1/160 sec. with no EV." Photo by Jim Gilliland.

We went to the Keith Urban concert last night here in Nashville. For the first time, I took my OM-D with me.

Our seats were not real close to the stage but had a great view. I had packed the camera with the 45mm 1.8 lens. I shot most of the concert at ISO 800 and was able to keep the shutter set between 1/100 and 1/160 and f/stop between 1.8 and 4.5.

I was amazed at the quality of some of the photos and fired off a lot of frames, in fact too many. At the 1 hour and 45 minute mark, the battery was dead and I had not brought a spare.

The real bad news was... about the time the battery died, one of Keith's managers came up and asked us if we would move back 2 rows so they could quickly set up a small stage. Yes, here I was with a dead battery, and Keith Urban shows up right in front of us. All I had was my iPhone.

You'll never again catch me without a spare battery.

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