Batteries can sometimes be the bane of a photographer’s existence. If you do not invest in high quality rechargeable ones, you may be in for a heap of trouble and expense. Rechargeable AA batteries usually have a life span of about 2 years after which you will need to buy new sets. Camera batteries, while rechargeable, also have a life span. You will know when to retire them when they only hold a charge for short time. For AA batteries (mostly used in your flash units) I recommend Duracell 2650 mAh. They have the most power and longevety. I buy 4 packs and keep them together by labeling each 4 pack with it’s own number. One set will all be numbered 09A, a second set will be number 09B, etc. I usually carry 4 sets and have another 4 sets in my bag. I can shoot an entire reception only using 2 sets, but it is a good idea to have plenty of backups for me and my assistants (even thought they should bring their own.)
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When shooting an event or a wedding there are always the obligatory formal group photos that need to be taken. While not the most exciting shots they need to be taken and need to be done quickly and well. This is one of the few times at an event I will put my camera to Manual mode. I take an average reading to get the correct exposure once and then leave it on that setting for all the shots. The reason for this: you may get the majority of the group in one shot wearing all light colors so your meter will under expose the entire photo and then in the next everyone is in black in which case your camera will over expose everything. Get a good reading and then just stick with it. Here is where the post production workflow comes in. When you edit these photos you only have to correct one and then you can sync all the rest in PhotoShop or LightRoom (or whichever RAW processing software you are using.) This will help make these photos quick and painless.