Plan Your Shoot
This may seem obvious, but often gets missed. Aerial photography is highly dependent on weather, which means it requires forethought in planning where and when you shoot.
Cold weather especially affects the batteries and severely reduces fly times. It is actually very dangerous to take off with cold batteries because they become unpredictable, potentially even preventing a departure. I will often place them under my jacket, directly against my skin, to warm them up enough. After that, the flow of energy will normally warm the flight pack up enough to sustain flight.
My personal motto is “train how you operate and operate how you train”. It means flying in the exact configuration that I plan to fly on the assignment because you really never know what can happen. Ordering equipment can have long lead times. Power resources may be hard to find and batteries may drain sooner than you expect due to the effects of temperature and altitude. So whether you’re shooting in your backyard, another city, or another country, plan, train and design the shoot in advance.
If you’ve never flown a drone before, pick a wide open space and practice. The DJI Phantom 4 is the perfect beginner model and only costs around $1399.