Tips for flying your drone over a property in cold weather
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In this post, we’ll look at some key tips for flying your drone over a property in cold weather. Aerial filming and photography in cold weather is more challenging than in warmer, more optimal conditions. One consequence is shorter flight times as standard drone batteries tend to slow down in the cold, resulting in drops in power and actual time in the air. Very cold conditions can also impact on the sensitivity of the drone’s sensors. And rain is a no-no – if it starts to rain, land and dry off your drone as soon as possible as rain can damage the drone and the footage.
If you’re flying your drone in a very cold area, it’s a good idea to start by checking the manual before you take flight to ensure your drone is capable of handling a harsher-than-usual environment. And, it goes without saying that you should ensure your batteries are fully charged before takeoff.
Practical tips for flying a drone when it’s chilly
1. Plan ahead
Because cold weather puts a strain on the drone’s batteries and operating power, try to avoid long flights. Make time to write down a list of must-have aerial shots for the property you’re filming so that you know exactly what you want before your drone takes flight.
2. Be as hands-free as possible
Cold weather tends to mean warmer clothes and, if it’s particularly chilly, you’re probably going to need to wear a hat, scarf, and gloves to avoid freezing when you’re out filming with your drone. When it comes to gloves, choose wisely – you want to be able to handle your drone properly so think about touch screen gloves that allow you to access your device easily, ensuring a much smooth flight and better shots.
3. Keep those batteries warm and dry
To ensure your drone’s batteries operate optimally, it’s important to keep them warm and protected from elements such as wind and rain. Warm and store them properly (for example, in the car instead of just in the boot) and this should help extend their lifespan.
4. Take a moment
Before you take to the skies and start shooting those impressive property shots, let the drone hover for a few minutes, allowing it to warm up. Check the battery temperature (using the app or controller), aiming for at least 15 degrees Celsius. This also gives you a chance to make sure the drone is stable and flying as it should.
5. Keep it smooth
To conserve power and get the best shots, work to operate your drone with smooth, gentle movements. And remember that since the air tends to be denser in the cold, your drone will probably be more responsive than usual.
6. Pack some extra power
Avoid completely draining your batteries in an attempt to max out your flight time. Rather, go to 40% and then bring the drone back and recharge with new batteries to avoid any unnecessary risks. And don’t forget to bring along a mobile charger for the mobile device on your controller, especially if you’re streaming live video as that can take a fair chunk of your power base.
7. Adjust for the perfect shot
Winter and snow can make for a stunning background for drone photography and filming. However, to get the best shot, you might need to adjust your standard camera settings for increased exposure, while taking into account elements such as shutter speed and light levels.
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