1. DO A LITTLE RESEARCH AND BOOK YOUR TRIP WITH THE RIGHT COMPANY
Not every helicopter company out there will fulfill your expectations in terms of portraying the experience. Some of them will be too short, not at the right time of the day for optimum light (of course around sunrise and sunset times your chances of walking home with great pictures increase a lot!), too crowded or the destinations won’t be interesting enough to you. In any case, checking them out beforehand will go a long way and disappointment can be avoided.
Finally, if you are the only photographer on board or the flight will be full of them, communicate with the pilot what you aim to shoot for the best aerial photography results. Your headset should allow you to do so during the flight as well but it is better to know everyone is on the same page before taking off.
2. MAKE SURE THE DOORS CAN COME OFF
If that’s what you want. Pay attention to the safety harness and seatbelt that will keep you attached to the helicopter and remember to stay inside. Your photos and films will be significantly better and sharper if removable doors are available.
Picturing the world through a glass window is not great as flares and reflections could easily ruin it.
In any case, if the doors cannot come off, try to sit near a small actionable window if there are any.
It might be also a great idea to bring a polarizer filter – to bring colors and skies to life – with you and dressing in dark clothes to try to keep those window reflections to a minimum.