I'm still fairly new to filmmaking and would love to hear other DP's process in preparing for a shoot.
Do you like to storyboard?
Do you do any camera tests?
How do you decide certain equipment like cameras or lenses?
How does a director influence your decisions?
Anything along those lines. It can be any kind of shoot. Feature, short film, commercial, etc.
From my experience in still photography, I always like to visit the location, take location shots, and while there, determine the logistics of transporting equipment, power, etc.
As for moving pictures, which I tend to only do 'short films', I do make overhead drawings, especially if the location is 'tight', like a house/apartment.
As for drawing... hey that's why I took up photography... I've not found a 'cheap' as in 'free' storyboarding piece of software that works well... ok, there was one about 5-6 years ago, which had a 'free' version and a 'pay' version, and a set of models for sale... but the company that produced was bought out, and entire product was taken off the market... but I digress... and needless to say I don't have the bux to spend on something like Frame Forge, which does have some simple animatics capability...
Camera tests come into play when there is a location that has some 'issue' such as 'low light', or big sun no shade... Since I own my camera, I can test most of the time, so it is only when some unusual situation, or someone has a camera that I don't have any experience with, like recently someone in the group I'm a member of, bought a Canon C100.