Meet the French photographer Cédric Houmadi, who magnifies luxury hotels through aerial photography and finds inspiration in his travels
It’s through my travels that I find my inspiration. Discovering other cultures, meeting new people is very enriching humanly and artistically.
My hobby for photography took an increasingly important place in my life, when I started working for hotel chains. This passion has become real work over the years.
It was during my trip to Hong-Kong that I tried a drone. For several years, I’ve been traveling the world with a friend (he’s a photographer too) who owns a drone. It was when I saw his pictures that I thought it was the time to take a step.
The Lebanese photographer Bachir Moukarzel talks about his inspiration in aerial photography and shares his work on the Dubai lockdown
Bachir Moukarzel, born and raised in Lebanon. I moved to Dubai in 2002 where I finished my studies at the “American University in Dubai”.
I’ve been working at Rotana hotels in Dubai for the past 10 years as a Director of finance.
I’ve started my journey in aerial photography in 2014, I took pictures in Dubai, documenting all the urban places which were a desert when I first moved to UAE.
My picture, “Concrete Jungle” won an award in Dronestagram and national geographic in 2017. “Whale Sharks”, another picture taken in the Philippines, won an award in Sienna, Italy in 2018. Last but not least, my picture “Nomads” also won an award in Sienna in 2019.
I’ve got featured in many books around the world, such as “Masters of drone photography” and “Eyes of the world”. I was interviewed by many middle eastern magazines and news-papers. I also got interviewed on Dubai TV and Al Arabiya.
My last project “The lockdown-Dubai” went viral on social media and got featured on CNN, Al Arabiya, BBC, and many other worldwide TV stations.
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Why use your drone to scout out great aerial shots when you can use satellite imagery of the entire the world? That’s the winning strategy of artists J.P. and Mike Andrews, two U.K.-born brothers known for their incredible abstract aerial images. They’re some of the world’s best drone photographers, but they spend way more time researching potential drone photography locations online than they do flying drones, with amazing results.
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Stunning drone images by Abstract Aerial Art Images by J.P. and Mike Andrews
I flew my drone high above the huge flocks of lesser flamingos (Phoeniconaias minor) at the muddy banks of Lake Bogoria (Kenya), where they find their favourite food, cyanobacteria of the spirulina genus, in the alkaline water of the lake. Because of the dry season, minerals and salts from the volcanic subsoil are highly concentrated, creating an explosion of rich colours that is visible from the air. The pink colour of the flamingos perfectly complemented the colour range of the great artist Mother Earth.
DJI Inspire 2 + Zenmuse X5s, Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 2.0/12mm(24mm), ISO 100
The Society of German Nature Photographers (GDT) presents the award-winning images of the competition ‘European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018’ – Cristobal Serrano from Spain is this year’s overall winner with an aerial photograph of lesser flamingos at Lake Bogoria.
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Drone photography is an amazing niche that’s worth exploring, especially if you want to take your photography to new heights—literally and figuratively. From your first flight to shooting something original, pro droner Petra Leary shares her tips for sensational shots from the sky.
Learn the basics of photography first. Before you even take to the air, set the camera to shoot manual and RAW. Sure, you can pull your drone right out the box and get a great image, but learning how shutter speeds work with aperture and ISO is key to developing your style and improving your photography.
Height isn’t everything. Although super high drone shots might have the ‘wow’ factor, sometimes you need to think about what you are trying to capture. Does your framing require everything you can see or do you get a more effective shot by framing just the necessary elements?
Like in every type of photography, lighting is key. Learn about how the effects of the sun at different times of day effect your shot, as well as how shadows and objects change with light. My favorite times of day to shoot are during the first 2 -3 hours of sunlight and again during the last couple of hours before sunset.