Drone photography has been taking off (pun intended) the past few years, revolutionising photography as we know it. With companies such as DJI Innovations and Hubsan making drones available to the masses, more and more photographers have been experimenting with aerial photography, producing quality images from a bird’s eye view.

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The Central Business District looks even more mesmerising when photographed from a drone. (Image credit: Lee Yik Keat)

We caught up with two local photographers, Lee Yik Keat and Sayyid Fadhil, who are known for using drones for their photography and sharing them on Instagram.

Lee specialises in taking photos right here in the lion city, showcasing his unique perspectives and angles that result in beautiful images. He bought his DJI Phantom 4 in September last year and loves how photographing using a drone gets him an angle that is elevated — an exclusive view no one can capture except his flying device.

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Everyday structures, like this basketball court, may surprise you when you look at them from above. (Image credit: Lee Yik Keat)

“You get such unparalleled results, and it never fails to surprise me when ordinary structures people always take for granted look surprisingly breathtaking from above,” said Lee.

Fadhil, on the other hand, started dabbling in drone photography early this year. It was an accidental discovery on a wedding photography assignment, where he had to borrow a friend’s drone for unique aerial shots. He then decided to buy his own DJI Mavic Pro, and his interest started from there. Fadhil now takes beautiful photos while travelling, capturing all-encompassing landscape views of his destinations.

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Road to Lake Wanaka in New Zealand from above. (Image credit: Sayyid Fadhil)

“I love seeing things from a bird’s eye view. I’ve never climbed a mountain or skyscraper only to be disappointed by a view, as it’s always best from above,” he said. “With drone photography, I hope to capture those exact moments.”

If you’re looking to get into drone photography, here are 6 must-know tips from both photographers on making the most of your device to capture beautiful images.

Fly high 

When shooting with a drone, it’s best to fly it higher up — as the wide angle of the camera will create shots with more things in the frame. The further up you are, the more things your camera picks up. The result? Beautiful panoramic shots that you just can’t get with an ordinary DSLR.

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An aerial view of the popular Bondi Icebergs Pool. (Image credit: Sayyid Fadhil)

Natural lighting  

Every photographer knows that natural lighting is your best friend. Especially with drones, where you have only the sunlight to rely on. Always go on a clear sunny day to shoot.

Updated Firmware 

To minimise flying errors, make sure the firmware on your devices is up to date before going out to shoot. There’s no worse feeling than to witness a picture-perfect moment and not be able to capture it.

Extra footage

Here’s a tip: Always shoot more than you need, so you’ll have more shots to choose from. If you are recording a video with your drone, don’t forget to press the button even when it’s taking off or landing. The additional footage might help piece your clips together during the post-production process.

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One of Lee’s favourite photos is a top down shot of Gardens By The Bay, which resembled a tapestry from above. (Image credit: Lee Yik Keat)

Research

When taking travel photos, use Google Earth to research on potential places you can shoot. To avoid a wasted trip, research plays an important role — especially when shooting with a drone.

An aerial view of an expressway in Singapore.

Regulations 

Make sure you check out the regulations of the area or city you are in, as you need to get a permit to fly an unmanned aircraft.

(Main image credit: Sayyid Fadhil) 

Dewi Nurjuwita
Senior Writer
Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.