Commercial Photographer Takes to the Skies to Follow His Passion for Aerial Photography

Niaz Uddin Aerial Photography

“Laguna Beach”

Photographer Niaz Uddin first fell in love with aerial photography when he realized that the high altitude images, captured with a distinct perspective, helped separate him from the saturated photography market. His love for the sky was a perfect match with the genre and he soon found himself hanging out of helicopters to shoot the perfect photo.

Now, two years later, Uddin has moved toward drone photography, giving him the freedom to capture the world from a unique angle. “Drones are really fascinating pieces of equipment that can do incredible things,” Uddin tells My Modern Met via email. “Using Google Earth you can find incredible places and fly the drone directly to that location, resulting in stunning photos that no one has ever taken before. This technology really pushes the limit of the human imagination.”

Especially inspired by color, his vibrant aerial photographs pop with candy color hues that give a surreal touch to his work. It's a purposeful choice by Uddin, who sees color as a reflection of his own thoughts.  “I believe if we make life more colorful and exciting, we can inspire others to be better versions of themselves. My main goal is to inspire people with color because their potential inspires me. I’m hoping my photography will help change the perspective of those that encounter it in a positive way.”

And while the Los Angeles-based photographer has covered much of the West Coast, he has a dream project in mind that would take him somewhere much more remote—Antarctica. “I have been deeply in love with Antarctica for some time now. My vision is to capture a team of ballet dancers dancing in the south pole using the drone. I think it would be extraordinary, and different than something anyone has ever done before.”

Uddin has limited prints of his work and a set of Lightroom Presets for sale on his website.

Photographer Niaz Uddin began working with aerial photography in 2015, which allows him to capture unique perspectives of the world.

Niaz Uddin Aerial Photography

“Santa Monica”

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“Grand Teton”

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Niaz Uddin Aerial Photography


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“Grand Teton National Park”

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“Palouse Falls”

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“Prismatic Spring”

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“Summer Weekend”

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“Tree Magic”

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“Lonely Winter Road”

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“Lost in a Forest”

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“Pacific Northwest”

Niaz Uddin Aerial Photography

“Manhattan Beach”

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Niaz Uddin.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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