Eric Cheng is an award-winning photographer, technologist, drone expert, and author.

Throughout his career, Eric has straddled passions for photography, entrepreneurship, technology and communication. His work as a photographer has been featured at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum and in many media outlets including Wired, Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Make, ABC, Good Morning America, CBS, CNN and others. His video work has been shown on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, and on virtually every news network around the world. He leads regular photography expeditions and workshops around the world, and has given seminars and lectures internationally at events including TEDx, e.g., the Churchill Club, DEFCON, NASA UTM, Photoshelter Luminance, Photographers@Google, CES, SXSW, AsiaD, Creative Mornings,’s Live Show, DEMA, and others.

Caught between technical and creative pursuits, Eric holds bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from Stanford University, where he also studied classical cello performance. He publishes, the leading underwater-photography community on the web, and writes about his aerial-imaging pursuits at In previous careers, Eric was Director of Aerial Imaging at DJI / General Manager of DJI's SF Bay Area office and Director of Photography at Lytro.

Eric is on the advisory board of U.S. Association of Unmanned Aerial Videographers (UAVUS), Drone World Expo (DWE), and UAViators Humanitarian UAV Network, and is a mentor at Startupbootcamp. Eric is also a Field Associate with the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California. 

In October 2015, Peachpit published Eric's first book, Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones. Eric’s photography can be found at

Eric lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Pam, and baby son, Mako. 

More: Eric talks about his philosophies of life over at a Huffington Post interview entitled, An Explorer's Lessons On Happiness, Photography, And Greeting Whales.

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Eric can also be found online at the following locations:

Eric Cheng Photography