Eric Cheng (born 1975) is a Taiwanese American entrepreneur, professional photographer, and Emmy-nominated executive producer specializing in  virtual reality, underwater photography, and aerial imaging. He is Head of Immersive Media at Facebook Reality Labs.
Eric frequently gives talks about drones, photography, marine ecosystems, and technology, and has spoken internationally at events including: TEDxBerkeley,
the Churchill Club,   LeWeb, Photoshelter Luminance,   CES, and SXSW and others.
In 2016, Eric appeared in the Australian television series
, Tales by Light which is available on  Netflix for international distribution.
On February 3, 2015, Eric piloted a DJI Inspire 1
drone into the Holuhraun volcano eruption in the Bárðarbunga volcanic system in Iceland, broadcasting live for ABC's Good Morning America.
Wetpixel, an underwater photography community website, and is active as a marine conservationist. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Shark Savers (a Program of WildAid), and on the Board of Advisors of  Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He was head photographer for  , Sea Shepherd's campaign against the Japanese whaling fleet in Antarctica in late 2008 / early 2009, which was also documented by Operation Musashi Animal Planet for Whale Wars Season 2.
Aside from lecturing and writing about photography, he is a concert cellist and software engineer. Eric has been seen on stage with
Vienna Teng in San Francisco, San Jose, Houston, and New York.
Previously, Eric was Director of Aerial Imaging at
DJI and Director of Photography at Lytro.
Eric was born in 1975 in Madison, Wisconsin, to immigrant parents from
Taiwan. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from  Stanford University.
The Next Eco-Warriors: Eco-Warrior Profile: Eric Cheng. Retrieved June. 18, 2009.
Nature's Best Photography Awards Winners. (Fall, 2005). Nature's Best Magazine.
Sea & Sea Underwater Photography. Sea&Sea DEMA 2004 Seminar Schedule. Retrieved May. 9, 2006.
Interview, DiveFilm Episode 25. (2006). DiveFilm. Notes
"Nominees/Winners | Television Academy". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences . Retrieved . July 29, 2020
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"Consumer Drones: The View from Above". 2015 . Retrieved . 2015-02-07
"LeWeb Speakers Eric Cheng". 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-02-08 . Retrieved . 2015-02-07
"Luminance Speakers Eric Cheng". 2015 . Retrieved . 2015-02-07
"SXSW Light Field: Turning Light into Living Pictures". 2015 . Retrieved . 2015-02-07
Zhang, Michael (18 March 2015). "Tales by Light: Canon and National Geographic Join Forces for Six Part TV Series". PetaPixel . Retrieved . 15 November 2016
"GMA Goes Inside a Volcano With a Drone". 2015 . Retrieved . 2015-02-07
"Shark Savers Announces New Board Members". 2015 . Retrieved . 2015-02-07
"Board of Advisors - Sea Shepherd". 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-07-06 . Retrieved . 2009-06-18
"Photos - Sea Shepherd". 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-06-07 . Retrieved . 2009-06-18
"Fast Company Light-Field Camera Tutorial from Lytro Director of Photographer Eric Cheng". 2015 . Retrieved . 2015-02-07
"Interview with Eric Cheng".
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TEDxBerkeley talk about flashlight fish, sperm whales and giant squid video