Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones By Eric Cheng

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Drones have exploded in popularity worldwide because of the unprecedented ease of using them to get cameras in the air. Eric Cheng's new book, Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones, is a timely educational resource, a beginner-to-intermediate level field guide for learning how to capture still photos and videos from the air using consumer drones (quadcopters / multirotors).

The book covers recommended equipment, pilot training, tips for how to be successful when shooting both aerial stills and video, and the regulatory environment in the United States. The content is generic enough for learning how to shoot with any consumer drone with a mounted camera, but focuses on mainstream manufactured products from established companies and does not go into detail about how to build drones from scratch. Most of the discussions feature the DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter as the primary sample drone, as well as drones that carry GoPro HERO action cameras.

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Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones By Eric Cheng

Inexpensive consumer drones that offer ease of flight and high-quality photography and videography have exploded on the market recently, creating what can only be described as drone mania amongst a diverse range of potential users. Because camera-carrying drones still really only exist on the edge between hobby and the mainstream, there is still a lot of confusion about what these small drones are capable of doing. The decision to purchase one is just the first in a long stream of things a new owner must think about.

Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones is designed to help you make the most of the opportunities these nimble, affordable, and accessible flying machines have created for aerial photography and videography. Within this definitive guide, you’ll learn about the following:

• the current state of camera drone equipment
• how to become a competent drone operator
• tips for getting the best aerial still images and videos
• stories from aerial photographers and videographers from around the world
• the current regulatory state for drone usage in the U.S.
• techniques demonstrated in several videos you can download from, along with pre-flight checklists and worksheets for flight training.

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.

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