Photoshelter Luminance talk about Lytro light field cameras

Eric Cheng speaks at Luminance 2012 from on Vimeo.

In September, I went to New York to give a talk at [Luminance](, a fantastic event organized by Photoshelter to celebrate and explore the intersection of business, technology, culture and photography. The talks were almost all really interesting, and the discussions that happened in the break area between the talks were equally as interesting. I hope Photoshelter puts on another event next year. If you're interested, please [let them know](!

Also, Photoshelter is running a [Lytro camera giveaway]( through the end of November. All you have to do is [sign up for their newsletter]( to be in the running to receive an 8GB Graphite Lytro camera.

Exposure: A Weekend of Workshops

I will be on a panel about the future of photography at the Center of Photography Art in Carmel, California, at 10am on Sunday, November 4, 2012. More information at [Exposure: A Weekend of Workshops](, or [on the flyer](/journal/wp-content/uploads/EW-post-card-flyer.pdf). Hope to see you there!

Eric Cheng's Top 10 Underwater Photography Tips

Here are the slides from the 90-minute seminar I gave at [Monterey Shootout 2011]( I always create slides without many words, preferring to talk through the points spontaneously, but it may be useful to some folks out there. When I have more time, I'll come back and add captions with notes about each of the points (and why I included specific pictures and videos).

On a side note, I have discovered that the photo and video player over at Google+ is excellent as a slideshow player on the web (as long as you do not require intra-slide interactivity).[^1] I can mix still images / video and re-order slides, and the blacked-out "theater" (to steal the Facebook word for it) is pleasing and promotes real-time interaction.

[^1]: Note that I do not really use Google+, yet, so if you interact with me in that social environment, I may not respond. I'm in evaluation mode. I have tried to import my connections via the various methods out there, and Google+ seems to fail constantly when I do anything in batch (e.g., add more than 10 people to a circle at once).


Monterey Underwater Film Festival 2011

The Monterey Underwater Film Festival audience at the Golden State Theater. I took this picture as an opener to my presentation.
The Monterey Underwater Film Festival audience at the Golden State Theater. I took this picture as an opener to my presentation.
Tonight, I spoke at the Monterey Underwater Film Festival, along with Berkley White, [Chuck Davis](, [Stephen Frink]( and [Rick Rosenthal]( The film festival, which was attended by approximately 725 enthusiastic audience members, took place at the [Golden State Theater]( and was put on by [NCUPS]( and [Backscatter]( as part of the [Monterey Shootout]( 2011.

The audience was incredible—very "live" and reactive! There was great energy in the air, which always makes an event a lot of fun to be a part of. I was honored to present alongside underwater-imaging pioneers who have decades of experience.

Speakers: Rick Rosenthal, Chuck Davis, Berkley White, Eric Cheng and Stephen Frink. Monterey Underwater Film Festival, September 10, 2011.
Speakers: Rick Rosenthal, Chuck Davis, Berkley White, Eric Cheng and Stephen Frink. Monterey Underwater Film Festival, September 10, 2011.

Talk: Palo Alto Camera Club on Apr 27, 2011

Underwater housings in Indonesia
I'm giving a talk tomorrow night (Wednesday, April 27, 2011) at the Palo Alto Camera Club about underwater photography. I'll show some of my favorite images and talk about how I captured them. I hope to see you there!

The talk starts at 7:30pm and will be held at the Baylands Nature Center, Palo Alto: [[PACC calendar](] [[talk location](]

I'm speaking in San Jose tomorrow, Jan 17

I'm giving a talk on photography tomorrow, Monday, January 17, 2011 at the monthly [Wildlife Photographers of Silicon Valley]( event. The meeting is at 6:30pm in the back room at [Harry's Hofbrau]( at 390 Saratoga Ave in San Jose, California, and should run for about an hour.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama @ Stanford

I went to see a talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama this morning with Pam, Laurel, and [Howard and Michele Hall](, who flew up yesterday and spent the night. The talk was at Maples Pavilion at Stanford University, which wiki says holds 7392 people, and it was sold out. As is typical for any gathering of thousands of people, there was quite a bit of noise in the auditorium as we awaited the beginning of the event. People were talking to their seat neighbors, talking on the phone, etc. Shortly after 9:30am, a procession of a monks, suits, and the Dalai Lama walked onto the floor of Maples. The entire auditorium immediately went silent, and everyone stood up at the same time. And when I say "immediately," I mean it -- it was probably 5 seconds, at most. I had never experienced anything like it.

October 5, 2010: talk at the Stanford Photography Club

I'm speaking at the [Stanford Photography Club]( at 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 5, 2010. They don't know what room they'll be in yet, but it will be in room 200-105 in the [History Corner (building 200)]( I'll use [Twitter]( to announce the actual room number sometime before the talk. If you're going to come, I'd recommend parking at the oval. Since it's a general audience, I'm going to open with a little summary of how we do underwater photography, followed by a talk on sharks and finally, the 20-minute TEDx talk on flashlight fish and sperm whales.

Underwater photography talk at Sierra Club San Diego, June 17, 2010

[Adam Lau]( and I will be [speaking at the San Diego Sierra Club's Photo Section]( this coming June 17th at 7pm. The talk will last between 60-90 minutes, with 30 minutes allocated for Q&A. Adam will be talking about our time on campaign with Sea Shepherd in Antarctica, and I will be showing pretty underwater pictures. I'll probably do the same talk I gave at TEDx (on sperm whales and flashlight fish), plus about 20 minutes on sharks. The San Diego Sierra Club's Photo Section website is here:

**Meeting Location:** Wesley Palms 2404 Loring Street Pacific Beach 92109 (858) 581-8423

Eric Cheng's TEDxBerkeley 2010 talk: The Ocean is Earth's Last Frontier

Here's the archive official video from my talk at [TEDxBerkeley 2010](, which was about bioluminescent flashlight fish in Papua New Guinea and sperm whales and *Architeuthis dux* giant squid in Ogasawara, Japan and Dominica. To head off any confusion, the first Asian guy to appear is not me... and the crack about emotion and suffering only makes sense if you watch the entire TEDxBerkeley talk from the beginning. :)

I'd like to thank [Jessica Mah](, [Kai Chang](, and all of the other organizers of TEDxBerkeley for doing a fantastic job of putting together such an incredible event. I was truly inspired by all of the other speakers and my heart was warmed by those of you in the audience who came up to meet me afterward to tell me your stories about the ocean.

There is a full [archive]( of the event online, but you might find [the clips]( easier to browse. I assume the TEDxBerkeley team will create clips for all of the talks, but you might have to wait until they catch up on sleep.

Special thanks to Vino Wong and Courtney Platt for allowing the use of their photography.

**UPDATE**: Mona's [photos from TedXBerkeley]( are now up on Flickr!