Derrick Story

Derrick Story

Writer, Teacher, Photographer

  • @Derrick_Story

Areas of Expertise:

  • digital photography
  • Aperture
  • iPhoto
  • Photoshop
  • Lightroom
  • speaking
  • training

Derrick Story has more than 25 years as a photojournalist, including serving as managing editor for O'Reilly Network. He speaks at technology conferences including Macworld, PMA, PhotoPlus, and Santa Fe Workshops. He is the author of Digital Photography Hacks, Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 3rd Ed., The Digital Photography Companion, and his latest, The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers. He coauthored iPhoto: The Missing Manual with David Pogue.

Derrick likes to keep his shooting skills sharp by running his photography business, Story Photography. You can listen to his photo podcasts and read his tips at The Digital Story ( and follow him on Twitter. Aperture fans might want to check out his co-authored video training on Aperture 2 Essential Training.

The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers
by Derrick Story
October 2008
Print: $24.99
Ebook: $19.99

The Digital Photography Companion The Digital Photography Companion
by Derrick Story
March 2008
Print: $24.99
Ebook: $19.99

iPhoto '08: The Missing Manual iPhoto '08: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue , Derrick Story
January 2008
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue , Derrick Story
Fifth Edition March 2006
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

Digital Photography Pocket Guide Digital Photography Pocket Guide
by Derrick Story
Third Edition August 2005
Print: $14.95
Ebook: $11.99

iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue , Derrick Story
Fourth Edition March 2005
Print: $29.95

PowerBook Fan Book PowerBook Fan Book
by Derrick Story
November 2004
Print: $14.95

iBook Fan Book iBook Fan Book
by Derrick Story
November 2004
Print: $14.95

Digital Photography Hacks Digital Photography Hacks
by Derrick Story
May 2004
Print: $29.95

iPhoto 4: The Missing Manual iPhoto 4: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue , Derrick Story
Third Edition April 2004

Digital Media Collection Digital Media Collection
by Derrick Story , J.D. Biersdorfer
January 2004
Ebook: $5.95

Digital Photography Pocket Guide Digital Photography Pocket Guide
by Derrick Story
Second Edition November 2003

Digital Video Pocket Guide Digital Video Pocket Guide
by Derrick Story
July 2003
Print: $14.95
Ebook: $11.99

iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue , Joseph Schorr , Derrick Story
Second Edition May 2003

Digital Photography Pocket Guide Digital Photography Pocket Guide
by Derrick Story
November 2002

iPhoto:  The Missing Manual iPhoto: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue , Joseph Schorr , Derrick Story
July 2002

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Canon Teases New Product

April 22 2014

Canon Hong Kong is teasing a new product launch for April 24 on its Facebook page. read more

"An RX200?, Nimble 4x5 Format, Flickr 3" - Photo Podcast 424

April 22 2014

This week on The Digital Story photography podcast: Sony RX 200 in the Works?; an Ultra-Nimble 4x5 Camera; Loom and Doom; and Flickr 3.0 for iOS is Solid - All of this and more on today's show with Derrick Story - read more

Classic BW Portraiture with Aperture and Silver Efex Pro 2

April 21 2014

Even in the digital age, you can create B&W portraiture with a classic film grain and tonality. Thanks to inspiration by photographer Gary Tyson, I've added a new workflow for these types of images using Aperture 3 and Silver Efex Pro 2. Here's how - read more

The New Mobile Flickr (again!)

April 20 2014

This time Yahoo got it right. Flickr 3.0 for iOS is an app of beauty. Here's more about it - read more

Loom Woven into Dropbox

April 18 2014

After the unraveling of Everpix, many of us turned to Loom for backing up and sharing our mobile photos. We learned yesterday that the thread-bare startup will now be woven into Carousel by Dropbox. Here's more about it - read more

Is Your Aperture Library Ready for a Spring Cleaning?

April 17 2014

It's that time of year when we look at our cluttered closets and think that it might be time to get our house in order. Well, the same could be said for our photo libraries. Here's how to tidy up Aperture - read more

Photographers on the Go - 2 New Gear Fit Kits

April 16 2014

I've just published two new gear fit kits over at The Nimble Photographer. Here's what's inside - read more

Olympus E-M10 Plus 75mm Equals Great Sports Shots

April 15 2014

The Warriors had a lot on the line for their last regular season home game. They wanted to reach 50 wins and lock up the 6th seed in the Western Conference playoffs. This seemed like a perfect game to test the Olympus OM-D E-M10 with the Olympus 75mm f1.8 lens.… read more

"Lightroom Mobile and More, Fujifilm X-T1, Carousel" - Digital Photography Podcast 423

April 15 2014

This week on The Digital Story photography podcast: Lightroom's Monster Update; Fujifilm X-T1 Review; and Carousel by Dropbox - All of this and more on today's show with Derrick Story - read more

Never Lose Another Lens Cap? HACKxTACK

April 14 2014

Here's how to never lose another lens cap - read more

Mid Day Sweet Light with Infrared Photograhy

April 13 2014

You can't always shoot in perfect light. But if you have a camera that captures infrared, any time of day is good. I carry my Fujifilm X20 set in RAW+JPEG, with the B&W Film Simulation mode enabled. When I attach the Hoya R72 filter (to assist with IR capture), the… read more

Carousel by Dropbox for iPhone and iPhoto Backup

April 11 2014

The announcement of Carousel by Dropbox presents a new and interesting option for managing your photo library with a Mac and iOS devices. If you're already a Dropbox user, this additional functionality is intriguing - read more

Smartphone Product Photography with Foldio Portable Studio

April 09 2014

We take a lot of pictures with our smartphones. But product photography? Yes you can, and I'll prove it. Here's a look at Foldio, the portable studio for product photography - read more

There's More to Lightroom 5pt4 than Mobile Sync

April 08 2014

Lightroom 5.4 is required to sync with Mobile Lightroom on the iPad. But there's a lot more to this release than that. Here's a closer look - read more

"ISO Wars, Eye-Fi Receiver, Pro Roller Winner" - Photography Podcast 422

April 08 2014

This week on The Digital Story photography podcast: ISO Wars; Microsoft Makes the iPad; Lowepro Pro Roller x200 Winner; Eye-Fi Mobi goes desktop with Receiver; and Upcoming speaking engagements - All of this and more on today's show with Derrick Story - read more

Lightroom Mobile for iPad

April 08 2014

Lightroom is now available for the iPad. You can download the app from the iTunes Store for free, upgrade your existing desktop version of Lightroom to 5.4, then share Collections across devices... for 30 days. After that, you'll need a Creative Cloud account to maintain functionality. Here's more about it… read more

Eye-Fi Mobi Desktop Receiver Adds New Possibilities

April 06 2014

The Eye-Fi Mobi is already one of my favorite WiFi-enabled memory cards. With the recent addition of Desktop Receiver, it's become even more interesting. Here's more about it - read more

My B&W Workflow with the Fujifilm X-20 and Aperture 3

April 04 2014

I carry my Fujifilm X20 compact in my camera bag, set to RAW+Jpeg with the Film Simulation mode on B&W with yellow filter. Here's why - read more

My Verdict on the Olympus 14-42mm EZ Pancake Zoom

April 03 2014

Very few lenses give us everything we want. And the clever Olympus 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ zoom ($349) is no exception. Here's my review - read more

"Smartphone" - TDS Photo Assignment 95

April 02 2014

For the Feb. 2014 Photo Assignment, TDS shooters used the camera that's "always with you." See for yourself in our gallery, Smartphone. And which one will be the SizzlPix Photo Assignment Pick of the Month? TDS photographer David Blanchard captured this image of "the big hand" in Santa Rosa while… read more

"How Memory Cards Work, Frankenpod, 10000 dpi Scanner" - Photo Podcast 421

April 01 2014

This week on The Digital Story photography podcast: How Memory Cards Work; FrankenPod: the Joby Ballhead X on the MeFOTO DayTrip Tripod; and the 10000 dpi film scanner - All of this and more on today's show with Derrick Story - read more

Handy Photo for iPad Image Editing

March 31 2014

One of the apps that generated chatter at the recent Macworld/iWorld event was Handy Photo for iOS ($1.99). And for good reason. This image editor is chock-full of powerful tools, is easy to use, and sports an attractive user interface. Here's more about it - read more

Take Your Camera to Dinner

March 28 2014

Part of life on the road is eating alone. One of the ways I make the best of this situation is to take my camera to dinner. Here's why - read more

MeFOTO DayTrip Tripod and SideKick Smartphone Adapter

March 27 2014

Figuring out how to carry a professional quality tripod in my Lowepro Urban Reporter camera bag wasn't an easy trick. That is, until I discovered the MeFoto DayTrip tripod ($119). Here's a closer look - read more

Love Leica? Shoot Micro Four Thirds

March 26 2014

If you love Leica glass, then consider shooting with a micro four thirds camera. Why? By doing so, you can enjoy the brand and quality without tanking your credit card. Here are a few examples - read more

"Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review, New Leica Glass, Big Prints" - Photo Podcast 420

March 25 2014

This week on The Digital Story photography podcast: The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Camera Review, new Leica 15mm f/1.7 lens for Micro Four Thirds, and Big B&W - All of this and more on today's show with Derrick Story. read more

PetaPixel Reports Rumor of Sony Medium Format Camera

March 25 2014

I just read this juicy rumor on PetaPixel that was to tasty to pass up. They are reporting that Sony Has a 'Completely Different' Medium Format Camera in the Works (One of their sources was SonyAlphaRumors.). "Does that mean we'll be seeing an RX style fixed lens MF camera? Maybe… read more

Using Mirrorless for Pro Event Photography

March 23 2014

You can use mirrorless cameras for professional event coverage. Here's how I'm using Micro Four Thirds cameras for my current assignment. Here's more about it - read more

A Spate of Excellent Photo Apps for the iPhone

April 02 2009

Photography on the iPhone can be more than just snapping 2-megapixel pictures. You can also process and transfer the images from the same device that you used to record. For this to work reasonable well, you need a basic... read more

Things You Need to Know about iPhoto '09

March 19 2009

iPhoto '09 appears simple on the surface. But there are sophisticated brains clicking away beneath that pretty face. I've discovered lots of things that I think you should know about iPhoto '09, and I'll show you as many as I can. read more

Networked Printers and Speakers with AirPort WiFi

January 14 2009

The current AirPort base station combined with iTunes, Apple TV, the iPhone, a handful of printers, and powered speakers have enabled me to configure an "upstairs/downstairs" network complete with printing and remote-controlled music streaming. Here's an overview. read more

A Closer Look at iPhoto '09

January 07 2009

The Macworld keynote today focused on three basic new products: iLife '09, iWork '09, and an updated MacBook Pro 17". Within the iLife suite resides the new iPhoto. It has some refreshing technologies, such as Faces and Places, and has added a new twist or two to the Adjust panel.… read more

O'Reilly Media Events at Macworld SF 09

January 03 2009

We've put together a killer line-up of speakers for this year's Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Here's an overview of the things you can do with just an Expo pass. And don't forget that great library of O'Reilly books to browse. read more

The O'Reilly 5-Step Plan for Evaluating Photoshop CS4... For Free

December 11 2008

The number one question I get from photographers about Photoshop CS4 is, "Why should I bother to upgrade?" If you haven't seen the application, it's a totally reasonable query. So, we've put together an introductory package that will show you the highlights (for photographers) in CS4. It's a great plan,… read more

America at Home: Make Yourself a Cover Girl or Boy

December 03 2008

AMERICA AT HOME is extraordinary book created by 100 of the worlds leading photographers and tens of thousands of amateurs over the course of one week. You can create your own custom cover for the book this holiday season. read more

Gifts for Shooters - Suggestions for Your Holiday List

November 25 2008

We all know that shooters are some of the most difficult people to impress with an affordable holiday gift. If they really need it, they already have it. If they don't have it, it's probably too expensive for them -- so that means you can afford it? I think photographers… read more

Inside Lightroom is Coming Back

November 19 2008

Since my post yesterday, Looking for Contributors to Inside Lightroom, I've received a terrific response from our Lightroom community. For starters, two veteran writers, Michael Clark and Brandon Oelling are returning. Both are terrific contributors, and I'll enjoy reading their... read more

Looking for Contributors to Inside Lightroom

November 18 2008

When I first started Inside Lightroom, my plan was to have a staff of knowledgeable, responsible writers who would publish on assigned days. This would provide us with the steady flow of content that ultimately we so liked so much... read more

Deciding to Upgrade (or not) to Photoshop CS4?

October 25 2008

In my Photoshop class yesterday at PhotoPlus Expo in New York, many of the attendees were there to get information for a big decision: whether or not to upgrade to Photoshop CS4. I showed them the entire workflow with CS4 -- from downloading images to finishing off the best of… read more

O'Reilly Has Landed at PhotoPlus Expo

October 23 2008

The O'Reilly crew is in New York, and today is the first day of PhotoPlus Expo. There's lots going on here, both on the Expo floor and in the sessions. If you're in town, make sure you check out the O'Reilly Media Schedule of Events. As for the rest of… read more

O'Reilly Speaking Schedule at PhotoPlus Expo

October 16 2008

O'Reilly Media has big plans for PhotoPlus Expo, October 23-25 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. If you plan on attending the event, please note these terrific talks we have scheduled in the O'Reilly booth, #448, located in the Expo Hall. read more

Free Webinar: Secrets of Digital Night Photography

October 14 2008

Photographs by Harold Davis are distinctive and compelling. Some of my favorite images by him have been captured on the edges of the day. His upcoming webinar, Secrets of Digital Night Photography, will not only give us an opportunity to see more of Harold's work, we'll also get to hear… read more

Photoshop's New Era (at least for me)

October 09 2008

I just loved reading Steve Simon's latest post about the abuses of Photoshop. Switching heads and adding fake moons has irritated me for years. So much so, that I've tried to swear off Photoshop many times. Then I started playing with the beta versions of the upcoming version of Photoshop… read more

Behind the Scenes of the Digital Media Weekly Report

October 07 2008

A few weeks ago, my General Manger, Dan Brodnitz, asked me to create a new feature for our Digital Media site. He showed me a sample video of an online editor chatting about recent topics his site was covering. Dan wanted something like that for O'Reilly Digital Media. "But," he… read more

Photoshop CS4 - Elegant Engineering

September 23 2008

I'm sitting here with the official Reviewer's Guide for Photoshop CS4, and application that has been my constant companion for the last three months. As I'm flipping through the guide, I'm thinking, "Oh, yeah, that's nice. And yes, I like that too." But it doesn't get to the heart of… read more

iPhone Forensics 101 Webcast with Jonathan Zdziarski

September 09 2008

In this free, live webcast, iPhone hacker and data forensics expert Jonathan Zdziarski guides you through the steps used by law enforcement agencies to bypass the iPhone 3G's passcode lock by creating a custom firmware bundle. The webcast airs Thursday,... read more

Photoshop World - O'Reilly Interview Schedule

September 04 2008

Photoshop World launches today in Las Vegas. The event starts with a the keynote -- I'm guessing lots of Lightroom 2 and peeks at CS4 -- then the expo floor opens. O'Reilly Media has a stellar lineup of speakers sharing their expertise. We'll record their chats, but if you're here… read more

A Week of Images from Beijing

August 11 2008

I've pulled together a collection of images from my first week of wanderings in Beijing. So here's a whirlwind tour of Olympic goodies, the Forbidden City, and more. read more

Matt Twomey Joins Site with Cool Article on Dev Resources

July 03 2008

We just published a new article by Matt Twomey titled, A Guide to iPhone Dev Documentation. This is Matt's first publishing with us, and I'm looking forward to more up the road. You might want to bookmark this one, however.... read more

Intriguing iPhone Posts on

June 19 2008

I was just perusing some of the iPhone entries on, and I figured that you might want to know about these. The current post is how to scrub private data from your phone. And there's lots more too, such... read more

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Webcast: Five Ways to Make Your Photos Look Better
March 27, 2008
In this webcast, Derrick Story, digital photographer, blogger, and author of The Digital Photography Companion, gives you the tools to capture the high quality pictures you've always wanted--photos that will distinguish your work from others. Thousands...

"This book is a prime example of how a pocket-guide should be written. It covers the basics that you must keep in mind, using simple language and good picture examples. This can make a very handy reference for hobbyists as well as amateur photographers who are constantly on the go. "
--Samira Sukhija, Better Photography

"The book fills a need for those photographers who want to be gently steered through the Photoshop maze and gently nudged into the world of CS4. Experienced practitioners of Photoshop may well find information between its covers that is of value to them, since the book is clearly written and well designed and illustrated. "
--Brian Seed, The Picture Professional, Issue 1, 2009

"This small, but power packed new book will be one of your main references for learning and using Photoshop. "
--Paul W. Faust, Impressions-of-Light

"From recipes for retouching portraits and swapping colors to refining images with masking and using Adobe Camera Raw, The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers is a top pick for any photography library."
--Diane Donovan, The Bookwatch - The Photography Shelf

"The perfect computer bag book."
--James R. Lowell,

"It doesn't matter what level of photography you're at, if you use Photoshop to crop, tone or just for a workflow, the new version has many new features and this will explain them all in the best possible manner."
--Gregg Ellman, Miami Herald

"I enjoyed reading through this book. The subject is covered well, while its brevity ensures the information is given in concise chunks, with nothing superfluous...If you're comfortable with Photoshop and want to get a good workflow going and quickly come up to speed with some of the newer features, this would be a good choice. "
--Donna Kamper, eJournal of the Tucson Computer Society

"This new resource gives plenty of examples of how to capture great shots of people, places, landscapes and more. "
--Ann Hattes, Continental Newstime, Volume XXII, Number 14

"If you just bought a digital camera, or even if you have had one for awhile, you may have missed a very important accessory. It's called The Digital Photography Companion by Derrick Story. I wish I had gotten this book years ago."
--Kevin Persell, Geekscribe

"Chapter 2 and the size of this book really make it a great reference book that should fit in any medium or larger camera bag. It's going in mine for sure. "
--Damien Franco

" excellent book for beginner photographers or someone who wants to take an interest in photography."
--Tom Pitera,

"Derrick shows that Photoshop can be friendly as well as powerful. In part, he does that by focusing photographers on the essential steps of an efficient workflow. With this guide in hand, you'll quickly learn how to leverage Photoshop CS4’s features to organize and improve your pictures."
--John Nack, Principal Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop & Bridge

"I consider myself to be a pretty experienced digital photographer, yet I found many things in this book that I can immediately begin using to improve my digital pictures. Whether you're trying to figure out how to begin with digital photography or you're just looking to improve your skills, this is a recommended book. "
--Mike George,

"What surprised me about The Digital Photography Companion is that it actually covered some information I haven't read in other photography books for beginners. You will find a lot of photos that complement the text, and the author provides the EXIF data of all the photos used."
--Jeff Llarena, Beyond Megapixels

"The authors have created an in-depth and resourceful guide. A wide variety of ways to work and produce with iPhoto are covered in a very readable manner...If you need more from iPhoto '08 I recommend this book highly. The price is right and you will learn more in no time. Plus it will be handy guide for the near future and working with all of those digital photos."
--Dr. Eric Flescher, Mac Companion

"The Digital Photography Companion is the kind of book that will jump-start you into great photography. It has all the easy and quick lessons that gives you a sensible mix of creative tips and technical advise you need for taking amazing digital photos in a wide range of conditions and for a variety of occasions...If you are ready to take your photography one level higher, to learn and apply the many techniques and styles of professional photographers, you need Derrick Story’s The Digital Photography Companion. This is the kind of book that offers friendly advise. It is a guide that allows you to try out a number of photo shooting ideas, and for your to see for yourself how you can make your photography better when you click the shutter."
--Dominique James, Perfect Photo Pixels

"The Digital Photography Companion gives you creative tips and technical advice for taking top-notch digital photos in a wide range of conditions and for a variety of occasions. In other words this book will help you make pictures that look better than everyone else's."
--Joe Dolittle, Connected Photographer

"The Digital Photography Companion is exactly what it's supposed to be. A companion. Small enough to take along. And loaded with practical, on the spot guidance. There is a niche for this kind of publication. From cover to cover I recommend The Digital Photography Companion to those who are enthusiastic about photography and recognize the beauty of a fine photograph."
--Artie Alinikoff, MyMac Magazine

"Derrick Story has done an outstanding job of beginning at the beginning, taking you to the end without complicating the topic with a lot of jargon and simply presenting what you need to know. Think of it as your cousin Derrick showing you how to use your camera to take pictures."
--T. Michael Testi, The Enlightened Image

"By the time you've experimented with the techniques contained in this excellent book, you'll have journeyed well beyond your peers. But, more importantly, the pictures you take now will not only become personal treasures, they will also be admired by others."
--John R. Vacca,