Writer, Teacher, Photographer
Areas of Expertise:
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 (thedigitalstory.com) and follow him on Twitter. Aperture fans might want to check out his co-authored video training on Lynda.com: Aperture 2 Essential Training.
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June 11 2014Over the next two weeks, you'll see Instagram posts, Tweets, and Nimble Photographer Journal entries from London, Paris, Dublin, Liverpool, and Glasgow. That's because I'm lucky enough to be teaching on MacMania 17 organized by Insight Cruises with sponsorship by Macworld - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/06/sailing-the-british-isles.html read more
June 10 2014This week on The Digital Story Photography Podcast: See iOS 8's Time-Lapse Mode in Action, Instagram 6: It's like a real photo app, and Sailing Off to the British Isles - All of this and more on today's show with Derrick Story - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/06/tds-podcast-431.html read more
June 10 2014If a picture tells a thousand words, then a panorama must be worth ten thousand. So don't forget about that great storytelling tool you have in your pocket. Here's more about it - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/06/the-ultimate-establishing-shot-a-panorama.htm l read more
June 09 2014What the DxO Optics Pro workflow lacks in smoothness for Aperture users, it more than makes up for in capability. Having access to top notch lens corrections, presets, and noise reduction fills major gaps with Aperture's editing tools. Here's how to make them work together - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/06/integrating-dxo-optics-pro-with-aperture.html read more
June 07 2014Aperture is the great organizer. Lightroom's Develop module is terrific. Some photographers just can't decide which way to go. Technically speaking, you don't have to. Here's why. read more
June 06 2014Taking a good picture is important. But so is the preparation before the shoot and the delivery afterward. In this movie, "Understanding the business of senior portraits," I address those little details that are important for the business side of the project. Even if you're not a professional photographer, that… read more
June 05 2014Without sacrificing ease of use in this latest version of Instagram, we now have an entire tool box of image editing adjustments, improved speed, and the ability to adjust filter strength. - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/06/instagram-6-is-outstanding.html read more
June 04 2014For the April 2014 Photo Assignment, TDS shooters stopped and smelled the roses. See for yourself in our gallery, Flower Power - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/06/photo-assignment-97.html read more
June 03 2014This week on The Digital Story Photography Podcast: My 5 Favorite Cameras, iOS 8 for Photographers, and Photographing High School Senior Portraits - All of this and more on today's show with Derrick Story. read more
June 02 2014After a few weeks with the Samsung NX30, I have a pretty good feel for it. Over at c't Digital Photography, I posted my hands-on review. To help me write that piece, I compiled a list of pros and cons that I'm sharing with you right now. Pros Large APS-C… read more
May 31 2014Many devices allow us to stream content to our iOS device, but iStick will let you copy photos from your iPad or iPhone to a flash drive. Here's more about it - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/05/istick-photo-backup-from-ipad.html read more
May 29 2014Now with version 2.2.24, Connected Data has added automatic Camera Roll backup that is useful. Once enabled on your iPhone or iPad, images from your Camera Roll will be automatically copied -- full sized and with metadata intact -- to your Transporter Sync. Here's more about it - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/05/auto-camera-backup-with-transporter-sync.html read more
May 28 2014For the first time during the San Francisco Street Photography Workshop, I pulled out my Olympus 75mm f1.8 prime lens for the Olympus OM-D E-M10. That was a good choice. The 75mm is perfect for getting close to the skateboarders. Here's more - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/05/sf-street-skateboarders.html read more
May 27 2014This week on The Digital Story Photography Podcast: Analog Efex Pro 2 from Nik Software, Top Shape Camera, Bay Bridge Spectacular, and the $99 Fisheye - All of this and more on today's show with Derrick Story - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/05/tds-podcast-429.html read more
May 26 2014Bay Bridge, Pier 14, and Olympus Pop Art Filters - We had set up shop at Pier 14 on the Embarcadero. I perched my MeFOTO DayTrip Tripod on a covered trash receptacle, adjusted the E-M10 to RAW+Jpeg, enabled the Pop Art filter, and proceeded to have a blast capturing the… read more
May 23 2014You want to capture quality, but not necessarily a huge file size. Is the new Nikon sRAW format the answer? Nikon Rumors posted, What exactly is the new Nikon sRAW file format? that provides a good overview with a link to even more detail if you want it. Personally, I've… read more
May 22 2014OTTO is an interesting little camera with an unique set of features. Powered by Raspberry Pi, you can customize and even create new shooting modes via WiFi and your mobile device. read more
May 21 2014The next issue of c't Digital Photography Magazine is ready to go to press. But I have the cover to preview now - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/05/sneak-peek-magazine-cover.html read more
May 20 2014This week on The Digital Story Photography Podcast: A Preview of the Sony RX100 Mark III, Is Fujifilm Working on a Medium Format Mirrorless Camera?, The 4-Pound Urban Lighting Kit, The Difference Between Presets and Plugins - All of this and more on today's show with Derrick Story - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/05/tds-podcast-428.html read more
May 20 2014My Urban Lighting kit folds down to 19.3 inches. It weighs just a few pounds, yet can be extended to over 6 feet high. The entire rig fits in a simple drawstring bag that's less than 2 feet long that I can throw over my shoulder. And it only weighs… read more
May 19 2014Here's a clever idea that I read about on Engadget. It's a macro ring light that you can use topside or underwater that fits over the front of any of the Olympus TG cameras (TG-1, TG-2, and TG-3). Here's more about it - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/05/olympus-ring-light-adapter.html read more
May 16 2014Much in the way that a new lens can invigorate your passion for taking pictures, presets and plugins can do the same for working in Aperture. If you haven't explored this brave new world, I have a treat for you. Presets are recipes that other photographers have created that use… read more
May 16 2014Who says compact cameras are dead? Sony just announced the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III ($799) that features a pop-up electronic viewfinder and fast Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70mm T* f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens. Add a 1" image sensor, and you have a lot of camera in a small 10 oz package - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/05/sony-rx100-mark-iii.html read more
May 15 2014Once you've enjoyed the speed of a solid state drive in your laptop, I doubt if you could ever return to spinning platters. So how do I manage my ginormous Aperture library with just 256 GBs on my laptop? http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/05/aperture-on-ssd-drive.html read more
May 14 2014Whenever I read a new camera announcement and see that WiFi is optional, instead of built-in, I move on - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/05/wifi-is-required.html read more
May 13 2014Coming this June, Canon will start shipping the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM for $299. This is great news for APS-C shooters who want an affordable wide angle lens. According to Canon: The EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra wide-angle zoom lens features a compact and lightweight design with an… read more
May 13 2014This week on The Digital Story photography podcast: Canon G1X Mark II, B&W Printing Tips; Fujifilm XT1 Sharpness, To Watermark or Not? - All of this and more on today's show with Derrick Story. Listen in now - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/05/tds-podcast-427.html read more
May 11 2014Let's face it: you're probably not going back to film. But you might have a few choice lenses from the SLR days that you just can't bear to part with. Here's what to do with them - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/05/dust-off-your-old-glass.html read more
May 09 2014With a terabyte of free storage, it's easy to think of Flickr as the hall closet where you stuff all your photos. But consider its immersive audience and sharing tools; you may want to revisit your approach. Here's more about it - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/05/flickr-as-a-showcase-for-your-work.html read more
April 02 2009Photography 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
March 19 2009iPhoto '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
January 14 2009The 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
January 07 2009The 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
January 03 2009We'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
December 11 2008The 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
December 03 2008AMERICA 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
November 25 2008We 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
November 19 2008Since 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
November 18 2008When 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
October 25 2008In 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
October 23 2008The 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
October 16 2008O'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
October 14 2008Photographs 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
October 09 2008I 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
October 07 2008A 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
September 23 2008I'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
September 09 2008In 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
September 04 2008Photoshop 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
August 11 2008I'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
July 03 2008We 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
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"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. "
"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. "
"This small, but power packed new book will be one of your main references for learning and using Photoshop. "
"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."
"The perfect computer bag book."
"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."
"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. "
"This new resource gives plenty of examples of how to capture great shots of people, places, landscapes and more. "
"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."
"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. "
"...an excellent book for beginner photographers or someone who wants to take an interest in photography."
"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 CS4s features to organize and improve your pictures."
"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. "
"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."
"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."
"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 Storys 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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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