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 (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.

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
OUT OF PRINT

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
OUT OF PRINT

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
OUT OF PRINT

Digital Photography Pocket Guide Digital Photography Pocket Guide
by Derrick Story
November 2002
OUT OF PRINT

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

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Applied DevOps and the potential of Docker

May 28 2015

Editor’s note: this post is from Karl Matthias and Sean P. Kane, authors of “Docker Up & Running,” a guide to quickly learn how to use Docker to create packaged images for easy management, testing, and deployment of software. At … read more

Applied DevOps and the potential of Docker

May 28 2015

Editor’s note: this post is from Karl Matthias and Sean P. Kane, authors of “Docker Up & Running,” a guide to quickly learn how to use Docker to create packaged images for easy management, testing, and deployment of software. At … read more

"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, Amazon.com

"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

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

"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, Amazon.com

"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, Amazon.com