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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March 07 2014Last night, when I downloaded the latest issue of Time Magazine for my iPad mini (March 17, 2014), I had no idea about the treat that was waiting for me. Here's more about it - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/03/time-pushes-magazines-to-new-heights.html read more
March 06 2014Among the discussion about the famous Ellen DeGeneres selfie at the Oscars, one of the talking points should be the valuable lesson she provided for event photographers - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/03/ellens-tip-for-event-photographers.html read more
March 05 2014March must be DSLR lens month. Right now there are great deals on Nikon, Pentax, and Canon glass. Here are a few promotions that I've found interesting. Nikon Lens Sale Here's an entire page of AF-S Nikkor glass on sale. One of my favorites here is the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR… read more
March 04 2014This week on The Digital Story photography podcast: Sigma Takes on Zeiss with its New 50mm f/1.4 Art lens; Apple TV Review; From the Screening Room: Tim Grey: Photoshop CC Raw Workshop; and on the Nimbleosity Report: PhotoSync for iOS and Mac - All of this and more on today's… read more
March 03 2014All of the Oscars may have been handed out, but there's still news in the world of cinema. Lowepro just announced a completely redesigned update to their venerable x-Series rollers. And we had a chance to test the Lowepro x300 Pro Roller AW during a week of location shooting with… read more
March 02 2014For the Jan. 2014 Photo Assignment, TDS shooters explored the absence of color. See for yourself in our gallery, White. And which one will be the SizzlPix Photo Assignment Pick of the Month? Take a look at the gallery at - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/03/photo-assignment-94.html read more
February 27 2014Photography Talk posted a good article titled, How to Photograph Big Events. There are some solid talking points in there worth reviewing if you have a shoot on the horizon. A few things that I would add or reinforce include - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/02/5-additional-tips-for-photographing-events.ht ml read more
February 26 2014As creative people, we do so many interesting things on our Macs. If you want an easy and affordable way to capture that activity and share it with others, you may want to investigate Screenflick. Here's more about it - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/02/gscreenflcik-for-movie-making.html read more
February 25 2014This week on The Digital Story photography podcast: GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition tops the Weekly Update; Taking the Transporter Sync for a Spin; From the Screening Room: Chris Orwig, Lightroom 5 Essentials; and on the Nimbleosity Report: the Square Perfect Backdrop System- All of this and more on today's show… read more
February 24 2014One of the points we're emphasizing during filming this week for my latest lynda.com title on portraiture, is getting it right at capture. Here's more about it - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/02/getting-it-right-in-camera.html read more
February 21 2014Most of my portrait work is outdoors. But there are those assignments where I need to set up indoors. With my portable studio kit, I'm able to fit all of the equipment in the back seat of car. Here's how I do it - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/02/nimble-portrait-studio.html read more
February 19 2014A new entry in the action cam arena is the SOCAM UltiMate, due for release in April. Highlights include a 330 degree rotatable lens, gyro-image stabilization, 1080p video, slow motion (WVGA 120 fps), time lapse, photo burst (16MP 10fps), simple two-button design, versatile camera mounts, built-in WiFi, and an affordable… read more
February 18 2014This week on The Digital Story photography podcast: Sony a7R full review tops the Weekly Update; Build Your Own DIY Slide Digitizer; From the Screening Room: Julieanne Kost on Photoshop CC Essential Training; and on the Nimbleosity Report: How I dropped my iPhone from the top of the bleachers, and… read more
February 17 2014Like many seasoned shooters, I have a library of slides that I'm not using, simply because they haven't been digitized. Thanks to inspiration from Victor Kaijser Bots, who converted a slide projector into an automated digitizer, I've created my own high quality rig with the components that I have on… read more
February 16 2014When you're out shooting with your interchangeable lens camera, remember to pull out your iPhone and snap a photo too. Why? Because your iPhone will log the location data that you can easily transfer to the corresponding images in Aperture. Here's more about it - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/02/geotag-in-aperture-with-an-iphone.html read more
February 14 2014You can safely explore the unique features of your camera, such as film simulation modes, by capturing in RAW plus Jpeg. Here's how to manage those pairs in Aperture - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/02/manage-raw-plus-jpeg-pairs.html read more
February 12 2014I just read a terrific article on PetaPixel about converting a slide projector into an automated digitizer. And it got me thinking... what can I do with mine? http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/02/old-slide-projectors.html read more
February 11 2014This week on The Digital Story photography podcast: the Panasonic GH4 tops the weekly update; The inside scoop on c't Digital Photography Magazine; From the Screening Room: David Hobby on The business of photography; and on the Nimbleosity Report: Pro HDR for iOS- All of this and more on today's… read more
February 11 2014The Kanex Foldable iDevice Stand is a nifty accessory for iPhone and iPad toting photographers who need a very light, foldable platform for viewing content and taking pictures. Kanex is selling a two-pack directly from their site for $19.95. Here's more about it - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/02/kanex-folding-stand.html read more
February 09 2014There are strong pros and cons to the olloclip Quick-Flip case. One of the things I like, however, is the slick tripod adapter. I talk about it, and the case, in this post - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/02/olloclip-pro-photo-adapter.html read more
February 07 2014Actually, I'm surprised it's taken this long. Based on the success of the Canon S series (the latest model is the PowerShot S120), it was only a matter of time before Nikon produced a worthy competitor. With the announcement of the Nikon COOLPIX P340, that day has come. Here's more… read more
February 06 2014Now that I'm using the iPad mini exclusively, I need a way to mount it for various projects. This Kickstarter project, for the Padcaster Mini is very tempting. For $99 I could get the aluminum frame lined with 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threaded holes for attaching lights, mics and other camera… read more
February 05 2014Enthusiast photographer Jim Gilliland had an opportunity to photograph Keith Urban in concert. Off to the event he went with a single battery for his Olympus OM-D E-M5. I'll let Jim tell the story from here - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/02/dont-forget-the-spare-battery.html read more
February 04 2014There are few places these days where you can find in-depth reporting for enthusiast photography. One of those places, and my current favorite, is c't Digital Photography Magazine. And I know what I'm talking about here, because after months of discussion and exploration, I've accepted an Associate Editor position with… read more
February 04 2014This week on The Digital Story photography podcast: How High is Too High?; From the Screening Room: Nigel French: Designing a Photo Book; and on the Nimbleosity Report: olloclip auxiliary lenses for your iPhone - All of this and more on today's show with Derrick Story - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/02/tds-podcast-413.html read more
February 03 2014The choice between speed and storage is a tough one for photographers. When I bought my stock MacBook Pro with Retina Display in mid-2012, I wanted speed. So I've had to learn to live with 256 GBs of built-in storage for my daily work. Here's how I do it -… read more
February 02 2014For the Dec. 2013 Photo Assignment, TDS shooters jacked up their ISO setting and explored fading light. See for yourself in our gallery, High ISO. And which one will be the SizzlPix Photo Assignment Pick of the Month? Fred S. Brundick writes, "I took this at the gallery event. I… read more
January 31 2014High magnification reveals new worlds hiding in everyday objects. I've been photographing old RAM chips with the olloclip Macro 3-IN-1 Photo Lens and the olloclip Quick-Flip Case + Pro-Photo Adapter - http://thedigitalstory.com/2014/01/olloclip-macro-photography.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
June 19 2008I was just perusing some of the iPhone entries on Hackzine.com, 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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"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."
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"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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