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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Sailing the British Isles on MacMania 17

June 11 2014

Over 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 - read more

"DxO Meets Lightroom, Instagram 6, British Isles" - Digital Photography Podcast 431

June 10 2014

This 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 - read more

The Ultimate Establishing Shot - A Panorama

June 10 2014

If 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 - l read more

Integrating DxO Optics Pro 9 with Aperture

June 09 2014

What 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 - read more

Can't Decide Between Aperture and Lightroom? Use Both

June 07 2014

Aperture 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

The Business Side of Freelance Portraiture

June 06 2014

Taking 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

Instagram 6 Is an Outstanding Update

June 05 2014

Without 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. - read more

"Flower Power" - TDS Photo Assignment 97

June 04 2014

For the April 2014 Photo Assignment, TDS shooters stopped and smelled the roses. See for yourself in our gallery, Flower Power - read more

"Top 5 Cameras, iOS 8 Photography, Pro Portraits" - Photo Podcast 430

June 03 2014

This 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

Samsung NX30 Pros and Cons

June 02 2014

After 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

Backup Photos from Your iPad to iStick

May 31 2014

Many 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 - read more

Auto Camera Backup with Transporter Snyc

May 29 2014

Now 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 - read more

SF Street Skateboarders

May 28 2014

For 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 - read more

"Top Shape Camera, $99 Fisheye, Analog Efex Pro 2" - Photography Podcast 429

May 27 2014

This 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 - read more

Bay Bridge, Pier 14, and Olympus Pop Art Filters

May 26 2014

Bay 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

How is the Nikon sRAW format Different than RAW?

May 23 2014

You 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

OTTO - a Camera Your Can Program with Your iPhone

May 22 2014

OTTO 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

Sneak Peek of c't Digital Photography Magazine Issue 16

May 21 2014

The next issue of c't Digital Photography Magazine is ready to go to press. But I have the cover to preview now - read more

"Sony RX100 M3, Plugins vs Presets, Urban Lighting Kit" - Photo Podcast 428

May 20 2014

This 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 - read more

Urban Off-Camera Lighting Kit for Street Portraits

May 20 2014

My 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

The $41 Olympus LG-1 LED Macro Ring Light

May 19 2014

Here'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 - read more

Spice Up Your Image Editing with Presets and Plugins

May 16 2014

Much 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

Sony RX100 Mark III with Pop-Up EVF

May 16 2014

Who 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 - read more

A Big Aperture Library and a Small SSD Drive

May 15 2014

Once 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? read more

It's 2014 - WiFi is now Required

May 14 2014

Whenever I read a new camera announcement and see that WiFi is optional, instead of built-in, I move on - read more

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM - Affordable Wide Angle

May 13 2014

Coming 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

"Canon G1X Mark II, BW Printing, Fuji XT1" - Photo Podcast 427

May 13 2014

This 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 - read more

Dust Off Your Old Glass

May 11 2014

Let'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 - read more

Flickr as a Showcase, Not a Dumping Ground

May 09 2014

With 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 - 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

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

Digital Media Gems on Twitter

June 11 2008

I keep an eye on all of the content that flows through O'Reilly's Digital Media site and on The Digital Story. When something particularly good or notable catches my eye, I'm posting a tweet about it on Twitter. If you're interested in these "editor's picks," then you can find me… read more

Living, Breathing Digital Photography Companion

May 19 2008

Since the things that people like best about The Digital Photography Companion are the DIY tips, I've created a web page so we can keep them rolling. It includes techniques for both capture and post production. 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. "
--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,