Derrick Story

Writer, Teacher, Photographer

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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Brydge Polycarbonate Bluetooth Keyboard for the iPad

December 19 2012

The Brydge Polycarbonate Keyboard is currently on holiday special for $130. That's $80 less than the anodized aluminum version that looks a lot like the keyboard for a MacBook Pro. I decided to save the money and go with the polycarbonate. And after hours of use, I don't think I'm… read more

"Lightroom 4.3, Flickr 2.0, Drobo Part 3" - Digital Photography Podcast 355

December 18 2012

This week's stories: Lightroom 4.3 gets very Apple friendly, Flickr gets it together on the iPhone, and The Return of Drobo, Part 3 - read more

Questions About Making Your First SizzlPix?

December 18 2012

With the current holiday sale of 50 percent off a second SizzlPix or 25 percent off a single order, lots of photographers from the TDS community are trying their first SizzlPix. Here's some info to help you - read more

Winner of the Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS Giveaway

December 17 2012

Winner of the Olympus TG-1 Tough camera giveaway announced - read more

A Look at HiDPI Support and iPhone Profiles in Lightroom 4.3

December 16 2012

The recent Lightroom 4.3 release addresses a number of bug fixes, adds RAW profiles for the latest cameras, additional lens profiles including for iPhone 4S and 5, plus for Mac users who have Retina displays, HiDPI support in the Library and Develop modules. Here are a couple interface comparisons between… read more

CameraBag 2, Snapheal, Lightroom - Best 2012 Photo Apps in Mac App Store

December 14 2012

Here are the 5 photography applications that made the "Best of 2012" list in the Mac App Store - read more

New Flickr App for iPhone a Real Gem

December 13 2012

You might fall in love with Flickr all over again. The latest release of Flickr for the iPhone (version 2.0) brings back the joy to the venerable photo sharing app in a very modern way. Here's my hands-on review - read more

5 Personal Myths About the iPad mini

December 12 2012

I've had the iPad mini since day 1 of its release. And how I'm using it is much different than I would have anticipated. Here are 5 personal iPad mini myths that have been debunked over time - read more

"Bargain Zoom, Compact Giveaway, Drobo Part 2" - Digital Photography Podcast 354

December 11 2012

This week stories: A Bargain Canon Super Zoom, The Return of Drobo Part 2, and the Olympus TG-1 camera giveaway. Story Number One: - The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II lens, Standard street price for the zoom is $299. But I've see it going regularly for $249, and I… read more

Bargain Canon Zoom EF-S 55-250mm IS II Hands On Review

December 11 2012

At $255 (or less), the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II lenscombines powerful magnification (88mm-400mm), terrific image quality, four-stop stabilization, and impressive close-up performance in a compact, lightweight design. I've been testing the lens, and here is my hands-on review. A Consumer Lens by Design Don't get me wrong, as… read more

The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS Digital Camera Giveaway

December 09 2012

To celebrate the holiday season, I want to give away an Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS Digital Camera. It's one of my favorite compact cameras, and I think someone else should enjoy one too. Here's how to participate - read more

New Snapseed: Google+ In, Instagram Out

December 07 2012

Google was busy yesterday, releasing new versions of both Gmail for iOS and Snapseed. The most noticeable change in Snapseed, other than the white background replacing the black for its logo, is in the Share menu. Google+ is now at the top of the list, and Instagram has been removed.… read more

Easily Color Changing of Objects in Aperture 3

December 06 2012

The Color brick is one of the most powerful tools in Aperture 3. Not only can you adjust colors, you can change them all together. By way of example, I'm going to change this blue Rolls-Royce to a red model. Here's an example - read more

Hands on Review of the Olympus 60mm f-2.8 Macro Lens

December 05 2012

After weeks of testing, I learned that the Olympus 60mm Macro f/2.8 Lens is a surprisingly versatile lens. Yes, it is excellent for 1:1 macro photography. But I've also been reaching for it to shoot sporting events and portrait assignments. And in all of these conditions, the 60mm performed exceedingly… read more

Winner of the Lowepro Pro Messenger 160 AW Bag

December 04 2012

Congratulations to Dean Ray who won the Lowepro Pro Messenger 160 AW bag and wrote: "My day to day my bag needs change. So in turn, I need lots of bags. I need a bag for a full day of shooting in the parks and at the resorts. I also… read more

"Return of Drobo, Gear Inventory," - Digital Photography Podcast 353

December 04 2012

I introduce what will be my ongoing review of this multi-drive storage device that I had experience with in the past, but haven't been using for a while. But now a new Drobo is available, the 5D with a Thunderbolt connector, and I became interested again - read more

"Panorama" - Results from Photo Assignment 80

December 03 2012

For the Oct. 2012 Photo Assignment, TDS shooters took a wide view of the world. See for yourself in our gallery, Panorama. And which one will be the SizzlPix Photo Assignment Pick of the Month? "Arizona has some of the greatest lighting storms," wrote Daniel Yu. "This image is a… read more

Win a Lowepro Pro Messenger 160 AW

November 30 2012

Here's your chance to win a Lowepro Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW - read more

Tremendous Deal on Canon 55-250mm IS Zoom

November 29 2012 is offering the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens for $189.99 including filter and cleaning kit. This zoom features Canon's 4-stop compensation Image Stabilizer in a compact, lightweight package. Standard asking price is $299, so this is quite a deal. Other features include f/4-5.6 maximum aperture, 7 diaphragm… read more

The Annual Family Portrait

November 28 2012

Having the family gather once a year for portrait is a wonderful way to record "that moment in time." When done annually, you create a historical record that documents the evolution of the family as well as a photograph that is pleasing to the eye. These images can also be… read more

"10 Tips for Great Holiday Photos" - Digital Photography Podcast 352

November 27 2012

Holiday photography is really just a type of event coverage, except that you usually know your subjects quite well. In this week's podcast I provide 10 tips to help you get great holiday photos while still enjoying the festivities. The Gift Guide for Photographers features 12 tempting goodies for the… read more

Photography Workflow with Apple Technology

November 27 2012

Lots of good information on how to integrate all of your images, from your iOS devices to digital cameras, using Apple technology such as Photo Stream, iPhoto, and Aperture. This week, I join David Sparks and Katie Floyd on the Mac Power Users show to discuss photography workflow - read more

Shooting the SF Auto Show with the Olympus OM-D

November 26 2012

The San Francisco International Auto Show features the latest cars from top manufacturers all over the world. Visitors can see 2013 models of their favorite brands, concept cars of the future, and historical classics, all under the shining lights of Moscone Center in San Francisco. I had a blast shooting… read more

The Holiday Season Has Begun... Grab Your Camera

November 25 2012

Welcome to Black Friday: regardless of what day it is. Cyber Monday begins tomorrow, and will continue through the start of 2013. Retailers are ready for your hard-earned dollars. And it's not just the brick and mortars. We're receiving tons of promotional email. On average 5.9 offers a week from… read more

DP Review Picks 5 Top Compact Cameras

November 23 2012

We were just talking about this last night at Thanksgiving with the family. Quite a few folks were asking about compact cameras and which ones I like. Well, DP Review has just made my job, and probably yours too, a lot easier. In the article, Top 5 Compact Cameras, DP… read more

Instagram on the Web

November 21 2012

Even though I knew about Instagram for a while, I didn't really get excited about it until I wanted to use it for sharing pictures while on my trip to Germany this past September. Once I started using it, I really got the bug. Now the Instagram developers have made… read more

Excellent Review of the Pentax K-5 II

November 20 2012

Dollar for dollar, the Pentax K-5 II with kit zoom is a great value at $1,350. (I have a Pentax K-5 and love it.) Over at Photography Blog, they've posted a full review of the Pentax K-5 II that lets you explore all of its weather-sealed nooks and crannies. If… read more

"Olympus 60mm Macro, Triggertrap, Workshop Review" - Digital Photography Podcast 351

November 20 2012

The Olympus 60mm f/2.8 macro provides 1:1 magnification, but is only 3" long and 46mms in diameter. I'm going to post a full review of the lens soon, but I provide a sneak peek of the $499 gem in this week's podcast. Then I talk about the fun, versatile Triggertrap… read more

Organizing Your Photos for 2013

November 19 2012

If you're thinking about starting out the New Year being better organized and having complete control over access to your images, you may want to take a look at this article - read more

Use Straighten Tool to Unstraighten

November 18 2012

Aperture 3.4, and just about every other photo editing app, has a straighten tool to correct crooked horizons and leaning buildings. But the straighten tool can be used creatively also. In the top photo, I used the "straighten" adjustment to angle the photograph. By doing so, it feels more interesting,… 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

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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...

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Podcast Snapshots and TAT in ACR 5.2: Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers Screencast 5
Publish Date: Dec. 3, 2008

Adobe Camera Raw 5.2 features a handful of terrific new tools, including Snapshots and the Targeted Adjustment Tool. In this screencast designed to supplement The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, Derrick shows you how to use these great new components.

Podcast A Look Inside the Aperture Nature Photography Workshop
Publish Date: Nov. 18, 2008

While at PhotoPlus Expo in NY, Derrick Story sat down with Rob Trueman and Cathy Chung to talk about their experiences with the Fall 2008 Aperture Nature Photography Workshop in the Grand Teton National Park. Rob and Cathy were two of the four contest winners who earned a trip to the Grand Tetons where they received one-on-one instruction. During this discussion they talk about what they learned and how they are applying that knowledge now.

Podcast Batch Processing in ACR: Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers Screencast 4
Publish Date: Nov. 12, 2008

Not only is Adobe Camera Raw terrific for processing individual files, you can batch process with it too. In this screencast, based on Chapter 4 of The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, Derrick shows you how ACR makes easy work of multiple images.

Podcast Collections in Bridge: Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers Screencast 3
Publish Date: Oct. 29, 2008

Collections are one of my favorite new features in Adobe Bridge CS4, which comes bundled with Photoshop. In this screencast, based on Chapter 3 of The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, Derrick shows you how Collections add the flexibility to Bridge that we've been waiting for. Plus you'll learn how to build Smart Collections based on a variety of search criteria. This is truly fun stuff.

Podcast Photo Downloader: Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers Screencast 2
Publish Date: Oct. 23, 2008

Photo Downloader is one of the unheralded stars included in Photoshop CS4. In this screencast, based on Chapter 2 of The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, Derrick shows you how Photo Downloader can help you keep your images organized. Plus he demonstrates how to add your copyright and how to simultaneously back up your photos to another drive — all automatically during the downloading process.

Podcast The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers Screencast 1
Publish Date: Oct. 14, 2008

Photoshop CS4 contains all the tools you need for a complete photography workflow. In this series of screencasts based on the book, The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, Derrick shows you techniques from a chapter of the book. This week he starts with Chapter 1: The Quick-Start Roadmap. Here, you'll see the basic overview of this workflow and how the pieces fit together.

Podcast From Windows to Aperture - Interview with Ben McMillan
Publish Date: Oct. 2, 2008

Ben McMillan has been a working photographer in Beijing for more than four years. During that time, he's seen the city go through dramatic changes, leading up to the Olympics. In this conversation, Ben talks about his Beijing experience, and how he also went through a personal change when he discovered Aperture during the games.

Podcast Getting Smart About Smart Objects - An Interview with Deke McClelland
Publish Date: Sep. 30, 2008

What makes Smart Objects in Photoshop CS3 so compelling to power users? Derrick Story wanted to get the inside scoop on non-destructive tools, so he sat down with Photoshop expert Deke McClelland to find out how Smart Objects can improve his photography workflow. This interview was recorded at Photoshop World in Orlando during the Spring of 2008.

Podcast Mine Kasapoglu on Location in Beijing
Publish Date: Sep. 11, 2008

Mine Kasapoglu photographed her first Olympics in 2002 at Salt Lake City. She's been shooting them ever since, including this year in Beijing where I caught up with her for this interview. Mine was first introduced to Aperture at the 2006 Torino Olympics. Nobody really knew about Aperture then, including Mine. But she was in great photographic pain and gave it a try. Here's her story two years later.

Podcast Sean Duggan on Digital Darkroom
Publish Date: Sep. 9, 2008

Sean Duggan is an art photographer, educator, and Photoshop expert. He's recently teamed up with Katrin Eismann to publish The Creative Digital Darkroom. In this interview Sean talks about his approach to processing images and how to get the most out of digital capture.

Podcast The Story Behind the Olympic Picture of the Day
Publish Date: Aug. 26, 2008

The Kodak Picture of the Day has been an Olympic tradition for decades now. While I was in Beijing, I had a chance to sit down with Rich Connolly, Director of Olympic Operations for Kodak, to talk about how the Picture of the Day came about, and the behind the scenes process for its daily selection during the Games.

Podcast Aperture Screencast 5: Managing Previews
Publish Date: Aug. 19, 2008

Aperture's previews are an important link to sharing your images with the outside world. Previews are JPEG renderings of your processed Raw files and, once generated, are easily accessible via other applications and output methods. In this screencast, Derrick Story shows you how to expertly manage your previews so you are always in control of your images.

Podcast Vincent Versace on Photography and Creativity
Publish Date: Aug. 13, 2008

Vincent Versace, noted photographer, author, and photography instructor, sits down with Derrick Story to discuss the some of the larger philosophical questions that inform the photographic creative process during this video interview from Photoshop World Orlando.

Podcast Noise Ninja Plugin for Aperture
Publish Date: Aug. 5, 2008

PictureCode has released Noise Ninja for Aperture, and it's the latest in the series of Edit Plugins that expand Aperture's image editing abilities. In this podcast, Derrick Story talks with Joe Schorr about Noise Ninja, and about the new plugins resource page on Apple's web site.

Podcast Off to Beijing - An Interview with Derrick Story
Publish Date: Aug. 4, 2008

On August 4, Derrick Story is boarding a plane to Beijing to work in the media center at the Summer Olympics. In addition to his job of helping photographers get their images out to the world, he'll be blogging, podcasting, and tweeting, not to mention capturing his own Olympic images. In this interview, Dan Brodnitz asks Derrick how he's preparing for this assignment.

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