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Organizing Your Images

By Gene McCullagh
January 25, 2010

The start of a new year is always a time to think about change and improvement. One common resolution is to get more organized. In this age of digital media it is even more critical that we keep track of our digital assets. Lightroom has many features to help you organize your images. Organization can come in many forms and at many levels. You can organize your images at the drive level (by using a system of folders, subfolders, and file naming conventions) and/or at the metadata level in Lightroom. You must first decide what organizational workflow fits for you. There are many websites and books devoted to this topic. You should do a little research before embarking on this adventure. The best website I can recommend to you to delve deeply into industry standard organization practice is dpBestFlow.org from the American Society of Media Photographers and funded by the Library of Congress. The site is full of suggestions and videos. Get ready to spend some time there!

BigShot Camera Educates with DIY

BigShot Camera Educates with DIY
By Kyle Dent
November 13, 2009

Shree Nayar, chair of Computer Science at the Columbia University has created BigShot, a digital camera kit for kids from eight years old and up to construct their own digital cameras. The purpose of the camera is primarily education, and testing indicates that it does a good job at that, but it also takes honest-to-goodness photos just like grown-up, pre-assembled adult versions.

David Pogue's "Top Ten Tips of All Time" for Digital Photography

David Pogue's
By Mary Rotman
January 16, 2009

If you're ready to jump into digital photography or would like to increase the skills you already have, David Pogue's Digital Photography: The Missing Manual is just what you need. In this brand new book, bestselling author David Pogue provides a no-nonsense guide to the entire process, including how to buy and use a digital camera, get the same photographic effects as the pros, manage the results on your Mac or PC, edit photos, and share the results with your adoring fans. Here are David's "Top Ten Tips of All Time" for digital photography.

Promising Glimpse of Thursday Night's Apple Store Panel

By Colleen Wheeler
January 6, 2009

The intelligent, engaged crowd at, a fabulous old-school bookstore Book Passage in Corte Madera (Marin County) got a preview Sunday of an upcoming Macworld event. Derrick Story moderated a panel of our digital imaging experts, Lisa Snider-King (Photoshop CS4 Missing Manual), Mikkel Aaland (Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure) and Deke McClelland (Adobe Photoshop One-on-One and Photoshop Channels & Masks One-on-One.) Hot...

Photoshop CS4 is for the Birds!

By Rick Sammon
December 2, 2008

Derrick Story's Recipes for Brightening a Smile and Blotting Out a Blemish

Derrick Story's Recipes for Brightening a Smile and Blotting Out a Blemish
By Sara Peyton
November 12, 2008

Beauty may be skin deep, but most of us hope to look our best in photos. And the following excerpt from Derrick Story's handy new book, The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, offers a digital makeover of sorts--recipes for brightening a toothy grin and eliminating a skin blotch or two. "Even though you may not be the photographer to the stars, there will be times when you need to touch up a portrait," notes Derrick, whose new guidebook includes 18 easy-to-follow recipes for perfecting images. But remember, when it comes to digital enhancements Derrick offers this caution, "Regardless of which recipe you're working with at any given moment remember that less is more when retouching portraits." Read on to learn more.

Photoshop CS4 from the Photographer's Perspective

Photoshop CS4 from the Photographer's Perspective
By Colleen Wheeler
November 3, 2008

Good friend of O'Reilly and Adobe Photoshop PM Bryan O'Neil Hughes has written a guest post today on John Nack's blog, featuring all the things that are new and interesting for Photographers in Photoshop CS4

Boo! dekePod's Scary Halloween Episode

Boo! dekePod's Scary Halloween Episode
By Sara Peyton
October 22, 2008

A week ago Adobe began shipping Photoshop CS4 and already Deke McClelland's highly anticipated Adobe Photoshop CS4 One-on-One is climbing bestselling charts. Even better, dekePod's special Halloween episode sheds light on CS4's scariest feature, the Masks palette. "It's kind of cute, but it's got a big old knife," notes Deke. Watch dekePod now to find out how to transform the Masks palette from, in Deke's own words, "a devil doll to a responsible citizen."

Maine Media Workshops Rock

By Rick Sammon
October 18, 2008

Just back from teaching for my 4th time at the Maine Media Workshops. What blast! My students learned: painting with light, low light photography, shooting with reflectors and diffusers, Photoshop... and the big hit HDR. We used Photomatix Pro to craft our indoor and outdoor pictures - my HDR image of the Pemaquib is attached. More of my HDR images on the HDR page of my site.

What will the night reveal to your digital camera?

What will the night reveal to your digital camera?
By Kathryn Barrett
October 13, 2008

You may be surprised! The advent of digital photography has revolutionized the practice of night photography because a digital sensor can record the spectacular colors of the night. These colors are created by light waves in spectrums that are invisible to the naked human eye. For the first time we can truly "see" the world of the night around us. In a live webcast on Friday, Oct. 17, Harold Davis, author of Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers, will show why night photography has become increasingly popular among digital photographers...

Reality Leaves a lot to the Imagination

By Rick Sammon
September 30, 2008

"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination" is one of my favorite John Lennon quotes. Think about it and you'll realize that it's true. I was thinking about this quote when I was experimenting with the HDR (High Dynamic Range) software Photomatix Pro from HDR Software on a set of seven pictures (each taken at a different exposure setting) I took of a pond near my house.

Lesa Snider King Takes a Look at Photoshop CS4

Lesa Snider King Takes a Look at Photoshop CS4
By Sara Peyton
September 26, 2008

King, founder of GraphicReporter.com, chief evangelist of iStockphoto.com, and author of our forthcoming Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual recently posted her thoughts on some of Photoshop CS4's new features and tools. Photoshop aficionados can look forward to some big changes that may take some getting used to. Will they like them? "For the most part, the answer is a resounding yes," says King.

Canon 5D Mark II - The Coolest Video

By Rick Sammon
September 25, 2008

How totally cool! Vincent is the man. I will be adding Canon 5D workshops (shooting and editing) to my 2009 schedule. Hope you can make one!

Practical Photography Advice You Can Take Anywhere

By Mary Rotman
September 10, 2008

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion is not a typical camera guide. Rather than just showing you what all the buttons do, this unique book teaches you how to use various Digital Rebel features to make great photographs. Through easy-to-follow lessons, this book gives you a complete class on digital photography, tailored specifically for people who use this camera.

Olympic Moments Captured

By Mary Rotman
August 29, 2008

You might have heard that our Digital Media Evangelist, Derrick Story, was hired by Apple to photograph the Beijing Olympics and help other photographers in the Main Press Center get their images of the events processed and posted. Colleen Wheeler, an editor for our Digital Media division, recently blogged about Derrick's experience at deke.com. Check it out to see many of Derrick's photos as well as links to other blogposts about his adventures in China.

So You Want to Be a Travel Photographer? Rick Sammon Shows You How!

By Sara Peyton
August 20, 2008

Veteran travel photographer Rick Sammon shares his tips for shooting memorable images when on the road. "One of the cool things about digital SLR cameras (and top of the line cameras) is that you can control the shutter speed to either stop or blur action," writes Sammon, author of Face to Face. When I photograph fast-moving animals, and even slow-moving ones, I often choose to freeze the action--because I want a sharp photograph. A shutter speed of 1/500th of a second is usually fast enough to freeze most fast-moving animal action, but when the animal is moving extremely fast, as was this seagull in flight, I had to use a 1/2000th of a second shutter speed."

Rick Sammon shares his secrets

By Kathryn Barrett
August 5, 2008

Last month photographer Rick Sammon, author of 18 books on digital photography, including his latest, Face-to-Face: Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Photographing People gave a live webcast, sharing some of his top tips for taking great digital photos and answering questions from the audience. His pictures—including some from his latest trip to Papua New Guinea—are stunning and his knowledge is invaluable. If you missed the live show, you can still benefit from his expert advice—just watch the movie!

Get a Video "Preview" of Tim Grey's Hot New Book

By Colleen Wheeler
July 28, 2008

For years, scads of readers have been receiving digital imaging guru Tim Grey's (almost) daily email newsletter Q&A called DDQ: Digital Darkroom Questions. Each email takes on a single user-submitted question to which Tim provides one of his salient, to-the-point, trying-to-un-confuse-you answers. We've collected the best of these and published them in Tim's new book, tearing up the charts at...

Take Your Best Shot, Talking to Tim Grey about His New Book

By Sara Peyton
July 25, 2008

Digital imaging photography and imaging expert Tim Grey loves answering questions. In his new book, "Take Your Best Shot," he provides clear, informed answers to the questions serious photographers ask most often. Here he talks about his new book and offers some favorite digital photography tips.

Take Your Best Shot, Talking to Tim Grey about His New Book

By Sara Peyton
July 25, 2008

Digital imaging photography and imaging expert Tim Grey loves answering questions. In his new book, "Take Your Best Shot," he provides clear, informed answers to the questions serious photographers ask most often. Here he talks about his new book and offers some favorite digital photography tips.

Keynote + Garage Band + Snapz Pro X + Photos = Cool Preso

By Rick Sammon
July 4, 2008

Hey All Check out this video that I have on YouTube. I created it on my Mac using Keynote, Garage Band and Snapz Pro X. Basically, I first created a slide show in Keynote. Next I selected some cool music in Garage Band. Then, playing the slide show and the music, I recored the whole thing with Snapz Pro X for a cool presentation.

Must See "Mongol"

By Rick Sammon
July 4, 2008

I just saw the movie, Mongol. It is one of the most amazing movies I have ever seen. The photography is stunning, breathtaking.It's a must-see for movie-goers - and anyone interested in filmmaking. Check it out and I think you'll get some good ideas for photographing people and events. I was in Mongolia last year taking pictures for my new book, Face to Face. I took this photo at the Chingis Khan Calvary Ride festival. These guys are from the real Mongolian army. Once a year they put on this show.

Relaxing in the White Noise Lounge

By David Battino
June 23, 2008

What are you doing with your portable recorder? Former O'Reilly producer Justin Watt (aka DJ Justin Somnia) and partner Stephanie Soleil (MC Soleil) capture whispery ambiences and upload them to the White Noise Lounge. They complement each brief aural trip with an artsy black-and-white photo. True field recording at Mt. Tam. The project started as a joke, but like everything...

Join the Fun, Join My Live Web Cast!

By Rick Sammon
June 19, 2008

Hey All I hope some of you can join me for my live Web Cast on June 26 at 1 PM NY time. I'll be sharing my favorite photographs (including this "love bite" photograph that I took in Botswana) and, of course, my favorite tips and techniques. Basically what happens is that through the magic of the internet, attendees can see what I am doing on my monitor. I'll have my Keynote show opened and will scroll around to find pictures that illustrate certain digital photography techniques - as well as some of my photo philosophies. I'll also be sharing some of the pictures in my latest book, Face to Face. All you have to do is sing up. Space is limited. I know all my family members will be rushing to sing up fast..... so don't delay :-)

Dinner with Greg Gorman and Jeff Schewe

By Suzanne Caballero
June 16, 2008

Last week, I had the honor of being in Mendocino for a day during world-renowned celebrity photographer, Greg Gorman's workshop. About four times a year, Greg hosts a workshop in his home in Mendocino and each time, he brings in a guest speaker for the class. This time it was digital photography genius, Jeff Schewe. Up next in August, is...

Face to Face Tech Info & Location

By Rick Sammon
June 16, 2008

Hi All - I tried to pack so many photographs and so many practical tips (as well as my favorite photo philosophies) into my latest book, Face to Face, that we ran out of pages for the tech info for each photo - as well as the location. The good news is that you can get this info easily. Click Here to download a PDF.

Last Great Photo Adventure

By Rick Sammon
June 10, 2008

Hey All! Just back from Papua New Guinea (PNG) - one of the last great adventures left on the planet. An adventure due, in part, to the clan wars that have been going on for generations. The other parts? I'll share some stories at Photoshop World. Hint: has to do with two machetes!! Here is a favorite shot - which did not, like all my PNG shots, make my new O'Reilly Face to Face book, which was actually published when I was there. Anyway, PNG is an amazing place for people pictures - for among other reasons, the people are so willing to be photographed (if you pay them a few kinas). Like many of my photographs, this is a set-up shot. You see, I like to make pictures, rather than simply taking pictures. I discovered this beautiful waterfall (by looking at a brochure at the lodge) and met this Huli Wigman (the security guard at the Ambua lodge). I put both elements together to make the photograph - one of my favorites from the trip (actually a workshop that I was leading). During the workshop (and in my book), I talked about the importance of "catch light" in the subject's eyes. For this photograph, catch light was created when I asked the man to look up. (You can also add catch light with a reflector or a flash.)

The Camera You Have With You

By Colleen Wheeler
June 3, 2008

The metadata table in Derrick's book proves it's not about the camera you have, but the one you have with you. (And knowing what to do with the one you have with you.)

Downloadable Photo Reference Card

By Derrick Story
April 22, 2008

Have you ever forgotten to reset the ISO or white balance after a shoot, only to use your camera the next day with the wrong settings? I have. And to help us all remember how to be ready for the next session, I've posted this handy reference card that you should refer to "After Every Shoot".

Photography Webinar: Five Ways to Impact Your Photos for the Better

By Colleen Wheeler
April 9, 2008

O'Reilly Evangelist Derrick Story brings his popular teaching style to a webcast, where you'll learn five great ways to make your photos stand out.

Digital Photography Companion: It's Still a Pocket Guide at Heart

By Colleen Wheeler
March 13, 2008

Derrick's new book is still full of friendly, useful, and fun photography information, and it still comes in a portable package.

"How I Did It" Series Running on The Digital Story

By Derrick Story
March 12, 2008

A series of mini-tutorials on advanced camera techniques is running on The Digital Story. I've listed (with links) the first batch here. More to follow on a regular basis. These are fun!

Quiz: Good or Bad Background Music?

By David Battino
February 29, 2008

As part of today's feature article on making movies out of still photos, Michael W. and Debra Jean Dean whipped up this funny demonstration of good and bad background music. It contains five brief examples. See if you can figure out why each helps or hurts the presentation. Debra Jean reveals the answer after each segment. I burst out laughing...

O'Reilly Authors plus Special Guest Rick Smolan at Macworld Event

By Colleen Wheeler
January 15, 2008

O'Reilly authors Mikkel Aaland, Harold Davis, Derrick Story and special guest Rick Smolan will have a panel discussion on digital photography at the SF Apple Store, Wednesday at 4:30.


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