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Digital Photography

Pro photographer and Mac enthusiast Derrick Story shares digital photography tips and shows you how to get the most out of iPhoto.

Aperture 1.1--Apple Listens
With Aperture's new features, bug fixes, and universal compatibility with PowerMacs and Intel Macs, it's now a serious contender for top digital photo software. Scott Bourne reviews Version 1.1. Apr. 18, 2006

Top Ten Digital Photography Tips
You have a digital camera and have taken the typical shots of family and friends. Now what? Here are ten tips to make your next batch of digital images so impressive that people will ask: "Hey, what type of camera do you have?" Guess what? It's not the camera. Sep. 6, 2005

Digital Photography Hack: A Hands-Free Shooting Rig
Here's how to build a hands-free photography rig using an iSight, a Bluetooth headset, a backpack, and a dash of AppleScript that enables you to capture images on the go by simply speaking, "Take shot." Romain Guy shows you how to build it. Aug. 5, 2005

Movies Made Easy in iPhoto 5
One of the best features in the current crop of consumer digital still cameras is their ability to capture high-quality video. iPhoto 5 is in step with this evolution and provides a great environment for taking those snippets and creating real movies. Derrick Story shows you how. Mar. 22, 2005

Output Like a Pro with iPhoto 5
Earlier I discussed how iPhoto 5's RAW capability lets you input like a pro. But some of its new output features are quite sophisticated, too. Here's a look at how to create sophisticated slideshows and QuickTime downloads using only iPhoto 5. Feb. 1, 2005

A RAW Look at iPhoto 5
Apple overhauled much of iPhoto in version 5 and presented photographers with a more robust tool for managing their media files. Derrick Story looks at importing existing iPhoto libraries, using the new editing tools, and working with RAW and QuickTime files. Image samples of RAW comparisons are included. Jan. 19, 2005

Voice Recording Magic with the iPod
Everyone knows that the iPod plays music unlike any other device, but many don't realize that it records clean audio, too. Here's a handy tutorial that shows you how to get started, then challenges your creativity with some nifty ideas about how to use these tools. Jun. 22, 2004

A Brief Introduction to GPS Photo Linking
Digital cameras record EXIF data that tells us "when" we took a picture, but what if we want to know "where" too? Contributor to O'Reilly's Digital Photography Hacks, David Goldwasser introduces us to using GPS positioning data with EXIF timestamps to build interactive maps showing pictures of markers. What a sweet convergence of technologies. Jun. 15, 2004

An Interview with Derrick Story (Digital Photo Hacker at Large)
Over the years, photography and the technology behind it have provided plenty of material for creative thinkers, making it a natural fit for the hacker spirit. In this interview with Derrick Story, O'Reilly's resident photo hacker, he talks about the direction of digital imaging, what makes it cool, and new ways that you can push the limits of your photography. Jun. 8, 2004

The Missing Digital Photography Hacks
The quest to compile compelling hacks is not something I can just turn off now that Digital Photography Hacks has hit the streets. It's an addictive process. And I admit it; I can't stop. So here are five brand-new tips for you to explore. May. 11, 2004

Automated Web Photo Galleries with iPhoto and Perl
If iPhoto is working nicely as your digital shoebox, but you want to automate the process of creating web galleries for your own server, here's a nifty setup using Sendmail, MySQL, and Perl. Mike Schienle, who specializes in task automation for a living, shows you the system he designed for his wife, who is an avid photographer. May. 7, 2004

RAW, iPhoto, and Mac OS X
iPhoto does an excellent job of breaking digital photography's chain of pain, that is, as long as the files are JPEGs or TIFFs. That's because iPhoto does not support RAW files, at least not directly. If your current workflow depends on iPhoto, you might be feeling left out in the cold with all the current hub-bub about using RAW capture. Don't. Derrick Story shows you how to have your iPhoto and shoot RAWs, too. May. 4, 2004

Panther, Python, and CoreGraphics
Mac OS X Panther includes many updated developer tools. Among them is an enhanced version of Python 2.3 with its own SWIG-based bindings to the CoreGraphics library. Here's a look at the capabilities of the module and examples of how to use CoreGraphics to rescale and decorate images for publication on the Web. Mar. 19, 2004

End of Shutter Lag? The Contax SL300R T* Might Be the Sign of Good Things to Come
Kyocera's RTUNE technology provides amazing performance in a digital camera that fits easily in your shirt pocket. Is this the beginning of the end for shutter lag? Derrick Story examines the Contax SL300R T* and shows you how the bar has been raised for pocket digicams. Mar. 9, 2004

Cleaning iPhoto
When you have thousands of images in iPhoto, and don't have time to cull them manually, scripting starts to look very appealing. brian d foy shows you some helpful AppleScripts and Perl scripts you can use to clean up your iPhoto libraries. Feb. 27, 2004

iPod as Digital Photographer's Best Friend
Yes, the iPod can store thousands of songs. But now you can use it to upload thousands of pictures too, directly from the memory card. And thanks to Panther, that's only the beginning of what is sure to become an indispensable tool for many digital photographers. Dec. 2, 2003

Rendezvous Picture Transfer with Panther
You can show others on a Rendezvous network pictures directly from your camera using the new Image Capture app in Panther. But that's only part of the good news. Derrick Story shows you the ins and outs of this handy new Mac OS X 10.3 trick. Nov. 10, 2003

Fast Picture Previews
Many photographers like to peek at their digital photos before uploading them into their digital shoebox. If that appeals to you, here's an easy to use procedure to preview and sort in the Mac Finder -- even while the pictures are still on the memory card! Oct. 7, 2003

Scanners and Mac OS X
Seems like the drivers for legacy flatbed scanners were at the bottom of manufacturers' lists for Mac OS X conversion. The wait was so long that many users just gave up hope. But over recent months new drivers from Epson, Canon, HP, and others have quietly appeared. David Weiss provides a helpful update to the state of scanning on Mac OS X. Aug. 26, 2003

How to Manage Large Image Libraries with iPhoto 2
You don't have hundreds, you have thousands of pictures that you want to move to iPhoto 2. How do you set up iPhoto to handle all of this data without bogging down? This tutorial by Derrick Story, coauthor of iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual , shows you how to import, organize, and archive vast image collections in iPhoto 2. Jun. 17, 2003

Automating iPhoto 2 with AppleScript
It's easy enough to get your photos in iPhoto 2, but how do you process them en masse once they're there? The best combination is AppleScript and Photoshop. Here's a tutorial on how to automate iPhoto 2, complete with downloadable scripts. May. 28, 2003

A Photographer's Review of the Canon EOS 10D Digital SLR
The concept of digital photography is exciting. But in reality, shooting with a typical digicam elicits a raft of frustrations, from shutter lag to those miserable optical viewfinders. The Canon EOS 10D digital SLR changes all of that. It's a photographic tool that distinguishes itself as a capable camera first, then amazes you that it uses CompactFlash media instead of film. Here's a photographer's look at what might be your next digital camera. Apr. 1, 2003

Screenshot Hacks for Mac OS X
You can use a variety of built-in tools in Mac OS X to grab images from your screen and save them to your hard drive. But what if you want to capture drop shadows, or include the cursor, or even capture full-motion DVD video with sound? This article shows you how, using some nifty tools. Feb. 28, 2003

The DigiCam Chronicles: Sound Is Half the Picture
You can add pro-quality voiceovers to your digital imagery with just a few simple tools and Mac OS X. Derrick Story shows you how to easily record and edit QuickTime audio. Jan. 28, 2003

The DigiCam Chronicles: Assignment Macworld
This is the first installment of a series dedicated to taking great digital images in a variety of settings. Today's stop: San Francisco for great architecture and interesting people shots from Macworld Expo. This photo essay includes 10 images with notes on how they were captured, plus a QuickTime movie. Jan. 14, 2003

iApp Power Play
Don't be lulled by those seemingly simple GUI interfaces: the iApps are high performance publishing tools. Here's how to use them together to create a full-fledged media development environment. Dec. 3, 2002

Gifts for Geeks on the Cheap
Looking for gift ideas that will delight your digitally minded friends? Terrie Miller has assembled a list of cool gadgets for under $50 that's bound to keep you on the "most favored" gift-giver list, or can serve as subtle hints to others shopping for you. Nov. 26, 2002

Use Metadata to Improve Your Pictures
Every time you click the shutter on your digital camera, it records mountains of useful information that you can retrieve and analyze to improve your photography skills. Here's how to access that data and put it to use. Nov. 14, 2002

Pocket DigiCam Shootout
If you want great photos, but don't want to lug around a great big camera, which is better: the Canon PowerShot S200 or the Nikon Coolpix 2500? Both cameras deliver 2-megapixel images, fit in your shirt pocket, and sell for around $300 U.S.D. Aug. 13, 2002

Top Ten iPhoto Tips
Yes, at first glance, iPhoto appears deceptively simple. But there's a Unix-compatible database lurking beneath that beautiful Aqua surface. This article gives you five "data in" and five "data out" tips that will help you get the most from this very cool iApp. Jul. 8, 2002

iPhoto 1.1.1 Adds Needed Features
Only five months after its debut at Macworld SF, iPhoto adds substantial new features to further enhance this Mac OS X digital-imaging application. May. 14, 2002

Better Templates for iPhoto's BetterHTMLExport
BetterHTMLExport is a terrific plug-in for creating photo catalog Web pages directly from iPhoto. Even though the default settings are a major improvement over iPhoto's built-in HTML export, you can take your pages one step further by creating your own templates. Dave Sag shows you how to make your photo Web pages really shine in this step-by-step tutorial. Apr. 2, 2002

Digital Photo Goodies for Mac OS X
Digital photography just keeps getting better on Mac OS X. Here's a look at some great companion tools for iPhoto, including an easy way to create digital photo albums on your Palm OS device. Mar. 12, 2002

iPhoto Scripts and Plug-ins
Automate iPhoto with these nifty AppleScripts and plug-ins that are not only useful, they are free. Feb. 5, 2002

Inside iPhoto: Image Management for Power Shooters
iPhoto may look simple when you first admire its gleaming UI, but it packs enough punch for serious shooters. Here's how to make iPhoto work for you. Jan. 17, 2002

QT Authoring on Native Mac OS X
Here's how to create a terrific digital slide show, complete with effects and filters, using only native Mac OS X tools. Jun. 5, 2001

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