Your Photography Companions

In the Field and on the Computer

Companion Books

Book: The Digital Photography Companion

Two books that show you how to take better pictures, then process them with ease. Good photography starts with good capture. The Digital Photography Companion gives you creative tips and technical advice for taking top-notch digital photos in a wide range of conditions. In other words, this book will help you make your pictures look better than everyone else's.

Get it Right at Capture

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The Digital Photography Companion shows you how to:

  • Choose the right camera (DSLRs, compact cameras, or hybrids) and learn all of the typical features they offer, such as face detection, image stabilizers, diopter adjustment, focus assist light, RAM buffer, and more.
  • An A-Z guide of digital camera controls explains everything from Aperture Value (Av) Mode and Autoexposure to White Balance, the Zoom/Magnify Control, and everything in between
  • Advice for a variety of photographic adventures, such as capturing existing light portraits, creating powerful landscape images, and shooting fireworks, underwater portraits, infrared photos, and more, along with lighting and filter tricks.
  • Complete advice for sharing your photos, converting from color to balck & white and more, plus an overview of photo management applications, from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to Apple iPhoto.
  • Printing doesn't have to be a painful experience. Learn various options, including direct printing without a computer, ordering out, and selecting the right inkjet printer for home (and what to do with it once you get it there.)
  • You also get an appendix with Quick Reference Tables, as well as other useful tables scattered throughout the book.

Take Control of Your Pictures on the Computer

The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers Buy The Digital Photography Companion on Amazon

But don't let your creativity end when you click the shutter. Become just as masterful on the computer as you are with the camera. The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers is your complete workflow guide from uploading the images to the computer, to sharing them with the world.

Many photographers, even the pros, feel overwhelmed by all the options that Photoshop provides. Fortunately, The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers spotlights only the critical tools you'll need most often in one compact reference. Professional photographer and bestselling author Derrick Story teaches you how to quickly and efficiently organize and edit your photos without compromising the originals.

The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers lays out an easy to follow workflow that starts with uploading your images to the computer, organizing them, and marking your best shots. From there, you'll see how to quickly:

  • Make basic adjustments such as cropping, color balance, and tonal adjustments
  • Use advanced tools for black & white conversion, spot removal, batch processing, and more
  • Refine your images using adjustment layers, masking, and smart objects
  • Learn specific recipes for retouching portraits, swapping colors,

Two Books, One Complete Course in Photography

By having The Digital Photography Companion and The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers at your fingertips, you have a complete course in photography at your disposal.

Post a mini review below, and Derrick Story will send you a signed author plate for each book you own to make them official signed copies.

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I have bought and read "The Photoshop CS4 Companion for photographers" and am very happy I did so.

Before reading that book, I had tried to go through some very lengthy CS4 video training, but I had finally given up that training since the road to the fun stuff seemed so long and uninteresting. So I looked for an alternative at the bookstore and had the good fortune of finding Derrick's book.

Derrick has a real gift as he is able to explain complex subjects in a simple, very interesting and fun way. His book captivated me from the very start and I had fun applying his directives. I too discovered the magic of Photoshop while seeing some of my pictures go from useless to beautiful and my enthusiasm is renewed. The workflow he proposes makes real sense.

In conclusion, I am glad I bought his book and I look forward to read & hear more from Derrick.

Actually the CS4 book is above the rest. I couldn't pick up how to use CS4 for a long time, but really got a hold of the software after reading the book. Probably one of the best if not the best out there.

Bonnie Smith
COO/Director FXP