Author Archives: Rob Sheppard

About Rob Sheppard

I am proud of the work I have done as a photographer, author, naturalist and nature photographer, editor and videographer. I love the natural world, and that can be a native bee in my native plants garden as much as a visit to a national park. I am a husband of a beautiful and smart wife, a father to my outstanding son and daughter, and one who lived in Minnesota most of my life, but now loves the variety and very long growing season of Southern California. I have written and photographed a lot of books and magazine articles but what is most important to me about them is knowing that I have helped people become better photographers and gain a better connection to nature. I work to help people connect with photography and nature through speaking and as a workshop leader, too. All of this has gained me a Fellow award with the North American Nature Photography Association. Many people knew me as the long-time editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine and I am still connected with them as a contributing editor. A short list of some of the books I have done: Landscape Photography: From Snapshot to Great Shot, Magic of Digital Landscape Photography, The Magic of Digital Nature Photography, National Geographic Field Guide to Digital Photography, The Power of Black-and-White in Nature Photography and Reports from the Field (an iBook). My website is at; my blogs are at and

Lenses Affect How We See the World

Not long ago, I wrote a bit about the importance of both moving your camera position and changing focal length in order to get different perspectives on your subject and its relationship to the surroundings. I got to thinking a … Continue reading

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Respect in Photography (and Life)

I am going to do something a bit different this week because of an experience I had recently, related to people who suffer from Parkinson's disease. The photo above is of my dad. He passed away nearly three years ago. … Continue reading

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Looking Beyond the Obvious

Earlier this summer, I was up in the Great Basin National Park in Nevada. This is a wonderful park that is one of the quieter national parks because of its location. While I did photograph some of the beautiful mountains … Continue reading

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Beyond Simply Zooming: A True Pro Secret

A challenge I am seeing for today's digital photographers is that so many of them have learned photography only with zoom lenses. Let me say that zoom lenses are outstanding and well worth having and using. That is not the … Continue reading

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One Old Plant!

Recently I returned from a trip through the "outback" of Nevada and Utah with Chuck Summers. We visited the Great Basin National Park, learned that the actual Great Basin is really lots of small basins between small mountain ranges (though … Continue reading

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Peter Essick and the Ansel Adams Wilderness

I quite admire Peter Essick's work. He has a way of telling stories about nature and the environment through his photography that few other photographers match, even among his fellow photographers at National Geographic. More people should know his work. … Continue reading

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