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 www.robsheppardphoto.com; my blogs are at www.natureandphotography.com and www.mirrorlessnature.com.

The Craft of RAW and JPEG in Photography

I got an email from fellow photographer Hugh Nourse asking for some clarity on shooting JPEG, especially when a lot of photographers tell you that you "have to" shoot RAW. Okay, first off, I shoot RAW ... and JPEG! Given … Continue reading

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The Craft of Exposure in Photography IV

The craft of exposure is also related to how the image is processed and what you want from the photo. One thing that is really important to keep in mind is that image processing should not be regularly used to … Continue reading

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The Craft of Exposure in Photography III

There are many ways of exposing for a scene, from autoexposure modes to manual exposure, multi-point metering to spot metering and so forth. All work, and all have advantages and disadvantages. I am going to discuss how I expose, especially … Continue reading

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The Craft of Exposure in Photography II

The craft of exposure means understanding how to control exposure so that important bright areas are bright and have detail and color, dark areas have the best detail possible and the overall image is exposed to render the most important … Continue reading

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The Craft of Exposure in Photography I

We are going to look at exposure in terms of craft in several blog posts and how that affects your ability to get the optimum photo that you need. Exposure is often simply talked about in terms of whether you use auto or … Continue reading

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Photographic Craft as Communication

Craft in photography, for me, ultimately comes down to communication. It is not simply how well you use the tools of the medium, but how well you use them to connect with others, to communicate something important to you to … Continue reading

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