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

Winter [Photography] is Here

Growing up as a photographer in Minnesota meant dealing with winter. Actually, Minnesota has four seasons: pre-winter, winter, post-winter, and springsummerfall. No matter how you look at it, Minnesota has a long winter, and if you were going to be a … Continue reading

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Monopod for Close-Ups and Macro

Do you remember Hannibal from the campy TV show, The A-Team? He always used to say, "I love it when a plan comes together." I love it when some gear comes together to help me do something that I has … Continue reading

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Fresh Looks for Your Photos and Subjects

This past week week I found some little green sweat bees working the flowers of a newer plant in my garden. They were on the yellow flowers of a perennial bush marigold. I love these little bees so I had … Continue reading

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Visual Exercise Is Good For You!

One of the keys to always improving as a photographer is very simply …  to shoot! I don’t think this is something just for the beginning photographer, either. I consider  photographing that goes beyond simply getting a great shot is … Continue reading

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Finding a Calling in Photography and Nature

You'll hear a lot about finding your passion, your mission in life, your calling, and such, today. These can be important things. It is sad if you spend a lifetime living something you don't care about. I have been lucky … Continue reading

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Along a Fence Line – Finding Pictures

I just returned from a trip to Florida where I did some presentations to the Orlando Camera Club (a terrific, active and energetic club worth checking out). Friday morning, my friends, Wayne Bennett and Ron Caimano, went out to do … Continue reading

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