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

Nature Night Life

This post is a little different than most because I have no photos of the actual subject. The nature photos you see here are of the locations. And you will see these strange screen shots. I was just in Florida for … Continue reading

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I spent a long time working on this project, Nature’s Jobs, my photo nature book for kids. I put together Nature's Jobs to work to connect young readers to nature by linking the idea of jobs that we humans do with … Continue reading

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Being Me – Being You

It has taken me a long time, a lifetime in fact, to learn a very simple rule for getting the best from my photography. Be me. Over the years, I have chased the looks of photographs made by well-known photographers … Continue reading

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Noise? Get Over It and Use High ISOs!

If you saw someone doing this at an art exhibit, what would you think? That they were nuts? Or maybe an obsessive photographer. The point is, normal people will be looking at the photograph... ...not putting their nose to the … Continue reading

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Three E’s of Better Photography: 3. Experiment

Sometimes the answers to getting better as a photographer are inside you. And the only way to find them is to experiment. The two photos here came one morning by the ocean in Southern California. These are not typical or … Continue reading

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Three E’s of Better Photography: 2. Effort

When I am working with photographers at classes and workshops, I often hear a frustration that they can't do something. They can't figure out some part of the craft of photography or something like composition isn't coming easy or they … Continue reading

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