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

Emphasis and Composition

Discussion about composition goes into all sorts of things, from the "rule" of thirds to watching out for distractions to leading lines and so forth. All good. Anything that helps you see the scene better photographically will make you create … Continue reading

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My Macro Addiction from Teen to Today

At the recent Great Smoky Mountain Photography Summit in Tennessee (first annual), I gave a talk about my "addiction" to close-up and macro photography. It is true that this part of photography has been with me for a very long … Continue reading

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A Macro a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Doing regular photography is a good exercise to keep your photography "muscle" and brain in shape. I know, the world happens and good intentions often are waylaid. Even though "regular photography" doesn't have to mean any special trips or lengthy … Continue reading

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Moment Macro Lens for Smartphones

Just before my trip across California from east to west (last post), I bought a Moment Macro lens for my iPhone. I have used my iPhone irregularly for photography. When I bought a Moment Wide-Angle lens early this year, I did … Continue reading

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More Than Seeing for Better Nature Photography

While on my cross-section trip across California last month, I finished reading a book by Patrice Vechionne, Step Into Nature. I quite enjoyed this book. It really gives a unique perspective on how we experience nature. Part of the book … Continue reading

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A Photographic Cross-Section

Recently, I was on a photo trip through California with my friend, Chuck Summers. We did a unique route for California, a cross-section of the state from east to west. Often as photographers, we go to a location and work … Continue reading

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