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

“I see you” as Nature Photography

I have been reading a really outstanding book, Fully Alive, by Timothy Shriver. This is “about” the Special Olympics, but not really. It is more about how we see life and others. He talks about how we don’t always see folks with … Continue reading

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Inspiration for Lively and Effective Compositions from Children’s Books

I love children's books and that has nothing to do with buying them for kids. I buy them for me! And I buy them for the illustrator, not the author. There are children's picture books that have amazing, beautiful and … Continue reading

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Comparisons (a creativity and fun killer)

I have often said that my favorite place to photograph is wherever I am photographing! That is true. I want to connect with the nature of a location and share that through my photography. I believe that only when you … Continue reading

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Creativity Enhancers: Beyond the Obvious

Nature has a challenge for all of us. So much of its beauty can be so beguiling that we only see what appears first. I have been caught by this at times so that I only photographed the obvious. This … Continue reading

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Creativity Enhancers and Killers

I'm not sure why, but it seems like lately I have been thinking a lot about what enhances our creativity as nature photographers and what kills it. There are a lot of things to talk about, so I am going … Continue reading

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Art and Craft

Craft in photography is gear, technique, skill in using the camera, understanding things like exposure and depth of field, and so forth. Craft is how you control the image so that it expresses what you want it to express. As … Continue reading

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