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

Craft and Control in Photography

Craft has long been an important part of photography. It was key to my development as a young photographer and my teachers and mentors grilled it into me. Craft is about understanding the choices you make as a photographer to … Continue reading

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Preaching to the Choir

You know the old saying, preaching to the choir. It refers to anyone who works hard to convince someone who is already convinced. It is usually thought of as a bad thing or at least that one is wasting their … Continue reading

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Photography as Communication

I have photographed since I was a kid, creating my first darkroom when I was thirteen. Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter and W. Eugene Smith were among my heroes. And nature has been part of my life since I was little. … Continue reading

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My New Wide-Angle POV

Note: I am gradually catching up after my mom passed away. I had started this before that happened, but never posted it, so this makes it easy to do now. I have actually used the camera described quite a lot … Continue reading

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What Really Matters

I had a blog post already for this week but then, "life happens" — my mom passed away last night. I head for Maine tomorrow. The photos here were taken recently by my sister (on the right in the selfie). … Continue reading

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“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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