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

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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I really believe that nature and photography offer us opportunities to learn as long as we are willing to explore both. For some of you, that learning may mean basics such as controlling depth of field through more than f-stops … Continue reading

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Photography is risky, if you are willing to push yourself to create original and unique work that is special to you. It means putting yourself out there, risking all sorts of comments, being vulnerable. Using a lens in a way … Continue reading

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Change and Story, Yours and Mine

“Change is the only constant in life.” From the ancient philosopher, Heraclitus (often attributed to Emerson). The two spring aspen photos here are from a day of fast change to the light due to stormy weather – a day of … Continue reading

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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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