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

The Craft of Sharpness in Photography II – Handholding

There are times when we simply can't use a tripod. In the next post of this series, I will talk about other accessories such as bean bags and monopods. This time I want to look at handholding for sharpness. There … Continue reading

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The Craft of Sharpness in Photography I

Photographic sharpness is unique. Painting and sketching can provide sharp images, but the sharpness is definitely not the same. Computers provide an unnatural sharpness that often has to be dulled in order to look right. I often hear folks talk … Continue reading

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Special Optical Effects for Nature Photographers

I love the special effects that Hollywood can do now. But that is not what this blog post is about. You might remember the crazy effects from lens filters that were the fad a number of years ago. I am … Continue reading

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The Magic of Shallow-Focus Flower Photography

I had to get out and play. I had been working too hard on some projects that kept me at the computer. So I went out and shot flowers with super shallow depth of field. I love doing this at … Continue reading

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Environmental Flower Photography

I love being able to bring a setting or location to my flower shots. As you can guess from the last post, I also love the simple flower portrait. These are simply two different approaches to flower photography that keep … Continue reading

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Photographing Flower Portraits

One way of creating flower photos is to see them as portraits. Just as a good portrait of a person shows off that person in an interesting way, flower portraits work the same way. This is not simply about getting close … Continue reading

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