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

What About Those Who Don’t Like Your Work?

We all run into it, whether we admit it or not – that sinking feeling we get when someone tells us they don't like our photography or they don't get it. We often respond in preprogrammed ways based on our … Continue reading

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Yogi Berra on Nature Photography

Baseball legend Yogi Berra passed away on September 22. He was 90 years old. Even if you were not a baseball fan, you probably heard of Yogi because of his interesting way of talking! He could put together words in … Continue reading

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Seasons of Life

As we go through life, we change in how we see the world. The seasons of life is a cliche, but it is also a good way of looking at life. As these seasons change, we change, hopefully always better … Continue reading

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Simplified Exposure Choices

I have been working with a photographer to help him simplify his work in the field. We talked about exposure the way I approach it, and he found that it simplified his choices quite effectively. So I thought I would … Continue reading

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The Magic of the Black Line Border

You may or may not notice that I always add a thin black line for a border on my images (called a stroke in Photoshop). I consider this a very important part of displaying a photo. By adding a thin … Continue reading

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Challenge of Night Photography

Digital cameras are absolutely amazing in their ability to handle night photography. If you never shot film at night, you won't know how truly remarkable digital cameras are today for night photography. Film could be a pain to use after … Continue reading

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