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

Creatures of the Night

You saw a few bats last post. I am quite serious about learning more about bats so I can photograph them. These are fascinating little animals that deserve our attention but are difficult to photograph because they are indeed creatures … Continue reading

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Night Nature Photography

A lot of nature photographers never have much need to use flash. If you don't need it, why bother?! But when you need to photograph at night, as I did during my bat class recently, flash can become a necessity. … Continue reading

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Midday Landscape Photography

While heading up to my bat ecology class (more on that later) in the Sierra Nevada Mountains north of Truckee, California, I came across some landscapes that were very attractive, but I wasn't convinced they would look that great as photos because … Continue reading

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Infrared Revisited

A few years ago, infrared was all the rage. I had experimented with it a bit, and there is no question it is dramatic and bold. I went away from it for two reasons: 1) the camera did not have … Continue reading

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Authentic Images IV – Being Present

It has been fun to do this series on authentic images and see the responses I am getting from all of you, both as comments and as e-mails. I think this has an impact on a lot of us who … Continue reading

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Authentic Images III – Lightroom

I sometimes hear the idea that authentic images only come from the camera, and if you process an image, you are not being true to the subject. That would be true only if the camera captured the world the way … Continue reading

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