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

Welcome to My World

I have been thinking a bit about why we photograph. I think a little self-awareness here can help one find better and more soul-satisfying photography. A lot of photography is chasing, and I am tired of that, both from my … Continue reading

Posted in Close Up Photography, Nature photography | 4 Comments

New Books

It is fun to see some cool new books coming out from photographer friends. These are self-published which is an increasingly important way for photographers to share their work and ideas. Bill Campbell has completed a terrific guidebook to a … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Landscape photography, Nature photography | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments


It is interesting to think about how much judgment plays a part in our world, in our lives, yet how much of a problem it can be. We do need judgment and discernment at times. That helps us figure things … Continue reading

Posted in Native plants, Nature photography | Tagged , , | 14 Comments

Experiencing a Lens

I strongly believe that experience is important to mastering your photographic tools, and that is important for anyone at any level. I just got a new lens for my Panasonic GH3 and took it out for a spin today. The … Continue reading

Posted in Close Up Photography, Gear, lenses, Native plants, Nature photography | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments


Sometimes I am really amazed by how many messages you get in a day that you don't have or are enough. An awful lot of stuff on Internet and in "advertising" is about what you don't have. This is different … Continue reading

Posted in Nature photography | Tagged , , | 23 Comments

Going for Better or More Engaging?

We all want to be a better photographer. If we can become better, we can better use our gear, better capture the subject, better engage our viewers, our audience, no matter who they are. Or so the common thinking goes. … Continue reading

Posted in Nature photography | 16 Comments