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About Rob

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

Creating Depth in Photographs

Whether we are photographing a landscape or a native bee, we have to translate the three dimensions of real life into the two dimensions of a photograph. Creating the impression of depth can be very important to showing off nature … Continue reading

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Two Approaches to Nature Photography

Recently I saw a web ad for some sort of photo course about getting great shots of night skies, and it had a photographer pointing his camera "at the night sky" (through the help of Photoshop!). It struck me as … Continue reading

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Photos with Environment

More and more I am leaning toward photos with environment, photos that show more than the subject and include some of the setting. Photos with environment – Connect me with nature beyond the subject as I photograph. Looking at the environment … Continue reading

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Mind Your Own Business in Photography

I can remember growing up hearing, "Mind your own business", from my sister. I think it is a common part of baby boomers' times of growing up. Siblings used to love to say this, and sometimes parents would use this … Continue reading

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Physician, Heal Thyself

You know that I have often talked about how important it is to be true to oneself in creative endeavors. That is, I believe, how you do your best and most satisfying work. That said, I ran into a situation … Continue reading

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Night Nature Photography II

As you go beyond simply shooting night skies (though they can be fun and addicting), you will discover some new challenges. Here are some ideas on how I have dealt with them. Night critters: Lots of animals come out at … Continue reading

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