Author Archives: Rob

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

Environmental Portraits in Nature

For me, the environment of a natural subject can be very important. It can tell a lot about the subject, which in turn, means a photograph that includes that environment can tell a lot about that subject for the viewer, … Continue reading

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Creating Depth in Photos Part 2

Late in November, I started this series on creating depth in photographs. Here is part two. Focus contrast – Whenever you can create a contrast in focus from subject to background or key part of image compared to other areas, … Continue reading

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Nature Photography Rocks!

It is sometimes hard for me to keep up a steady pace of blogs, so I am going to revise and repost older blogs, including all new photos. Here's one: I believe nature is worth the effort to make better … Continue reading

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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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