About

Rob 2x2-02I’m Rob Sheppard and I want to help people create compelling photos as they connect with nature. I believe we all have a unique vision of and connection to nature that we can share through photography. The craft of photography is important to help your photos to communicate at their best. Great nature photography is about finding ways to create meaning in your photography and connect people with the natural world.

I have been busy over the years creating many books related to photography, including Landscape Photography: From Snapshot to Great Shot, The Magic of Digital Landscape Photography, The Magic of Digital Nature Photography, and the National Geographic Field Guide to Digital Photography. I was also the long-time editor of the prestigious Outdoor Photographer magazine. 

I get around as a speaker and workshop leader, and I am a Fellow with the North American Nature Photography Association. My education was both as a photographer and a naturalist specializing in ecology and botany.

20 Responses to About

  1. Rob, I’ve been a writer (75th book about to be published), photographer and educator for more than 30 years. I have made my way through all of the major photography Podcasts, and with a couple of exceptions have stopped listening to them because they are either hosted by (or play host to) a group of self-important nitwits, or seem to have a mission to get photographers to be better by buying outlandishly complex and expensive gear.

    THANK YOU for breaking the mould. Like you, I am educated as a language guy and biologist, both of which inform my photography AND my writing and are frankly far more important to my quest to be a better photographer and storyteller than the gear I lumber around with. How refreshing your Podcast is in that regard.

    I teach a lot of workshops, and oddly enough the most highly demanded workshop I teach is called “Creating the Executive Storyteller.” When I listened to your recent Podcast about the importance of the story, I smiled and got excited. You nailed it, my friend–thanks very much for taking us in a different and far more rewarding direction. And please send information about workshops and such–I’d like to connect with one of them soon.

    All the best,

    Steve Shepard

  2. Greg H says:

    Hello Mr. Sheppard, I wanted to thank you again for helping me with a portfolio review/critique at NANPA. It was exactly the advice I needed; maybe it was more like “permission” to do things differently and look at things differently. I’ve gone back to the images and put some of your recommendations into place and even my current images suddenly take new life and new meaning. It’s been a few years since I’ve been this excited and reinvigorated about the possibilities with the camera. Thanks again!

  3. Hi Rob,
    I want to thank you for the free e-book, and the podcasts. The podcasts are so enjoyable, that I’m actually listening to them more than once. Please keep up the great work! I’ve left a comment and rating on iTunes as you requested in your podcast. I would like to support you by buying some of your books. Could you please recommend one for the absolute beginner. I’m definitely going to buy Landscapes: From Snapshots to Great Shots, Macro, and The Art of the Photograph.
    My job of landscape and habitat installation (and business owner) has me outdoors for the majority of my working hours. I love that you take the approach of working with what the day gives you, instead of waiting for the perfect conditions. As any outdoor professional knows, there are very few “perfect” days throughout the year. Another approach that I like is that you’re not a gear snob. Reading reviews for equipment is sometimes disheartening, because a lot of people think that you have to spend thousands on each and every piece of equipment. As a musician, I can tell you that there are plenty of people making beautiful music on less expensive instruments. There are also plenty of people with instruments worthy of envy without skills.
    The last thing that I wanted to contact you about, is to consider putting links to your books on your site. Amazon has a program that I’m looking into, and you might benefit from it too. Check out https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/join/?ld=AZAssocMakeM&ref=az_mm_aa

    Thanks again
    Christopher

  4. Venus says:

    What happened to the ‘www.robsheppardphoto.com’ website mentioned in your book ‘Adobe Camera RAW for Digital Photographers Only’ where demonstration photos in the book can be downloaded. Everytime I tried to access the website, I got redirected to the ‘Joy of nature Photography’ website.

    -Venua

  5. tony pariso says:

    Rob
    I am the Program Chair for the Loveland, CO. Photographic Society. Ken Blye, a close fried and past president of the Orlando Camera Club, suggested I contact you. Ken was enthusiastic about your program and based on your website I can understand his enthusiasm. If you will be in Colorado in 2016 I would be delighted to have you present to our club and would expand the audience by inviting the Fort Collins Digital Camera Club to attend. Together we have approximately 300 members. Please let me know if you are interested in presenting and, if yes, when you would be available. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your consideration
    Tony Pariso
    970-590-1111

  6. hi my name is Marco Petracci,
    I just finished reading his book ” landscape photography ” , I congratulate to you , he has been able to explain the complicated issues into simple topics . I also wanted ask you, given his past at outdoor photographer , how could I do to be published in the journal , I have not managed to get a response from them .
    my website: http://marcopetracci.com
    best regards

    Marco .

  7. Scott Rubey says:

    Hi Rob,

    A few years back (three years this month, it looks like), I took your Better Photo course on getting published. (Well, I was one of the lame students who stopped participating after the second session due to time constraints, but who still references your course materials a few years later.) My pie in the sky dream at the time was to get published by OP, and to perhaps use that as a springboard for further publications and who knows what else.

    I just wanted to pass along that I have been published in OP three times since July of last year, including a Behind the Shot, several Showcase photos, and a feature on controlling lens flare in the May 2016 issue that just came out. This month’s feature is my first bona fide article publication, and I pitched it to OP largely by referencing materials you made available through this class. After getting past my shock in having my very first article proposal accepted, I thought to myself that I needed to email you to thank you for your help with achieving this longstanding goal. It’s quite an honor to be included in the pages of a magazine I’ve read cover to cover since you were the editor. Since participating in your course, I’ve developed a number of potential article ideas that I will be in touch with OP and other publications about in the near future…fingers crossed.

    Thank you, sir…you do good work.

    Take care,
    Scott
    http://www.scottrubey.com

  8. Ben Andrew Henry says:

    Hi Rob,

    Love your photos. I work for The Scientist Magazine and we have an “image of the day” section. It would be great to feature some of your photos there! If you’re interested, drop me a line at bhenry@the-scientist.com.

    All the best,
    Ben

  9. Ramin Razavi says:

    Hi There,

    I am an amateur photographer from Adelaide, Australia. I recently created a page on Facebook to share my photos with friends and public. I started reading your book The Magic if Digital Nature Photography, Second Edition and was wondering if I could share the articles from the book on my page while mentioning the source of them.

    @persiaustralia

    Kind regards,
    Ramin

  10. Morry Moskovitz says:

    I’m attending your Fotofusion macro course. I live inBoca, so can I meet you in Butterfly world or will there be any didactic discussion first at Palm Beach Photographic?

  11. Catriona Rawsthorne says:

    Hi Rob,
    I love your work and your passion. I’m going to the Ecuadorian cloud forest for 3 months in February 2018 where it will be rainy season and a constant very high humidity.
    I was wondering if you had any recommendations of reliable weather proof cameras that can endure the high humidity levels.

    Thanks in advance!

  12. John Sylwester says:

    Rob,
    Nice to see you back; looking forward to your new postings… john

  13. Hey Rob, I’ve been reading your excellent book Simplified PS Elements 9 and love it. I believe that with a bit more reading I might finally make some inroads into Adjustment Layers and the rest. I’m currently using PSE version 8 and was thinking of getting a cheap used copy 9 to match the book I have.
    Before I go ahead, I wondered whether there is a particualr version between 9 and 15 that you think it’s really worthwhile leap-frogging to.
    Regards, Tim (Hampshire, U.K.)

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