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About Rob
Rob Sheppard is a naturalist and nature photographer and videographer who says his favorite location is the one he is in at any time. Presently, he is spending a lot of time in the chaparral of Southern California and says that the chaparral is one of the wildest and least photographed ecosystems in the country. He is the author/photographer of over 30 books, as well as a well-known speaker and workshop leader. He was the long-time editor of the prestigious Outdoor Photographer magazine and helped start PCPhoto (Digital Photo). Presently he is editor-at-large for Outdoor Photographer. He does workshops with Light Photographic Workshops and Palm Beach Photographic Workshops. His nature and photography blog is at www.natureandphotography.com.

October 7th, 2011

New Tamron Lens

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I have a fun little project now that goes beyond its surface to something about how we look at lens choices. Tamron has asked me to work with their newest 18-270mm lens. Officially, it is the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD — don’t you love all of the letters? It is almost like a …
 
September 16th, 2011

Monitor Calibration

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For some strange reason, a whole bunch of things related to monitor calibration have been top of mind: I had my second monitor lose its recognition by my computer so it started displaying strangely; I have had a bunch of students at BetterPhoto.com struggling with the look of images because their monitors were not calibrated; and …
 
August 16th, 2011

Selling Photos

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After working for so many years both as the editor at Outdoor Photographer and as a photographer selling my work before and after that, I get a lot of questions about how a photographer can sell photos to Outdoor Photographer or any other publication. I want to share some ideas on what to do in …
 
July 21st, 2011

A Common Photographic Challenge

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I think one of the most common photographic challenges all of us face is this — we see subjects and the camera sees light. What happens is that we can see a detail in a huge range of light from bright sun to dark shadows. In addition, we can see really dark things next to …
 
July 7th, 2011

Watch the Details in Black-and-White

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I love the new interest in black-and-white photography. It offers some great opportunities to go beyond the “common” color shot and create something striking and unique. It is funny to write that. It wasn’t all that long ago that in publications, black-and-white was the stuff treated poorly and put on the “cheap” pages, while color …
 
June 13th, 2011

Quick-and-Easy Digital Slide Shows

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One great way of putting images together is in a digital slide show done to music. The challenge we all have, if you are like me, is having time to do such a slide show. I had to get something together to promote my trip to Costa Rica with Holbrook Travel and had gotten behind in …
 
June 10th, 2011

New Books to Consider

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I have been privileged to see a lot of wonderful photography over the years, both as a lover of photo books and when I was editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine. I want to share a few things I have run across recently that you might find of interest, too. Dewitt Jones shot for many years for National …
 
June 3rd, 2011

Dealing With Skies

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One of the constant challenges for landscape photography is dealing with skies that are much brighter than the landscape itself. The problem is that we can see great color in detail in both places, yet the camera has serious limitations in dealing with such a contrast range. A solution to this is to shoot two …
 

May 19th, 2011

Great Tool for Nature Photographers

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I have had an iPod Touch almost since it came out, and this year, I got the newest version with a camera. I don’t have an iPhone because we are with Verizon and the iPhone was not available with that company until this year. Maybe when our contracts for our present phones run out? Anyway, …
 
May 8th, 2011

Landscape Photography App

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Rob Sheppard’s Digital Landscape — I have long been interested in how new technology can affect what we do with photography (though I admit I was a latecomer to Facebook). There are so many possibilities, though sometimes many possibilities is not good. Too many choices! I have completed my first app with Juan Pons. It …