Rob Sheppard - Arthor - Photographer - Speaker

Links to Rob Sheppard Books

The Power of Color in Nature and Landscape Photography

Power of Color in Nature and Landscape Photography

In The Power of Color in Nature Photography, author and photographer Rob Sheppard teaches you how to master color and create compelling and effective photos every time. He shows how you can use colors to change emphasis in a photo to affect where the viewer looks, and he walks you through the effects of light on color, from front to back light, and gentle to dramatic, so you can get just the effect you want. Finally, he discusses how to strengthen the composition of your photographs through your color choices or by creating color contrast, and how the wrong colors can detract from your images.


Follow along with Rob and you will:

  • Strengthen the composition and effectiveness of your photos using the power of color
  • Use a variety of light effects to enrich and highlight the colors in your images
  • Create mellow images with gentle colors or dramatic images with color contrast

This ebook is available from Peachpit.


The Power of Black and White in Nature and Landscape Photography

Power of Black and White in Nature and Landscape Photography

In The Power of Black and White in Nature and Landscape Photography, author and photographer Rob Sheppard shows you that creating beautiful black-and-white images involves so much more than just removing color. He begins by discussing how the history and tradition of black-and-white photography affect you as a photographer. He then shares the key elements to making dramatic images in shades of gray—contrast in brightness or tonality, texture, pattern, and sharpness—and explains the significance of tonal contrast in defining your images. Finally, he walks you through image-processing techniques with the software of your choice, as you translate your color images into stunning black-and-white photographs.

Follow along with Rob and you will:

  • Challenge your color memory and learn to think in shades of gray and black and white
  • Understand the range of possibilities of contrast in tone, texture, pattern, and sharpness
  • Translate color images into beautiful black and white with Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw, Nik Software Silver Efex Pro, Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements

This ebook is available from Peachpit.


Reports from the Wild

Reports from the WildReports from the Wild is an enhanced photo e-book about nature in some special places, including some special subjects, all shown off with nature photography, video and interactive images. The author/photographer takes the reader to places like Death Valley, the Everglades, seasons, and the chaparral to look closely at the nature of those places and how we see them. Then the book brings the reader into very close contact with some unique "characters" of those places. Throughout the book, beautiful photography and video show off and illustrate the nature discovered in the text. Each chapter also includes how-to photo information so that the reader might discover his or her own connection to nature through photography.

This book is available for download on your iPad with iBooks or on your computer with iTunes.


A Nature Manifesto

  • A Nature ManifestoDownload PDF VERSION HERE. (NOTE: The PDF version of this photo e-book includes the photos of the iPad version, but it does not have the interactivity or the videos.)
  • U.S.A. Readers: Grab the Free I-BOOK version for iPad & iPod, download via iTunes
  • Canada Readers: Grab the I-BOOK from iTunes
  • Australia Readers: Grab the I-BOOK from iTunes
  • All other Countries: Go to the iTunes Store through iTunes and do a search under BOOKS for: A Nature Photography Manifesto.

A Nature Photography Manifesto takes a new look at photography and nature photography today. It is designed to challenge the status quo and help photographers find new and fresh ways of sharing nature through their photography. It looks at how we can go beyond simply taking pretty pictures and why that can be so important to both the photographer and to nature. The books discusses how the words we use to describe our photography can affect how we photography. It also includes a section on making engaging photos and a section on how photos heal. The book is a modern e-book with multimedia included.


Landscape Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Landscape PhotogaphyLandscape Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots - one of my latest books, just about photographing the landscape. I am really pleased with the way this book turned out. It includes a lot of very recent photography from around the country, as well as ideas on getting better landscape photos.

Chapters include:

  • Equipment needed
  • Seeing as your camera sees
  • Working with light
  • Better composition
  • Perspective, space and depth of field
  • Sky
  • Connecting with a landscape
  • Black-and-white basics
  • HDR
  • Traditional darkroom work on the computer

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The Magic of Digital Landscape Photography

The Magic of Digital Landscape PhotographyThis is almost a companion book to the previous book. This is an older book, so the equipment section is starting to be dated, but that is a very small part of the book. This book overlaps the first book some in terms of techniques (including light and composition), but also looks at landscape photography in ways that few other books of this type do, by looking at photography of specific landscape types.

Chapters include:

  • The proper gear
  • Setting your camera
  • Mountains
  • Forests
  • Deserts
  • Oceans
  • Flower landscapes
  • Prairies
  • Small Scale Landscapes
  • Winter

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Digital Photographer's Complete Guide to HD Video

HD VideoYou have seen some video in this book (though iBook compresses video to such a degree that it is far from HD video!) and maybe you are interested in shooting some video, too. This book truly is a complete guide for digital photographers. Some photographers have told me that it looks like only a book for pro video shooters because of the cover, but that is misleading. This is a book for every photographer who wants to shoot video.

Chapters include:

  • Video DSLRs vs Camcorders
  • Getting great audio
  • Accessories for better video
  • Shooting HD video
  • Creating visual variety
  • Recording audio
  • Editing video
  • Video output

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The Magic of Digital Nature Photography

Magic of Digital Landscape PhotographyThis book really puts together some of the best techniques I know for all types of nature photography. This book is older and the digital gear chapter is outdated, but this will be updated in the next year for an updated book that will include a good portion of new photos, though the basic nature photography information is not going to change much because it is the same!

Chapters include:

  • Possibilities
  • Color
  • Landscape
  • Flowers
  • Wildlife
  • Close-Ups
  • Connections

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The National Geographic Field Guide to Digital Photography

National Geographic Field Guide to Photography: DigitalThis is also an older book with an outdated section on digital cameras, though the core information about digital technology is correct. The rest of the book is sound about all types of digital photography. It is a good, compact reference and includes some special sections on photographers including National Geographic photographers Jim Brandenburg and Bruce Dale. This book has also been translated into many languages and is available throughout the world.

Chapters include:

  • Effective camera techniques
  • From camera to computer
  • The digital darkroom
  • The print
  • Ethics

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A Totally Biased Close-Up and Macro Photography Book

Close-up and Macro PhotographyThis is a little book I did on close up photography to encourage photographers to try new things with close up and macro photography. It truly does reflect tips and techniques that I really do use all the time. It also includes information about each photo that is about the nature and photography.

The book includes how to work with:

  • Extension tubes
  • Macro lenses
  • Achromatic close up lenses
  • Wide-angles up close
  • Telephotos for close ups
  • Light and close ups

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Landscape Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots - The DVD

Landscape Photography - DVDThis video complements my book, Landscape Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots. We shot this in a beautiful location in the rolling hills of Sonoma County in Northern California. I offer a lot of tips from the field for getting better landscape photos.

Segments include:

  • How time of day affects you
  • Working with directional light
  • Seeing better compositions
  • How to use the histogram for better exposure
  • Choosing focal length to affect perspective
  • Getting better skies

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