NANPA VOLUNTEER: Rob Sheppard

RobSheppardMany people know Rob Sheppard as the long-time editor of Outdoor Photographer. While still associated with that magazine as a contributing editor, Rob is also a photographer, author, naturalist and nature photographer, speaker, workshop leader, editor and videographer. He has worked to hone his craft to best present the natural world he loves to others. That world includes everything from a bee in his native plants garden to a visit to a national park. Rob has written and photographed a lot of books and magazine articles. What is most important to him about these projects is knowing that he has helped people become better photographers and gain an improved connection to nature. Rob has received a NANPA Fellow award. A short list of some of the books Rob has authored: 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). See more on Rob at his website, www.robsheppardphoto.com and his blogs, www.natureandphotography.com and www.mirrorlessnature.com.

Do you have a “day” job? What do you do?

I work independently as a writer/photographer/teacher. I write and photograph for books and magazines and I teach classes as video lessons, on-line courses and in-person classes.

How have you been involved in NANPA or the NANPA Foundation?

I have been a long-time trustee of the NANPA Foundation. I also have been a speaker, portfolio reviewer, contest judge and contributor to NANPA publications.

What was it about your involvement in NANPA that interested you most?

Becoming involved in NANPA just seemed like something I should do. I had a background that allowed me to help, and so I felt I should. I like helping people better connect to nature through photography. I strongly believe that nature deserves our attention and if I can help gain it more attention, plus help people with their photography, then great!

What were your greatest accomplishments or the highlights thus far of what you have done for NANPA?

People often ask me where is my favorite place to photograph, and my answer is always the same, the place where I am. I feel similarly about what I have done for NANPA. I am most connected to and feel best about what I am involved in at any given time. It is the act of being involved that is important to me.

How long have you been a NANPA member?

A long time! Almost, though not quite, as long as NANPA has been around.