About Rob

Rob Schnell is a retired business professional who makes his home near Chicago, Illinois. He enjoys exploring remote wilderness areas, and National Parks in the United States and Canada. Rob developed his interest in photography during numerous backpacking, kayaking, sailing and adventure travel holidays. Rob's brother John Schnell is an accomplished landscape photographer working in large format and high-resolution digital. John served as an early mentor to Rob as his photography interests developed.

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Rob Schnell Photography

Rob Schnell strives to maximize the potential of each photographic oppportunity. What sets Rob apart as a nature photographer is his technical competence and experience with multiple formats.

About Rob

Rob Schnell Photography. Macro, Nature, Weddings and Wildlife

Rob Schnell is an accomplished adventure travel photographer. Each year Rob visits a variety of his favorite photography locations. He prefers working in areas he knows well, including the Last Frontier of Alaska, the Canyonlands and high desert of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, and the rugged mountains of British Columbia. During extensive field sessions, Rob focuses on creating magical images.

Please contact Rob today to discuss your project!

Camera Equipment

Rob Schnell Photography. Macro, Nature, Weddings and Wildlife

Rob uses two excellent camera systems. He selects the best format for his subjects, and prefers to use color transparency film, for its rich color saturation.

Rob uses the Hasselblad 503-C as his primary system, and for general purpose landscape work. For wide angle landscapes (to keep the foreground in focus and the background sharp), he switches to the Hasselblad Flexbody. The Flexbody helps Rob to avoid convergence of vertical subjects, such as trees. When traveling light (and for close-up work), Rob's preferred system is the incomparable Leica M Digital. And of course, Rob still enjoys using 35mm film with his Leica R8.


  • Hasselblad 40mm f/4.0 Distagon
  • Hasselblad50mm f/4.0 Distagon
  • Hasselblad80mm f/2.8 Planar
  • Hasselblad120mm f/4.0 Macro-Planar
  • Hasselblad180mm f/5.6 Sonnar
  • Leica 24mm f/2.8 Elmarit-R
  • Leica 35mm f/2.8 Elmarit-R
  • Leica 60mm f/2.8 Macro-Elmarit-R
  • Leica 90mm f/2.8 Elmarit-R
  • Leica 280mm f/2.8 Elmarit-R
  • Leica 28-70mm f/3.5 Vario-Elmar-R
  • Leica 70-210mm f/4.0 Vario-Elmar-R


  • Filters: B+W Polarizing and Graduated Neutral Density
  • Lightmeter: Seconic L-508
  • Tripods: Gitzo Carbon Fiber, Gitzo 226 Reporter, Gitzo 126 Weekend Performance
  • Tripod Head: Arca-Swiss Monoball B2


Rob Schnell Photography. Macro, Nature, Weddings and Wildlife

  We loved working with Rob, as she was able to take ideas bouncing around in our brains and turn them into something more fabulous than we could even imagine. We get constant praise from friends and others.

  Rob's Limited Edition Prints are amazing. Every image is just as I remember it. Thank you for capturing the essence of so many of the wonderful places I've visited!  

  If you need a creative photographer for images that give your home a real unique flare, then you need to contact Rob Schnell Photography. Rob has an amazing architectural camera that provides excellent perpectives.

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