Featured Interview in “The Black & White Landscape” by Andrew S. Gibson

Featured Interview in “The Black & White Landscape” by Andrew S. Gibson

The Black & White Landscape by Andrew S. Gibson

Last summer Andrew S. Gibson contacted me and asked if I would like to be interviewed for a case study in his upcoming eBook The Black & White Landscape. Having previously read several of his books and found them to be well-written and informative, I was surprised that he would consider me for a case study in one of his books. The book was published today and I was even more surprised to find that one of my favorite photographers, Cole Thompson, is the other case study. I’ve been admiring Cole’s work for years as well as his approach and philosophy, and I consider it a great honor to have my work featured in the same book as his. Thank you, Andrew!

You can purchase the eBook, as well as many of Andrew’s other eBooks at The Creative Photographer website. If you are interested in learning black and white photography it is $14 well spent, and at the time I’m writing this, you can use code NOVEMBER4 to get the book for $10. Andrew covers an enormous range of topics in the 158 pages of The Black & White Landscape and supplements his words with beautiful photographs. Although I haven’t read all of his other books, based on the ones I have read, I can confidently say that if you’re looking to improve your photography skills, you would be doing yourself a great service getting any of his books.

The Photographer’s Guide to the Golden Gate Bridge Now Available From Peachpit Press

The Photographer's Guide to the Golden Gate Bridge - by Rob Dweck

It is with great pleasure that I share the news that The Photographer’s Guide to the Golden Gate Bridge is now published by Peachpit Press and available for download via their online store for $4.99. I initially released the ebook earlier this year as a PDF file, and now through Peachpit it is available in ePUB and MOBI formats as well.

I never imagined that the ebook would be distributed by a major publishing company and am eternally grateful to several people for making this happen, especially Ted Waitt at Peachpit and photographer extraordinaire Brian Matiash for unknowingly hooking us up. Thank you both!

New eBook Released Today: The Photographer’s Guide to the Golden Gate Bridge

The Photographer's Guide to the Golden Gate Bridge by Rob DweckI’m thrilled to announce that today marks the release of my first ebook: The Photographer’s Guide to the Golden Gate Bridge. In the book you’ll find detailed descriptions of over 15 locations, with tips on technique, lens choices, best times to shoot and how to deal with weather. It also includes over 25 photographs to inspire and assist you in getting the best images possible.

And best of all, it’s free until May 31st. With the upcoming Google+ Photographer’s Conference and 75th anniversary celebration of the bridge, I wanted to make the book available to everyone attending these events.

Find out more and download your copy at goldengatebook.com.

Riverfront Art Gallery Photography Show

Three of my prints on aluminum have been accepted to the “Showin’ On The River” juried photography show at the Riverfront Art Gallery in Petaluma, California. The show runs from March 7th through May 6th and with a reception on Saturday March 10th from 5PM to 9PM. The show features the work of several talented local photographers and I highly recommend visiting the gallery to see the work of these fine artists.

March 7th – May 6th
Wednesday – Sunday

Riverfront Art Gallery
132 Petaluma Boulevard North
Petaluma, California 94952

More information is available on the Riverfront Art Gallery website or by calling the gallery at
(707) 775-4ART (775-4278).

Winter Open Studios at Studio 333

Studio 333 Open Studios

Studio 333 in Sausalito is holding their annual Winter open studios on December 9th, 10th and 11th. I will be there over the entire three days, so If you are in the bay area, please stop by, say hello and check out my work as well as the work of the many other talented artists displayed in the gallery.

Studio 333
333 Caledonia St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Friday December 9th, 6PM – 9PM (Opening reception)
Saturday and Sunday December 10th & 11th, 10AM – 4PM

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Todays Guest Blog Post on Rick Sammon’s Blog

Today I am honored to be the guest blogger on Rick Sammon’s blog. I’ve been a huge admirer of Rick for years. His books, workshops and videos have helped me and countless others become better photographers. Not only is Rick a Canon “Explorer of Light,” a title bestowed by Canon to only 62 exceptional photographers in the world, he has also published 36 books, several iPad apps and teaches workshops worldwide.

I was fortunate to assist Rick at the California Photo Festival where he led workshops, classes and gave presentations that left everyone amazed and inspired. Spending time with Rick was one of the highlights of the festival for me and I’m thrilled to be his guest blogger.

You can read the post here.

My Cover Photo on the Spring California Parklands Newsletter

California Parklands Newsletter Spring 2011Renowned photographer Chase Jarvis says that the best camera is the one you have with you, and after seeing the cover of the Spring 2011 California Parklands Newsletter, I agree. When I received an email from the California State Parks Foundation saying that they were considering one of my photos for the cover of their Spring newsletter, I was surprised because the photo they wanted was taken with my iPhone.

Flashback to July of last year, my friends Craig and Alison were visiting and my wife and I took them and their 2 children Eric and Abigail to Angel Island State Park. Anyone who has been to Angel Island knows that it’s one of the most beautiful destinations in the bay area. Situated off Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay with 360 degree views of the surrounding area, there are photo opportunities at every turn.

On this day I chose to leave the camera at home and just enjoy a beautiful day with my friends. No fussing with shutter speeds and apertures, no lugging twenty-five pounds of gear on my back, just a great day in the bay. When we stopped for lunch, I pulled out my iPhone to snap a few photos of the two children running around, playing and doing the kinds of things kids do. Not only did I not expect to ever print this photo, I never imagined it being on the cover of anything! I’m not about to ditch the camera gear that I’ve invested in over the years and shoot exclusively with my phone (although my back would thank me if I did), but I may be using my iPhone camera a bit more often.

And even when I am hauling a truckload of gear on my back, I won’t complain. After lunch, Eric and Abigail couldn’t keep their eyes open, so Craig picked them up and carried both of them to the top of Mount Livermore. If I had to haul that much weight, I’d need a sherpa.

Studio 333 and Marin Open Studios

Since February, several of my aluminum prints have been hanging in Studio 333 gallery in Sausalito. Studio 333 is participating in Marin Open Studios, an annual event that occurs over the next two weekends. I will be at Studio 333 as part of the open studios both of these weekends. If you are in the bay area, please stop by, say hello and check out my work as well as the work of the many other talented artists displayed in the gallery.

Studio 333Where:
Studio 333
333 Caledonia St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Saturday and Sunday May 7th & 8th, 11AM – 5PM
Saturday and Sunday May 15th & 16th, 11AM – 5PM

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Storm Brewing at Badwater wins 2nd Prize in Ansel Adams Gallery Contest

Last month I received an email with the news that “Storm Brewing at Badwater” won 2nd prize in the Ansel Adams Gallery National Park Photo Contest. What makes this award so special is that it’s not coming from John Doe’s gallery, it’s the gallery that bears the name of the MOALP (Mother of all Landscape Photographers). (Yes, I know he’s male-but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s the MOALP.) (Also, no slight intended towards John Doe if someone with that name indeed does have a gallery.) (I know this is the fourth parenthetical clause in a a row. I’m a photographer, not a grammarian.)

You can see the other beautiful winning photos at the Ansel Adams Gallery website. If you can’t live another day without “Storm Brewing at Badwater” hanging on your wall, please contact me to order a print.

Rob Dweck - Storm Brewing At Badwater

California State Parks Foundation July Photo of the Month

A photo I shot last month in China Camp State Park was selected as July Photo of the Month by the California State Parks Foundation. Although it is not available for purchase yet, I’ll be adding it to the gallery later this month.


Rob Dweck - China Camp Village

“Twilight in Vernazza” Wins First Prize

I was recently notified by Digital Photo magazine that one of my photos won first prize in their Great Escapes Photo Contest. With over two thousand entries, it was a long shot, but “Twilight in Vernazza” was selected along with four other fantastic winning shots. You can see it along with the other winning photos at the Digital Photo Great Escapes Photo Contest page. It may also be published in the September issue of the magazine…details to come when I find out more.


Rob Dweck - Twilight in Vernazza