Allan Weitz

Allan Weitz

A graduate of the High School of Art and Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Allan Weitz started taking pictures when digital meant doing something with your fingers. Currently the host of the B&H Photography Podcast and a member of the B&H Explora writing team, his work has appeared in (and on the covers of) dozens of publications, including New York magazine, Philadelphia magazine, Esquire, GQ, Yachting, and Nautical Quarterly.

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If you ask the average photographer what the difference between a macro lens and a “regular” lens is, they will tell you macro lenses enable you to get closer to your subject than regular, or conventional, lenses. While this is true, the ability to focus close is only part of the story. The other part of the story has to do with an optical characteristic called “curvature of field,” of which...
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There's an adage among artists that goes, "If you can't make it good, make it big. And if you can't make it big, make it red." There's an awful lot of truth behind that statement, which I won't get into right now, but whenever I see photographs with big eye-grabbing pops of color, that pearl of wisdom always comes to mind. The same cannot be said about black-and-white photography. Color elements...
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In early July 2020, Canon announced a pair of EOS R-series cameras that should prove to be true game changers in the world of mirrorless cameras. The new cameras are the Canon EOS R5 and R6. Both are full-frame cameras—the R5 features a 45MP sensor, the R6 features a 20MP sensor—and have amazing stills and video. The following is everything else you need to know about these exciting new cameras....
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I first discovered mirror lenses when I came across photographs taken by legendary photographer Art Kane. The pictures had a look about them I had never seen in photographs before. Photographs © Allan Weitz 2020 The photographs had a great deal of what I would later learn is called “compression.” The plane of focus was extremely narrow, and the out-of-focus highlights resembled what I called them...
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Lensbaby is tickled to introduce the OMNI Flare Expansion Pack Collection, the latest addition to its OMNI Filter System. Consisting of four...
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Few camera lenses helped to define a brand name more than Nikon’s NIKKOR 105mm f/2.5. Produced from 1959 to 2005, this portrait lens underwent five updates during the course of its production run, including a complete makeover, in 1977. Considered by many photographers to be one of the sweetest portrait lenses ever made, it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn it was the very lens used by Steve...
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Life under lockdown is challenging on many levels. The need to express oneself through art, crafts, writing, or other creative outlets—though not nearly as critical as a means of survival compared to food and shelter—is part of our genetic makeup. Our creative efforts help to define who we are, how we think, and how we see the world around us. In times such as these, having the ability to express...
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If you live in the northern hemisphere, it’s summertime, which means it’s time to give thought to taking pictures under bright, sunny skies. Aside from being toasty warm, summertime also packs more daylight into our waking hours than the dead of winter. The farther north you live, the longer the sun lingers in the sky, and if you go far enough north, it never sets at all! This is all terrific but...
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Prior to reviewing the Robus RTH-1050 Ball Head, I was familiar with the Robus name but had zero hands-on experience with its products. After spending a few days with an RTH-1050 Ball Head mounted on a...
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For many photographers, cropping is a dirty word. For some photographers, the very mention of the “C” word is enough to make them shudder. Me? I do it all the time, and I have my reasons… lots of them. But before we move on, let’s talk about the fact that the pictures we “create” are to a certain extent pre-cropped before we even press the shutter button. “Huh?” Yes. You read my words correctly....
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Camera gear protectors accomplish several goals. If you should accidentally drop or otherwise bump your camera or lens against a hard surface, depending on the particulars—including the degree and point of impact—camera protectors can minimize, if not prevent, serious damage or dents to your gear, and possibly spare you the time and expense of repairs. Depending on the product, many gear...
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SAFETY. It's a whole new world out there and, if you are reading this, chances are you've been working from home, or as it's come to be known—WFH. There are definitely pluses and minuses of WFH, but something many of us have had to grapple with is keeping our gear—and equally important, our data—safe in an environment that was most likely never intended to be a full or even part-time work center...
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My writing career began in the late 1990s when Mike McNamara, the Executive Editor of Popular Photography magazine, offered me an opportunity to write a monthly column. At first, I was fine working after hours on my Apple Power Macintosh G3 desktop, which featured a speedy-at-the-time 266MHz 5600rpm Motorola CPU, a 4GB hard-drive, Mac OS 8, and a choice of a floppy drive, a Zip Drive, or a CD...
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Tamron has just introduced its 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens, now the fastest all-in-one zoom in its class, with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 at the widest end. This should help many zoom lens enthusiasts who are looking to capture a little extra light in dim conditions....
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Not long ago, I wrote a B&H Explora “How-to” article about hand-coloring black & white photographs using toned black-and-white prints and transparent photo oils. The article was well received and fun to produce. It also got me wondering if there was a way to...
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