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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Macro photographs enable you to capture in-your-face close-ups of flowers, bugs, peeling paint, and—depending on your personal aesthetics—anything encrusted in rust. The following are 10 gift ideas designed to help you with tight close-ups of objects, rusty or otherwise. 1. Macro Lenses Macro lenses are specifically...
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Adobe has announced major updates to two of its most popular consumer photo and video editing programs—Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 and Adobe Premiere Elements 2021. More than a...
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Am I the only one who thinks it’s funny that when a new smartphone debuts, the only thing people ask about is the camera? Is it a decent phone? Nobody cares. Does the caller sound like they’re calling from Mars? If they do it’s not the phone—contact your carrier. The only things people seem to care about are how many megapixels and how many lenses it has. Unlike earlier-generation smartphones,...
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How “good” are vintage lenses when used on modern digital cameras? In a word, vintage lenses are “fine,” though I would have to immediately follow that statement by adding, “It depends,” because there are always exceptions to the rules, though even in these cases, the lens in question often works fine albeit with a technical or optical shortcoming of sorts. Original photographs © Allan Weitz 2020...
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Nikon has introduced two new FX-format lenses to its ever-expanding lineup of Z-mount lenses: the NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S ultra-wide zoom and the high-speed NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S. NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8...
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Over time I’ve been fortunate to have been able to shoot with almost every type of film and digital camera imaginable. The funny thing is, out of all of them, the camera that to this day amazes me the most is a pinhole camera I made out of a shoe box. Best part? I used it to photograph a magazine story and (thank goodness) the editors loved the results. All Photographs © Allan Weitz 2020 Pinhole...
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Image sharpness is an important part of the equation when purchasing a new lens. Who among us has purchased a lens without first inquiring about, among other things, how sharp the lens is? Anybody? Don't get me wrong. Lens sharpness is an important piece of criteria when it comes to purchasing a new lens and that's because, just like you, I only want sharp lenses regardless of whether the lens is...
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Panoramas are visually interesting, and that’s why Panorama modes can be found on many consumer cameras. Simply set the camera to Panorama mode, frame your shot, and follow the panning instructions in your viewfinder. Move slowly, evenly, and keep your camera level with the horizon. If your camera is on a tripod, so much the better. Do it right and you get a terrific panoramic image of up to 360...
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As a result of recently imposed tariffs and a desire to provide lower prices for consumers, Leica is beginning production of select Leica M-series lenses to Portugal. It should be noted that this does not affect the quality of workmanship of Leica products—all production standards and guidelines are being followed as before, only in a different location. As a result of this move, prices for many...
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In the early and mid-1970s, I often prowled the various neighborhoods of my native Brooklyn with my camera in tow. Coney Island was one of my favorite haunts and, despite the fact Coney wasn’t the safest of places at the time, I managed to wander the boardwalk and alleyways with a 4 x 5 field camera and a bag of Nikons slung over my shoulder without incident. In a bid to lower my visual profile—...
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Transcend is pleased to announce the addition of two new Type B high-speed CFexpress memory cards—the...
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In recognition of World Photography Day 2020, Manfrotto has introduced the Befree 3-Way Live Advanced Tripod. Manfrotto’s latest addition to its flagship tripod line is being billed as the world’s first travel tripod and 3-way fluid head kit specifically designed to address...
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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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