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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3 days ago
Not long ago, mobile phones were judged by their sound quality. Nowadays, phones are judged by their image quality. “Can you hear me now?” has been replaced by “Your phone has how many lenses?” But while image quality continues to improve in quantum leaps, the lighting systems built into our mobile communication devices are “quaint,” at best. Your mobile device undoubtedly has a flash or LED...
1 week ago
Despite the fact smartphones and tablets were designed first and foremost to be used as handheld devices, unless you’re taking pictures under bright sunny skies, you should mount your phone or tablet on some sort of support device if you want truly sharp results. Support devices for smartphones and tablets come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and in this roundup we will take a look at some of...
3 weeks ago
Building on a proven track record in the field of industrial drones, PowerVision is taking pre-orders for its first consumer drone—the PowerEgg. Rather than a traditional X-shape 4-axis design, the PowerEgg is egg-shaped. Slightly larger than a football, the PowerEgg features...
1 month ago
Many photographers have niche specialties for which they are known, intentionally or otherwise. My niche (one of them anyway) is… boat photography, a specialty I innocently and unintentionally stumbled into many years ago. Photographs © Allan Weitz...
1 month ago
Flowers are like sunsets, in that if you can compose and expose the frame properly, it’s pretty much a slam-dunk that you’re going to be walking away with good, if not very good, photographs. Not long ago, my wife brought home a basket of white azaleas. Although I’ve seen azaleas umpteen times in the past, something caught my eye this time around. Maybe it was the late afternoon light, maybe the...
2 months ago
Skill and patience aside, if you want to capture successful photographs of babies and newborns, it helps to have a camera with features that enable you to capture what are more often than not fleeting, unrepeatable moments in time. Attributes and features you should be looking for in a camera are quick autofocus and shutter-response times, wide-aperture optics for selective focusing, higher ISO...
3 months ago
The new Voigtlander Heliar-Hyper Wide 10mm f5.6 ASPH lens for Sony E-mount cameras isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s not that it will wrestle you to the ground or throw you like a bull in a rodeo; rather, it challenges your skills as a photographer. Speaking as someone who...
3 months ago
I have long been attracted to cameras that appeal to my sense of aesthetics, ideals of functionality, or simply because they “talked” to me. With the exception of a few cameras that no longer function due to fragility, frozen shutters, or the lack of film, I still take pictures with many of these cameras. Seneca Uno 4x5 Chautauqua (1903) If you went to a camera store in 1903 and asked for a...
3 months ago
Over the past few years, many cameras have been marketed as fashion accessories. Many point-and-shoots, not to mention high-end compacts and consumer DSLRs, have been available in a choice of colors—designed to match one’s wardrobe. Novel and bold as this might appear, the concept is far from new. In the 1920s, around the time F. Scott Fitzgerald was publishing The Great Gatsby, Eastman Kodak...
3 months ago
I have long had a penchant for small, high-performance cameras; especially small high-performance cameras with wider-angle lenses. I’ve wanted an X70 from the moment I first saw one. The Fujifilm X70, the company’s smallest and lightest X-series camera to date, features a fixed 28mm...
4 months ago
I’ve been a fan of pocketsize cameras for years. Aside from the fact that there’s little excuse for not having one with you at all times, the pictures they take can be pretty remarkable, and despite any performance and imaging deficiencies point-and-shoots often have compared to larger cameras, they’re more likely to be within arm’s reach when you need them. Dried branches, late autumn. ...
4 months ago
The “Green Movement” has influenced manufacturers in the photographic community for quite some time. Lead and arsenic, a pair of heavy metals that contribute to the “character” and performance of optical glass, have been collectively called industrial poisons for decades. Beginning in the late 1990s, lead and arsenic were slowly phased out of formulas for lens elements and replaced by...
4 months ago
Architectural photography is both an art and an exacting craft. Unlike most genres of photography, in which level horizon lines and correction for keystone and parallax distortions are secondary issues, architectural photography requires a disciplined workflow and a keen sense of design. The following eight items are tools I find extremely valuable for photographing the exteriors and interiors of...
5 months ago
If you ask photographers what they consider important when choosing a camera, the aspect ratio of the sensor seldom enters the conversation. Megapixels? Yes. Sensor size? Yes. Burst rates? Yes. Aspect ratio? Seldom. Aspect ratios are determined by the form factor of the camera’s imaging sensor, which among consumer cameras are typically 3:2 or 4:3 rectangles. And while photographers weigh the...
5 months ago
GigaPan technology first made a big splash during President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, where it was used to capture a rather phenomenal photograph of the crowds that gathered in the Washington Mall. Wolf Blitzer was like a kid in a candy store, and kept looking in on the progress of the picture as it evolved. Since then, amazing GigaPan images have been used to capture international sports...

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