Born in Capetown, South Africa, moved to San Diego, CA in 1980. Spent seven years living and going to school in Ashland, OR before moving back to San Diego in 1992.
Alan Hess is a San Diego-based commercial photographer specializing in concert and live-event photography. He has photographed hundreds of concerts three songs at a time. From small club shows to big arenas, Alan enjoys the fast pace of shooting on the fly, the rush of the house lights going down, and the drive to capture the “show” in the images of the first three songs.
The wide variety of bands that Alan has shot include: Billy Idol, Black Eyed Peas, Bruce Hornsby, The Dead, Death Cab for Cutie, Derek Trucks Band, The Grateful Dead, Jackie Greene, John Legend, Marilyn Manson, Robin Williams, Slayer, The Smashing Pumpkins, Steel Pulse, Widespread Panic, Willie Nelson and many others.?Alan’s work has been published in a variety of online and print outlets, including the following: Dead.net, Jambands.com, Jambase.com, Poughkeepsie Journal, Mill Valley Herald, Pauserecord.com, Philzone.com, Photoshop User, Rat-dog.com, Relix Magazine and Vintage Guitar Magazine.
His images have been used for various CDs and other promotional work. Alan is currently the house photographer for a large concert venue in Southern California and when he isn’t out shooting concerts he is writing books.
Alan is the author of six photography books and three books about getting the most from your iPad. He has been the technical editor or content advisor on 12 other titles and continues to write and edit books when not out shooting.
Alan has been part of the PhotoshopWorld Instructor Dream Team since 2009