About Alan:

I was born in Capetown, South Africa, and 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.

I am a San Diego-based commercial photographer specializing in concert and live-event photography. I have photographed thousands of concerts, three songs at a time. From small club shows to big arenas, I enjoy the fast pace of shooting on the fly, the rush of the house lights going down, and the drive to capture the “show” in still images.

I have photographed a wide variety of bands that  include: Billy Idol, Black Eyed Peas, Bruce Hornsby, Justin Bieber, The Who, 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, Jay Z, Widespread Panic, Willie Nelson and many others.

My work has been published in a variety of online and print outlets, including: Dead.net, Rat-Dog.com, Jambands.com, Jambase.com, Poughkeepsie Journal, Mill Valley Herald, Pauserecord.com, Philzone.com, Photoshop User Magazine, Relix Magazine and Vintage Guitar Magazine. My images have been used for various CDs and other promotional work.

I am the author of nine photography books, three books about getting the most from your iPad and six Fuel ebooks from Peachpit. I have been the technical editor or content advisor on more than 12 other titles and I continue to write and edit books when not out shooting.

  • Mastering Nikon Speedlights: A Complete Guide to Small Flash Photography and the Creative Lighting System 
  • Pet Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots 
  • Night and Low-Light Photography Photo Workshop 
  • All Access: Your Backstage Pass to Concert Photography 
  • Nikon D3200 Digital Field Guide
  • Exposure Digital Field Guide 
  • Composition Digital field Guide 
  • iPad Fully Loaded 
  • iPad 2 Fully Loaded 
  • The New iPad Fully Loaded 
  • The Sony A700 Digital Field Guide 
  • The Sony A200 Digital Field Guide

I have had the honor of being part of the Photoshop World Instructor Dream Team since 2009 teaching on a variety of subjects both in the Photography and Photoshop tracks.

I am currently acting as the house photographer for the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego where I not only cover all the events, but also document stage setups, building improvements and I take the trade shots with the building management and the acts that come through the building.

If you wish to hire me as a photographer for any show, tour, concert, event or personal project, please email me at alan@alanhessphotography.com or click on the contact me button above.


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