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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (17 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781118172902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118172902
  • ASIN: 1118172906
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Sound advice for concert photographers

Restricted access, dynamic stage lights, crowded pits, and unpredictable performers are the tough stuff of concert photography. Add in the pressure of knowing there are no second chances to get a missed shot, and you′ve got a full–blown shooting challenge.

Veteran concert photographer Alan Hess helps you overcome these challenges and capture the energy of a live show. From credentials and gear to camera settings and venue–specific tips, this book covers everything you need to know to capture shots that rock. This manual for concert photography is laced with advice from photographers, band publicists, and musicians. Find out why this is the best job around.

If you′ve wondered . . .

  • How to get the right credentials to photograph a concert

  • What are the do′s and don′ts of interacting with venue staff and other photographers at a show

  • How to deal with colorful stage lights in performance shots

  • What′s the best gear for concert photography

  • How to get the coveted backstage shots of a band

  • What it takes to capture concert images that stand apart

. . . find the answers here!

About the Author

Alan Hess is a professional concert photographer who has photographed such diverse acts as Anthrax, Billy Idol, Bruce Hornsby, The Grateful Dead, Slayer, Steel Pulse, Tim McGraw, and many more. He has written four Digital Field Guides, the iPad Fully Loaded series, and Night and Low–Light Photography Photo Workshop.


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I purchased this book as I have been trying to develop my concert photography, and wanted a bit of theory to guide my practice. This book certainly gave me a lot of useful information, and deals with topics such as composition which is usually omitted from the internet guides on concert photography I have read, which rarely go beyond camera settings. It is a very balanced book, touching on many aspects of the subject, but I would have liked a bit more on the technical/photography side of things, and less on topics like shooting in big venues which most people will not be doing unless they are already well on the way to being established. I would really have liked a section featuring top concert shots, with some critique explaining what makes them great shots.
However, even the bits which don't apply to me were relatively interesting to read, so it's still worth four stars, but doesn't quite make it to a five.
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This had all the information I needed to prepare for shooting my first gig in a very dimly lit club. Which lenses to take, which camera settings to use as a start point, what to wear and other things to consider. I am really pleased with the results, and the client is delighted so thank you Alan Hess!
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Alan's latest book contains a wealth of information relating to shooting concerts, but much of this information is also transferrable to shooting in any situation with low light and moving subjects.
There is thorough explanations about finding your exposure, focus modes, gear, focal lengths and getting the right moment, but this book is not just about the technical side there is also chapters dedicated to getting access to gig's with a camera, what you should or shouldn't sign, it covers shooting in badly lit bars right up to big shows and festivals. Alan has also included several sections from other well known concert photographers with their experiences and tips along with tips and opinons from several musician's on how they prefer to be photographed and what it takes to make a great image. I highly recommend this book and also recommend attending the Workshop and courses that Alan along with Scott Diussa teach at Photoshop World.
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Good book with lots of basic and not so basic ideas and kit to use.
Enjoyed the read and the pics that go with it.
Good chatty style and split into small chunky sections.

Helped me.
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I have taken live music photography for several years, but this book has inspired me so much, I was very tempted to contact the author I was so impressed with his photography he has that added angle to his work that really captured my attention, I didn't want to put this book down, a must for anyone working in this field of photography or wanting to, he will inspire you !
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