Concert Photography, with Alan Hess and Scott Diussa

Concert photographers Scott Diussa and Alan Hess share some of what they have learned during their years of experience.

There are many challenges to shooting concerts. Photographers have to deal with variable lighting conditions, moving subjects, tight spaces, and a limited time to get the shots they need. Concert photographers Scott Diussa and Alan Hess share some of what they have learned during their years of experience. They talk about their choices for camera gear, their shooting styles, how to anticipate shots, how to get a photo pass and signing releases, working around obstructions, lighting considerations, and the importance of shooting in spot-metering mode. The bad news is that it’s tough to make a living as a concert photographer, but both of these instructors agree, it is a very rewarding hobby as a photographer.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction and Solo Acoustic Artist (Duration 05:38)

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Lesson 2: Cameras and Lenses (Duration 08:15)

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Lesson 3: Solo Acoustic Artist, Part 2 (Duration 07:18)

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Lesson 4: Camera Settings (Duration 07:14)

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Lesson 5: Photo Pit Etiquette (Duration 11:32)

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Lesson 6: The 3 Song Rule (Duration 03:07)

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Lesson 7: Celtic Rock Band (Duration 17:11)

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Lesson 8: What to Pack in Your Gear Bag (Duration 08:43)

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Lesson 9: Acoustic Duo, Part 1 (Duration 07:34)

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Lesson 10: Packing Cameras and Lenses (Duration 07:58)

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Lesson 11: Acoustic Duo, Part 2 (Duration 09:05)

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Lesson 12: Photo Passes (Duration 05:09)

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Lesson 13: Metal Band, Part 1 (Duration 03:02)

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Lesson 14: Shooting Styles (Duration 02:53)

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Lesson 15: Metal Band, Part 2 (Duration 14:58)

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Lesson 16: Making a Living (Duration 03:26)

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Meet Your Instructor: Alan Hess

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…

Meet Your Instructor: Scott Diussa

Scott Diussa is a photographer, teacher, musician, traveler and part-time writer. His photographic background started with weddings, portraits and architectural photography but quickly changed to teaching photography at the Disney…

6 Comments

  1. I really like this video. watched it a few times and take notes. I also signed up for the pre-con workshop hoping to get more than what this video is offering. I just want to make sure if you guys are expanding the workshop beyond this video. I'm a newbie trying to find my comfort zone in terms of which kind of photography should I be focusing. Thank you!

  2. I really like this course. I like it because it is well explained and also show you the results. Only one thing about one of the guys. The guy with the black (flat) t-shirt is really nervous but he looks to do an excellent job as well. Keep it up guys.

  3. This workshop on Concert Photography was incredibly helpful for me. I especially loved the help with metering and exposure in the kind of lighting environment unique to concerts. I had just been shooting a worship concert venue and wanted to get better at it, with more crisp and clear shots. Now I understand the challenges more and this help is invaluable. Thanks so much for all the good training.

  4. EXCELLENT!! The best course ever. I found the answer for every question I had. It shows that photographers are masters and great teachers. Only great photographers can be great teachers, and teach photography. Excellent choice!

  5. I just wanted to come back and say that I recently watched this a second time before going out and photographing a friend's band. Despite the the very poor venue lighting, I followed the advice in this course (including shooting in manual) and achieved great results. Thanks guys!

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