The Candid Frame #159 - 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 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:,,, Poughkeepsie Journal, Mill Valley Herald,,, Photoshop User,, 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

You can discover more about Alan and his photography by visiting his website

Alan Hess recommend the work of Joe McNally

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The Candid Frame #89 - Stephan Oberhoff

Stephan Oberhoff is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer and composer living in Los Angeles, CA. Initially, Stephan came to the US in 1991 to study Jazz at the prestiguous Grove School of Music in Van Nuys, California. The planned original 1-year period of musical sabbatical and break from cranking out commercials and documentary film scores, however, expanded into Stephan's -now 18 year- stay in L.A.

During the earlier segment of his career in Germany as a composer and producer of numerous TV commercials and documentary film scores, he became Co-recipient of several Commercial and Documentary Awards. He has collaborated and produced work with such talent as Melissa Manchester, Dianna Ross and Brenda Russell. You can discover more about Stephan and his music by visiting his website.

Stephan Oberhoff recommends the work of Brad Mehldau.

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The Candid Frame #82 - Lynn Goldsmith

Lynn Goldsmith is a legendary portrait, commercial and fine-art photographer who has photographed many of the great entertainers of film, television and music including Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Patti Smith and Miles Davis, just to name a few. Her photographs have appeared on the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, People, and more. She has also created a body of fine-art photography which includes a remarkable series of self-portraits. You can discover more of her work by visiting her website.

Lynn Goldsmith recommends the work of Elliot Erwitt.

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