Join Melissa Niu of Photofocus and Chase Reynolds of as they talk with concert photographer Alan Hess about renting lenses for special jobs. He even admits how much he loves the Nikon 400mm f2.8 lens but doesn’t have $12,000 laying around to own one.

Gear Discussed

Nikon D4 –
Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 –
Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 –
Nikon 400mm f2.8 –

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About Alan Hess

Alan Hess is a San Diego-based commercial photographer specializing in concert and live-event photography.

From small club shows to big arenas, he has photographed thousands of concerts, three songs at a time. Alans a-list of top performers 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.

Currently, Alan is acting as the house photographer for the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego where he not only covers all the events, but also document stage setups, building improvements and trade shots with the building management and the acts that come through the venue.

View all of Alan Hess’ work at