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Alan Hess - who has written 10 posts on The Digital Photo Experience.

Alan is a concert photographer based in San Diego. Alan strives to bring the energy and excitement of live shows to his images as he captures concerts 3 songs at a time. Alan teaches workflow using Adobe Bridge, Lightroom and photoshop. You can follow Alan on twitter at http://twitter.com/shotlivephoto

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Background at the zoo

February 19, 2010

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In my last post I talked about shooting through fences and other barriers at the zoo. In this post I want to talk about the backgrounds. Many times a good photograph can be ruined because the photographer failed to pay attention to the background. We get so focused on the subject we fail to notice […]

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Back to the zoo

February 11, 2010

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Last time I talked about shooting at your local zoo and I want to just address something that came up in the comments and in some emails sent to me. You need to check the rules at your local zoo about what can and can’t be done with the photos. I just want to make […]

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2010/02/09 Nikon releases two new lenses

February 9, 2010

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Nikon released two new lenses today: the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED lens and the AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR. AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED which will sell for $2199. Prime Wide-angle Perspective— Ultra-fast f/1.4 Aperture Natural wide angle of view, with extreme light gathering capability, delivers extraordinary performance, meeting a broad range of […]

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Off to the zoo

January 28, 2010

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I recently posted the following photo on my twitter feed and was really surprised to read all the positive comments. Many people were surprised that the shot was from the the zoo and I realized that many people don’t fully appreciate what their local zoo can offer photographically. I went to zoo to recharge my […]

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Apple Announces the iPad

January 27, 2010

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The long rumored Apple tablet device was unveiled today by Steve Jobs. On the tech side, the iPad has a 9.7-inch display that is 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch, a full capacitive multitouch screen, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+, an accelerometer, compass, speaker, mic, and the the standard 30-pin connector. It also has a […]

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Focus on the music

January 7, 2010

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Previously I covered shooting concerts using spot metering and using manual mode. With this post I want to discuss the different focus modes that I use when shooting live shows. The first thing is to make sure that your camera is set on the Continuos Auto Focus. This is where your camera will continue to […]

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2010/01/06 Nikon updates D3x, D3, D700 & D300s firmware

January 6, 2010

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Nikon has posted firmware updates for the  D3X, D3, D700 & D300S DSLRs. The latest firmware allows all four cameras to use the new 64GB CompactFlash cards. Other changes are as follows: D3x When some memory cards were inserted in the camera, “CHA” was displayed in the top control panel and images could not be […]

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Spot metering, the only way to roll

December 17, 2009

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In my last post I talked about using manual mode when shooting concerts because of the rapidly changing lights. And while I shoot in manual mode, that doesn’t mean I completely ignore my cameras built in light meter reading. As with all photography, the real trick is to use the best metering mode for the […]

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2009/12/10 Nikon announces new lens / teleconverter

December 10, 2009

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Nikon announces a new Super Telephoto lens to replace the older AF-S VR NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens. The new AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VRII is built for professionals with it’s wide aperture, new vibration reduction, and rugged construction. The new 300mm lens comes with the following improvements: Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image […]

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Manual Mode Rocks!

December 3, 2009

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Getting a good exposure when shooting live events, well, all events, is a balancing act between shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Because I have no control over the lighting, and because I can’t ask the performer to stand still for a minute, I need to get it right the first time. That’s why I shoot […]

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