Real World Concert Photography, PSW Orlando 2011

Last week while attending the Photoshop World Conference in Orlando, Fla, I had the privilege of attending a pre-conference class on Real World Concert Photography with accomplished photographers Alan Hess and Scott Diussa.  I have been shooting smaller performances for a while and greatly enjoying it.  My problem is that I have only been able to do it clubs where the lighting is often terrible and very challenging.  Signing on to this class was a no brainer for me.  I would get to meet two really cool photographers whose work I hold in high regard, shoot in a larger brighter venue, and get to see Big Electric Cat up close and personal, with instruction on the side.  The class discussion was superb.  We talked about everything from camera settings, to concert access, to post processing.  Alan finished with many hilarious examples of photographer etiquette (do’s and don’ts) while in the shooting pit.  After the class room presentation and discussion, we were treated to three songs, no flash, typical of what you would find in any large venue.  It proved to be quite challenging, exciting, and extremely fun.  Afterward, Scott and Alan continued with more on-site discussion and then we were treated to 3 or 4 more songs, then the grand finally with Scott Diussa, a fabulous guitar player in his own right, leading a ripping version of Neal Young’s “Keep on Rockin’ in a Free World.”

(If you popped over here from Scott Kelby’s blog, consider leaving me a comment so I know someone besides my mother is reading this….thanks).


Tony and Scott (my favorite shot of the event)


The lovely and enchanting Kalebra Kelby (Scott’s wife).  Man can she sing.  Think Nancy Wilson of Heart.



Tony taking the lead.

Felix on bass (when he is not designing as part of the NAPP/Kelby team).


Tony and Scott (I like this shot).


Mike on drums (never forget the drummer!)


Scott Kelby and Felix.

This class was worth everything it was built up to be.  I had a blast and met some great people.

Big Electric Cat played again for the rest of the conference attendees at B.B. Kings the next night and really rocked the place.


Among Alan’s funnier presentation slides were what you do not do when in the photography pit….like hold up you new iPad 2 and shoot video while blocking the view of everyone else.  Perhaps he needs to attend Alan and Scott’s class in Vegas!


The wonderful Joe McNally sharing in a special moment with wife Annie.



  • William Beem - April 4, 2011 - 12:54 PM

    Someone other than your mother read this. You got some nice shots at the pre-con and After Hours party. Glad you had fun with it.

  • John Swarce - April 4, 2011 - 11:46 PM


    Truly great pictures of the pre-con and the After Hours Party! While I didn’t get a chance to participate in the pre-con, the party at BB King’s was one to remember. Who was that guy with the iPad? Really annoying when he got in front of me by the stage, but he must be in Scott’s “inner circle”, as he was up front with all the NAPP people at Midnight Madness.

    Thanks for sharing!


    Oh, btw, Felix plays the bass, not the “base”. 😀

  • Michelle Hedstrom - April 4, 2011 - 11:57 PM

    I actually came here from my blog since you posted on my review. Really nice shots. I agree though, the one of Tony with Scott in the background is my favorite too. And I’m glad you got iPad guy. I’ve been telling people about him.

  • Theresa Jackson - April 5, 2011 - 12:20 AM

    I popped over here from Scott Kelby’s blog. I’m so glad I did. Your images are all great. I’m pretty convinced I’ll be taking the concert precon in Vegas if they offer it again with hopes of capturing just one image as good as all the ones you’ve posted here.

  • Ina - April 5, 2011 - 6:52 AM


    Cool photos. Great, bumping into you on theway back from Photoshop World.


  • Herb Rose - April 5, 2011 - 9:34 AM

    Congratulations on the quality of your photography.

  • Nat - April 5, 2011 - 10:18 AM

    Hello my friend.
    You got some awesome shots – love love love them!
    Keep on truckin’

  • Ed McMurrer - April 5, 2011 - 11:28 AM

    Danny…this is your mother! I did not send you to 4 years at ODU to have you run around with rock stars. What is a mother to do?? Nice pics Dan. Very cool. Ed

  • Daniel Glass - April 5, 2011 - 11:54 AM

    Thanks John, I thought a bass was a fish. I’ll have to fix that!

  • Lee - April 5, 2011 - 5:42 PM

    Still planning my first trip to Photoshop world maybe 2012. Your mom, William and now me read your blog. ;o) Great images from the pre-conference .

  • Alistair McNaughton - April 5, 2011 - 5:54 PM

    Looks like you have mastered the concert photography. I really like the B&W shot “Tony taking the lead”. Fabulous.

  • Karen Neil - April 5, 2011 - 7:28 PM

    Dan, moving up in the world of photography…great pics…and looks like you had some fun too…

  • Sandi Glass - April 5, 2011 - 9:47 PM

    Your mother and your sister-in-law and a few others 🙂 Great job, looks like you had a good time too! aren’t we lucky to have a professional in the family?

  • Alex Ö - April 6, 2011 - 5:27 AM

    Not only your mum is reading. I came from Scotts blog.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Trent - June 12, 2011 - 6:26 PM

    someone besides you mother is reading this. got here through Google – don’t ask how 🙂

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