No Fake Porn For Me

Kara Duhe

No Fake Porn For Me!

Most porn directors go further than I want to go, with girls I don’t want to know. This is why I will never shoot boy/girl porn.

The second reason is that I have met many of these girls that are doing hardcore B/G porn, and they freely admit that they never have real orgasms. The typical porn set is not the place for most girls to get off. There are far too many people and too much bullshit going on. That plus waiting for the director/camera man to set up the matching shot is an erection killer and time waster. Most girls know they can get away with screaming and moaning and no one will call them out for having a fake orgasm, as it is all fake to begin with. So, you get what you pay for, more fake porn.

If you want the real thing (beautiful pussy, having real orgasms), then Come Up to Beauty.

Ron Harris

The Decline of Fake Porn

Holly VanHough

The Decline of Fake Porn

The adult industry thinks the 40% (or more) decline in porn revenue is due to the plethora of free porn on the web. ABC News even did a story saying this is the reason for the decline in porn profits.

Nothing could be further from the truth. This time when the recession hit, instead of porn holding its own, it declined because the viewers decided that free fake porn is the same as the paid for fake porn.

Recessions cause consumers to re-evaluate how they spend their money. They still spend money, but since money is scarce they want value for their money. The recession caused the viewers to re-think the intrinsic value of fake porn.

The porn industry has always had only one answer for declining sales: “Make it more hard-core and disgusting!” Fake porn. Low end quality, low end talent. The audience knows it, as well as the companies that make it. It is time for the porn industry to
come to terms with fake porn that has no redeeming value.

Most porn companies have started of shoot only “Gonzo porn”, (ie: amateur looking porn shot the way anyone with a camera can do.) The problem is anyone with a camera IS shooting “gonzo porn” and it is everywhere. So what is the difference? None!

Within the next two years, only porn sites that have a high-end specialty will survive. I own the young, adorable and all natural “Sex Is Beautiful” girl site genre, I have not felt any significant loss in members or retention, while most of the industry is down over 40%. I know what works and I do not resort to disgusting, fake porn to remain on top.

Come Up to Beauty – Ron

My Help! magazine covers

Help Cover

Help! covers

In 1961 Gloria Steinem came to my studio to look at my photography to see if I would be qualified to shoot for the magazine she was working for, Help! magazine. The creator of Help!was (the then very famous) Harvey Kurtzman, the original creator of MAD magazine. While we were going over my portfolio, I told Gloria she had beautiful eyes. That night, I took her to her home on W 81 Street (opposite the Museum of Natural History) and we had sex on the fire-escape since it was too hot in her apartment.

This is at the beginning of my career, before I became rich and famous. I shot many covers for Help! magazine. Some of the celebrities that I shot for Help! were; Woody Allen, Tom Poston, Jonathan Winters, and of course many others, as you can see in the listing here: I also shot all the “fumettis” (the Italian word for photo comics) for Gloria Steinem when she was an editor at Glamour magazine . The “fumetti’s” were an ongoing story about two working girls in Manhattan, who lived together. This was the first time that main stream media implied the sexual behavior of and between two girls. This was the pre-curser to “Sex in the City”, in the way that the magazine told the story of real women and how they really live.

I shot the above cover photo of Jonathan Winters in my studio at 480 Lexington Avenue, Room 801. As usual I set up the photo before the talent arrived. When he arrived for the
shooting (late), he demanded that the shooting had to be done in twenty minutes since that was all the time he had (this is typical of most comedians that I have shot). I finished the shooting in about thirty minutes. Jonathan then proceeded to tell jokes for the next two hours.

Gloria is the model in the background of the Help! cover with Winters, the one with her back to the camera. Gloria also founded MS Magazine
and is considered one of the founders of the “feminist movement” .

Come Up to Beauty! – Ron Harris

Julia Crown – New Nikon

Julia Crown

Photo Lesson:

I finally got tired of trying to make the photos from the Canon 5D Mark 2 look good. I have been a Canon fan for thirty years. Not any more.

I traded the new 5D 2 in for a Nikon D700 with the 24mm to 120mm and a normal 50mm lens. I am still keeping my old Canon 5D, because it is a great camera. Most of the photos on are from this camera.

The Nikon D700 is not as good as the old 5D Canon, but it will be fine. I think I still like the skin tone on the old Canon 5D better. But I am not willing to say that for sure just yet. The first thing that is much better than the Canon are the controls. The Nikon controls are light years ahead of the Canon’s. From the 51 focus points to the screen and the ease of operating the camera, it is superior. The D700 has the same sensor as the D3, but the dynamic range is crippled. I guess Nikon did this to not eat into the sale of the D3 which costs double the price.

But when you expand the dynamic range in Lightroom you can get the same effects. I do this as much as I can with any digital camera, including the 5D. The skin tones are way too red by default. My guess would be that Asians prefer their skin tones to be a little pink and the market for any camera is for the majority of the world’s races. So we with lighter, more Caucasian skin tones, will just have to fix the photos for ourselves.

The photo above of Julia Crown is from the Nikon D700

Come Up to Beauty – Ron

Gracie Glam – See and Be Seen


Seeing and being seen

There are three reasons that fashion is important in our society:

1. Clothing is essential to keep you warm and covered from the elements, protecting you from injury.

2. Your choice of fashion style determines what tribe you belong to, giving you visual cultural identification.

3. For women, it covers the unstable and unattractive, masculine body parts that you wish to hide. For men it allows you to cover the unstable and unattractive body parts that you don’t like, usually those that are feminine.

The purpose of all cosmetics, fashion, exercise, and plastic surgery is to make you look younger and more beautiful. As a fashion photographer for my entire adult life, I have received most of my awards because I discovered and photographed the beauty of Mother Nature. However, that beauty was most often enhanced, (or wholly created), by the application of cosmetics, clothing and carefully considered lighting and other effects.

Now that I am working on my own, I allow myself to concentrate on photographing the beauty of Mother Nature in a more pristine state. I am able to work with beautiful young women, who require minimal camouflage to look radiant.

I vividly remember watching a Chris Rock special on HBO a while ago, in which he accused women of lying, since everything they wear is to change thier true appearance so that you will breed with them. Lipstick, perfume, clothes, hair color, breast implants, lip enlargement, nose reduction, their hair styles, etc. While I find the comedy aspect of Mr. Rock’s dialog very funny and very true, I am not as upset by the fact that women enhance their looks to attract a partner as some men must be.

Seeing and being seen is what we all do. When no one is looking at you as a potential breeding partner, your inner wisdom sends you the message that the organism knows it is dying and starts to give you the pain that will kill you. When someone is no longer able to reproduce, their bodies start to deteriorate and then the signs that we call Old Age begin to manifest; bone loss, degenerative diseases, loss of mental clarity and even cancer, start to eat away at your body.

I have spent most of my life around beautiful supermodels and female editors from all the major women’s fashion magazines. I was even Gloria Steinem‘s sexual partner in 1961. I have listened to women and what they are really saying, and learned that whenever a woman says that she is not concerned with her looks, what she really means is that she is doing something that enhances her looks. You see, when a woman is no longer concerned with her looks and doesn’t do anything to make herself look better, that means she is no longer interested in living. Since women as a rule are as interested in remaining alive as men are, you have to look at what she is actually doing, not what she is saying to learn the truth. As always, the actions speak louder than the words.

Come up to beauty – Ron

Ashlyn Rae – Growing Pains

Ashlyn Rae

Pain is the breaking of the shell

Everyone wants to have a better life, yet no one seems to want to go through the changes that we humans need to endure to have a truly extraordinary life. Too many people want to hang onto their past emotional baggage, blame everyone else for their
failures and are too lazy to take their lives into their own hands. It is only through “Growing Pains”, that colloquialism that we all know, that we finally can succeed.

“Pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” Khalil Gibran, said in “The Prophet”. The great philosopher, Socrates said nothing would happen without war and pestilence, (i.e. disease).

Pain is required for humans to grow. If you want to understand how much pain is necessary for growth, just ask any mother about childbirth.

Greatness comes from dealing with pain, and allowing it to strengthen us. Lance Armstrong won his first Tour de France, in July of 1999. Three years earlier he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread to his brain, lungs and abdomen. I had watched Lance race for many years in the Tour, and he was never a big winner. However, in 1999, after having faced death and won, he blew away every other great racer and made them all look puny. He went on to win the Tour seven straight times. The pain of fighting cancer had made him stronger than all the other great cyclists in the world. Of course, he would not have beaten the cancer except for the fact that he was a world-class athlete to begin with. Lance Armstrong knew that pain was the road to success, and he accepted that even before he endured cancer.

All organisms get stronger when you try to kill them and fail. In medical realms, we are finding out that the world is running out of antibiotics that can kill our mutated bacteria. The wide spread use of antibiotics, which is a poison to bacteria, has caused bacteria to mutate. The same thing happens when people are exposed to pressure and fight to survive. When the impeachment attempt failed, Bill and Hillary Clinton got stronger. They remain, to this day, two of the most powerful political figures on the world stage.

All around us are examples of how this works. On July 1, 1999, CNN did a fifteen year retrospective on their show, “Pinnacle“. They said if you had bought stocks in the companies founded by the CEOs and multimillionaires featured on the show, you would have made 814% on your money. They ran clips of each of these famous people, and the interesting fact was that they all ascribed their success to the failures and pain that they had
been dealt, such as cancer, loss of family, abandonment, abuse, etc. We only grow and learn from pain and failure. If we survive, it makes us smarter and stronger.

All growth is promoted by pain. Today’s metaphor is “if it doesn’t kill you, it probably makes you stronger.” You better believe this if you are going to have a great life. Since pain and pleasure are received though the same nerve cells, the greater the pain we can endure, the more pleasure we can receive.

Come up to beauty – Ron

Kara Duhe – Photo Lesson

Kara Duhe

There are many photographers out there that are trying to work their way into the “celebrity photographer” category. Since I have been there, and still am there, I feel I have the right and the duty to share what I have learned over my past 40 years as a top
fashion photographer. This is not a self appointed title. I am considered by the main stream media to be one of the world’s experts on beauty. I have personally appeared in; Time Magazine, Newsweek, US News and World Report, USA Today, the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, Paris Match, Associated Press Magazine, Gear Magazine, Glamor Magazine and People Magazine. I have also appeared on EXTRA, Inside Edition, Good Morning America, Today, CBS This Morning, 20/20, 48 Hours, pieces for Nippon Television and in a one hour, BBC documentary. Over 420 articles and 51 television shows worldwide have featured Ron Harris.

If you are willing to learn from someone who has the credibility and experience to teach you how to be a great photographer, please read further, because what I am going to share with you will make the difference between whether you remain a good
photographer, or move up to become one of the great photographic artists. There are many good books that can teach you the fundamentals of photography but not how to be a great photographer.

There are some things that all photographers need to understand and one of the most important things is this:

Art is not art because you call it art. You are not a photographer just because you are able to make images with a camera any more that a person who owns a knife and can cut steak can call himself or herself a surgeon. I have spent 50 years honing my
skills as an artist. And I am still learning and experimenting. True art always has a new way of looking at the world we live in. All major artists have refined there technical skills to perfection and are able to make great photographs, on demand! Just hoping that you will get lucky, will probably get you nothing. The most high paying photo assignments are never given to “SHOOTERS”. These photographers are hit and miss. No one will pay for this kind of amateur behavior. So rule one is it must be unique and show us the world in a way that helps us understand the human condition. When it comes to the beauty of women and mother nature, it can truly enlighten you about how society works. If you know how society works then you can be successful, because you then have the power of knowledge that can bring you a life worth living.

The second important thing will sound like heresy to most budding photographers, but all great photographers know this is the truth:

Your least important asset is your equipment. Amateur photographers fondle their cameras and talk tech talk all the time. Professional photographers spend their time on the things that matter and it is not about the best camera, or lens. All that you need is one good camera that you can get consistently good results with. My choice is the Canon 5D, and as you that have been reading this blog know, I bought a Canon 5D Mark 2 and have been very disappointed. The 5D Mark 2 has a problem with Chromatic Aberrations, which obscures fine details like hair, so that all the photos I have shot in the last three months look unsharp. Look at this photographers review of the Canon 5D Mark 2, Click on one of the test photos that have trees in it and then expand the photo to full size and you will see what looks like a rainbow around all the small branches in the trees. I still prefer the Canon 5D in many ways. The only other thing that you need is a Metz strobe. Most photographers use too much lighting equipment. Ninety percent of the photographs I have used in the last fifty years, have been shot with one light!

In the next update I will explain how to color correct your photos.

Come Up To Beauty – Ron

Meggan Mallone – Test Scores

Meggan Mallone

Mother Nature drives us to produce children, as I have already discussed. The Theory of Sexual Selection pushes us to procreate with an aim to produce more beautiful children than we were. This is all part of the evolutionary process.

As the traits of beauty are based on physical structure, including the balance between elliptical and spherical elements in the human body, and how much strength these measurements lend to the human body, we are continuously striving to produce generation after generation of superior human beings. However, just the physical state of our children and our children’s children alone, will not ensure this natural and required progression of the human species as evolution is constantly progressing. The mind must also be attuned to progress.

Intelligence plays a role in survival, as much as physical attributes do. Where the United States is failing is in promoting education for our children, once we have brought them into the world. The world has changed, and if you are American, you are already behind most of the emerging nations like China, India, and Venezuela. These and other new nations have a populace that works harder, studies harder, and is more motivated than you are, and that is also going to affect how well your children do as they grow and
procreate themselves.

The latest results available from the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), are worth reading. This study is always based over a five year research cycle, the next full study will be completed in 2011. The easy to read condensed version of the full report that follows is courtesy of the American Institute of Physics:

“The 2007 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) report has been released, and the results are decidedly mixed. While average United States math scores have risen from 1995 levels, average science scores have stagnated. Moreover, the US continues to lag behind a number of European and Asian nations.”

The Following statistics are based on the participation of 10,350 fourth graders at 257 schools and 9,723 eighth graders at 239 schools;

“Average fourth and eighth grade US math scores rank among the top third of nations participating. Nations with an average fourth grade math score significantly higher than the US were Hong Kong (607), Singapore(599), Chinese Taipei (576), Japan (568), Kazakhstan (549), Russian Federation (544), England (541), and Latvia (537). Nations not measurably different than the US average included the Netherlands (535), and Germany (525).

Nations with a significantly higher average eighth grade math score were Chinese Taipei (598), Republic of Korea (597), Singapore (593), Hong Kong (572), and Japan (570). Those nations not measurably different than the US included England (513), and the Russian Federation (512).

Average fourth and eighth grade US science scores rank among the top quarter of nations participating. Nations with a significantly higher average fourth grade science score were Singapore (587), Chinese Taipei (557), Hong Kong (554), and Japan (548).

Nations with an average fourth grade science score similar to the US included the Russian Federation (546), England (542), and Italy (535).

Nations with average eighth grade science scores significantly higher than the US were Singapore (567), Chinese Taipei (561), Japan (554), Republic of Korea (553), England (542), Hungary (539), Czech Republic(539), Slovenia (538), and the Russian Federation (530). Nations not showing a measurable difference than the US included Hong Kong (530), and Australia (515).”

This next century will see the Chinese, the Arabs and the Blacks come into their own. These cultures have a different set of values and will probably help set into motion the destruction of many of our most beloved social institutions.

James Burke, Ph.D., who did the ‘Connections’ series for PBS, had predicted the fall of most of our social institutions primarily because of how the Internet will impact knowledge. If these nations continue to match or move ahead of the United States and European countries in mathematics and science, it is only logical that the technological advances will also come from these societies and that their associated cultures will influence everyone that is introduced to those advances in technology via global communications, such as the Internet, as well as the way people exchange information of a more personal nature on the Internet now.

Come Up to Beauty – Ron

Meggan Mallone – Mars & Venus

Meggan Mallone/Meggan Powers

“Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus”, was a best selling book, because it helps you understand what works and how you can get what you want from life. What I will attempt to do is show you the true mathematical and predictable way Mother Nature works, which is the biology behind the book, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus“.

I will show you how you can see and understand everything by looking at the shapes of nature. Nature shapes everything we perceive and that impacts our perceptions of beauty. Whether we are discussing women or flowers, fine art or contemporary fashion photography, supermodels or my own models, mathematics of proportion and shape are laid out by Mother Nature, to provide us with clues to an object’s physical stability and ultimate evolutionary survival.

Through this blog, we will continue our journey together in pursuit of the truth that we can measure and prove. If we understand how the organism works, we are much more likely to achieve our ultimate goal of getting better looking children than we are to the next generation, and beyond. This is our destiny: to keep evolving.

Helen Fisher Ph.D., Anthropology, in her book, “The Anatomy of Love“, says the most important act you can perform is that of making love, for it is only with this act that you can transfer your genes to the next generation. And, of course, the scientific definition of life is the ability to reproduce. Most people in old folk’s homes say the most important thing in their whole life was having their children and grandchildren.

There is, of course, another way to help evolution. That is by changing our perceptions and beliefs so that the next generation does not make the same mistakes we have made. Many intellectuals have opted to leave their teachings for the next generation rather than their genes.

Come Up to Beauty – Ron

Danni Cole – Church, Science

Danni Cole

The Catholic Church, Art, Beauty and Science

It has been said that the Catholic Church was always vehemently against science. Much of the argument is based on the censure of Galileo in 1612 by Father Tommaso Caccini, who declared that Galileo could not teach his theory that the Sun sat at the center of the Universe and that each planet in our solar system traveled in an elliptical pattern. This was contrary to the church teachings that the Earth was the center if the Universe and the planets all moved in perfect circles around the Earth. When Galileo was ordered to appear before the Holy Office of Rome in 1632 his ideas put forth in Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems was found suspicious of heresy by a papal trial.

While Galileo had trouble with the Roman Church, not all scientists had that experience. During the Renaissance period in the 1450’s, the Catholic Church commissioned many studies. Each one was aimed at trying to find the truth of our origins and how the world works. When you look closely, it seems that what the Church was interested in finding was not just how things work, they were truly interested in discovering the true form of God, since the bible says God created man in his own image. The Church had been the keeper of all the scientific information throughout the dark ages and literature from the Renaissance attests to the Church’s obsession to understand Mother Nature, by commissioning nude statues and then dissecting the forms mathematically.

One of the most easily recognized symbols of this obsession is a work of art depicting man in a circle that is used to denote medicine in the twenty-first century. Leonardo is the artist that created that depiction. His Vitruvian Man is in the Vatican vault
collection. This means that the Church did look at mathematics and how the mathematics related to human beauty.

While I believe that Leonard and the Church were wrong in his artful representation of how to mathematically prove beauty, (as Leonardo was trying to fit an ellipses into a sphere), he did get one thing right: The origins of human life were built on the ellipsis.

Most atoms on earth are at least slightly elliptical, due to the force of gravity upon them. It is the mistakes that atoms make under gravity that led to life on earth. Solar systems that have planets in spherical orbits are believed to be dead star systems. Consequently, it is widely believed that life can only be found on solar systems with planets in elliptical orbits. The effect of the elliptical orbits on gravity is the combination that creates life as we know it.

When elliptical atoms combine, their shape causes imperfections in the stacking of the atoms. These slight imperfections are the reason that crystals grown on earth are always unique from one another. On the other hand crystals grown in micro-gravity, always form a perfect crystal. The atoms stay almost perfectly round, because gravity does not work on them. There are a few atoms that are not elliptical, but rather round and stable that can be found on Earth. One is gold, which is, of course, highly sought after.

Come Up to Beauty – Ron