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