Julia Crown - New Nikon Posted by Ron Harris
23 July 2009

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 www.ronharris.com 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

Kara Duhe - Photo Lesson Posted by Ron Harris
2 June 2009

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,
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2009_reviewscanon_5dmk2_samples.html 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

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Faye Valentine: Photo Lesson Posted by Ron Harris
24 April 2009

Faye Valentine

Photo Lesson: Faye Valentine

This was taken with my Canon 5D, set of 1/80 sec, with the f20 Canon zoom EF 28mm 135mm shot at 53mm ISO 400.

There was no sun today, so I put my 2nd Metz flash outside in the rain with Saran wrap on it, so it would not get wet and synched it with my Metz flash on the camera with the photo synch.

This was another good shoot. Hair and makeup took 35 minutes, time to set up 10 minutes, and time to shoot was 10 min. I had my assistant spray water from my hose on the outside of the window. I used a fan on her hair.

The real work comes in Photoshop. When you are shooting mostly skin tones the digital noise is very apparent on skin. So I use my noise reduction filter to remove some of the noise. I use NIK software for noise reduction and then NIK Color efex pro very judiciously.

Then I retouch the biggest blemishes in Photoshop before I reduce the photo to the size I am going to use. I use my NIK shaping filter. Never ever use too much filtering. It’s better to use less than too much of any of these filters.

Come Up to Beauty - Ron

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Nikki Brooks Posted by Ron Harris
1 April 2009

Nikki Brooks

I love to shoot with dance music playing loud in the studio; it keeps the mood light and happy. When a model is unhappy, her face shows her unhappiness.

As a fashion photograph in New York for most of my life, I was considered to be only as good as my last photo. It did not matter that the model was on her period, had just broken up with her boy friend and had spent the last 10 hours on a plane from where she was doing the fashion shows in Milan, Italy, for the last ten days, to get to the shoot… I MUST GET THE PHOTO NO MATTER WHAT.

I lived under these conditions for most of my natural life. I was one of the top paid fashion photographers for many years. Watch the movie “The Devil Wears Prada” and you will see what my clients were like. :) It didn’t matter if they were psychotic; I had to get a great PHOTO. And if I failed, it would not be the model’s fault. (The model probably had a multi-million dollar contract with the cosmetic company and if they blamed her, they would then have a multitude of contract law suits to deal with. Plus it is much easier to say I will not use that photographer again to their bosses if the photos weren’t perfect, since I was not in the room and I was expendable.) No model is going to change herself to give you what you need. You need to change yourself to get from her what you need. So I got used to getting the model in a happy mood where she felt beautiful and safe. This is the most important aspect of any successful photograph: The model’s mood.

Nikki Brooks loved the Disco music that was playing, so we were play-dancing in this photo. She was very cute and this helped set the mood :) Because we liked each other and there were no psychological problems that I needed to contend with to make her feel beautiful and safe, the shooting was very productive. We were able to get six photo sets and a couple of great double orgasm videos, in only 4.5 hours. I used one strobe on the camera and my METZ, to fill in the natural daylight streaming through my house.

You need to create a relaxed setting that puts the model at ease in your studio. You don’t want a dozen people running around, as that can upset your girl with all of the noise and extra bodies. I work with one great assistant and a fabulous makeup and hair guy, who helps me set the mood for the shoot, since all the models like him and he makes them look beautiful. You can see by the shot above that Nikki was happy and that is what makes a perfect photograph.

Come up to beauty - r

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Stormy Rose - Canon 5D Update Posted by Ron Harris
27 March 2009

Stormy Rose

I am finally getting sharp photos from my new 5D Mark II. They still are not as good as the old 5D right out of the camera. I am also not sure that I like the skin tones I’m getting with the new camera. The old 5D had the best skin tones of any camera on the market. But I am still learning how to color correct them.

The images shot with my telephoto L zoom lens definitely have Chromatic Aberrations, which I can correct in Adobe’s Bridge, before I do any color correction on them. This photo I shot with a prime lens which does not show CA. I bought the 1.4f 50mm Canon lens to see if the lens makes a difference. It does, but who wants to change lenses every three minutes :(

Above is a photo of a new girl, her name is Stormy Rose. We flew this girl in from Alabama, and she was true to her name: Stormy :)

This photo was shot with my Metz on the camera and a small self contained strobe, both of which were bounced off the ceiling of the white wall behind me, in my bath room. All of the walls in my very sunny house are white, so that the light is soft and beautiful. My studios were always all white including the floor. In a good photo, you can always tell where the light is, by the shadows under the chin and the catch light in the eyes. Having the right lighting, from a correctly placed light source, is crucial to making the difference between a photo and a work of art.

Keep in mind that the most important things that make for great photos are, in descending order; the model, the appropriate lighting, good makeup and hair, and how you handle the model.

When you are handling a model, remember that your personality needs to adapt to the model, so that you can get her to willingly give her best. She (and all women you encounter in life) are not going adapt to you, especially if you are being a DICK!

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Kara Duhe Posted by Ron Harris
24 February 2009

Kara Duhe

Adorably playful and full of life, she loves to tease. She knows exactly what I like. Very HOT. Wait until you see the video.She has one of her “O My God, O My God” orgasms. Kara has the most beautiful pussy, I have ever seen.

Photo-lesson: I love this effect and no it is not done in Photoshop. I have a big window in my living room, that faces due East. So for most of the year the sun comes up in this window. I have my makeup person, spray running water with a hose on the outside of the glass and I light the inside with a single strobe. I use a star filter on the lens to make the streaks that you see. The flash needs to be strong enough to overpower the sunlight. Keeping the camera setting to the maximum for flash 1/200 of a sec. and shooting at about f22 usually does the trick.

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