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