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, Newsweek, US News and World Report, USA Today, the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, Paris Match, Associated Press Magazine, Gear Magazine, Glamor and People. 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. After reading about how to be great, you must practice for the rest of your life. I suggest you read "Outliers" by Malcom Gladwell on how much practice it takes.
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 their 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.