Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 36 - Model shoot – Girls in garages


In today’s episode we will be exploring a shot concept centered around one of Jim Morrison’s poems. In the poem Angels and Sailors Jim uses the phrase, “Girls in garages, stripped” and for some reasons this line has always stayed with me. As with a lot of Jim’s work I find a way weave it into my life some how. I found the Doors when I was still in elementary school and Jims voice has been echoing in my head every since the sound of his voice passed through my ears.

Thank you,

JW Purdy

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 35 - Model shoot – Difficulties with...

Sometime things just don’t work out as I plan during a
shoot. This is an example of a failed idea. I made the best of the situation
but really in the end I chose the wrong pose for the models body type.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 34 - Model shoot – Small light adjus...


In this episode we will be shooting with a one light setup. The light is positioned at a 45-degree angle to the model and a shoot-thru umbrella has been used to soften the source. After the first shot I noticed a harder than desired shadow was being cast on the wall behind the model. To reduce this shadows effect I raised the light to a higher position causing the shadow to fall more on the floor than the wall.


JW Purdy

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 33 - Model shoot – Special guest Lea...


Tonight we had the chance to work with the wonderfully
talented Leah Velocity. I have wanted to work with Leah for a few years but
kept getting side tracked at the wrong times. Leah contacted me a few weeks ago
to let me know she would be in town and I made sure it would work for us. It
got a little dicey at the end due to a party we were having but Leah agreed to
meet us for a late shoot and it was great. She is an awesome person and I’m so
glad I was able to meet and work with her. If you ever get a chance I highly
recommend working with her.

Nearing the end of our set I asked Leah if you would mind
working with Shannon for the “My Nude Year” project and she agreed. Both of the
models didn’t know each other so it must have been very uncomfortable having to
be in such close proximate while staring each other in the eye. A few rounds of
laughter broke out before we had the shot. It was a great opportunity and I’m
so happy she let me record it for this episode.  


JW Purdy

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 32 - Model shoot – Props, working wi...


For this shoot we decided it would be fun to create a scene focused on my 1950’s model typewriter. We set the old Smith-Corona on a stool and had Shannon take a seat as if she were distressed trying to write a letter. You can see all the failed attempts to complete the letter around her on the floor. Sometimes it is fun to create a scene and really jump into the role and sell the image whole-heartedly.


JW Purdy

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 31 - Model shoot – Split lighting wi...


For this shoot I wanted to work with a simple split lighting setup and a classic pose. I placed a one light key with a shoot-thru umbrella to the models left side and had her make very small variations in her pose as we worked. This is a simple setup you can try with a very small amount of gear.


JW Purdy

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 30 - Model shoot – Sleepy weight lifter


For this episode we will see what happens when you wake up a
very tired blonde and then have her lift weights for the shoot. Needless to say
she was not very happy but I thought it was very comical. I was trying to get a
photo similar to one of the images I saw as a kid on every sports magazine
cover. For several years Bo Jackson was the center of attention in the wide
world of sports. “Bo knows” was the common saying going around because Bo
played every sport on earth it seemed. 
We actually ended up going with a photo of Shannon squatting down with
the weights in front of her giving me a very dirty look. I couldn’t help but
laugh and tease her at her distain for lifting.


JW Purdy

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 29 - Model shoot – Dramatic pose & l...

When you are shooting an edgy or dramatic pose your lighting setup can also be dramatic and hard. For this shoot I used a one light setup with a medium grid placed at the left of the camera to create a hard shadow on the right side of the model. You will also notice by the shadow beneath the models breasts that the light was above the her to give the image a more natural feel.


JW Purdy

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 28 - Model shoot – Happy Halloween

We just wanted to wish everyone a Happy and safe Halloween. Shannon wanted to shoot with her costume on and we captured a few good shots with it. We also had her shoot with a little grim reaper and the images came out great. In case you are wondering you can hear Shannon’s sister make a comment from the living room near the beginning of the video. We ended up feeling one of the shots with the reaper was the strongest however several featuring the cat outfit will be included in the set sell up very soon in the shop.
JW Purdy

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 27 - Model shoot - Shooting with a c...

In this episode we well be taking two separate photos in to
Photoshop and combining them together to make the most believable photo
possible. This shoot was inspired by Shannon’s desire to shoot with our
imaginary pet crow Poe. We set up with a single light shot thru an umbrella and
positioned a birdcage near Shannon’s legs. I had her estimate the height a crow
would stand at and then gaze in that general area.

Once we had the shot taken I merged the photos together in
Photoshop and saved them back into Lightroom for the final lighting/styling

Thanks for watching,

JW Purdy

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 26 – Model shoot – Changing pose on ...

One thing you will find after you have been shooting for a
while is that not all poses work for you or your model. For this shoot Shannon
had an idea for a photo that sounded very promising however after taking a
couple of shots we did not like the results we were getting. I quick determined
that we wouldn’t be satisfied with any shot form the pose we were attempting
and came up with another idea. When I first started out I would have several
poses in mind I wanted to capture and I would get so frustrated when things
didn’t work out. During the first year if I had an idea that didn’t work I
really didn’t know how to proceed. I would plan my shoot around one central
image and not being very experienced the photo would not be right for the model
I was working with and the shoot would fall apart. I would get flustered and everything
would just go downhill from there.

When you come up with an idea for the shoot try and select a
model similar to what ever has inspired you. A little forethought and planning
go a long way. If you are trying to recreate some Victorian painting you saw
when you were a kid don’t hire a 110 lbs. model, it’s not going to work. Having
said that just because you select the proper model for the shoot doesn’t always
mean that her proportions will be what you expected. Try to develop a backup
plan just in case you are not getting the results you are looking for. If a
shoot does go downhill no you, explain to the model you are not getting the
results you had originally wanted and ask for suggestions to work they have
done before. Most experienced models know what poses they excel at. Remember it’s
okay to have dialog with your model. If you are working with an inexperienced
model be honest and let them know you would like to shift gears. Don’t tell
them the shoot is going badly since they might think it’s their fault and your
photos will suffer. Just tell them you would like to move into a more relaxed
shoot and get some really candid shots. During the rest of your time you may
find exactly what fits them best. You can always go home and do some more
research based on the candid shoot and setup another time to meet with the
model and try again. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Just do your best to
regroup and move on.

Until next time,

JW Purdy

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 25 - Model shoot Edward Weston inspi...

Welcome back to The Art of Nude. I have to apologize for the long delay in between posts. We celebrated my birthday on the 3rd and my mom came in for a surprise visit. It was very nice having her down even if it was only for the weekend. Regrettably Shannon’s grandmother died on the 2nd and we were handling all of that the best we could. The funeral service was very good and the preacher did a wonderful job.

In this episode we will be shooting with Shannon again for the My Nude Year project. For tonight’s photo we are using Edward Weston’s Nude shot in 1936 as our inspiration. This is a very famous image and was taken after his pepper No. 30 photo shot in the 1920’s. Edward Weston is a great inspiration to me as well as his grandson Kim Weston. I had the please of having Kim as a judge for a worldwide magazine competition a few years ago and he selected my work as third place. I was so honored just to have him look at my work much less give me third place.

Once the My Nude Year project is over I am going to try and look at some of the photographers that inspire me. Edward as well and Kim will be featured on the show with many other people I feel draw to. I may even try to interview a few living photographers that have shaped my vision.

If you haven’t done it yet please sign up for my newsletter. I promise it’s not a bunch of spam stuff. Just follow this link http://eepurl.com/baFaSP

Until next time,

JW Purdy

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 23 - Model shoot poor concept execution

Welcome back and thank you for your visit. In today’s episode we will be shooting again. This video was almost scraped but I thought it might be worth letting you see what happens when a concept just doesn’t work out. I had an idea in mind but due to not giving enough thought to my models skin tone the final image was not a very good one. I still think the pose works just the different and uneven tones of the models tan made for a weak photo.
Thanks for joining,

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 23 - One light nude model shoot

In this episode I would like you to join us for a one light
nude shoot. I am using a Canon Speedlight with a reflector attached to the
front. I placed a medium grid on the reflector to decrease light spill from the
flash and then put a diffuser on that so soften the light source. The result
was a soft light with very quick fall off from bright to shadow. The pose is a
very organic one and is part of an ongoing series I have been working on over
the past eight months.

Once the shoot was finished I show you how I import the
photos in to Lightroom and then the editing process. We ended up capturing two
strong photos that I worked on and I discussed the problems with lens flares in
prints. Thank you for watching and supporting my channel.

Until next time,

JW Purdy

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 22 - High-key model shoot

In this episode we will be looking at a model photo shoot from beginning to end. I will start by taking a few test shots to get my exposure and light balance correct. Once we have the lighting correct we will proceed with taking a few photos. Then we will jump over to the computer and import the photos into Lightroom and select the photo to work on for the final output. Once the photo has been edited I will show you my export routine.

Hope you find this enjoyable and please leave a comment below.


Friday, September 4, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 21 - Emotion in art nude photos

In this episode I thought we would do something we haven’t done in a while which is break down a photo from a project other than the “My Nude Year”. I have been so focused on this project I think it may be a nice break to look at something new I have started working on.

This new project titled “Faceless, I am intentionally obscuring the models face and other details in hopes of allowing the viewer to fill in this information from their own life experiences. For the image we will be discussing tonight I wanted to convey a mood of longing or weariness.

Please leave a comment knowing what mood/emotion this image conveys to you.

Until next time,


Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 20 - Photo composition break-down

In this post I would like to explore a photo shot using a principal I like calling "Stacked lines."

Thank you,

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 19 - Emails from a viewer

In post we will be going over some comments and concerns from a viewer in Australia. It may even lead to some online critiques of his work.

Thank you,

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 18 - Model shoot with a soft box

In this episode I will be working with model Shannon Purdy as part of our My Nude Year project. We will be utilizing a softbox for this shoot and a one light setup with a simple pose on a wooden chair.

Thank you,

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 17 - Editing with chocolate

In this episode which is part two of the shoot with chocolate series I will show you the selection as well as editing process for the My Nude Year project.

Thank you,

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy - Episode 16 - Chocolate and ice cream

 In this I will bring you along for a shoot with Shannon Purdy as part of our My Nude Year project.

Thank you and I hope you enjoy the blog,

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy - Episode 15 - Curve ball at the print compe...

In this episode we will discuss this month print competition and how I overcame some obstacles due to a mistake I made in ordering my prints.

Thank you,

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy - Episode 14 - Pre print competition July

In this episode I would like to go over the photos I will be submitting for this months print competition with the Houston Photographic Society. I am submitting a color as well as a black and white photo. I have decided to change my entry due to the announced judge for this event. Jerry has seen the other images before and I wanted to put fresh work up for him to view.

Thank you,

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy - Episode 13 - Just do it!

In this episode I want to encourage you to stop letting things hold you back and just get out and give figure study a shot. Find a friend or use yourself and do it.

Thank you,

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy - Episode 12 - Lighting two figures in one p...

Today I would like to discuss how I used a two light setup to light two different subjects in the same photo. I wanted the lighting to appear nearly identical on both figures. The lighting was simple and the results turned out very nicely.

Thank you,

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy - Episode 11 - Pre-competition review

In this episode I thought it would be fun to go over the two photos I’m entering in this month’s print competition with the Houston Photographic Society. We can look at a few key points from my point of view and then contrast that with the judge’s critique of the photos. The print competition this month will be on July 28, 2015.

Thank you,

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy - Episode 10 Model shoot, well blooper shoot

My original plan for this episode was to show you the aspects of a shoot as my muse and I worked on our long-term project “My Nude Year”. What actually occurred was a type of blooper real. I filled a washtub for the model to sit in and I was going to shoot her from above. I climbed the ladder to get my framing as we set up to shoot but did not push the record button on my video camera knowing we would have to adjust the water level in the tub. I assumed Shannon, the model, would ease herself into the tub but instead she just dove in. We had water everywhere and laughed ourselves almost to the point of crying.

Thank you,

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy - Episode 9 HPS print competition

In this episode I would like discuss the result of the June print competition I attended with the Houston Photographic Society. The event was judged by 20+ year career photographer Huge Hargrave.

Thank you,

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy - Episode 8 - Photo composition breakdown

In today's episode I would like to go over photo 166 from the "My Nude Year" project. Based on a suggestion from one of you I have included a sketch of the setup with this episode.

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The Art of Nude by JW Purdy - Episode 7 Location Location Location

In this episode I would like to talk briefly about shooting outdoors with you model. Shooting outdoors can be fun and interesting but you need to take some precautions first.

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The Art of Nude by JW Purdy Episode 6 - HPS May print competition

In this episode we will look at the results of my first print competition with HPS. The judge was Jim Caldwell a famous local commercial photographer.

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The Art of Nude episode 5 by JW Purdy - Hiring and working with Figure M...

In this episode we will be talking about hiring and working with a figure model. Figure models are professionals and you need to treat them accordingly no matter how much experience you have.

Thank you,

The Art of Nude by JW Purdy episode 4 - photo projects

 In this post I would like to talk to you about photo projects. Photo projects can be great teaching tools. Learning by doing is one of best teachers you will find.

Thank you,

The Art of Nude episode 3 by JW Purdy - Creative use of negative space.

 In today's post we will be talking about using negative space creatively in fine art nude photos.

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The Art of Nude episode 2 by JW Purdy - Photo composition breakdown

This is the second episode of The Art of Nude. In this episode we will be looking at one of my recent photos of Shannon Purdy from our new My Nude Year project. This is the photo from day 7 and has become very popular during this project. Your comments and questions are greatly appreciated. 


Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Art of Nude episode 1 by JW Purdy

In this episode we will be discussing a fine art nude photo of figure model Shannon Purdy taken near Madrid, New Mexico. We will be looking at the elements of composition focused on in the making of the image. This is my first episode so please take that into consideration while viewing.

Thank you and I hope you enjoy the blog.
Please contact me with any questions or comments,

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Organic nude in New Mexico

Good morning everyone,

I am happy to have a little time to finish our discussion on Shannon Purdy’s first shoot in the mountains of New Mexico. In this last photo we will cover a few different elements of composition present.

Principals of composition: The first element of composition I would like to talk about is the strong presents of the diagonal rule. As you can see by my overlay, Shannon’s figure as well as the tree to the right of the frame both follow the diagonal lines and are located on the thirds of the divided frame.

I would also like to point out the second element of composition in this photo. Many of you have already seen it, having read my previous posts; Shannon breasts are located on the left Rule of Thirds line as well as the bottom third line. She has been positioned on a Golden section of the photo giving the viewer a sense of peace in the photo.

The final element I would like to talk about today is the Golden Spiral. My overlay is not exactly prefect but you can see that with a slight shift of the spiral Shannon’s figure makes up the extent of this very strong element of composition. The Golden Spiral is a principal of composition we see in nature all the time. It is very appealing to our eye and draws us into a photo. An example of a Golden Spiral in nature would be a flower with all of the pedals opening in a pattern being displayed very close up. I’m sure at some point you have seen one of these photos and really thought it was a good photo.

Notes of this photo: In your photos try and find creative uses for negative space. As you have seen in this photo I utilized the tree to fill the negative space and due to the angle of the trunk was able to strengthen my composition. This pose is very organic and based on the surrounds it would have made a powerful image without the tree having been there; however, taking a minute to look at our surroundings we can find something that may enhance our photos. It only takes a few seconds and will get you in the habit of being more observant and will improve your photography skills in the long run. 

Thanks for reading everyone. Sorry my posts have been off a little later than I have wanted lately. We have really been working on the "My Nude Year" project. It has been fun but it is also very time consuming. 

See you next time and until then,
Figure it out JW Purdy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

March 23, 2015 all nude content will be removed from Blogger

Hello and good day everyone,

Please don't forget that on March 23, 2015 Blogger will no longer allow any nude content on there site. My blog is moving to www.jwpurdy.com/the-art-of-nude-blog. If you subscribe via RSS please update your feed to this new location. I will be taking my content down before that so I don't have my blog blocked by Blogger. You never know I may still want to use it for something one day.

Thank you for your kind support,
JW Purdy

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hello everyone please take a look at this.

I really appreciate you taking the time to read this post. I would really like everyones help with my current project. Please take a look and see if it interests you.

Thank you,
JW Purdy


Have you seen this?

I received this in my inbox today. I'm not sure why I fit into this category but okay I guess.

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We're writing to tell you about an upcoming change to the Blogger Content Policy that may affect your account.

In the coming weeks, we'll no longer allow blogs that contain sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video. We'll still allow nudity presented in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts, or where there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action on the content.

The new policy will go into effect on the 23rd of March 2015. After this policy goes into effect, Google will restrict access to any blog identified as being in violation of our revised policy. No content will be deleted, but only blog authors and those with whom they have expressly shared the blog will be able to see the content we've made private.

Our records indicate that your account may be affected by this policy change. Please refrain from creating new content that would violate this policy. Also, we ask that you make any necessary changes to your existing blog to comply as soon as possible, so that you won't experience any interruptions in service. You may also choose to create an archive of your content via Google Takeout (https://www.google.com/settings/takeout/custom/blogger).

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Black face with coal dust

This is another shot of Shannon Purdy on a coal tailing in Madrid, New Mexico. This photo is taken from the opposite angle to the one we have already discussed.

Principals of composition: The first thing you may notice right away is the difference in contrast between Shannon and the very black coal she is climbing on. Also note that the clouds in the background also support this contrast and give softness to the image by difference in texture. I placed the trees near the bottom left of the frame to give a sense of depth and scale. Shannon has been placed on the right third line in this photo we her figure being located on the Golden Section. Anytime you can frame your composition using the Golden Sections it will surely strengthen your image and give you something to work with. In the next overlay you will see as before the strong use of diagonals in this composition.

Notes on this image: Shannon showed how much of a trooper she really is during this photo. The wind was constantly blowing small as well as very large pieces of coal straight into her face. She never said a thing and just let me shoot as if it were a calm day. After a few shots I went up to get some close in shots and noticed her face was black with little pieces of coal and asked her if she was okay. Right as the question left my mouth a huge gust blew and I was covered in black dust. I told her we were getting out of the mining business and helped her down the hill to a more shelter area to work in.

When first learning shoot, use the basic rules of composition until you get a feel for your own personal style. Once you have shot several different locations or models a style will become more evident to you. Everyone has their own style and knowing yours is important to your future growth. Models will also get to learn your shooting style and will seek you out to work with based on your portfolio. I would suggest finding someone you really like and try shooting the same style of image they have shot. Even when you are trying to shoot a very similar photo to one of your favorite photographers you will be able to pick up on slight differences in your own work. After a little time you will easily recognize a certain look to your photos.

Next week we will be discussing the final photo of this segment. Please come back for that post, as I will be making everyone a special offer. Also please sign up to the newsletter to keep up to date on our long-term project we have going called, “My Nude Year.” You can sign up by going to (http://beta.privy.com/s/fr18tsI).  

Please don't forget my blog is moving to http://www.jwpurdy.com/the-art-of-nude-blog and thank you for reading,

JW Purdy

Friday, February 20, 2015

Take a look

A real quick note everyone, take a look at our photo submission to a new contest. https://photowhoa.com/the-phoenix/

Monday, February 16, 2015

Todays post

Good day everyone. I am very happy to tell you my new site is now up and live online. To see this weeks post please click this link http://www.jwpurdy.com/the-art-of-nude-blog/2015/2/15/shannon-purdy-diagonal-method-in-madrid-new-mexico

I hope you all will like the new site and follow me there.

Thanks and have a great week,
JW Purdy
Fine Art Nude/Figure study photographer

Saturday, February 14, 2015

New site

Good night everyone,

I just wanted to let you all know that after many months of not having an official site I'm back up live as of today. Please keep up with me on my new blog by going here www.jwpurdy.com/the-art-of-nude-blog/. Thank you for your support.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Balancing Shannon on the mountain

This is another photo from Shannon’s first shoot in the mountains of New Mexico.

Principals of composition
In this photo we see another example of the Golden mean. You will notice with the lines I have overlaid on the photo that Shannon’s bottom is in the first section of the lower frame ending just at her lower back. The next section contains the majority of Shannon’s mid/lower back and is sectioned off by her right arm and left shoulder. The final portion of the image contains Shannon’s upper back and head.

Notes on this image
Elements you want to appear larger in your photograph should be placed closer to your camera lens. In this example I wanted to show off Shannon’s beautiful backside and therefore it has been placed nearest to the camera lens. This photo was somewhat of a miss due to the low amount of lighting on my subject. The difference in texture is very nice as well as the contrast in shape but the overall lighting makes for a less powerful image.    

We are getting close to the end of the month and I’m working on a couple of different new tasks. I will be sending out my newsletter at the end of the month and encourage you to sign up.

Next week we will be discussing a photo in which Shannon bravely started to scale the coal tailings in the driving wind. I will be discussing the diagonal method as well as contrast in texture and color.

If you haven’t already signed up for my newsletter please take the time to give me a little info about you. You can find my sign up by going here http://beta.privy.com/s/fr18tsI. Spring is almost here and my first giveaway is drawing closer as the days pass.    

Thank you and see you next time,

JW Purdy

Friday, February 6, 2015

"My Nude Year" project

Hello everyone,

Sorry for the late submission but I have been sick all week. I sat down to write a few days ago but just could not concentrate. I will post another principals of composition breakdown next week. I really hope you are enjoying these posts in which I detail the element of composition I try to present in my photos. If you have any suggestions, questions or feedback please let me know.

I would like to give everyone an update on my long-term project that is currently underway. On January 1st of this year Shannon Purdy and I started a new project that we have decided to call “My Nude Year.” In this new joint venture we will take a nude photo everyday for an entire year. We have already had so much fun with this and I really love the challenge of it. It has not always been easy even though we are only 35 days in. This week of being sick made it really difficult but we just pushed on. We will be posting some of the photos from our daily shoots but not all the work will be up until early 2016. We are planning on releasing a book at the end of the 365 days.

Please sign up to my newsletter to keep up to date on “My Nude Year.” Typically this newsletter only goes out on the last day of the month and gives everyone a little wrap up of what we’ve been up to plus usually a unpublished photo or two. You can sign up by following this link http://beta.privy.com/s/fr18tsI

I am posting a few photos we have taken so far. There’s are more up to see and I will continue to post a few from time to time. I hope you all have a great weekend.

JW Purdy

Friday, January 30, 2015

Model releases - photographers & models

This is a special post that should be of help to both photographers and models. I will address both parties individually.

Please hear me and heed my warnings for your own good. Always get a proper model release. Get one for every shoot you are a part of. This is the only protection we have when posting work. It doesn’t matter if you are posting online or in print you need a model release. I personally recommend a Getty release. Getty releases are built proof and come in a lot of different languages. I have in recent years gone away from paper releases and have an app on my phone called the Easy Release. I believe the app is by Getty and is also the best in the business. You can fill out the release, snap a photo of the models ID and send a copy to the model all from a few clicks on you phone. It is one of the most convenient applications of technology I have found. I am not sponsored by, nor do I receive any money from them for recommending this. You can get the Getty release and the app by going here. https://contributors.gettyimages.com/article_public.aspx?article_id=1834

Really we figure study artist love you guys. We would do anything in our power to help you in a second. I wanted to state that right away. We know many of you are very young and carefree and don’t think too much about the future. You really need to start thinking about your future and how working with us can change your life later on down the road.

Most of us photographers ask several times if you would like to use an alias for your photos. The reason we do this is so someone wanting to perform a little research on you doesn’t discover your stint as a figure study model 10 or 20 years ago. This can be very embarrassing for you as well as the person doing the research. It can have major effects on your life and livelihood. A large number of employers are doing online searches today to check out potential employees, be careful. If I or another photographer captures a great photo of you we may not be willing to remove it from our portfolio. Some images are just too strong to let go. I and many other photographers will try to work with you to the best of our ability, such as changing the name on the photo but once it is online we lose a lot of control of the photo.

For me personally, if I find another person’s photo that I really like I will share it with other photographers in my circle of online friends. They may agree the photo is really good and share it with their friends. This goes on and on until the photo is all over the Internet. Once this happens it really does not matter if we change the name of the image or even take it down, it’s out there. Most likely the strongest ranking of the photo will be on the photographers own website/stream and so by changing the name or removing the photo, many of the large search engines will stop putting it on their first page but you never can tell. We never want to cause you any trouble and have your best interests at heart. As visual artist we love to share our work and enjoy looking at others work. Please consider all of what I have said if you are considering modeling.

I hope this finds you all well and gives you a little food for thought,

JW Purdy

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Golden Mean within the photo of Shannon Purdy titled "On the Rocks."

This is the final element of composition I concentrated on within my photo of Shannon titled "On the Rocks." 

Principals of composition
One of the most difficult concepts in visual art is the Golden Mean also called the Golden Ratio.  The Golden Mean has been used in composition for centuries. It is a design principle based on the ratio of 1 to 1.618. The Golden Mean can assist in creating images that have a strong composition, which is perfectly balanced from a viewer’s perspective. Creating a photograph that is most pleasing to the eye using the Golden Mean can be difficult. We naturally prefer to look at an image that is balanced and harmonized, and the Golden Mean does this. The Golden Mean/Ratio is actually a mathematical term and can be broke down into simple lines. If you were to put points on a horizontal line A and B you can better visualize the Golden Mean. If line A was longer than Line B by almost double B you would notice that nearly 2XB would nearly equally segment A. Therefore this would nearly put a vertical line bisecting your original horizontal line on the third of the frame. The balance of this ratio is found in many things in nature. The most prominent is the human body. I believe this is why it is such a pleasing and strong visual queue to viewers when utilized.

Notes on this image
In this example Shannon’s head is in the first lower left section. The next section moving up and to the right contains her left breast and is completed by the junction of her thigh and torso. The final section moving in the same direction is filled with Shannon’s thigh, which travels the length of the final section ending at her knee.   

We are getting close to the end of the month and I’m working on a couple of different new tasks. I will be sending out my newsletter at the end of the month and encourage you to sign up. (http://beta.privy.com/s/fr18tsI).

Next week we will be discussing a new photo. I am trying to get a video together which I hope will demonstrate these concepts a little easier. I’m going to put a few together and see how I do. If they come out okay I will post them online but if not forget I ever said anything about it. I am really going to give it my best so we can cover more ground in one lesson and I can describe the concepts we are working with better. I will also try to film a shoot or two and let everyone see how I work with models and give you a sense for the flow of a shoot.   

Thank you and see you next time,

JW Purdy

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Questions about shooting nudes outdoors


I really appreciate your approach to displaying the figure and how you take the time to explain why a composition works. I look forward to your future VLOGS and I'm sure I will be able to grow as I've just started my own journey into digital photography. I am curious about how you arrange certain outdoor shoots. Do you have to get permits, or is it a matter of learning/knowing the area and having help to look out for you and your model?

My Answer: 

Thank you so much for your question. My blog is changing back to the way it was in 2009. I have deleted all those old posts but I thought it was important for you to know. I will be breaking down the elements of composition in my photos week by week. It will take a while for me to build up a good amount of posts but I hope you will keep reading and enjoy them.

As for shooting outdoors, you really need to check your local laws. I’m not in a position to give you any advice regarding the legality of working with models nude outdoors. We live in south Texas and as long as you are not causing mayhem it is allowed as far as I know. Now the problem comes in with what is defined as mayhem. Depending on the officer or the judge you go before things could change drastically. Shannon and I have been caught once and it is a funny story we share from time to time.

We were working at an abandoned foundry after a studio shoot and were almost done. Shannon loves sunflowers and wanted to get a picture in a field of them within the property fence. With my back turned to the entrance and looking in the viewfinder to compose the shot things were going wrong without my knowledge. As soon as I pushed the shutter I noticed Shannon’s expression change. I lowered the camera and she was pointing behind me. I turned around to see a Houston police officer approaching. I reached into my back pocket and threw Shannon her shorts and shirt. I started toward the officer with a big grin and extended my hand to greet him. We shook hands and he said we were okay and could continue. I told him I had taken my last shot and we were done. We talked briefly and he said he was only worried about our safety since the property was know for the amount of homeless people that live there. He told us to be very careful when shoot in and around the area. Shannon and I packed up our stuff and started home. We were very near to downtown Houston but the road you have to travel is very hard to see. As we drove out we saw several police cars pass the road, then back up, and drive down to the site. Laughing I told her she would have been the most well guarded model in Houston that day.

This situation could have gone very differently though. The officer could have decided we where causing mayhem by shooting nude outdoors and given us a ticket. Depending on the judge we could have received a hefty fine or even jail time. All this being said know the law and be very careful.

I would recommend you scout around the area very well to insure the model and you will be safe while shooting. Know what animals live in the area and what the risks are if you run into one. Don’t be offensive and be mindful of what is around you. Don’t shoot near a school or church accidently. This I feel would really get you into trouble and is just rude. Don’t shoot in an area where you could cause and accident. We have all seen cool photos of models on overpasses. You really need to be careful with this since you could cause and accident by distracting the people below you driving at freeway speeds. Lookouts are great and there is safety in numbers. Make sure you explain what you are intending to accomplish by having a lookout to your model. Always invite your model to bring an escort even if the shoot is indoors. A red flag goes up as soon as you tell a model no escorts. Never bring your inappropriate buddy as a lookout. For one, they don’t make good lookouts and also the model will not appreciate it. Don't be surprised your model goes and tell all of their friends you’re a creep.

In closing I found a really good site regarding this a few years ago. You can read more about public nudity by going to http://www.munknee.com/going-topless-is-legal-in-these-u-s-states-canadian-provinces/. I am not a legal expert so please consult a qualified person in your area for questions regarding the laws that could impact you.

Thanks and hope you come back for the next post,

JW Purdy

Diagonal method and "On the Rocks"

This is the second, element of composition, within my photo of Shannon titled "On the Rocks." 

Principals of composition
As seen by the image below several of the implied lines in the image follow the path of a diagonal line. First when composing a photo, horizontal and or vertical lines are boring while a diagonal is interesting to the eye. There have been mathematical studies that indicate a diagonal composition is far more interesting if the lines can intersect at or near points of interest.  You will notice in my example I missed the top diagonal by a few inches however your mind moves the line down into place and therefore saves me this time. The intersection of the two diagonals would be near the junction of Shannon’s torso and upper most leg and leads you through to her face. There is also a strong diagonal starting at the tree on the upper left of the frame that continues to across the frame to through her breasts. In general diagonals add interest to our photos.

Notes on this image
In this example you will notice that the lines overlaid lead the viewer to very interesting points in the frame. Also there are several implied triangles for someone to discover. The interesting points of diagonal lines build interest in your photo.  

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Next week we will be discussing Golden Mean in this photo and how it works. The Golden Mean is a very powerful rule of composition. I received another very interesting question this week and will be addressing it very soon. The questions were regarding shooting nudes outdoors and how to select a location. The writer also asked if it was legal. I will address all of these questions in my reply coming soon.  

Thank you and see you next time,

JW Purdy

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Question about self-shot photos

Fellow artist,

Sorry but I’m not understanding your message. Please correct me if I’m wrong but what I think you are asking is for me to view your photos, which I have, and give you my impression on which one of your images you should turn into a drawing. If this is not the case please disregard the rest of this message.

I know this will sound harsh but once long ago someone cared enough to tell me the same thing and it inspired me to become better at photography. I see no elements of composition in your own self-shot photos. They appear as just pictures of yourself nude without any forethought. Ouch, I know it hurts but it’s for a good reason. First, self-shot images are very difficult to pull off. I have from time to time attempted the task and it is much harder than it looks. When you sit down before you shoot, which I hope you do, do you think about how you want the final photo to look? If your answer is, no, you need to start. On to our second point of this discussion, find or invent an image you want to create. Know exactly how it is going to look when it is finished. Take the time to rearrange the scene just as you have visualized it. Setup your gear and get everything framed the way you want. Please remember to include the rules of composition in your planning and framing process. Even if you just keep an eye out for the basic elements such as the, Rule of Thirds or the Rule of Odds, it will make a drastic improvement in your images. Once everything is framed the way you want all you have to due is light the scene and push the shutter. If you don’t have a remote shutter release you can use the timer function on your camera or employ someone you don’t mind seeing you naked. After this you are ready to post your photo to the web or turn them into a painting/drawing as you desire.

With regard to the drawings you already have on display, some of them are very nice. I have an eye for angles and so the images with several bends in the legs and arms really grab my attention. A lot of work I find myself gravitating too has many implied triangles in it. I love looking at set’s of lines and finding all the triangles, its like where’s Waldo for adults. I would like to see some foreground and/or background interest in your work, but really it’s your art and not mine. I wish I could draw or paint but I’m found lacking in these departments.

I hope this message helps you and that I haven’t overstepped my bounds. Have a wonderful day and keep working. Please take a look at my blog as some of my more recent posts may help you see and find element of composition in a frame. You can view my blog at jwpurdy.tumblr.com. I will include a few self-shot photos I attempted a long time ago for your review.

JW Purdy