It’s All About The Butt
Badonkadonk Nude Photography
The idea when capturing the buttocks in nude photography is to keep the female form flattering.
In Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the slogan for High Cotton Barbecue, which I consider one of the best BBQ places in the Outer Banks area, is, “All about the butt!” Well nude photography isn’t all about the buttocks, though that part of the female form brings pleasing S-curves to the final image and the key to photographing the backside of any model is capturing it as natural as possible in a dignified, professional manner. Photographers have the possibilities of making arses of themselves if they fail to capture the bare hiney in unflattering photographs.
I’ve been shooting for over 30-years and I can tell you, men as well as women, do like toned tushies, whether it’s a subject in front of the camera or just strolling down the sidewalk. It’s all about the junk in the trunk for many folks and for me, I like booty that doesn’t talk back to me, otherwise it becomes more of a hot seat than a photo shoot.
In the case of nude photography, tongue and cheeks aside, it’s all about natural S-curves appropriately illuminated and accented and if the photographer doesn’t know what they are doing, well let’s just say, it’s like a car’s trunk with a rope to hold it together because it’s overflowing with too much badonkadonk. Most models don’t ask photographers to make their gluteus maximus bigger, instead, they want the photographer to capture their fannies as flattering as possible and a great photographer can do this with the proper posing, lighting, lenses and shadows.
The human form can create pleasing S-curves in nude photography.
Ideally, for lenses when photographing someone’s duff, the best are medium-telephoto to telephoto lenses. My favorite lens for the caboose is an 85mm or higher lens. Please note, when I give lens focal ranges, I’m referring to the final focal length, not with multiplication factors factored in. These types of lenses are designed more for portraits, but their perfect perspective and compression effects, affect the trunk too.
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