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How to make your own amateur porn (part 1)

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Have you ever wanted to put your own sex life, casual shags, or fuck sessions with your partner out there for the whole world to see? How do you go about it? What equipment do you need? Where do you post it and what are the downsides?

One thing to note, this is not about starting your own porn studio or how to make money from filming sex. This is all about the free online sex platforms featuring mainly amateur clips.

Play or pay?

To ensure we’ve got the best information, Paul Stag talked to some of the top amateur digital performers of our times from both the US and Europe. They’ve gone on to take their horny bedroom hobby into massive financial successes. Although for some, it’s less about financial gain and more about getting your fucks out there and getting off on the number of guys jerking to your sex play.

Performers who have gone this route include HungYoungBrit. Your average guy next door, he filmed his sex life with his choice of playmates, usually young condomless chav types. Filming took place in his bedroom, or theirs, and has resulted in over 18 million views.

The legendary Deviant Otter has been filming his sex life with other young and furry bareback types for several years. There’s heavy emphasis on the sleaze, facial hair, cum in facial hair, and in particular, sweaty pit sniffing.

Then we have MuscleBearPorn, Bricklayer 1001, and many other new and specific fetish sites. None of these guys have ever made a ‘porn film’ or DVD. They merely film themselves having sex with the guys they fancy, and post it online for their own gratification and to get viewers jerking off. And they may have accidentally gone on to make small fortunes as a result.


Getting started – with a word of caution

There is one pitfall to be aware of straight away – if you film it and post it online, your fucks are out in the ether forever. Your Gran might see it, your ex may use it against you, and it may come back to bite you on the butt. Even if you take it down, there is no certainty that guys haven’t made copies. It could reappear somewhere that you have no control over.

There are endless stories of guys doing porn or amateur sex-tapes, and later wishing they hadn’t when their lives take a different path. Check out a very young Sylvester Stallone in Italian Stallion for example. When George Michael started a relationship with Fadi, it was a matter of hours before Fadi’s one and only porn scene for Cazzo in Germany was everywhere. The following week it was number one in the porn charts.

A politician in London rued his two fisting scenes on film for a Californian company when his opponent went public with it. The press were keen to get pictures of the same fisting paw shaking hands with the then prime minster.

Other leather titleholders, celebs, and sports personalities have suffered this fate. So if you are planning on going into the Big Brother House one day, or the police, or government, then we suggest you stop reading now.

Who’s the lucky co-star?

Once you’ve decided to do it, the next question is with who? You can find all the cock and ass you need via apps such as Grindr or Scruff and hook-up sites such as Manhunt, Recon, PlanetRomeo, MachoBB, and BarebackRT. But while you’re planning your shag, it’s a good idea to mention that you would like to film it. If he’s not up for it you can still meet, it just won’t be a photo op.

You can say you are filming for your own use and enjoyment, which many guys will go for. But others may not. And with the number of revenge porn sites out there, they have good reason to be cautious.

In the UK, the law is pretty vague and untested on this. But if you are not making money from filming a fuck, and the guy is aware of the camera, then you should be on pretty safe ground. If he talks to the camera then he won’t have a leg to stand on later when his rosebud is the most viewed on X-Tube and his boyfriend is less than impressed.

On a paid porn shoot, you should get full release forms from everyone involved, every time. Under the EU’s GDPR legislation, you also need to get a release form if the work will be displayed in public, whether it’s paid or not. We’re in the early days of GDPR, but this could be an issue for amateur porn sites in the future.

If you have any suspicion at all that the guy is underage, then move on immediately. There are cases where young teenagers have lied about their age to get online or studio work. Like porn superstar Brent Corrigan, possibly in his first feature. Courts are usually aggressive with the older, more worldy, guy. Just Google international porn star Mike Dozer. He’s now serving a lengthy prison sentence for hooking up with a minor that Dozer thought was legal because of the age listed on his profile.

What makes you stand out?

OK, you’ve got the guy and he is up for being nailed on camera. But what makes you think you’ll stand out from the many amateur clips out there that nobody ever sees? What will get yours viewed at the level of a Deviant Otter or HungYoungBrit?

Anything you can do to make your fuck stand out will help. Two decent looking guys, having vanilla sex in Cellblock 13 undies on a poorly lit bed, might not be it.

Data shows that outdoor clips get a load more views than bedroom ones. Shags in bars, clubs, lorries, vans, on boats, even other rooms of the house, will help lift your hit rate. Of course, this creates other problems with locations that are outside of your control. We’ll consider this in a later chapter on the scene itself.

What clothing are you going to wear? If you use say rubber, leather, a uniform, spandex, Deadpool type, or that Dalek outfit you have in the loft, expect your hit rate to go way, way up. Are you going to do bareback or safe? Bareback scenes are getting roughly nine times the hits that condom scenes score.

If you are not poz or on PrEP, then raw is probably not a risk worth taking. And if you poz up or convert a guy on film, although horny, you may end up with a swift trip to the courts and be the next person in your country to be prosecuted for passing on HIV!

Piss is hot, and fisting is even hotter, as is corporal punishment. But in many countries you can get into trouble for posting or even possessing such material. That said, the authorities have bigger cybercrimes to deal with than you slipping your paw into a very happy and legal-aged cub by mutual agreement. If you go for it, just be aware, and don’t call us as your expert witness.

Toys are of course fair game and get good hit rates if you can find a mate who will take Crackstuffer’s biggest dildo. If your boyfriend can ride up and down on a baseball bat or fuck machine for hours, then you will have no issues with the courts and a very healthy fanbase.

The ultimate way to up your hit rate is to do a group scene. Three of you will get a lot more attention on Porn Hub than a duo. If you get can get bummed by the whole Real Madrid team on the halfway line of their stadium, it will go up even more. Whatever you decide to do, do some research on the free sites. See what catches your eye, what gets high viewing numbers, and notice what you’re passing over.

How do I get this online?

So you’ve found the perfect fuck mates and they’re gagging to sit on your face and cock on film. You have the perfect location and you’re all going to be dressed as Batman, Superman, builders, cops, rugby players… You’ve got everything that you need for a great fuck that will take you right to the top spot on your favourite free porn site. But what equipment do you need to get it there?

This series of articles are about making your own free porn, posting it on the web, and getting it seen by as many people as possible. They are not about starting your own moneymaking porn studio. The old adage that the more you spend, the better the result, has never been more appropriate when it comes to kit. But you can do it on a budget.

There are just four things you need to make that great porn clip: a camera, lighting, decent audio, and at least one hard cock. Sound is incredibly important. Guys get off on what is being said and the noises of hard sleazy fucking as much as the picture itself.

We’ll cover audio itself later in a section on editing, where sound can become a real deal breaker. But at this stage, all you need is one source of continuous sound from a camera or smartphone. That will provide the entire soundtrack. Don’t even consider laying music over the top of that hot daisy-chain buttfucking scene you have just filmed in your front room. This isn’t the 1970s. Today we need verbal, grunts, and the sounds of guys getting full anal satisfaction. Copyrighted music is the biggest no-no of all!

Camera/calls?

The rise of amateur porn has come from the fact that everyone now has a video camera in their pocket as part of their smartphone. The latest iPhone 7s and newest Androids certainly produce good enough video to publish online. But remember, your mega fisting epic will sit side-by-side with clips that are recorded on bespoke video cameras. Discerning viewers will jump for the better quality clip more often than not.

That said, the latest Apple X phones are now studio quality. A recent Hollywood movie was shot on such a phone and was shown very effectively on the big screen.

Make sure you get the resolution settings right. We know of one wannabe pornographer who filmed a duo twink fuck at 720 dpi (dots per inch) that came out the size of a postage stamp online. With one click he could have set the resolution to 1080 dpi.

Experiment with your phone a bit before the big scene. Try filming yourself wanking, or the dog licking his ass. That will help you spot some of the pitfalls with using your smartphone for video. Pro porn-producers all say that smartphones are just ‘convenient’ and ‘always to hand’. Making calls is their primary function, but we have come to rely on them for communication and as still and video cameras.

Porn is all about the lighting!

Let me say that again so it’s clear: PORN IS ALL ABOUT THE LIGHTING! This is easier to explain in pictures, so we strongly recommend you look at two clips from Ryan Connolly. He goes under the name of Film Riot on YouTube. The first clip (two minutes long) is titled ‘Quick Tips: DIY Lighting Kit’. The second (eight minutes) is called ‘Studio Tour & Affordable LED Lights’. In just 10 minutes your porn clips will be a hundred times better. You can use these tips in civvy life photography too.

Lighting is important. If your video is too dark to watch, or so bright that it burns your corneas, viewers will turn off in seconds. They certainly won’t get off on something that looks like the last few minutes of Silence of the Lambs in night vision.

The main problems come from external light sources which can produce a large amount of cock shadow and distort the action. We all know that you need to get the sun behind you when taking a picture outdoors. The same rule applies indoors, but you need to watch out for shadows. The best thing is to film some action with the boyfriend. You’ll quickly see what looks good and what resembles an outtake from the Blair Witch Project.

Lighting works best when it’s dispersed. That’s why pro-photographers use things that look like umbrellas behind their light sources. Lighting doesn’t have to be a major expense – domestic lights will suffice. But you should angle or remove the shade. Use aluminium foil or something similar to reflect and enhance the light and direct it towards the fuckbed rather than all over the room.

One of the simplest tips is to keep the camera low and the lights high. Hovering the camera high above a cock penetrating an ass may seem appealing, but it will look terrible from a lighting point of view. Pro-photographers have their lights on a tri-pod for a reason. You don’t have to spend on fancy kit, just get the light as high as you can and coming from one side. And keep the camera as low as you can.

You can invest in soft box lights for around €50 for three and they will improve your clip. But you can get by without them easily. If you use them, always film from the opposite side to the lights. Don’t be tempted to jump to the other side of the bed to get a better view because some cum is sexily flooding out over his balls. You will ruin the horniness of the better angle with heavy and unexpected shadow.

Many cameras come with good lights attached. It’s something to consider when purchasing them. They can be very useful if you want to get right underneath the action to film every stroke of the shaft up close and personal. You can easily get a light attachment for your camera and there are plenty of second-hand ones available.

We recently did a Dark Alley shoot with top porn star Armond Rizzo as a sub. On-camera lights were the main source of light for a professional four-way. You don’t have to spend a fortune. If your camera is too basic for onboard lights, the other perfectly valid method is to hold the camera in one hand and a light in the other. It sounds basic but it does work. This will preclude you from joining in the action as your hands will already be full of kit.

Lighting is trial and error, but you will soon see what works and what doesn’t. Once you’ve got that worked out, and a HD camera borrowed from your mate, you are ready to film proper amateur porn that cyber wankers will really want to watch. You’ll soon have them whitewashing their screens and checking out links to your other scenes. And you’ll get a reputation for uploading quality sex that makes dicks hard and holes twitch. And above all, it will stand out amongst the vast array of badly filmed free sex scenes.

Coming soon: Part two of ‘How to make your own amateur porn’.

Written by Paul Stag

Paul is an international porn star and a long time editor for Alphatribe magazine.

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