How to light the perfect bum

Lighting bums is a lot like lighting faces - it needs light and dark to really give the bum shape and form and make it look attractive.

Here's the first fail - the light is facing directly towards the bottom

lighting bum lovely bottom portrait Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

The bottom looks big and wide and is completely unflattering

Next we have the single light solution:

lighting bum lovely bottom portrait Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

The light has been placed at 45 degrees to the camera/subject axis - just like a perfect portrait. Now the light and shade is giving us lovely shaping.

And next is the two light - bum sandwich - bum in the middle, light on either side.

lighting bum lovely bottom portrait Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Not that different than lighting a portrait with a main light and hair light. The rear light (geddit!) adds the lovely rim lighting, the main light gives all the curves and shadows. Result the bottom looks lovely, rounded with proper form and texture.

 
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