What is Amateur Porn? Explain It Like I’m Five

by Chris Von Wilpert, BBusMan • Last updated January 11, 2024

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What is amateur porn?

Amateur porn is pornography that features models and actors that are not paid for their performance. The genre claims to depict realistic sex with real humans and that differentiates it from adult content produced by professional stars and studios. If you’re looking for less production value and more human connection, amateur porn is usually the best way to go.

Amateur porn fast facts

  • Amateur porn features models that are not necessarily making a living from porn.

  • The main characteristic of amateur porn is real sex with real people. 

  • Homemade sex videos can be monetized, but there are some legal restrictions to take into account.

  • It’s a common misconception that amateur porn is of a lower quality than professional porn. 

  • The best amateur porn movies can be found on specialized sites that are virus free and offer a wide range of fetishes.

Amateur porn is made with real people in daily life environments that are less glossy than professional porn studios. Photograph: WifeBucket

How is amateur porn different from professional porn?

In contrast with professional porn made by studios, homemade sex videos and photos are produced with low budgets, and that can impact the overall quality.

  • Professional porn studios select models for their beauty, experience, and body features. Amateur porn models do not always look like porn stars with “perfect” boobs, booty asses, big dicks, and so on.
  • Amateurs rarely have any camera experience. They don’t know how to move like pros to ensure the best possible view.
  • Amateur porn is often shot without scripts. The focus is on real sex rather than on a story that builds up to the climax.
  • Studios use professional equipment, like cameras, lighting, props, editing software. That results in glossy movies, whereas homemade sex videos can be and feel more raw.
  • Porn studios use professional film techniques, like different camera angles, zoom shots, close-up shots, and so on, to keep the viewer engaged. Amateur sex movies are often only recorded in one session with one camera. That can cause a less exciting and dynamic porn movie.

Why is hentai so popular?

Many fans of anime, both male and female, develop a romantic connection with the young, big-eyed and colorful characters. Hentai goes a step further and explores sexual fantasies that are often considered as perverse in the real world.

The internet boosted the expansion of manga, and thus hentai. It has never been easier to find groups and communities that share the same passion with you. Doujinshi, for instance, are fan created art which often go viral in the community.

What is the difference between amateur and reality porn?

Reality porn displays popular features of the amateur porn genre, but it’s made by professional studios. You could say that reality porn is fake amateur porn, or that it combines the best of two porn genres. 

  • Authenticity and real sex are the common denominators of both genres, and that’s why reality porn is often shot in hotel rooms or daily environments. 
  • In reality porn, the cameraman usually either participates in the scene, or films it without trying to hide, as it usually happens with professional porn. 
  • Reality porn usually follows a script, but it creates the illusion that everything is happening spontaneously. For example, pickup scenes are a popular theme in reality porn.
  • Amateur and reality porn keep it as raw as possible. There is, for instance, no romantic background music.

Amateur porn is made with real people in daily life environments that are less glossy than professional porn studios. Photograph: WifeBucket

How can someone safely consume amateur porn?

Premium amateur porn sites are the safest way to consume homemade adult content. In contrast to free amateur tube sites, these platforms take a lot of measures to protect actors and users.

Legit amateur porn sites reduce the risk of downloading viruses or malware. Harmful sites often lack advanced security measures.

Premium porn sites also protect their amateur models. Legit amateur porn sites, for instance, ban or remove illegal movies that feature underaged models or actors that didn’t give permission to get recorded or published.

What are some common misconceptions or stereotypes about amateur porn?

As for any form of adult content, there are also misunderstandings about amateur porn. Here is a list of some misconceptions, followed by the reasons they are not true.

  • Amateur porn is only produced by real amateurs. Although that is the very definition of amateur porn, there are also professional studios that make porn movies with amateur models. 
  • Amateur porn actors are not as attractive as porn stars. That can be true for some people, but not everybody prefers watching “perfect” bodies. Besides, many porn stars started their career as an amateur. 
  • The quality of amateur porn movies is low. The same can be said about some professional porn movies. Mainly, “quality” depends on what a consumer expects from the content. For some people, the raw style of amateur porn is more exciting than watching polished professional porn productions.
  • Amateur porn is authentic, whereas professional porn is fake. That is not true, because adult content is entertainment, regardless of who produced it. Whether actors enjoy sex while being filmed doesn’t matter in the end.

Besides movies, some porn sites also curate galleries of explicit amateur images. Photograph: Wifebucket

What are the risks associated with participating in amateur porn?

Taking part in amateur porn can be risky because models don’t have a legal contract. The content could be shared and distributed without consent. That can damage their reputations, relationships, mental health, and careers, for example. 

In some countries, producing porn is illegal. Amateurs who violate local laws can get penalized or even convicted. This applies to anyone who is involved in the production and distribution process of homemade porn.

Health risks are another risk. In contrast to professionals, amateurs don’t always apply strict hygienic precautions. They can, for example, perform unsafe sex against their will or without being aware a partner has an STD. In professional environments, that risk is lower because the industry is regulated.

Can amateur porn be monetized or shared online?

It depends. Before sharing amateur porn, it is important to get consent from the models. Otherwise it can be considered as revenge porn. Distributing non-consensual porn can lead to hefty penalties and removal from porn sites. 

As for monetizing amateur porn, there are several platforms that give adult content creators access to tools to publish, promote and monetize their content. This can be ideal for amateurs who want to start a career in the adult entertainment industry.

Another way to monetize amateur porn is to create a website and fill it with homemade sex videos. Some of the best Asian porn sites started out this way and have grown into huge porn sites with a loyal fan base.

Are there any specific amateur porn categories?

Not really. Outdoor sex and hidden cam used to be popular amateur porn themes when the genre boosted in the 2010s. Today, you can find amateur porn for almost all porn categories. 

Think, for instance, of amateur movies that depict sex categories like blowjob, 69, creampie, anal, cumshot, missionary, threesome, gay, lesbian... 

There are also niche porn sites that only feature amateur models of a specific age, body type, or skin color. These sites only feature, for example, European amateurs, BBW amateurs, ebony amateurs, amateur MILFs, teen amateurs, and so on.

Categories of amateur porn match those of professional porn. Photograph: Ersties

How can one protect their privacy when watching amateur porn?

To protect one’s privacy while watching amateur porn, it’s best to apply these tips:

  • Use an incognito window to watch amateur porn. Although this doesn’t protect your privacy completely, your history won’t be stored in the browser. 
  • Always watch amateur porn on a personal device. Don’t do it on a family member’s or your employer’s devices.
  • Install antivirus and anti malware software to prevent downloading malicious software.
  • Use a VPN to hide your IP address from the site and other parties.
  • Never visit an amateur porn site that has no security certificate installed. These sites start with “http” instead of “https”.
  • Only visit legit amateur porn sites and avoid free sites as they are often infected with malware and ads that can lead to phishing sites.
  • Only watch amateur porn during your own time. When you watch it at work, a colleague may report you.

Is amateur porn legal?

Depending on the country or region, amateur porn can be illegal. The matter is complicated because the legislation can address three different aspects of porn: creation, possession, and distribution. 

In some regions, all porn is forbidden. That includes amateur sex videos and images. This is, for instance, the case in the People’s Republic of China, India and Thailand. In other countries and territories, like Australia and the UK, there are legal restrictions.

In countries where amateur porn is legal, it can still be forbidden to create, possess, or distribute explicit content without consent. That is also the case for deepfake porn with individuals, regardless whether they are amateur porn models.

How do people typically get involved in amateur porn?

There are several reasons people get involved in amateur porn. 

  • Some people want to launch their career as a professional model or actor outside the adult entertainment industry. They consider participating in amateur porn as a stepping stone.
  • Some people aim to become a professional porn star from the beginning. It makes sense that they play roles in amateur movies to get experience with the job and the industry.
  • Curiosity can be another reason. These amateurs want to experience what it is like to play in a porn movie.
  • Pressure from peers or extortion can force people to get involved in amateur porn. Of course, that is a heavy form of abuse and that’s why legit amateur porn sites ban movies from amateurs that didn’t consent.
  • Fun and excitement can motivate some people to record private sex tapes. Sometimes, hackers get access and publish homemade sex tapes without consent.

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