5 Tricks to Take Better Photos, According to TikTok

TikTok is a place for creators to share the things they are passionate about with their sometimes millions of followers. That can be anything from dance to makeup to photography.

Taking the perfect photo can be tough and while it has become easier with the advent of high-quality cell phone cameras, influencers and novice photogs alike are always looking for ways to up their photo game.

From angles to lighting, these TikTokers are offering their two cents on how to take better shots.

Long exposure

For anyone whose camera knowledge expands beyond the simple cellphone camera, you might be familiar with the concept of long exposure.

This can be used to show movement in an image. TikToker @tourdelust shared a video late last year about how to create the cool effect by using the iPhone's live photo feature.

Once live is turned on, the subject of the photo should stand in front of something moving — in this case, a taxi. Snap the photo and swipe up to select "long exposure."

Indoors? Use natural light

Portrait photographer David Suh uses his TikTok account to show his 2.5 million followers how to pose and shoot like a professional.

In one video, Suh explains some tips for how to best capture a photo from the comfort of your home — something many people have been doing over the past year.

Suh's first bit of advice? Turn off all the lights and find the place with the best natural light. From there, keep it simple, find a simple corner and pose there.

Wide-angle, then turn upside down

iPhones have all sorts of adjustments that can be made in camera mode — especially on the newer phones.

One of these adjustments is turning the lens to a wide angle. Once you do that, take the photo even further by turning your phone upside down and taking the photo that way.

The result is a unique shot that takes advantage of angles and perspective.

Panorama — not just for skyline shots

Another way to achieve a unique angled shot is by using the panorama function.

Though usually used to capture a scenic view or skyline, it can also be utilized to photograph a person and create an elongating effect that captures more of the background.

A cool in which setting to utilize the trick would be in front of an interseting building or landmark, so that both the subject and the background can be captured.

Adjust background on portrait mode

When Apple added portrait mode to their camera capabilities, it allowed novice photographers to take professional-looking shots by focusing on the subject and blurring the background.

While most people are aware of the setting, you can take the effect a little further by adjusting just how blurry the background is and in turn how in focus the subject is.

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