If you’re anxious to get started making videos, but don’t feel totally comfortable using your camera, this post has you covered. Together we’ll walk through a few best practices when it comes to camera tips and tricks.
To operate the in-app camera, press and hold the red icon to record a video, and release it to stop. Easy, right? You can do this step as many times as necessary to grab all of your shots. You can also tap the record icon to film a video without holding your phone.
TikTok has a few different options to vary the speed of your shots. Use the slider at the bottom of the screen to record in slow motion (e.g., 0.3x, 0.5x) or fast motion (e.g., 2x, 3x).
While shooting a video, you may want to show your audience what you’re looking at. If you want to change the camera’s direction while recording, you can use the flip feature to change to the front or back camera.
TikTok has a variety of filters to change the look and feel of your video. It’s always a good idea to sample them all to find which ones work with your aesthetic.
TikTok also has a selection of timers that allow you to shoot videos without having to hold down the record icon. For instance, let’s say you want to grab a full-body shot with a scenic backdrop. Consider using the 10-second timer to allow yourself time to get in frame.
Low-light scenarios are something a lot of creators encounter. Fortunately, the flash option lets you turn on a camera light to avoid this. However, it should be noted this feature is not available while in selfie mode.
It’s easy to add sounds to your videos in TikTok. You can select audio in advance so that you can record your video in sync with the selected song. You can also use the music timer to sync videos to music and even add sounds to uploaded videos during editing.