I attempted TikTok’s prime images suggestions for 7 days, and that is what occurred



I’ve been intrigued by the facility of TikTok for a short while, significantly the recognition of it as a spot for prime suggestions. However how good are these suggestions? And do they really work? For the sake of science and DIYPhotogaphy, I made a decision to seek out out. For 7 days I attempted the highest images suggestions that TikTok needed to supply. Right here’s the way it went.

I’m afraid I have to start with a small confession. I wasn’t utterly conscious earlier than I began that the algorithm for TikTok works barely in a different way than for different social media like Instagram for instance. There you may be hit with an ever-changing conveyor belt of reels, on TikTok it’s all completed by reputation and what you’ve beforehand been , so the posts are somewhat extra static and don’t appear to vary fairly so usually. So for the sake of this experiment I used the hashtags #photographytips and #phototips to assist get a pleasant unfold between portrait, product and nicely simply plain bizarre!
Day 1: Beauty Product Shot

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♬ unique sound – haleyivers

For the primary problem, I began with a pleasant straightforward product shot from Haley Ivers. It includes capturing a beauty merchandise, in ice cubes, with water sprayed on it and with some plastic positioned across the lens with an elastic band. Simple! Let’s see if it really appears to be like good. Effectively, I couldn’t pay money for the identical form ice-cubes that she had. In Spain, we now have huge chunky cylinders of ice, giant sufficient for the large glasses of sangría that they serve. In order that was my first fail. Secondly, simply spraying water onto the product simply doesn’t work. In any case this I used to be very reluctant to even hassle with the plastic, I knew what it might do and it wasn’t actually going to assist. There was no speak of lighting on this video, which let’s face it, is admittedly a part of the magic behind profitable product pictures.

So I made a decision to see if I might enhance the picture all on my own, with out TikTok’s assist. This was a primary 5-minute job. The principle adjustments had been utilizing pretend ice (utilizing Encapso Okay), and a combination of fifty% glycerin/50% water for the splashes. I additionally used one gentle in a softbox plus a white card. Identical lens, identical aperture. These pictures present the comparability between the 2, with solely minor changes in ACR. Clearly, the pictures might nonetheless be vastly improved, however I do suppose the pretend ice and water/glycerin combine look loads higher than the TikTok video suggestions.

Verdict: Principally a fail, however room for plenty of enchancment.
Day 2: Easy Water Reflection

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♬ Agua (Music from “Sponge on the Run” Film) – Tainy & J Balvin

For these of you that don’t converse Spanish, this one says: “A simple trick to take a photograph with a mirrored image utilizing a puddle of water.” Nice, that appears very straightforward. The directions inform you to show your telephone the wrong way up in order that the lens may be very near the bottom. Looks like a present pattern in the meanwhile as I’ve seen many movies with this ‘trick’. Up to now so good. The issues began once I tried to make a puddle of water. This can be a nation with frequent drought restrictions and experiencing desertification. The primary location I attempted was too dusty, the water was instantly sucked up by the thirsty floor leading to no puddle. On to the following place, attempting ceramic tiles this time. There was a puddle lastly, however how nicely did the picture work?
Effectively, I’ve to say that the outcome was extraordinarily underwhelming. Maybe I wanted stronger gentle on my topic, plus my topic was getting more and more impatient as solely a 5-year-old little one can, so I managed just a few photographs on my telephone adopted by just a few on my Canon R mirrorless digicam. These had been frankly no higher. Perhaps I used to be simply doing this all flawed. Admittedly I’ve shot reflections in puddles earlier than with success, however as it’s, this tip will get a agency fail from me.
Verdict: Fail
Day 3: Portrait poses for Shy Folks

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♬ Beggin’ – Måneskin

Day 3 and I used to be on the lookout for some individuals images. This tip for posing shy individuals undoubtedly caught my consideration. For all of the flawed causes. So many questions right here. Firstly, the entire level of portrait images is that you may really see any person’s face! I get it, that there are a lot of camera-shy individuals on the market (myself included), however if you happen to’re going to all of the hassle of getting your {photograph} taken you would possibly really need your face within the picture. Secondly, digicam shy? That shouldn’t even be a difficulty. In my expertise of taking portraits most sane individuals (who aren’t skilled performers or fashions) really don’t love having their photograph taken. It’s the job of the photographer to really put them relaxed sufficient that they will overcome this shyness and shine of their images. This looks like a complete cop-out to me. However hey, let’s see how they give the impression of being!

Pose 1: I felt just a little off-balance right here, and needed to lean towards the wall to keep away from falling over. The hand barely jogs my memory of Michael Jackson in his peak years of avoiding the paparazzi, although admittedly it does an honest job of hiding the face if that’s what you’re going for. The leg? I simply don’t get it. It doesn’t look pure, it’s not a strolling pose, somewhat extra like John Cleese and his Ministry of Foolish Walks. Not probably the most flattering of poses for me both to be sincere!
Pose 2: I don’t thoughts this one really. It’s fairly a gender-neutral pose, and with the appropriate outfit might really look type of cool as a filler between a few different photographs (the place you’ll be able to see the face). It’s once more not a very pure pose, maybe with a distinct sort of hat and outfit, it might work higher.
Pose 3: Not really positive the place to start with this one! It’s simply sitting on a chair with a guide over your face. When would you ever really do that? Maybe on a deckchair on the seaside if you happen to’ve forgotten your hat and sun shades and the solar is just too vivid? That’s the solely occasion I can consider once you would possibly really sit on this place. Once more not significantly flattering for these of us with quick limbs.
Verdict: Simply plain bizarre
Day 4: Product Images Hack

Who’s attempting this? #productphotography #productphoto #photographyhack #smallbusinesscheck #learnontiktok #learnfromme #smallbusinesshack
♬ #violintransition – Zachfromdisney

This one really regarded promising. I had misgivings about utilizing the sunshine from the laptop computer display screen and in addition utilizing a mirror however ‘let’s be open-minded and provides it a shot,’ I believed. I discovered a pleasant royalty-free ink in water video on a inventory web site and enlarged it to full display screen. I then positioned the small hand mirror as instructed on the trackpad a part of the laptop computer, positioned the merchandise of jewelry on the mirror, after which closed the laptop computer to a few 45-degree angle till I might see the reflection of the display screen within the mirror. It was wanting okay! I used to be getting excited! Lastly, one thing was working. Or was it?
On seeing the pictures I observed a number of reflections within the mirror, which made the picture look lower than nice for my part. I requested my colleagues at DIYPhotography for a greater clarification than I might give for this phenomenon.

You’re seeing a mirrored image from the close to facet of the glass in addition to one other from the far facet. Once you have a look at a mirror, you’re normally wanting head on, so the angle of incidence between the primary and second reflections is normally a lot tighter and the distinction isn’t that noticeable. And in a mirror, though they’re coated on the again, the reflection coming from the again is often a lot brighter than the reflection coming off the entrance floor of the glass. – John Aldred, DIYPhotography

John went on to elucidate in regards to the added complication of the fresnel impact, which principally signifies that surfaces grow to be extra reflective the extra parallel they’re to your imaginative and prescient. Phew, thanks John! Principally the upshot of this? Don’t {photograph} objects on glass or mirrors as a result of you’ll get this a number of reflection impact. Often when capturing merchandise, if you’d like an ideal reflection you’d use black plexiglass or just create a fake reflection in Photoshop. So after all I re-shot the picture utilizing black plexiglass as an alternative and the multi-reflections disappeared. A lot better. I have to confess that I did use my smartphone to seize these photographs. The left picture is on the mirror the place you’ll be able to clearly see the additional reflection, the picture on the appropriate was taken utilizing plexiglass. Whereas neither are nice pictures you’ll be able to see the distinction between them.

Verdict: Fail, however type of works if you happen to use opaque plexiglass
Day 5: Dreamy Pictures with Tights

they used stockings like this to shoot the film Atonement 🙂 #photographyhack #dreamyphotography #cameragear
♬ Fairy Fountain – Tremendous Guitar Bros

I used to be closely sceptical that they might have used this method to movie the film Atonement, however after some research, I found that I used to be each proper and flawed! I wasn’t conscious that lens netting is a factor in cinematography, nevertheless it has been used for a very long time to create a hazy subtle impact. However, it isn’t completed like this TikTok video tells you to. Lens netting is definitely completed on the reverse finish of the lens utilizing a kind of tape affectionately often known as Snot Tape. I discovered this little video that exhibits you precisely the way to do it:

The outcomes are fairly fascinating, significantly when completed with black stocking cloth or different varieties of materials. You may see the impact right here on this video:

So again to the TikTok tutorial. I can perceive why you would possibly need to use this impact for capturing video, or if capturing stills with movie, however with a digital digicam wouldn’t this impact be considerably straightforward to create in Photoshop? Nonetheless, undeterred I discovered an outdated beige stocking at the back of my sock drawer which I can’t ever keep in mind sporting and stuck it onto the entrance of the lens utilizing an elastic hairband.

Sadly, the hairband restricted the autofocus of my lens so I had to make use of handbook focus, one thing I hardly ever do if I might help it with my ‘nifty-fifty‘. Listed here are the outcomes. The highest picture is un-stockinged, the underside one is full stocking. Each pictures are straight-out-of-camera.

As you’ll be able to see, the stocking definitely did add a powerful diffusion impact, though probably not in a means that I’d really need. It did have a powerful color solid moreover. Maybe white netting would keep away from this somewhat than beige. Nonetheless, I’m going to be beneficiant with this tip.
Verdict: Nailed it!
Day 6: Lifeless bug

Artistic PHONE Images✈️📸 Tip: Shoot this on a cloudy day for extra particulars within the sky! #shotoniphone #photograph #photographytips #aircraft #bts
♬ Originalton – Nic v d Coelen

Simply why? I imply, does this picture even look good? Nonetheless, I needed to attempt it. So there I’m on the rooftop terrace of my home, mendacity on my again attempting to carry my digicam in a single hand and get each legs and the opposite arm within the air, and get every part in focus. Sorry, nope, I’m not 15 years outdated anymore, ain’t gonna occur. I couldn’t get my hand and foot on the identical focal aircraft, it doesn’t matter what. I attempted with each my smartphone and my mirrorless digicam. Then my abdomen muscle groups gave out. Really, I’m not even positive I might have completed this once I was 15. And anyway, again to my unique query, why would you even need to take this picture? It undoubtedly enters the ‘even if you happen to might, the query is whether or not it’s best to’ territory.

Verdict: Simply what’s the purpose?
Day 7: The grocery store Trolley

You might want to do this it’s very easy and also you simply want nice motion #phototips #grocery store #slowshutter #foryou
♬ Bamboleo x Narcos Remix – Nalo

OK, so what’s Technology Z’s obsession with taking images in supermarkets? Have a look, they’re throughout TikTok and Instagram. Can we not discover higher locations to hang around and {photograph}? OK rant over. I believed this one was really type of cute and promising. “And hey,” I believed,  “I like lengthy publicity pictures and I’ve a grocery store close by! What’s to not like?” Effectively every part, it turned out.
Cue: me exterior the grocery store, nonetheless with full Covid-19 measures in place, eyeing up which kind of trolley/procuring cart goes to work the most effective, with out wanting too suspicious. I solely wanted to purchase just a few objects, so I’d usually go for the small measurement cart. However alas, that didn’t have the kid seat, so there was nowhere to place my telephone. I needed to go for the massive procuring cart that did have the kid seat, however was additionally about as manoeuvrable as a Sherman tank caught in a ditch.
Now I needed to fill the procuring cart with not too many issues that may embarrass me if I posted them on an internationally famend images weblog. “Milk is secure, juice…Nice. Now let’s discover an empty aisle free from safety guards and store assistants. Uhoh, it’s a Saturday, no empty aisles.” So there I’m, luckily in my masks, furtively wandering across the aisles of my native grocery store, fidgeting with my telephone and attempting to each keep away from individuals and stroll as quick as doable with the telephone balanced within the little one seat. I’m a bit unhappy to say that my self-consciousness in the end bought the higher of me, and my smartphone was additionally less than the job. To get a gradual sufficient shutter pace to indicate any motion it rendered the picture overexposed. If I moved extra shortly the telephone would fall over. I suppose the lights are fairly vivid in my native Mercadona, who knew? This one then is an enormous fats fail, though in all equity most likely because of my very own shortcomings, not the tip itself.

Verdict: Fail, however my very own fault
Bonus: Rollerblading as a pretend drone

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♬ Swing Lynn – Innocent

As a result of I type of screwed up the grocery store trolley tip I made a decision to attempt one additional. I noticed this video just a few weeks in the past when DJI dropped their newest Osmo Cell 5 gimbal and I used to be curious to see how it might work. As a lot as I really like DIYPhotography I wasn’t keen to threat breaking my neck for them so I enlisted a rollerblading knowledgeable within the type of my pal‘s 9-year-old child. Honestly, I wasn’t anticipating a lot, however as you’ll be able to see from this footage it really works! Admittedly the footage was a very good bit smoother on much less bumpy floor, and this method does rely closely on the skating abilities of the operator however I used to be fairly impressed! I don’t know if it simulates a drone really feel nevertheless it might definitely change a dolly and strikes loads faster. Right here is a number of the experimental footage:

Verdict: Nailed it!
This 7-day experiment was a light-hearted have a look at what TikTok has to supply for images suggestions. It’s a little bit of a Wild West by way of high quality, and similar to YouTube and Instagram, there isn’t any GateKeeper or high quality management. Something goes, so that you should be just a little bit discerning if you happen to’re going to attempt any out for your self. The opposite situation that I see is that the demographic is in direction of the younger finish, each of viewers and posters. There are some fabulous younger photographers on the market, and we now have featured a few of them right here on this web site many instances, so please don’t take this the flawed means. Nevertheless, their expertise at imparting data might be much less and, coupled with the variety of influencers/photographers with no little to no images coaching, it is extremely hit or miss. My recommendation: have enjoyable, use it to get some concepts however don’t take it too significantly!