This smartphone hack for making TikTok videos will blow your mind!

(Image credit: Rebecca Jennings @rebexxxxa)

Shooting for TikTok usually means that you can shoot for other social media platforms or other applications at the same time. The reason being that the signature feature of the video sharing TikTok app is that videos are shown in an upright format - to suit the way that most people hold their smartphone for most of the time.

But this presents a conundrum for influencers and vloggers who want to maximize the exposure of their videos on multiple platforms. Do you shoot vertically for TikTok - or do you cover more bases by shooting video in the tradition TV-friendly horizontal format?

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.