Smartphone Pictures For Business

Many businesses market online. If you do then you need to post pictures. If you are using your smartphone then you need to process the pictures you take. It’s easy and the benefits are high.

I have seen professional photographers use a child’s toy camera and the photos they took were amazing. You don’t need an expensive DSLR to get good pictures. Take time to deal with lighting and angles and you will get some good pictures.

Once you have them there are two things I absolutely recommend, crop and exposure. These are very simple manipulations that you can do either on your computer or on your phone. Here is how I work with my smartphone photos.

When I want some photos for business use, not slick marketing material but web images or sale items, I will use my smartphone to get the shot. Because I use Android the cloud service auto-uploads the image to Google+ into an ‘Instant Upload’ folder without me doing anything. There are now two ways to work with the photos.

SnapseedIf I want to get the shot out quick I fire up Snapseed.  You can get this in the Google Play Store directly. It took me about five mins to figure out the interface. How to bring in a new image from my Gallery and then crop and find the exposure. Exposure was the most challenging because you have to select part of the image and then swipe left or right. You’ll have to play a bit to get the hang of it.

When done it’s on the phone and you can share it immediately or upload to Google+ for later retrieval on your computer. There are other apps like Aviary and PicSay but I like Snapseed because it is functional and not something that you use to play with photos. I want simple operations and make only 2-3 adjustments.

GoogleEditI’m still a bit dependent on my computer because I like seeing the images larger. So after the shot I wait until I get on my computer and then I’ll go to the Google+ Instant Upload and find the image and use the ‘Edit Image’ option at the top after selecting the image. There are simple crop and exposure tools here and then I’ll often replace the original if I’m confident of the edit. From there I may download or share the image.

I’ll mention that when I take documents or other types that require straight lines I will use a straighten function that allows slight rotations to help align the image a little better.

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