Taking The Best Inspection Photos With Your Mobile Device

2 April 2018 Clynn B Leave a comment Uncategorized

When it comes to taking inspection photos on your mobile, you want to be able to take the best photos you can. You want to be able to edit those photos and draw attention to certain aspects of them. Nobody likes a shaky, unfocused picture. The clearer and cleaner a photo, the better able to convey information, after all. So, we’ve compiled a few tips to take the best photos possible on your mobile.

  1. Focus – It’s important to have the right part of the picture in focus. You don’t want the main part to be blurry, after all. Whether you use an iPhone or an Android, you should be able to change the focus by tapping the screen. This generally changes the exposure as well, which is handy.
  2. Use the Physical Shutter Button – Speaking of blurry photos, it’s incredibly easy to mess up your pictures by tapping the screen. You don’t want shaky hands when you take a picture, and if you don’t have a tripod or a sturdy support, then tapping the screen is sure to shake the phone. Instead, hold your phone steady and press the physical camera button on the side of your phone. (If your phone doesn’t have a camera button, using either of the volume buttons generally works for most devices.)
  3. HDR – Most cameras on phones today have a High Dynamic Range filter. You can set this to be automatic, so that it will apply itself when the situation suits it. Both Android and iOS will have the HDR toggle switch on the shutter screen. High Dynamic Range will keep your photo in balance, between the darkest and lightest points of itself. Note, though, that it will require a longer exposure, so you’re going to need to hold your phone steady for longer.
  4. Use Proper Lighting – If you’re trying to draw attention to a specific thing or area, you’re going to need to make sure it’s well lit. You don’t want strong lighting on the subject, or you’ll end up with a silhouette instead. However, if the lighting is too strong in front, then the subject may end up washed out, or out of focus. You’ll want to make sure the angle of your lighting is just right, so as to get the best photo.
  5. Clean the Lens – It’s not often thought about, but your camera lens on your phone is capable of getting dirty. A smudged lens will cause all of your pictures to come out blurry, dirty looking, or just off in some way. So, go ahead and clean that lens with a cotton swab and some distilled water, or just a clean, lint-free cloth. Your pictures will thank you for it.

Now that you have the pictures taken, you may need to edit it to suit your needs. When it comes to inspections, you’re specifically looking for certain aspects of the photos, after all. So being able to edit is important. With the Simple Inspector App, you’ll be able to do exactly what you need to do. For example, to create a great inspection photo you should:

  • Crop the Photo – If your photo encompasses far more than the section that needs to be detailed, then you may want to consider cropping the photo to get rid of the unneeded space.
  •   Draw on the Photo – Sometimes, you’ll need to draw on the photograph to get your point across. If you need to draw a diagram, point at a specific area or write some information on the photo itself, the Simple Inspector App allows you to do this.
  • Circle Objects – Inspectors definitely have a need to circle sections of their photos. Draw attention to specific areas or problems by circling them using the photo editor in the Simple Inspection App.

Creating the perfect inspection photos doesn’t have to be difficult, so long as you have the means to do so. All you need is a good camera in your mobile device and the Simple Inspection App. So, if you have any questions regarding this app, or how it can help you with your inspections, feel free to contact us. We’d love to talk it over with you.

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