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10 smartphone tips that make taking and editing business photos even easier

Smartphone cameras are capable of taking, editing, and storing professional photos for your business. Here are 10 tips for getting the best shots.

Nearly every company needs photos in some capacity, but composing, editing, and storing the right shots can be daunting for professionals, especially those without pricy camera equipment. However, with the right knowledge set, smartphone cameras can offer a less expensive and more convenient alternative.

"Smartphone cameras continue to get better year after year, which makes it easier than ever to use them for taking professional photos, from marketing shots to headshots for your corporate directory to documenting your business processes to photos for your website and social media," wrote TechRepublic's Jason Hiner.

Here are 10 TechRepublic articles with tips for capturing, editing, storing, and moving professional photos.

SEE: TechRepublic Photography Tips (Flipboard)

1. How to sync your iPhone photos to your Chromebook using Google Drive

If you use an iPhone as your smartphone but a Chromebook as your laptop, it can be difficult to transfer photos between the two ecosystems. In this story, TechRepublic's Conner Forrest walks through how to sync your iPhone photos to your Chromebook via Google Drive, as well as how to retrieve them.

2. How to add names to faces in Google Photos for easier searching

Google Photos is an important tool for businesses. It allows you to create collections and group photos together, or back them up, print them, and share them. However, if you have thousands of photos of employees or events, you may find yourself on a constant search for one particular image. Here, TechRepublic's Jack Wallen explains how to add a name to a face so that Photos can recognize and locate those files quickly.

3. How to use Google Photos to free up storage space in iCloud

Seen this message before? This iPhone cannot be backed up because there is not enough iCloud storage available. You can manage your storage in Settings. If photos and videos are taking up too much of your storage space, you can use Google Photos for iOS as a complement to iCloud. In this article, Forrest describes how to use this app to free up space on your business device.

4. Three free apps to handle your photo editing needs

If you're taking business or personal photos that could use a little editing, three free apps are available for both your iPhone or Android device, and your desktop to help you clean up your shots. In this article, TechRepublic's Ant Pruitt walks you through the benefits of Pixlr, Snapseed, and Adobe Lightroom.

5. 4 secrets: How to take professional photos with your smartphone

Whether you're photographing something work-related with an iPhone or an Android device, it's key to take sharp, clear images that will best represent your business. Here, Hiner offers four tips to ensure your smartphone photos look significantly more professional, including how to use light, angles, smart tools, and editing to your advantage.

6. How to delete photos from your Android device and retain them on Google Drive

Like the iPhone, Android devices loaded with photos and videos are likely to run out of storage space. However, when you delete a photo from your device, it deletes it from your Google Drive Photos as well. In this article, Wallen explains how to prevent that from happening with one tap.

SEE: Photography Masterclass: Your Complete Guide to Photography (TechRepublic Academy)

7. Five Android apps for adding special effects to photos

Want to enhance your marketing game through photos taken on your Android phone? Here, Wallen takes you through five apps that can give your photos the right look to make your product, company, or service more likely to attract attention, including Paper Camera and Fotor Photo Editor.

8. How to get started with drone photography

As drones and quadcopters become more popular and affordable, businesses can use them for aerial photography, and to get shots and angles previously unattainable without a helicopter. In this article, Pruitt offers a few tips on how to get started with drone photography, and how to use your smartphone or tablet to control the drone's camera.

9. How to shoot and edit raw iPhone photos

Apple's iOS 10 and iOS 11 allow users to capture raw images via their smartphones, as professional photographers do. These photos, typically captured using the DNG file format, retain more information than JPG files, including exposure, lighting, color, and other elements, to allow for better editing capabilities. Here, TechRepublic's Erik Eckel explains what apps to use to capture these images, and how to shoot and edit them.

10. 7 tips for taking better pictures with Android

Despite our smartphones' photo capabilities, their hardware itself does not guarantee a good photo. In this article, Pruitt offers seven tips for taking the best photos possible with Android phones, including how to properly use settings, manual focus, and lighting.

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About Alison DeNisco Rayome

Alison DeNisco Rayome is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She covers CXO, cybersecurity, and the convergence of tech and the workplace.

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