The Complete Guide to Improving Image Quality For Your Slideshow

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The Complete Guide to Improving Image Quality For Your Slideshow
The Complete Guide to Improving Image Quality For Your Slideshow

The Problem with Low Quality Pictures In Your Slideshow

Slideshows are great because they allow you to show photos, videos, and captions to tell your story. But if the images are of low quality, they can ruin the viewers’ experience.

If your slideshow photos are blurry, crooked, uncropped, or if a portion of the subject is chopped off the audience may focus on your mistakes rather than your story. Because of this, it is important that the images you use in your slideshow are high quality so that they don't distract from your video.

So how do you make sure your photos are perfect for your slideshow if they don’t look good to begin with? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

The following ideas can be accomplished using photo editing software such as Photoshop. If you do not have Photoshop, there are many free alternatives such as GIMP and Pixlr Editor. Cropping can easily be done on our website or on a Windows computer simply by double clicking the image and then clicking on the Edit Photo icon.

Crop your photos

Cropping photos is a necessity when using pictures in a video. With the use of social media, people are constantly uploading and sharing photos. Some of these images are not always well-framed or cropped properly, which can result in a less than ideal presentation.

Cropping your photos is an easy way to make images more aesthetically pleasing especially if your photos are scanned images made from printed pictures or screenshots on your phone.

We have made cropping and rotating your images easy using our website. Be sure to check out our article on cropping your photos.

Fix Your Lighting and Contrast Settings

In photography, contrast refers to the degree of difference in light brightness between any two adjacent areas. Adjusting your camera's settings can help control contrast and create a more balanced image. Contrast errors can often be corrected using Photoshop.

Remove blemishes and red eye

One of the most important aspects of enhancing a picture is removing the unwanted blemishes and red eyes. The way to do this is to use software. Software programs like Photoshop give you the ability to remove these distractions from your pictures with ease.

Use a Black & White Filter for Stronger Contrast

A black and white filter can be used to create a more contrasting photo. This is especially helpful if you are looking for a dramatic effect.

The Complete Guide to Improving Image Quality For Your Slideshow
The Complete Guide to Improving Image Quality For Your Slideshow

Increase the Sharpness of Your Image by Adjusting Blur Levels

Blur is a common technique used in photography. It can be used to create a sense of mystery, or to remove unwanted background details. However, it can also make the image look fuzzy and unclear.

One way to increase the sharpness of your image by adjusting blur levels is by using the Unsharp Mask filter in Photoshop. This filter increases the contrast between pixels in an image and makes it appear sharper than before.

Optimizing Your Phone’s Photos

Most pictures today are taken on cell phones. The quality of photos taken by smartphones has improved significantly in recent years. However, there is still room for improvement. By optimizing the camera settings on your phone, you can improve the quality of your photos and make them look more professional.

The Complete Guide to Improving Image Quality For Your Slideshow
The Complete Guide to Improving Image Quality For Your Slideshow

Auto mode, No Flash

The problem with auto mode on your smartphone camera is that it doesn't always capture the image that you want. The auto mode is designed to help you take a better picture, but it does not always work for every situation.

Some people think that the solution to this problem is to turn off the auto mode and turn on manual mode instead, but this can be a problem too. Manual mode allows you to control all of the settings on your camera, which can be difficult for someone who has never used a professional camera before.

The solution to this problem is to leave the camera on auto mode, but turn off the flash while you are manually setting up your shots. If you notice that you are still getting too much light, then switch your phone to manual and use a slower shutter speed instead.

Take Tons of Pics

One of the most common mistakes people make when taking photos is trying to be creative and snap the perfect shot. Instead, take a lot of pictures and see which one you like the best, because rarely are they perfect. So just take as many as you can and when you get back home, upload them to your computer or share them in a place like iCloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

Use a Tripod

One of the easiest ways to take good photos is to use a tripod. This helps ensure that you have perfect focus and avoids blurriness caused by shaky hands. A tripod is also great for taking video, so you can start recording what's going on around you. And video clips are great additions to any slideshow.

The Complete Guide to Improving Image Quality For Your Slideshow
The Complete Guide to Improving Image Quality For Your Slideshow

Try Different Light Settings

Not all light settings are created equal, so try shooting in different places to see what works best. For example, you can try shooting outside at a place with overcast skies and artificial lights. This will help eliminate shadows and wash out the colors.

Keep Your Phone on Silent Mode

If you want to take pictures in a photo-journalistic style, you as the photographer might want to go unnoticed. That means no clicking or phone call interruptions. So be sure to turn on Silent Mode!


The last tip for taking great photos is to experiment with different angles and perspectives. This will help make your pictures unique and interesting.

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