It is great that you can take a picture with your smart phone and almost immediately add it to your website. The problem is that there is a step missing, Image Optimization. Your smart phone just took a gorgeous 16 Megapixel photo, but that is a pretty large image. It takes longer to upload it and when your visitors come to your website they are forced to wait for the image to appear. Google doesn’t like the waiting either and can give your site demerits for slow load times.
As a webmaster I have an arsenal of software (Photoshop) and routinely scale my images down to what is needed for effect and further reduce the file size by compressing the image. Don’t worry about compressing images, that does not mean degrading the image. You just want to take some of the fat off. No one will notice. In the end you have a fast downloading asset for your website.
But I Don’t Have Software!
Most digital cameras come with some image editing software. The fact is there are many options for fine tuning images if you looks for them. For smart phones, you can look for apps if there isn’t already a way to reduce before uploading. Usually the smart phone will reduce images before sharing because you want the image to share immediately. If you send yourself an email with a shared photo, it would probably be reduced plenty for use with your website.
If you find that your website is loading images slowly you probably have image bloat. If you have a WordPress site, you can reduce them with one click with a plugin called WP Smush.
Edit Your Photos to Be Better Photos
I don’t know too many people that take perfect photos in one shot. Depending how the image is to be used on your website may require more than just sizing. You might want to crop part of it to be a perfect square or add an effect.
For this you need to find some image editing software. Photoshop is the best but it is pretty expensive. I always suggest that newbies that are interested in advanced photo manipulation try Photoshop Elements. For under $100 there isn’t much you can’t do. Then there is the free software that you can download. Here is a few to check out: GIMP (Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista), Mac OS X), Paint.NET (Windows 7 SP1 or newer including Windows 8, 8.1, and 8.1 Update 1).