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Reduce Photo Size for Faster Upload to Your Auction Software

Don’t Burn Through Your Data Plan.

I love using my iPhone to take photo’s and video of the cars we are posting to our AuctionSimplified.com dealer auction software and wholesale marketplace. The only problem is the default resolution of my phone camera is 8 megapixels. If you are on a Samsung or other Android devices, it can be as much as 12 megapixels. Gigantic in terms of what is needed for the web. So if you take 20 photos of a car and do that 20 times in a day that will burn through almost a gig of your data plan every day, way too expensive

Most Websites Only want 1024 X 600 photos, about 1MP.

In the interest of speeding up their sites, most software companies like dealer.com, cars.com or Autotrader.com and auctionSimplified.com only call for 1 megapixel photos, so they will compress the photo ultra large photo for you after you upload. But why wait for large files to upload when you can take smaller photos to begin with.

So What’s the Solution?

Simply Shrink the size of the photo before you upload it.

Android Phone

Sounds easy, right? And it is on an android phone, simply Open your camera application, you will see the [Settings] icon in the bottom left – click [Select resolutions] and lower the resolution down to a smaller size.

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With the iPhone it is a little more complicated. The standard app does not allow you to lower the resolution, but luckily there are a bunch of Apps that have been thoughtful enough to allow it. I like “Camera Pro Plus” its $4.99 but its has boat loads of features.

One advantage of Camera Pro Plus is you can exclusively use it for the vehicle photos and the regular iPhone camera for your regular photos. This way you don’t have to keep fiddling with the settings.

You will notice a amazing speed difference when you upload the pix..

About the Author:

Co-Founder / Writer / Serial Growth Hacker Kevin Leigh co-founded Dealer Simplified, LLC, a company dedicated to simplifying automotive software. The goal of Dealer Simplified is to jump-start the profit centers in dealerships while keeping the processes and software simple and easy to understand and implement. Kevin is also an accomplished author and is passionate about writing and blogging. His latest novel, “Gollup the Woods” was inspired by the stories he heard from his father on their many trips through the Irish countryside. Kevin currently resides in Alden, New York with his wife Mary and their three boys. Leigh spends his spare time volunteering with various community organizations.