If you're the developer for an online store, a news site, a social media app, or any other website that delivers new media content on a regular basis, you are probably painfully familiar with both the challenge and importance of delivering well-cropped images.
These days, clean and sleek e-Commerce web sites are the way to go. And that almost always includes high quality product photos with a flat white, transparent, or solid background. This is not just a passing fad. There are many practical and well-validated reasons for this choice. The graphic below summarizes a few of these:
Images and videos are critical for ensuring user engagement on the web. For instance, on a retail website, images of a product from different angles or a 360-degree video of the product can lead to higher conversion rates. For a news website, users are more likely to read articles with visual media accompanying the content. It has been reported that posts that include images produce a 650-percent higher user-engagement rate than text-only posts.
Individuals and organizations constantly face a plethora of passport-related issues, ranging from identity theft to impersonations and other vices. As an individual, you could be denied a job or visa just because of a minor noncompliance with the complex requirements for your passport photo. To avoid falling victim to such situations, you need an elaborate measure that ensures that your passport photo meets those requirements without fail.
Developers are always looking for new and creative ways to deliver content that resonates with the way users feel. Often using the latest technical innovations the market has to offer such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). What better way to demonstrate innovative uses of these technology in a consumer market than capturing expressions from your users and then serving content based on that expression!
Allowing your users to upload their own images to your website can increase user engagement, retention and monetization. However, allowing your users to upload any image they want to, may lead to some of your users uploading inappropriate images to your application. These images may offend other users or even cause your site to violate standards or regulations.
If you are anything like me, one of the things you love about this digital era is that you can be artistic and creative, even if your drawing skills never made it much past stick figures. The average smartphone can take photographs of astonishing quality. And all sorts of special effects, filters, and overlays enable users to convert their favorite photos into unique expressions of themselves.