Please visit Leps by Fieldguide to learn more about the smartphone project and how to pick a phone, an image app, and dos and dont’s.
How do I know if my smartphone will work?
If you have an iPhone or iPad, LepSnap works on all models and all versions of iOS. However, we highly recommend the phone is running the most current version of iOS, to benefit from the full capabilities of the app. An Android version of LepSnap is also available. If you have an Android phone, LepSnap will be compatible with the following devices: Google Pixel (all) Google Nexus (4) Samsung Galaxy (S5) Samsung Note (4) OnePlus (One) HTC One (M8) Motorola Moto X
The camera should have 4000 pixels on the long side. This DxOMark website provides DxOMark Mobile ratings, mobile reviews and explanations on how DxOMark is testing camera-embedded mobile devices. http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles
What imaging program should I use?
There is a built-in progam in LepSnap app, but you can use any program you want and upload images to LepSnap. Most built-in camera programs provide more options then the Leps by Fieldguide program. You may also publish photos taken by an external camera, since you can select photos from your phone library to publish.
It is highly recommended that your subjects are brightly illuminated with daylight color temperature LEDs or flash system to minimize the need to edit images. We also recommend gray plates be used for background with a scale bar that you can just print off and place on a pin at the level of the specimen LepNet_ruler_mm
If you must edit, the following apps are recommended: Adobe Photoshop Express (free) Adobe Lightroom (free) Instagram (free) Pixlr (free) VSCO (free) Manual ($3) Camera+ ($3) ProCamera 9 ($5)
Below are snapshots of the steps one sees when using the Android version of Leps by Fieldguide