How to take readable whiteboard photos
Posted by on 07 December 2015 09:18 AM

Have you ever tried taking/sending a photo of a whiteboard at the end of a meeting? Often it is difficult and awkward to get a good photo. The photo usually ends up being hard to read or even blurry. Sometimes you don’t realise how bad the photo is until after you have left the room, and you have to go back to try to take a clearer photo before someone erases the whiteboard. Do you wish there was a better way to take photos of the whiteboard?  Now there is an app for that!

Microsoft’s Office Lens app (for the iPhone) can help solve this annoying problem. This app is also available for Window’s and Android phones. It makes taking photos of whiteboards a lot easier! The app zeros in on the media you are trying to take a picture of (photo, document, or whiteboard) to help you centre the photo. After taking the photo, it automatically adjusts the angle of the photo for you so the text is easier to read. Click done when you are happy with your photo, and it immediately brings you to a screen where you can Export the photo to OneNote, OneDrive, Word, PowerPoint, or PDF via the Cloud.

Here is an example a whiteboard photo that I took using my regular iPhone camera with no app:

Here is an example a photo of the same whiteboard, but this time using the Microsoft Office Lens app:

Still does not cater for bad handwriting though!



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