The quality of your Tinder photos is essential to the success of any date. If you want people swiping right, it's imperative that they see attractive images in high resolution and lighting conditions like natural light or daylight rather than something grainy from a low-quality camera phone image captured indoors under standard lamp brightness levels where there are often distractions such as furniture around which may be casting odd shadows on one’s face (not good!).
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It can be frustrating to upload what you think is a great profile picture to Tinder, only to find it displayed in your profile looking blurry or distorted.
There are a few factors that can contribute to a picture being blurry on Tinder, and they break down into two categories: the picture was low-quality to begin with, or Tinder's uploading process distorted the image.
If a low-quality or low-resolution image is uploaded to Tinder, that lack of quality will show. While it's true that displaying on the web, or on a small screen like a phone can hide some flaws, there's still a baseline of quality that needs to be met if you don't want people squinting at your photos, wondering if they need to get their eyes checked.
The other big problem when it comes to blurry photos is uploading images in the wrong format, or the wrong size, for the Tinder app. This triggers Tinder's internal editing and your image can end up stretched, compressed, or cropped in a way that simply looks bad.
Here is a list of common photo errors on Tinder.
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Whether you've got blurry pictures because of the quality of the upload, or because of the editing that happened on the Tinder platform, the following tips will spell out the best solution for your problem.
The photos that get displayed on dating apps are only as good as the photos you upload. That means it's essential that you avoid low-resolution photos when you're uploading profile photos.
Pictures taken on mobile phones are often compressed in order to save space on your device, so if you're relying on either an iPhone or another mobile device be sure to check the camera settings before launching into a selfie-taking adventure.
Better yet, take your pictures with a standalone camera — they usually provide better results.
Before uploading photos to your Tinder profile, crop images to 800x640 pixels. When you upload pictures with the preferred Tinder image size, you avoid Tinder photo compression or automatic cropping.
Unfortunately, we don't recommend cropping your picture within the Tinder app. You'd think their own tools would be trustworthy, but unfortunately, when you use their system to crop a picture, you end up with compressed photos that tend to be blurry.
Instead, make sure that you upload each photo in the size you want it to be instead of editing it in the app.
Not sure how to edit photos? If you're not already a wiz with adobe photoshop, don't worry. There are plenty of free photo editing apps and websites you can use to edit your photos. Try something like Canva which will let you see the pixel size of your image, as well as make adjustments.
If you've been taking all your dating app photos with an old phone or low-quality camera, you're likely to end up with low-quality pictures.
Professional photographers come with a professional camera, and that's already a huge benefit over what most people can take at home. In addition to using a good camera, professionals also have a variety of other skills that can help you look your best.
While it's possible to improve the pictures you take of yourself, hiring a professional means you can get beautiful photos without having to learn the ins and outs of efficient lighting or any other industry secrets.
If a professional isn't in the budget, you can still create photos that will look good online.
Start by using the best camera you can get your hands on (maybe borrow one from a friend?)
Next, make sure you've got good lighting. Natural light is best, but if that's not an option where you are, invest in a ring light. They're not too expensive and they make a huge difference in taking a great Tinder profile picture. (And they'll make you look better in your Zoom meetings, too.)
Finally, take advantage of a tripod and remote or timer, to avoid the dreaded selfie angle. An extra benefit of many ring lights is that they have built-in holders for your phone.
It used to be that Tinder photos had to be uploaded from Facebook or another social media account. Now that you can upload directly from your device, you've got more options.
Once you've got to all the trouble of taking a quality photo, don't let that effort go to waste with the wrong photo storage. To avoid a compressed photo, you need to make sure you're not saving your pictures with a service that skimps on quality in order to save space.
If you need an online storage option for your photos, try something like Google drive that will allow you to save pictures of any size — as long as you've got space in your account.
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On Tinder, you've got just seconds to capture a woman's attention when she's swiping. That means it's essential to have a high-quality image as your main profile photo — followed up with several other great images to round out your Tinder profile. Remember, even if you've got a great Tinder profile, it takes more pictures to show off your whole personality.
If you want to get more matches, you need to pay attention to what message each picture is sending. And blurry pictures send the wrong message.
Low picture quality says you don't really care about your dating profile and can indicate that you're lazy or willing to cut corners in other areas of your life, too.
Avoid these bad impressions by making sure your profile is packed with high-quality photos!
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While it might seem tricky at first, once you get the hang of it clear photos are easy.
Make sure you start with a high-resolution original photo
Focus on taking photos with a professional camera if possible
If you take your own pictures, use good lighting
Upload your photo with the right picture dimension and with the right picture sizes
Avoid Tinder's built-in photo editing
Use high-quality photo storage
Double-check that your photos look good (or else she'll swipe left!)
Before you know it, you'll have the perfect Tinder photo!
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