14 Tips & Practices for Capturing your Construction Progress
To get the most out of construction photo documentation, it’s important to follow some best practices. Here are some tips for capturing construction progress:
1. Permissions Liability
Before taking photos, make sure you have obtained all necessary permissions and that all parties are aware of the photography.
2. Plan your Photoshoots
Carefully plan your photo session and make sure to capture all necessary views and details. This may include the initial and final states, intermediate steps, and any significant details and equipment.
3. Use a High-Quality Camera
It’s important to use a high-quality camera to ensure that the photos are clear and detailed. Today’s modern smart phones are more than capable of capturing high-quality photos.
4. Lighting is Key
Ensure that the photos are of sufficient quality and clarity. Make sure to take photos in lighting that is not too dim or weak, and take photos close enough to capture the necessary details. This will help ensure that the photos are clear and detailed enough to serve as a documentation tool.
5. Take Multiple Photos
Taking multiple photos of the same area (from different angles) will help to provide a more comprehensive view of the progress of the project.
6. Make a List
Use a checklist or other aids to help ensure that you capture everything that is needed. This may include a list of the most important details or a photo map marking of all captured views.
7. Archive with Care
Remember to save the photos using an app or system to make them easily accessible and shareable. This will help ensure that the photos are secure and can be easily shared when needed. There are many good apps out there that can automate this process for you, even one newcomer from Finland you should check out!
8. Make Everyone a Photographer
Make sure that photo documentation is a part of your teams regular work process to ensure that documentation is up to date and comprehensive. This will help ensure that the photos are always available and contain the necessary information.
9. Monitor your Progress
Use the photos to assist with the progression of the work and take additional photos as needed to document finer details. This can be particularly useful if you need to provide evidence of the quality of the work or if you have complaints or disputes.
10. Back up or Go home
Ensure that the photos are always saved in some system or backed up to prevent loss or damage. This will help ensure that the photos are always available when needed and are kept safe. Backup is particularly important if you manually upload your photos and work in a place with a high risk of photo loss due to damage to your device, such as a construction site.
11. Share your Thoughts (or at least the photos)
Use the photos to assist with communication and collaboration with your team. For example, you can share photos in project meetings or send them via email as needed. This will help ensure that all parties are up to date and that all necessary details are available. Modern photo documentation apps will upload the photos from your site in real-time, so you might want to look into getting one.
12. Be Safe
Remember to BE SAFE even when photographing your construction site. Mind your surroundings and avoid putting yourself in danger just for a photo, it’s not worth it!
13. Develop your Processes
Remember to also use photo documentation for quality assurance and safety. You can use photos to assess safety or to develop safer work practices
14. Be Creative
You can also use photo documentation for marketing and customer service. You can use photos to showcase your construction sites or to offer customers support and advice.