How To Manage Construction Progress Photos

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Marking up a construction progress photo

As an experienced industry professional, you know firsthand how important daily reports are for construction projects. One of the most crucial parts of these reports is photographs. Providing visual context for your progress updates helps your team better understand where you are in the project lifecycle.

These photos serve several purposes. In addition to showing how work has progressed, they can also alert team members to safety concerns and potential liability issues.

Best practices for construction progress photos

When taking photos to document your progress, it’s important to make sure that the subject of the picture of is clear to the viewer. Lighting and focus are the two most important aspects of photography, whether you’re an amateur or professional.

You’ll also want to consider how much detail needs to be included in the photograph. It can be helpful to markup the image digitally to highlight the important details that are relevant to the project.

For more information on how to document your construction project’s progress with pictures, you can download our free construction photos eBook, where we explore this topic further.

Construction progress photos back then

The practice of documenting progress for construction projects through photography goes back a long way. We’ve evolved from stapling Polaroids directly to paper reports to including images digitally with the click of a button. However, including photographs in digital reports hasn’t always been easy.

Even as digital cameras were invented, transferring those photos to computers could sometimes be a time-consuming process. Having the ability to take photos on smartphones didn’t make things much easier, either. That’s because these files still have to be transferred from your phone to your computer and attached to an email.

Saving time with construction photo applications

Luckily, there’s a new way to update your team on progress with Raken’s construction photo app and software. This helpful tool makes documenting project stages even easier with features like time-stamped photos, videos, and attachments, as well as photo markup capability.

You can also add descriptions to your photos, while the app’s web gallery stays updated in real time to make sure that every team member is kept in the know. This doesn’t just enhance team communication, but communication with clients as well.