Not too long ago construction cameras were considered “nice to have.” Today, a rapidly growing number of construction pros sees them as indispensable tools of the trade. High-resolution photos, HD time-lapse videos, and real time views of the build enable everything from remote project monitoring and management to better collaboration among teams––and even enhanced marketing and PR.
Like any tool, how you use it affects the results you get. When it comes to getting high-quality, data-rich photo documentation, picking the right location for the construction camera is key.
The 5 P’s of camera location takes the hit-or-miss out of finding the sweet spot that will give you clear, still images and stellar time-lapse films.
Position the camera so that it’s facing north. With the camera on the south side of the build and aimed northward, you minimize glare from the sun and optimize the kind of lighting that works best for photography.
Place the camera outside of the construction area. In other words, go for long shots, not close-ups, so the camera captures more of the build in every image.
Perspective makes the difference between imagery that feels flat and imagery that comes to life. You can add depth and breadth to still photos and time-lapse movies by mounting the camera higher than the planned build and aiming it both downward and at a corner of the building.
Envision how project phases or tilt-up construction will unfold to find a spot where the camera can have a continuous clear view of the build. The goal here is to minimize or avoid having to move the camera as the project progresses.
Finally, you’ll need a reliable power source. If there’s one nearby to plug into, you’re all set. But don’t sacrifice a great location for your camera if there isn’t. Check with you camera vendor about a solar power option, and be sure to take advantage of the federal tax credit if you go that route.