As an electrician, you may never have thought about taking pictures of your work to save for later. Sure, you might take a few pictures of unique situations you run into on the job or to have a quick reference to wiring patterns later on. When it comes to pictures that you take specifically to save for later use, though, it may not have even crossed your mind.
Even now, you may be wondering exactly what you’d use pictures of your work for. As it turns out, there are several reasons you might want to take pictures to save for later. Here are just a few ways that you can use pictures of your work to help yourself down the road.
Building a Portfolio
One big way you can use pictures of your work is to build a portfolio of your past jobs to show to prospective clients. If the job is a rewiring job, be sure to take both before and after shots so you can show how things were when you arrived and how much better they were afterward. If it’s wiring new construction, take pictures that clearly show how well the job was completed.
In addition to pictures of the finished product, you can also include shots of yourself or your crew on the job to highlight how well you work in a variety of situations. These shots can also highlight the fact that you use proper safety gear and OSHA-compliant work practices, which can be useful when talking to contractors looking for a sub. While the focus of your portfolio should be on the work that you do, showing how that work is accomplished certainly won’t hurt.
Pictures for Social Media
If you maintain an active social media presence, taking pictures on the job can be a great way to add content to your posts. This is kind of the opposite of what you’d focus on for your portfolio, since it’s important to show off your quality of work but it can have a greater social media impact if you focus on the “human” side of your operations. Show off your finished work, but also make sure that candid shots of your crew and pics of the occasional weird (or dangerous) wiring situations you face also show up to draw in more casual visitors. While you’re at it, be sure to show off how clean and organized you keep your work area.
One other place that you can put photos taken on the job is your company website. This approach is similar to building a miniature portfolio, focusing largely on before and after or new construction shots to give visitors an idea of the sort of work you do. While you’re free to put as many pictures on your website as you wish, if you’re not using it to host your portfolio, then you’ll probably just want to put the most striking photos to put your best foot forward.
Taking the Best Pictures
Regardless of where you put the pictures, make sure the photos you save are presentable. Try to take clear pictures with a stable camera and plenty of light so that viewers can clearly see what you’re trying to show. You may even want to buy a nicer camera with high resolution to ensure that the picture quality is adequate.
Regardless of whether you’re using a high-end camera or a cheap phone to take pictures, ensure they aren’t grainy or hard to see. Take multiple pictures of each shot if necessary, so you’ll have plenty to choose from. When the time comes to save them, you’ll want to choose the best of the best to show to your intended audience.
Do you take pictures of the work that you do, or do you prefer to just get in and get the job done?