Photo Point Monitoring

Step 1: Print out the Photo Point Monitoring Data Sheet and bring it with you in the field.

Step 2: Select the location for the fixed photo point.


  • Will changes be visible from this point?
  • Is this location consistently easy to access?
  • Will the location of the photo point need to change over time?

Step 3: Carefully mark the location for the fixed photo point, or designate a permanent fixture as the marker.

Examples of markers: Wooden or metal stakes, unique and easily identifiable permanent structures such as a bridge

Step 4: Picture taking techniques:

  • Choose the camera settings that give the greatest depth of field. For digital camera's a "landscape" setting generally fulfills this requirement.
  • Hold the camera at eye level. Try to include about 1/3 sky in the photo for scale and for consistent replication.

Step 5: Fill out the electronic Photo Point Monitoring Data Sheet.

Completed photo point monitoring document example.

Example Pictures: