It is not only important to do what you do well, you should also have a record of it. No matter how carefully you plan the steps you take and convey duties to your staff, sometimes things can go wrong, and you should have documentation of that. When a job turns out great, you will want to be able do it again and, you’ll want to share it with your peers, field users or general public.

A great tool to enhance your record keeping and allow for better presentation of processes and results is a camera. With so many digital cameras available, there is no reason not to take pictures of your facility and any problems, solutions or successes that you have had.

Here are a few basic things to keep in mind when purchasing a digital camera:

• Get a camera that is small enough to keep handy so you don’t miss important shots.

• Learn all you can about the camera and take advantage of the features it has.

• Set the camera at the highest resolution available. You will get fewer pictures per storage device, but the details will show up more clearly.

• Take as much time as possible to learn about photography in general. One way to do that is to experiment with your camera. Take pictures at different light levels, angles, compositions, distance and any other variables you can think of.

• Shoot as many photos as possible and don’t be afraid to delete those that don’t turn out quite right.

The author is a contributing editor for SportsField Management.