Photographs taken from fixed points (photopoints) can systematically capture changes in the vegetation and dune morphology over time.
Tips for effective photopoints
- Locate each photopoint on a high point on the dunes along the transect to best cover a representative section of the dune.
- Where possible site the camera from a fixed point such as a permanent structure on or near the transect such as a fence post or peg. Use the start point if this provides a representative photograph of the transect.
- Select a view that will show change in dune vegetation over time due to your restoration efforts. Frame the view so that it will be easy to repeat in future.
- If possible position the camera to the north of the subject area to minimise shadows and sun glare. Try to minimise the need to zoom.
- Repeat photographs each time you survey your site, preferably at the same time of the year using the same camera angle.
- If possible, have a copy of the last photo you took from each photopoint, to help replicate previous photos as closely as possible.