We take pictures of everything, from right-of-way stake-outs to plat checks. We use a pocket camera. A Cannon, I believe. I think it would be an excellent idea to reference the pictures to the field notes. The weakness of the camera is its inability to rename pictures on the fly. We also have an FC-5000, which has two cameras. I've toyed with the rear-facing one before. I can't recall if you can name a picture before storing it. Does anyone have any documentation on that? Also, I think before taking pictures of a project, you should take a picture of the work order. After the project is complete you should take a picture of the completed work order. Doing this will segregate the pictures from other projects just in case old project pictures are still on the camera. We take pictures of street signs at both ends of a project to accomplish the same thing. I think this is good, but not good enough. You have to remember which project you were at, sometimes weeks later.
For years I have used a Nodal Ninja for taking panorama photos for use with my C-10. I keep telling myself that I should use the rig on my conventional jobs but that rarely seems to happen. I just end up taking photos with my phone. The panoramic photos are great because you can see everything from the instruments perspective. When I have done them like to provide them to the engineer. My MS50 will take a panoramic photo but is painfully slow (and I mean PAINFULLY) if the data is being stored on the CS20. I use the CS20's camera, and less often the MS50, to photograph individual points. One nice thing is that the point or line numbers are automatically included in the photos names and if you export through Infinity will be referenced in the DWG.
For years I have used a Nodal Ninja for taking panorama photos for use with my C-10.
I had to look up the Nodal Ninja. Very cool! Reminds me of the motorized mount for my telescope. What are the brand names of the cameras you mention? Speaking of phone photos, our county-issued Samsung S10e's probably take better photos than our old Canon pocket cameras.
The nodal ninja reminds me of the old Dibit system, which used to be simply a digital camera on a rotating plate. It looks like over the past couple years they have built a custom box with some other features.
I always admired the simplicity of it, if I were more of a brain I would try to get into using photo data for measuring.
One challenging element of taking pictures, similar to taking notes is ensuring that the people processing the data see what it is you took the picture for, some companies have better performance in this than others.
Hard to argue with the Kent approach of a chalkboard in the photo.
i use the "theodolite" app on my iphone. I can open them directly in Google maps to see where they are, and the pics are stamped with the location data and date/time.