Several basic but proven steps may improve the quality substantially of validation photographs taken at your tire dealership or service shop.
A validation photograph simply documents a condition for the benefit of someone who cannot personally inspect it. For example, a customer cannot visit the bays to examine an unexpected problem such as a broken suspension bushing, badly bent wheel or leaking radiator.
In other situations, a vendor may need to inspect a prematurely worn part or an odd breakdown on a piece of shop equipment.
Whether the challenge involves a broken vehicle or failed tools and equipment, a picture really is worth a thousand words toward a prompt solution. Observing a problem firsthand just may not be practical or possible.
However, pictorially documenting something with crisp, clear photographs has proved to be an enormous help to automotive service personnel throughout the industry. As far back as the 1970s, I have encountered owners and managers who documented various problems with "instant-picture" cameras such as those popularized by Polaroid.
When you snapped a picture with this Polaroid camera, it literally rolled out a print for you; there was no need to send raw film to a photo-developing specialist.
(To this day, some folks refer to a print from an instant-picture camera as a "Polaroid.")
More recently, relatively inexpensive and compact digital cameras have come on the market; these products can create impressive digital images for either business or personal purposes.
A digital camera often produces pictures in practical electronic formats such as JPG files. You can email a typical JPG to someone very easily or print it on the nearest printer.
More recently, cellular telephones have advanced far enough to take startling good digital pictures. What's more, they offer users the choice of either emailing or texting photos.