Online Community of Zenith Builders and Flyers
I bought one from Acft Spruce. I include many pics of me doing tasks as I proceed, Tom
I use a spiral notebook. I log the date, time, and a description of work. I also use a digital camera (pictures of plane and notebook) that I back-up on the PC and cloud. It's easy.
I noticed that licensing inspectors have put a lot of importance on the build log for approval.
I kept a build log as sold by Aircraft Spruce and puts lots of photos in it, too. Of course, people are all different, but I was almost disappointed by the lack of interest in the log shown by the DAR during the AW inspection and by the FAA bureaucrat when getting my Repairman's Certificate.
I got the distinct impression that in both cases, just having a log present was good enough so they could check off another box on a form! The DAR was talking to me and inspecting my plane and I guess he could figure out in 1-2 minutes whether I built it or not. The FAA flipped the log open and looked at it for all of 5 seconds and then moved on with the paperwork!
But - all that being said - you gotta' have one! :>)
I have hundreds of pictures already. I wouldn't print them all, but its a good reference for the future. I might pick just a few and get the local office supply store to print them into a nice binder or book.
I'm not sure about online photos ... maybe someone can comment who has actually had online photos FAA/DAR approved for the AW or Repairman's Certificate. However, a spiral notebook with some hard copy photos at different build stages (with you in some of the photos) will work for sure!