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6. Effects > Zoom In from a Satellite

Zoom In from a Satellite

Use a series of satellite images to establish a location.

Establishing the location of a scene can sometimes be critical to your story. Thanks to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), you can download satellite images of almost any location. You can use a series of these images to zoom in on your location.

There are a number of great web sites that allow you to both locate and view satellite images. I prefer to use TerraServer USA (http://www.terraserver-usa.com). The instructions in this hack pertain to that site, but the process can be applied to any other sites, as well.

Tip

Google Maps(http://maps.google.com) now also offers satellite images of locations, searchable by street address. Like the images provided by TerraServer, you can zoom in on a location (using a handy scroll bar and an altogether nifty interface). Though Google’s images are in full color, many locations don’t offer the same level of detail provided by TerraServer’s images.


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