• When used together, maps and photos can give us a very good idea of what an area is like. The map may show us the overall pattern of the area and the photo provides the added detail.
Types of Photos• Photos may be oblique aerial photos – taken from the air but at an angle.• An ordinary view or distance shot.• A satellite image.
Comparing maps and photos• You must orientate you photo with your map.• Look for the main features on the photo and then find them on the map. (Use things with interesting or unusual shapes like roads, coastlines, large buildings etc.
To link a map and a photo Decide which direction the photographer was facing by:1. Choose a clear feature that you can locate on both the map and the photo.2. Locate another feature then move (orientate) the photo so it lines up with the same features on the map.
Describing Photos – Stick to what they ask you forDouble check how the question is worded.For example,If they ask you to ‘list the factors that attract tourists tohoneypot locations’ then they want you to include everythingyou know.However, if the question states ‘The photo shows ahoneypot. List three factors that would attract you to thislocation’. Then they only want you to list things you can seein the photo.Remember to look for both physical geography features aswell as human geography ones.
Practise• A good place to see how photos and maps relate together is to use the Multimap website www.multimap.com Where you can overlay maps over aerial photos.• Google Earth is another such useful site. Click here to return to the main menu