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Aerial Photos Date Back to 1858

June 19, 2008

Aerial photography was first practised by the French photographer and balloonist Nadar in 1858 over Paris.

Its use for military purposes was developed during the First World War by aviators such as Fred Zinn.

Archaeologists were then able to use the technique more effectively to discover and record archaeological sites.

Aerial photography has become increasingly popular, with many websites offering a bird’s eye view of your home or area.

One of the most popular, Google Earth, lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies. You can explore rich geographical content and save your toured places.

Another site – www1.getmapping.com – has been designed for users who want to buy an overhead image of their area.

Unfortunately this site does not allow the user to zoom in particularly close, so it is difficult to get a view of individual houses.

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