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Using Online Aerial Maps for Photo Scouting, Preservation and HABS/HAER/HALS

Yesterday I did a fast paced webinar ("Lunchinar") with Jon Haeber for the California Preservation Foundation that is now live on their YouTube channel here:

It was a fun lunch with Jon covering Google Maps & Streetview plus Bing Bird's Eye, DIY smart-phone 360ยบ photos, CAL-TOPO, online Sanborns, historic USGS maps, GIS, Apple Maps, Google Earth and even a little drone 3D imaging. These are useful as scouting tools for photographers and for historic research for historians.

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California Preservation Foundation Webinar

I use these techniques and online programs to scout and scope my HABS HAER and HALS photography and I used it to plan the routes for photographing the book PRESERVING LOS ANGELES with author Ken Bernstein (available in Spring 2021, Angel City Press).

Check out this fun video for great tips on researching historic sites, preservation advocacy, and photography-related data gathering. I was talkin' fast to fit all the diverse subjects into 40 minutes, with lots of examples (get the links mentioned in the YouTube show notes) and remember, you can always rewind or slow me down to 75%-speed in the YouTube video playback settings.

There are a bunch of preservation and documentation related videos on the CPF YouTube channel available for free here:


Stephen Schafer

HABS HAER HALS photographer based in Southern California


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