• What is Aerial Photography?
    Aerial Photography is the most detailed accurate mapping commonly available, it is used to locate identifiable points of interest using a “view from above” approach. You will be able to see trails, ridges, fence lines, trees, agricultural land, houses, roads, lakes & ponds, streams, and other interesting features. One common complaint of aerial photography is the lack of a terrain component. That is, when viewing an aerial, it is difficult to interpret the “lay of the land “.

    What are Contours?
    Topography such as contours show changes in elevation. These can be used to locate high & low points, as well as ridges to give you an added advantage when planning your outdoor trip. Contours represented on topographic maps are extremely useful, especially when overlaid on aerial photography as done with our Aerial Topo product.

    What are the contour intervals?
    The contour intervals are 5 Meters.

    What is Latitude & Longitude?
    Latitude and Longitude are the coordinates that are used to find a location on the earth. You can enter these coordinates into our Search page and our mapping application will take you directly to that location. For more information on Latitude & Longitude you can visit


    What if I can’t find my exact address?
    You can always search using the function and only enter the City & State information. This will take you directly to the city location that you enter, then you can use the pan & zoom tools to locate the are you are interested.

    Should I zoom in before or after I center the Green Map Location Box?

    The quickest way to create a maps is as follows:

    1. Pan in the appropriate direction of the property of interest, until that property is centered in the map window.

    2. Zoom in to an appropriate scale to best fit the property in the Green Map Location Box.

    3. Adjust the Green Map Location Box to correctly center the property.

    Keep in mind that if you move the Green Map Location Box before you zoom in on the map, the application will zoom in to the center of the overall map window. This could cause the property of interest to be off the map window at a closer scale. If you follow the steps above that will not happen.

    How do I move around in the Map?
    Clicking on the “Green Arrows” surrounding the map will move you in the appropriate direction that you choose.

    How do I zoom in and out on the map?
    On the left side of the map there is a tool for zooming in and out (see image below). To zoom in closer on the map you click on the apprpriate level you want to see. The default is 1:18000. If you want to zoom in closer you can click on the 1:12000 or 1:6000 layer. To zoom out farther you would click on 1:24000, 1:30000, or 1:36000. You can also click on the “+” symbol at the top of the tool to zoom in one level closer, or you can click on the “-” symbol at the bottom of the tool to zoom out one level.


    What is the Green Box in the middle of the map?
    That is the map location box. This box is there to show the user what area will be printed on the map. You will notice that when you change from Portrait to Landscape on your map optionthe new map layout. The same goes with a 36” map option. Click on the location on the aerial photo that you want to be centered on your map and the Green Box will move to that locations and click the Refresh Map butting, the orientation of the Green Box will change to reflect .

    What area’s do you have up-to-date Aerial Photography for?
    We now have access to High Resolution Color Aerial Photography for most of the United States. Due to the large file size, we do not display this imagery over the internet. However, it will be used when printing a map in any area where the up-to-date aerial photography is available.

    Can I add my GPS data to my map?
    Yes, this is a custom mapping product. The price will therefore depend on the type and amount of data you have. Please contact us for more information at info@mappingtheoutdoors.com

    What are the differences in paper types?
    13×19” maps come in two different paper types.
    Regular paper is a normal printing paper like you would use at home, however it has a bright white, ultra smooth coated finish.
    Waterproof paper is a waterproof/weatherproof paper. It is a more heavy duty paper, meant for taking out in the field with you. It is puncture resistant, and tear resistant as well.
    36” maps also come in two paper types:
    Waterproof paper is a waterproof/weatherproof paper. It is a more heavy duty paper, meant for taking out in the field with you. It is puncture resistant, and tear resistant as well. It is the same exact paper as the 13×19″ Waterproof Paper.

    Glossy/Photo paper is similar to the type of paper photo labs use to print high quality photo’s. It is a heavier paper that doesn’t crease or bend as easy, and has a High Gloss finish.

    What is the difference in Portrait and Landscape?
    Portrait is orientated with the Long Edge of the paper (19”) up and down, as illustrated below:


    Landscape is orientated with the Long Edge of the paper (19”) left and right, as illustrated below:


    What is the method of Shipping?
    All maps are shipped using the U.S. Postal Service.

    How long will it take my map to arrive?
    Orders are processed immediately, and shipped out after the map has been through our Quality Control process. You should receive your map in the mail within 6-7 working days.

    What are the maps shipped in?
    All maps are carefully packaged and shipped in cardboard tubes and boxes. No maps are folded for shipping purposes; therefore your maps will arrive in perfect condition.

    How much is shipping and handling?
    Shipping & Handling Prices are based on the types of maps ordered and the amount of purchase. The total shipping & handling price will be calculated before your final purchase in Pay Pal.

    If I need my maps shipped overnight what can I do?
    Email us at info@mappingtheoutdoors.com and we can work out overnight shipping arrangements.