Aerial Photographic and Satellite Image Interpretation

Photographic interpretation is “the act of examining photographic images for the purpose of identifying objects and judging their significance” (Colwell, 1997). This mainly refers to its usage in military aerial reconnaissance using photographs taken from reconnaissance aircraft.

Principles of image interpretation have been developed empirically for more than 150 years. The most basic of these principles are the elements of image interpretation. They are: location, size, shape, shadow, tone/color, texture, pattern, height/depth and site/situation/association. These are routinely used when interpreting an aerial photo or analyzing a photo-like image. A well-trained image interpreter uses many of these elements during his or her analysis without really thinking about them. However, a beginner may not only have to force himself or herself to consciously evaluate an unknown object with respect to these elements, but also analyze its significance in relation to the other objects or phenomena in the photo or image.

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Aerial Photographic And Satellite Image Interpretation - Elements of Interpretation - Site/Situation/Association
... Situation refers to how the objects in the photo or image are organized and “situated” in respect to each other ... Association refers to the fact that when you find a certain activity within a photo or image, you usually encounter related or “associated” features or activities ... situation, and association are rarely used independent of each other when analyzing an image ...

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