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Frequently Asked Questions


About Basic NAR Services and Collections

How do I request an aerial photography search from NAR?

Can I hire NAR to photograph my site?

What historical aerial photography does NAR have?

Can I come to your location and take a look at your photography?

Can NAR offer photo interpretation services for my court case?



About AerialsearchTM Historical Photography Reports

What do the scale listings mean?

What does "Estimated Turnaround" mean?

Why do the prices vary so much?

What is Stereo Coverage?

What is a digital print?

Can you tell me if the specific detail I want to see is in a photo before I order it?



About Ordering from NAR

Can I order photos through this web site?

What are my payment options?

What are my shipping options?




About Basic NAR Services and Collections

How do I request an aerial photography search from NAR?

    NAR offers 2 levels of thoroughness for aerial photography research, the AerialsearchTM  Quick Search and the AerialsearchTM  Full Search.  To request either one you will need to be able to provide NAR staff researchers with as much information about your site as possible. 
    Please read the full instructions here.


Can I hire NAR to photograph my site?

    No, we don't do any flying or photographing ourselves.  We deal only in historical aerial photography that has already been taken by other firms, a few collections of which we have in-house ownership (see the next question below).


What historical aerial photography does NAR have?

    NAR's own collection includes large portions of  the Jack Ammann collection, the Rist-Frost collection, the TVGA collection, All-States Aerial Surveys' collection, and the Sanborn Mapping collection.  In addition to these, we also have coverage from the USGS and USDA.  Click here for an overview of some of NAR's current library.


Can I come to your location and take a look at your photography?

No, we don't have a "walk-in" facility, and our collection is not stored in a manner fit for customers to stop in and examine photos.


Can NAR offer photo interpretation service for my court case?

    No, NAR does not offer photo interpretation services, although we may be able to recommend others who specialize in photo interpretation.  NAR staff members are not qualified to perform such interpretation.



About AerialsearchTM Historical Photography Reports

What do the scale listings mean?

    The scale listings (such as 1"=1667'), refer to the ratio of inches on a photo equal to the number of feet in the real world.  In other words, if a photo is listed as having a scale of 1 inch = 2000 feet, it means that every inch on the photo itself corresponds to a length of 2000' in the actual, real world location shown in the photo.  The listed photo scales in AerialsearchTM reports are the scales the photos were taken at.
    For more information about photo scales, click here.


What does "Estimated Turnaround" mean?

    "Estimated Turnaround" is the time it normally takes for us to receive photography from a vendoronce we have placed the order with themand to ship the order out to the customer.  It is only referring to the amount of time it takes the vendor to produce the product, package it, and ship it to us, as well as the time it spends en route to us, and then for us to process it and send it out to the customer. Usually we place an order with a vendor only once we have received a pre-payment from the customer, as we must pay the vendor for their products up front.  The "Estimated Turnaround" time does not, therefore, normally include any time that it takes for a customer to place an order, or for us to receive the required pre-payment, but only the time between when we order a product from a vendor to when we send it out to the customer that ordered it through us.  Normally, once we have received the product(s) required to fill a given order, we ship the product(s) the same week.
    The "+ / -" that accompanies each listing (as in "+ / - 3 Weeks"), means that the turnaround time could be "less than or more than" the number of weeks quoted, but the quoted number is normally the average time.  If one of our vendors is up to date on processing their orders, the overall turnaround time may end up by being less than that quoted on the AerialsearchTM report, but if the vendor is instead backed up and working to catch up on the backlog, the overall time may be more than that quoted.  Note that while National Aerial Resources, LLC cannot be responsible for delays caused by vendors failing to get a shipment of product(s) to us within the estimated time quoted, we monitor all orders with our vendors periodically and do our best to notify you ahead of time when any photos might be delayed beyond the estimated turnaround time.


Why do the prices vary so much?

    The different prices often listed on AerialsearchTM available photography reports are due to the fact that the reports are generated by running a search through our databases of photography existing from various sources for a given site.  Each different source has its own pricing system, so on a report that lists a number of different years of coverage from several different sources, that diversity is reflected in the differing prices.


What is Stereo Coverage?

    Stereo coverage is photography composed of photos taken at intervals close enough together that a portion of one photo overlaps with another.  When viewed properly, these overlapping portions combine to create an illusion of three-dimensions (3D), allowing the perception of depth.
    Click here for a more comprehensive explanation of stereo photography and its uses.


What is a digital print?
  
    A digital print is a hard copy of a photograph produced from a computer image file instead of  from a traditional chemical photo development process.  Digital prints can be made either from images taken with a digital camera or from images produced by scanning regular film negatives.
    Click here for more information regarding the specific and attributes of digital prints.


Can you tell me if the specific detail I want to see is in a photo before I order it?

    Generally speaking, we don't have the ability the view photos from outside sources without ordering them, which means we cannot usually answer any questions about what specific details can actually be seen in a given photo.
    There are rare instances, however, when we can preview photos from outside sources, but in order to answer a specific question about visible details we must charge research for the staff time spent for such examinations. 

Note:
Such information provided by NAR staff members cannot be taken as authoritative for legal proceedings, as that would require the services of a qualified photo interpreter.  NAR does not offer photo interpretation service, and NAR staff members are not qualified to perform such interpretation.


About Ordering from NAR

Can I order photos through this web site?

    No, photos can't be ordered through this web site, orders must be placed over the phone or with a fax.  See more about ordering photography here.


What are my payment options?

    At the present time we can only accept money orders, personal checks, and cashier's checks.  We cannot currently accept any credit cards, PayPal transactions, traveler's checks, or cash.  Personal checks may require additional clearance time at our discretion prior to proceeding with processing, so we recommend using either money orders or cashier's checks if time is a factor.


What are my shipping options?

    We offer 3 basic shipping options:

















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