Multiple-languages Culture: «How to locate the origin of a video or a photo»
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You may have some interesting videos or photos, and you are eager to know their origins. It is possible sometimes. What you need to do is accumulating clues. With the ability of observation, relationships around the world, and sufficient knowledge, you can try to do it.
If you are very interested in it, you can visit Google Maps regularly to accumulate the experience.
Of course, I think Google may do this: you upload a photo, then it may tell you where it is taken, or gives you possible locations, with the help of satellite photos and street view photos.
People[edit | edit source]
Languages & accents[edit | edit source]
When you hear people talking, and you know what language they are using, then things are easy. You can get a more precise result if you even know what accents they have. If you don't know, you can seek help from the native people. However, of course, it's not available for photos.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
You can get clues from skin colours, facial features, styles of clothes, and even hairstyles. If you are not sure, seek help from native people.
Transportation[edit | edit source]
License plates[edit | edit source]
If you can see license plates, then it becomes very easy. Each country has its own kind of license plate, and the plates also indicate the city.
This requires accumulation of experience.
Position of the driver's seat[edit | edit source]
If the driver's seat is on the left, then it is clear that it is right-hand traffic in this country and vice versa. But you would be lucky if it is left-hand.
Models[edit | edit source]
If you know the fashions of car models in many countries, you can make a conclusion easier.
Buildings[edit | edit source]
Languages[edit | edit source]
If there are any writings on the buildings, they can be very useful.
Styles[edit | edit source]
You need to have enough knowledge about styles of buildings. But if it's in an undeveloped area or stereotyped cities, the features of buildings can be very common.
Solar Panels[edit | edit source]
These panels' angle and the space between two panels tell the rough latitude of the place.
Plants & animals[edit | edit source]
Notice the plants, which are revealing the climate of the area. Some plants are even exclusive. There can be animals, too, but they are not providing so much information as plants.
It depends on the accumulation of experience.
Geographic features[edit | edit source]
See if it's mountainous, facing the water or what else. If the range is reduced, this may be decisive if it matches the satellite photo.
Astronomy[edit | edit source]
This is crucial if it is at night.
Other details[edit | edit source]
If you still haven't found any valuable information, don't give up so soon. Observe closer. There are miscellaneous things: flags, monuments, traffic signs, brands, fire hydrants, trash bins, street lamps, manhole covers, signs of religions, ...
Quizzes[edit | edit source]
Can you reach conclusions without the help of upper-left and lower-left corner?
You can see symbols of Buddhism, and the style of the buildings is in Southeast Asia. There are flags of Vietnam and Buddhism. You can see the Vietnamese name of the pagoda, so you can find it on the internet.
You can see a flag of Libya, and a small island. Your next step is to look for any island along the Libyan coast with a satellite map.
You can see tuff, so a volcano must be there. It's also facing the sea. But, what are those 🗿 guys looking at? I can't see anything special on that hill.
You can see maps on the wall of the stand, and there is a map of part of Africa and a map of Namibia. And there is a river. If you don't know astronomy well, you can seek help from Stellarium or Celestia. Then you will know the directions. It is hard for beginners, so you can skip this and go to any attractions near rivers.