Just getting started with map making, and have some basic questions.
My goal is to make maps of the areas where I am taking photographs, to identify locations on the maps, and also note details about what I find in these areas - buildings, foundations, old dams, canals, or particular wildlife - bald eagles spotted here, etc. The maps could be quite localized, a lake or valley, or quite large, an entire river system, from source to sea.
Looking for a good place to start learning about map making. Any recommended books, websites that give an overview of the process and what software tools are usually used?
I'm a cad draftsman for my day job, so am familiar auto cad, pro engineer and other cad software. Also familiar with Photoshop, but have heard that vector is a better way to go when scaling maps, so may look into Illustrator, which I actually now have with the new creative cloud licensing of Adobe's suite.
Thanks for any suggestions.