More often than Not, I find myself working on 3d photomontages, or Verified views with set views/images chosen and taken by different Photographers.
Needless to say that, in all accounts, I've always wished I had a panoramic image/photo of the locations extracted, to use as reflections for my 3d environment.
For tips and scripts for Verified views, please visit this new post HERE
Also, check my New Book: 3D Photorealistic Rendering: Interiors & Exteriors with V-Ray and 3ds Max
To start, go to Google maps and type in the address/location where the photography was taken from.
These markers indicate spots where the user can take a street view from.
They indicate the perspective of the structure/object on the screen.
While the StreetView Grabber dialog is still open, select the URL of the Google street view and press Ctrl+C to copy it.
Click OK to close the dialog and see the reflection bitmap in the Viewport.
Please also check:
New Book: 3D Photorealistic Rendering: Interiors & Exteriors with V-Ray and 3ds Max
Essential tips & tricks for VRay & mental ray
Creating Customised IES lights
Creating a velvet/suede material