There are just some things you can’t get from a picture. I could have stuck with google “street view” and gotten visual descriptions, but how else can you capture things like the smell of an area, the texture of the stone of a building, or the weird sense you get from a certain tree that’s grown in an odd way.
On the one hand, I think this will allow me to get across some things to the reader that I wouldn’t think of otherwise. On the other hand… I doubt that there will be many descriptions that are as “personal” in the story, except for the places strictly in my mind. Maybe when I have money to travel I can give a description of Romania or Bulgaria or Fiji or something. For now… It’ll have to be either mostly made up, so well known as to be able to be described in really broad strokes, or completely from my mind.