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Problems rendering hillshade with USGS NED data

Question asked by be5m1th on Nov 5, 2012
Latest reply on Nov 10, 2012 by be5m1th
I used to download the digital elevation models from the USGS seamless server to render elevation contours and hill shades (shaded relief) for my work.  The DEMs from the seamless server worked flawlessly for me, rendering beautiful hill shades for my projects, such as this example. 


Ever since the USGS switched to the National Elevation Dataset, I've been having all kinds of problems rendering accurate and useable hill shades.  Has anyone else had this problem?  I even tried using a z factor of 0.0003, which was suggested on various websites.  I still get poor quality hill shades, such as this, which is the same location as the example above.