When I first became serious about photography, I began carrying a small notebook and kept notes for each shot I took, noting the location, f-stop, shutter speed and other data.
It was mentally exhausting, plus it didn’t really help my technique much; so much time passed between my shooting the roll and getting it developed, it was easy to forget the conditions under which the shots were taken. Crossing the bridge to digital photography was amazing, because I could instantly see if I needed to tweak my settings and shoot another few pictures. Plus, I could later look at each photo’s EXIF info and see how the shot was taken. It didn’t help with location, though, so I still had to remember where shots were taken.
Hand-held GPS units gave photographers a new way to map their photo trails. A photographer with a GPS unit could just jot down coordinates at each new location. I don’t have a GPS unit, but I can see where that would be really nice to have.
Now there is the GPS-CS1, a wearable GPS unit by Sony. It lets you dump the GPS data to your computer and sync it with your photos, based on the time/date stamps on each photo. Nifty stuff! I read about it at the Gadget Blog. It even links with Google Maps so you can see exactly where your photo was taken. How cool is that?
It looks like it may only work with data from Sony cameras. I need to look into that more and make sure. Something like this would be wonderful for re-visiting great locations found on meandering country drives. I have some landscape shots whose locations I can’t pinpoint to save my life. Aaargh! Some days Howie and I will visit three counties on our leisurely picture-taking drives and it can be hard to remember where all we’ve been!