GPS photography

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.

Sony-GPS-CS1.JPG 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!

2 thoughts on “GPS photography

  1. The only thing I ever write down is the date and location, and names of people (if it is a picture of people). I’m not an expert like you though. You take beautiful pictures.

  2. Jessica
    I have a couple ideas that could work for you, first being there is two Nikon Digital SLR’s that can have the GPS connected right to the camera, and they are model #D1X & D2X, & I know this because I have both those cameras. You have to set the GPS output up properly & have the right cable. They will put the Latitude & Longitude & Elevation with the EXIF info. Another Idea even if you don’t have either of these cameras, you can mark a waypoint on the GPS unit, which marks the location where you made your shot or for anything else for that matter, then download that into a Map Source product in the computer. I’ve been doing that for a few yrs, & it easier then dragging the cable around hooking them up everytime you want to mark a spot. I use Garmin GPS unit, which I found to be the easiest to operate. I recommend on the Garmin GPS unit not to save the Track in the unit itself, I’ve found when you do that some of the info gets deleted, rather then saving the track to the computer when done for the day or whenever the track log gets close to 100%.

    Good luck

    Tim

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