• Frédéric

    20.10.2008 at 02:41 Reply

    I recently view a little GPS unit you let in your bag. Then at the end of your outdoor shooting sesssion you plug it into your computer and a software will add on photos in a directory, the GPS infos. Only with time syncronisation ! So easy.
    Here is that Sony tool review on DPreview
    Hope you get this information right here !

  • Eric Scouten

    20.10.2008 at 03:04 Reply

    Hi JP, good to hear from you again …
    I geocode pretty much 100% of my photos, and have been doing this for several years now. (Maybe I’m too obsessive about it?)
    I have an iPhone 3G and I briefly considered using it as my GPS photography companion, but there are a couple of major problems with doing so: (1) If you install any of the apps that create a GPS track log, you’ll run the battery into the ground really quickly. (2) The approach you’ve described [taking a photo and using its coordinates] often leads to incorrect information. Apparently the GPS unit doesn’t have time to lock on to a valid location for some time after you turn it on. I’ve seen photos misplaced by as much as a mile if I turn on the camera and shoot quickly. 🙁
    So I’m back to my dedicated (Garmin) handheld GPS unit. Much easier on the batteries and more accurate results.
    I wrote an article on geocoding with Lightroom last year. Pretty much everything I said then (for Lightroom 1.3) remains current today (for Lightroom 2.x).

  • Einar Erlendsson

    20.10.2008 at 06:03 Reply

    I agree with you JP on that I have been waiting for high end cameras with GPS built in. But there are several not expensive solutions available if you care to walk around with an GPS while you are shooting.

  • Chris

    20.10.2008 at 08:40 Reply

    I use a stand alone unit called “Photo Trackr” It seems to work fairly well. You sync the time of the gps with your camera time and then when your back at your computer I use their software to match up the time stamps and it embeds the data in the photo’s then I import them in to lightroom and it’s done..

  • Greg Barnett

    20.10.2008 at 11:16 Reply

    Hi JP,
    Sensitivity and the ability to pull in good signal under less than ideal conditions (heavy forest cover, canyons, etc.) is what currently limits many of the cheaper devices. Since you already know how much of a stickler I am for accuracy… I’m of the camp that advocates for a higher quality stand-alone GPS unit like the Garmin 60CSx. Besides the accuracy and sensitivity, it allows you to record a running tracklog (in the GPX format) to an internal SD card. So at the end of the day you only have a single tracklog even if you turned the unit on and off several times. Then using something like ImageIngester Pro, you can sync up the images and have the coordinates written either to XMP sidecars or directly in to DNG’s. Hopefully one of these days, Adobe will get tired of many of us pestering them for the ability to tag directly in Lightroom and add it in as an option during import.
    I’ve been tagging (via GPS) every image I shoot for the last couple of years. Now I’m going back to older images and manually tagging them with HoudahGeo and Google Earth.

  • Greg Barnett

    20.10.2008 at 11:34 Reply

    Forgot to mention a new plug-in for Lightroom that GPS users might be interested in:
    It allows you do do proximity searches for tagged images in your catalog.

  • Mike Nelson Pedde

    20.10.2008 at 13:28 Reply

    Jeff Friedl has a ‘GPS proximity’ plugin for Lightroom, here:

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