What do you use to log the GPS coordinates for your photographs?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Sharon, May 25, 2008.

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    Sharon Guest

    What do you use to log GPS coordinates of all your photographs??

    I know some (not mine) cameras actually log GPS information into the EXIF
    data but maybe we can buy/build our own with a universal GPS "tracker".

    I'd be happy if I could tape onto my camera strap a small "device" that
    lasted a long time on battery (a week or more would be nice) and which
    logged exactly where my camera strap was.

    Then I would stand a chance of figuring out at which location any
    particularly interesting shot was taken by comparing the EXIF time and date
    with that GPS log.

    Does such a passive tiny GPS logging device exist at an affordable price
    (~$300 USD or so).

    What do YOU use to log the GPS coordinates for your photographs?
    Sharon, May 25, 2008
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    Jeff R. Guest

    I certainly don't do it with *all* my photos. Most of the time I know where
    I am, and can tell same from the photo.


    On road trips, when I stop at some pretty un-named spot for a few snaps, I
    will take a shot of the lat/long from the car's GPS. Its not as neat as
    embedding it in the EXIF (*no* idea how to do that!) but its easy enough to
    track back and relate the two shots later at home.

    Its fun to plug the co-ords into Google Earth (or Maps) to find out the name
    of the location.

    Works for me.
    Jeff R., May 25, 2008
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    sierra Guest

    If I remember I'll mark a waypoint, but it's usually a case of
    downloading the track and co-ordinating the times on the track with
    those of the photos' EXIFs - a bit tedious, but works if I can't
    remember the exact location.
    sierra, May 25, 2008
  4. I nearly always carry a small portable hiking GPS model, simply
    because it's so useful for logging interesting positions regardless of
    whether I'm using a camera. If I am using a camera, and it's not
    possible to photograph a street name or other handy landmark, I simply
    photograph the GPS display.
    Chris Malcolm, May 25, 2008

  5. I have been doing this for a while now. I first (and still do) use a
    Garmen 76cs. Late last year, I bought a gps data logger from
    http://www.semsons.com/datalogger.html because of its smaller size. the
    one I bought was a Amod 3080. I selected this model because it ran on
    AAA batteries. I briefly considered a bluetooth model but couldn't
    justify the extra complexity. I can get a days worth of photography from
    a set of rechargables. You may have different requirements.

    Software comes with syncing software, but I prefer to use
    http://code.google.com/p/gpicsync/ as someone else suggested. You may
    also want to look at
    http://freeweb.siol.net/hrastni3/foto/exif/exiftoolgui.htm to modify the
    exif fields in the photograph.

    Good luck,
    Clair Johnston, May 25, 2008
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    peter Guest

    Sony makes (made?) a device intended for just that function. It's a
    fairly small (3" x 1.5" x 1.5") oblong gadget that comes with a
    carabiner for clipping to your camera strap and runs on a single AA
    battery. Battery life isn't that good though (about 10 hours), so
    you'll need to carry spares. It also includes software for synching
    up your photos later and embedding the lat/long information in the
    photo data (EXIF). The only display on it is a little green LED that
    indicates when it has good satellite reception and another one that
    indicates battery status.
    peter, May 25, 2008
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    Scott P Guest

    Here is the procedure that I used last fall to match several hundred photos
    from a two week trip to the west coast last fall.

    1) Equipment: Nikon 100, Garmin 60CSx, laptop, and RoboGEO.
    2) Sync the time between the camera and the GPS.
    3) Let the GPS record the track all day. It was on the back seat on a bean
    bag mount or on my belt when hiking.
    4) Every night, download the track from the GPS to the laptop. DO NOT SAVE
    the track on the GPS unit.
    5) Every night, download the pictures from the camera to the laptop.
    6) Use RoboGEO to merge the GPS track and the pictures. As long as the
    camera and the GPS are in sync, it all works great.
    7) Recommend that you try an experiment at home before you start your trip
    to verify the procedure.

    Scott P, May 25, 2008
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    claudegps Guest

    There are small BT GPS with integrated logging capabilities.
    And, if I rememeber well, sony has a device for photographer (I don't
    have info, but should be difficult to find...)
    I use only a BT GPS receiver and my PDA (I use it also a navigator...)

    Then I use my program (you can give a look at it here) to see
    recorded path and pictures in google earth.
    It's nice to see where I was, roads, places ecc... with my pictures :)
    See a screenshot here:
    http://www.claudegps.altervista.org/?page_id=4 (the first one shows
    track/pictures in gearth)
    (the program does not georeference pictures, just creates
    goereferencing in google earth files)
    claudegps, May 26, 2008
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    Tom H. Guest

    The best program that I have use is freeware called GPicSync that will
    compare the digital photo timestamp to a gps tracklog and put the
    coordinates in the EXIF data and also create aGoogle Earth file that allows
    you to see where the pics were taken.

    Tom H., May 26, 2008
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    Sharon Guest

    You got me hooked on this simple plan!
    Sharon, May 26, 2008
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    Wayne R. Guest

    I bought a Geko 201 off eBay for $50 to keep with a little point &
    shoot in my laptop bag.

    I also keep my Garmin 76S with my much better camera.

    And I have RoboGEO in the laptop. Pretty easy. Since I also use a
    USB-serial doodad for other stuff, I just have to have two cables for
    the two GPSs. That's dumb but not too bad.
    Wayne R., May 26, 2008
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    claudegps Guest

    On 26 Mag, 14:09, "Thaddeus J. Bumwad III (Tad)" <>
    Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems that the camera is "GPS ready", not with
    built-in GPS.
    The GPS is not inside, but you can use BT to connect to a common GPS
    claudegps, May 26, 2008
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    claudegps Guest

    I am :)

    "Use as a single unit solution using built-in GPS or in conjunction
    with external GPS devices via Bluetooth"
    claudegps, May 26, 2008
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    franken-udo Guest


    i am using the program "Time Machine X". It is from the side
    www.gps-wintec.de and its free. It works with my Wintec Reciver. It
    works exactli with my Canon and Sony Cameras.

    franken-udo, May 31, 2008
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    SamSez Guest

    SamSez, Jun 1, 2008
  16. I have a Nikon D3 and I recently bought a GPS from Dawntech in Hong
    Kong. www.dawntech.hk. FedEx shipped to me in one day.

    The unit is about the size of a "fat" thumbdrive and it plugs in to
    the Nikon's 10-pin connector. There is also a 10-pin socket on the
    GPS body, so you can use the GPS as the same time as a Nikon remote
    release or timer release. Very convenient.

    The D3 will automatically detect the GPS and display a small GPS icon
    whenever the camera detects GPS input. The GPS data is automatically
    included in the picture's EXIF data.

    The GPS can either be mounted in the camera's hot shoe or else mounted
    with a clip to the camera strap. It's so small that you hardly notice
    it's there.

    If you check the data on an image, you will see the GPS data along
    with exposure, lens, color balance, etc.

    I like this solution because it's very reliable and straightforward.

    About $325 shipped.

    Andrew Hamilton, Jul 1, 2008
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