Geotagging Images

posted on 13th of august, 2008

As I have been preparing for this upcoming safari, I have been investigating geotagging my images.

After looking into many, many options, I've decided on a system that seems reliable, not too expensive, and fairly simple. I've purchased a small geodata recorder, and a software package. The recorder logs my latitude, longitude and altitude every second (literally). The software extracts that log file and writes it to the appropriate EXIF tags in my images.

There have been a few hiccups. I use Apple's Aperture to manage my files. As much as I love Aperture, it is very protective of RAW files (which is a good thing). Getting the geodata written into those files takes a couple extra steps. Also, my particular recorder chews through batteries, going about 12 hours on a set of three AAAs. I decided after one day to invest in rechargeable AAAs!

I don't know if Dt has any plans to allow for searching of images by geodata? It would be great, for example, to be able to find images of a particular location on earth.

What do you all think?

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Photo credits: Les Cunliffe.

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