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Sharon
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      05-25-2008, 06:31 AM
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?
 
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Jeff R.
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      05-25-2008, 07:55 AM

"Sharon" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> What do you use to log GPS coordinates of all your photographs??


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.

--however--

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.


 
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Chris Malcolm
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      05-25-2008, 09:50 AM
In rec.photo.digital Sharon <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> 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?


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.

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Chris Malcolm (E-Mail Removed) DoD #205
IPAB, Informatics, JCMB, King's Buildings, Edinburgh, EH9 3JZ, UK
[http://www.dai.ed.ac.uk/homes/cam/]

 
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Clair Johnston
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      05-25-2008, 12:24 PM
Sharon wrote:
> 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?



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/fot...xiftoolgui.htm to modify the
exif fields in the photograph.


Good luck,
Clair
 
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Tom H.
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      05-26-2008, 04:48 AM

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"Sharon" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> 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?


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


 
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Sharon
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      05-26-2008, 05:01 AM
On Mon, 26 May 2008 04:48:17 GMT, Tom H. wrote:
>> What do YOU use to log the GPS coordinates for your photographs?

>
> 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.


You got me hooked on this simple plan!
 
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Wayne R.
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      05-26-2008, 11:35 AM
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.



On Sat, 24 May 2008 23:31:16 -0700, Sharon <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote
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>What do YOU use to log the GPS coordinates for your photographs?

 
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franken-udo
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      05-31-2008, 06:57 AM
Hello

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.

Udo
 
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      06-01-2008, 02:00 PM
Sharon <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in news:g1b146$nhu$(E-Mail Removed):

> 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?


http://photofinder.atpinc.com/
 
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Andrew Hamilton
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      07-01-2008, 12:40 AM
On Sat, 24 May 2008 23:31:16 -0700, Sharon <(E-Mail Removed)>
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>What do you use to log GPS coordinates of all your photographs??


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.

-AH
>
>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?

 
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