These days a fair number of Point and Shoot cameras and accessories sold for DSLRs offer the ability to geotag your photos without carrying a second device and messing with software after the photoshoot/walk, but until camera makers stick a GPS chip in all cameras we will need alternatives. One fairly painless option involves using your smart phone. Both Android and iOS devices have multiple apps capable of recording a “track” that can be later used to write the location into the image file. It is important critical that your camera time match your phone time so that the matching is accurate. For those without a smart phone you can carry just about any other GPS, including many car units, with you or you could consider the Garmin 405 GPS Wrist Watch.  A benefit of the 405 unit. . it is a watch, gets a solid 8hrs of battery life when tracking and it is a watch 🙂  Nothing bulky to carry around.   A downside to the 405 is that it exports a TCX file,not all geotagging programs accept TXC files and you may need to convert the track to a GPX file first, something that is easy to do with a program like http://www.gpsbabel.org/ or if you have windows you can go straight from TXC to geotagging with http://www.geosetter.de/en/

Why Geotag?  For me it is another way to classify and categorize my shots, I can easily find all images taken in Vermont or at a certain photogenic area when I am planning a return trip.  I also enjoy seeing my images plotted on a map.

Do you Geotag your photos?

 

UPDATE – the Garmin 405CX is on gold box deal today $174

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