[NetBehaviour] Geotagging Photos.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Oct 9 12:59:18 CEST 2006
Now that I have a GPS, I can have some fun with hiking and photography.
The idea is to record my position on the GPS while hiking (i.e., the
tracklog). This will provide me (and others) with a good record of
different hikes. In addition, I can pinpoint the location where I took
photographs and hence tag the photos with those coordinates (i.e.,
Here is the procedure I use for the purpose:
1. Set the GPS tracklog setting. My GPS allows time, distance and auto.
Time and distance options are for specifying the time or distance
respectively after which the GPS position should be recorded in the
tracklog. Auto mode tries to determine the optimal interval
automatically, though Garmin does not provide any information about how
it determines the optimum interval. The preferable mode is specifying
the time interval. If you are walking, then a time interval of 6 seconds
should give you maximum accuracy and in my case the tracklog won’t fill
up to its maximum of 10,000 points for about 17 hours. This just needs
to be decided on once.
2. At the start of the hike, set the camera clock to the time from the
GPS. You can either use UTC (popularly known as GMT) or your local time
zone. I prefer to set the camera to UTC since then I don’t have to get
into the hassle of changing camera time at the end of daylight savings
or when I travel.
3. Sometimes, I also like to take a photograph of the GPS screen with
the time showing so that I can later compare the difference in their clocks.
4. Reset the tracklog.
5. Mark waypoints on the hike for features, like parking, trailhead,
scenic view, waterfall, etc. Write some shorthand in the waypoint name
on the GPS to remember the reason later.
6. Take photographs whenever I feel like it.
7. Go home and upload the waypoints and tracklog from the GPS to my
8. Upload the photographs from my camera.
9. Run RoboGEO to geotag the images and create a Google map.
10. Use GPS Visualizer to create an elevation profile for a hike.
11. Upload everything to my web server.
One thing I also want to do is to create a database of the tracklogs of
trails which I hike. For this purpose, I will be providing you the GPX
file for my hikes here. However, it would probably be a good idea to
upload them to public repositories of trails. Does anyone know any such
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