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Beginner's Guide To Geotagging

Beginner's Guide To Geotagging - Want to geotag, but don't know how? Here's a quick guide.

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What is Geotagging?

Geotagging is a relatively new craze when it comes to photography but what it is? Well it's a method of recording the latitude and longitude of the location you took your shot in which is added to the EXIF data your camera creates.

Why do it?

There are various reasons why geotagging your images is a good idea. Firstly, other people can like the image, see where you took it and go there themselves to capture more stunning images. The other thing it does is serves as a sort of diary entry for you – so that you remember where you were that day and so if you ever want to go back, you can easily find the exact location again. It is also ideal for showing friends and family where you went on your outings.


How do I do it?

Here we show you four methods that you can use to geotag your photos:

Usually, it is relatively easy to geotag your images through your camera. The Samsung NX 11, for example, can be set to automatically geotag your photos as you travel. You can set it to update your position at regular intervals too so that people can see precisely where you are when you snap your pictures.

If your camera does not automatically geotag, though, photo upload sites such as Flickr and Picasa enable easy geotagging using Google earth or a similar program. Simply click the geotag button, and drag and drop your photo on to the map, where it was taken. This is probably not the most accurate way of geotagging, but it will at least enable you to identify the rough area that your photo was taken in.

If you have a smart phone there are apps designed to geotag your photos no matter what camera you use. One such app, called gps4cam, was reviewed by ePHOTOzine and you can see what we thought of it and how it works here: gps4cam iPhone App Review

Another option is to take a separate GPS unit out with you when you take photos. Then, you need to synchronize the data from that with the times that your photos were taken, on your computer. For this method to work, you need to make sure your camera's clock and the one on your GPS unit are in sync. This method is potentially quite complicated, but there are tutorials to help you and this method often leads to the most accurate geotagging of your photos.

With plenty of options out there, why not have a go yourself at geotagging your images?


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