Now, where was I

That’s the question traveling photographers ask themselves when trying to remember where photographs were taken. I have tried every method I can think of and still haven’t discovered an easy, foolproof method of  capturing and retaining accurate information about photos taken on the road. I have boxes of notebooks, 3×5 cards and audio tapes…all worthless unless connected to specific photos. 

Being able to generate meta data for each photo has helped but unless you’re religious about recording and managing the data it can be equally useless. And I really hate fiddling with the data. 

That’s why I have high hopes for geotagging and the ability to record latitude and longitude meta data as part of each photo file. (This requires an additional piece of hardware and the ability of your camera to capture this data.) 

Nikon’s D300 and D3 bodies can capture information supplied by an on-camera GPS device which buddy breaths off the camera’s power supply. Nikon has just announced its own branded GPS unit but several third party manufacturers have been making these for a while. 

<http://www.nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Nikon/Photography-Accessories/Miscellaneous/25396/GP-1-GPS-Unit.html&gt;

As with much of technology, there will be unexpected uses for geotagging. I can’t wait to find out what they are.

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~ by keithphilpott on August 28, 2008.

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