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Intro to Digital Photography-Geotagging Part II

Now, about Geotagging...
Find Part I: "ABCs of Digital Photography" - Apr/08>

What is it? A digital photo is geotagged when lat & long coordinates (location data) are added to the photo's EXIF data fields/ metadata. EXIF means Exchangeable Image File Format. Every time you snap a photo, the camera records among other things the camera model, exposure time, the len's focal length, aperature size, sensor activity, flash used or not, type of lense and so on.

Here's an example from Flickr of these properties:

Why do it? Some geotag for long trips, so photos can be remembered and catalogued more exactly. Surveyors and other professionals geotag for the same reason, that is, data management. Others just want to share what happens (or what happens to be) at a location with others online, whether it's oneself, views, trees & rocks, friends, news, special locales. It's getting easier to use online mapping technology to view photos in their original geographical context, which can add a rich dimension to an image.

Where do it? Photos you just take, but sharing is different. A few popular photo sharing websites are Flickr (Yahoo bought Flickr, 2005), Picasa, Shutterfly, Pixagogo, DropShots, Bubbleshare, Fotki, Picturetrail. The photo industry offers a few too. Kodak added photo sharing to Skype. Google is tinkering with its new Panoramio.

Things to consider: storage space & feed, uploading/mgmt interface, viewer experience, file types supported, external link to photo/download permitted etc., privacy.

How do it? You need a GPS data logger. Turn it on when you're out and about. Figure out how to download the track log. Convert the track log. It depends on the data logger, whether you're PC or Mac, and your camera's model. Beeline to the internet for help, as there are lots of great articles available. Experiment!

It is fussy at first, but when you see your photos crop up on a track log, it's impressive.

Articles re geotagging:

GlobalSat DG-100

General reference
10-exif-iptc-and-xmp-viewer-and-editor/ > How I Make My Hike Summaries in Google Earth/Maps

Check your unit. Manufacturers offer firmware updates for glitches, overall performance or new features. Please note that a manufacturer is your best partner and resource for the care of your GPS product.

We currently know about updates for the Garmin Colorado 300 v2.51 (Apr7/08) and Magellan Triton 300 update 1.45 which first requires a VantagePoint download (see "product support" tab for your unit). Also see, for instance, Garmin's main updates page for all units.

ASK THE STAFF! We're talking to Karen today.

What is MSN Direct?

MSN DIRECT™ is for someone who wants to keep up-to-date with traffic reports, Send to GPS* (Live Search Maps), gas prices, weather reports, local events*, stock quotes*, news headlines* and also movies times. It works via an FM signal on compatible Garmin navigators, so you are connected when in the car.

MSN Direct is offered in the nuvi 680, 780, 785T, 880 and StreetPilot 580, or as an optional add-on receiver (010-00583-00) in other models. One free year is included. Airport Delays are coming in Fall 2008, though regional coverage is yet to be released.

• It is a fee based subscription service. Here is information about the price
• For Canadian customers, traffic coverage is not fully available. Here is the coverage
• Movie listings & times are available in Calgary and other major Canadian cities to date. Local events and gas prices are not available in Calgary to date.

What Karen will do:
I will go with the lifetime subscription for the service when they have traffic reports and gas prices for Calgary, but not until then. My advice? Find the coverage for your area before you buy in. Even if you ARE in a coverage area in Canada, you may not get every feature you want. Check it out, then decide. (Maybe you can easily do without a few features anyway.) It may help you avoid disappointment after you buy the MSN receiver.

[Ed. MicroSoft's Melitta® MSN Direct coffee maker has a ...Weather Station.]

*Available on nuvi 780 and nuvi 880 only (probably nuvi 785T)

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