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to Digital Photography-Geotagging Part II
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.
an example from Flickr of these properties: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bwr/2513009795/meta/
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.
do it? Photos you just take, but sharing is
different. A few popular photo sharing websites are Flickr (Yahoo
bought Flickr, 2005), Picasa, Shutterfly,
The photo industry offers a few too. Kodak added photo
sharing to Skype. Google is tinkering with its new Panoramio.
to consider: storage space & feed, uploading/mgmt interface, viewer
experience, file types supported, external link to photo/download
permitted etc., privacy.
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!
is fussy at first, but when you see your photos crop up on a
track log, it's impressive.
How I Make My Hike Summaries in Google Earth/Maps
We're talking to Karen today.
is MSN Direct? http://garmin.msndirect.com
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.
Direct is offered in the nuvi 680, 780, 785T, 880 and StreetPilot
580, or as an optional add-on
in other models. One free year is included. Airport
Delays are coming in Fall 2008, though regional coverage is
yet to be released.
is a fee based subscription service. Here is information
about the price http://www.msndirect.com/NavigationDevicesGarmin780.aspx?tab=ServicePlans
Canadian customers, traffic coverage is not fully
available. Here is the coverage http://www.msndirect.com/NavigationDataAvailability.aspx
• 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.
Karen will do:
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?
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
MicroSoft's Melitta® MSN
Direct coffee maker has a ...Weather
on nuvi 780 and nuvi 880 only (probably nuvi 785T)
SIGHTINGS: pop & celebrity, politics & natural sciences,
life, TECHNO, skies, etc.
Apple iPhone OS 2.0 beta may support geo-tagged photos. But how?
Find out at Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 9, GPS or
Christian Dior latest fashion house to release a mobile phone. ModeLabs
helps out with tech. Swarovski with crystals or diamonds? $5000
with no GPS!
Team tests GPS guided GBU-49 weapons. Release of
500lb bombs with GPS kits dropped from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). People
need not apply to fly. read
Info re MQ-9 Reaper Predator B drone
Unmanned Systems Roadmap, July 11/07
Special Ops C4OPS GenNext headset updated with
GPS & tracking. US, NATO and Israeli Special Forces
can find each other. Immersible to 20 meters. read
Lockheed Martin wins $1.4b contract for
GPS III satellites. Boeing
loses again. In
March, Northrop Grumman & EADS land $40b
aerial refueling tankers. [Update:
Boeing Satellite Division announces 750 staff
•GPS II, GPS III, the modernization, the constellation,
jamming and accuracy: what's the diff? GPS
A second generation Galileo/GPS receiver. ARTUS |
GPS guided parachutes drop food etc. Smart bombs AND supplies find
targets in Afghanistan. Atair drops Honda
Fuel cell prototype revealed for handheld GPS. No
AA batteries on this
3 times the power.
Grand Theft Auto IV has optional in-car GPS. Sony
PS3 GPS gives unfair advantage to players? (Google creates
Liberty City game map.) read
European Union launches GIOVE-B. Second
and final Galileo test satellite is precursor to a fully
operational system in 2013, says EU Transport Commissioner.