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Using Flickr Maps

As part of my research into GPS tagging of photos, I’m looking at how the tagged photos can be used. Here, I look at Flickr maps.

As part of a rethink on my use of Flickr (after starting this course), I’ve decided to organise postings into albums for individual projects or shoots and to add explanations to photographs and GPS tag them all. So, I’ve taken down all old photos and started from scratch.

My first album, ‘Warszawa’, draws a contrast between the tourist sights of Warsaw and the ‘other side of the river’. Flickr maps allows me to see my journey around the city and the placement of the photographs.  I can also share a link to the map – https://www.flickr.com/photos/fitzgibbonpics/map?&fLat=52.2448&fLon=21.0312&zl=13&order_by=recent, which is a good way of adding context to the images and engaging the viewer.

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Using geotagging with Google Maps and Lightroom

Continuing the GPS research.  Having missed the opportunity to capture GPS data at the time of shooting, what can one do?

  1. It is easy enough to find most urban places by searching Google Maps. I found out that if you then right-click on the pin locator and select ‘what’s here’ the GPS coordinates conveniently pop  up.
  2. They can then be pasted into Lightroom’s location data for the photograph and a second miracle of technology occurs – LR asks if you would like to ‘reverse fill location from GPS data’ – if you allow it to, it connects with Google Maps and returns the street name, city and country information.

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So, I’m now in a position to acquire GPS data for non-GPS cameras in two ways (automated way here) and the next step will to be to research what of interest can be done with it!

Geotagging with Lumix LX100

My tutor recommend I research GPS mapping following the ‘My Square Mile’ assignment.  I’m already familiar with the concepts as I use GPS data for walking / recording routes (iPhone app) and any snapshots taken on an iPhone have GPS data attached. However, I’m not familiar how to record data with my serious cameras (none of which have built-in GPS).

I started by researching some general information – http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Photo_mapping – accessed 1.3.15. and found that some cameras can create GPS data in images by time syncing GPS data recorded on a mobile phone.

I found that the Panasonic Lumix LX100 does this through its ‘Image App’ – turn on GPS log on the phone from the app and later sync data from that log to the images on the camera (matched using time data) so the GPS data is then attached to each image. All from within the app and with wifi connection between the camera and phone to perform the syncing exercise.

I will try it next time I’m out!