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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:17 pm    Post subject: To GPS or not to GPS Reply with quote

What is the value of GPS with regards to photography? Since you know where you took your photo, what additional info is being provided that's useful. Thanks for any insight.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:04 pm    Post subject: Re: To GPS or not to GPS Reply with quote

Rich Green wrote:
What is the value of GPS with regards to photography? Since you know where you took your photo, what additional info is being provided that's useful. Thanks for any insight.


I have wondered that myself. Two thoughts...

-When I hike and shoot in the desert, I often find myself exploring all over the place, and the more remote, the better. While I read maps pretty well, it might be nice to open a file two years later and say, "I want to be there for sunrise instead of sunset this time. Now, where was it, exactly?" No prob if you have a GPS tag on it.

-I shoot news for a living, and it might be helpful in situations like writing a cutline: "The crash occurred 4.7 miles south of Fitztown on US 377." I can also see legit legal needs for data of this type.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a local wedding photographer that on his website stated he could provide image files of the wedding with GPS coordinates included. You have to wonder how many of his clients actually took him up on the offer. If you shoot alot of different geographic locations it might be useful to recall where you were at a given time.
Doesn't it seem that photographers have become fixated on features and gadgets and can't wait for the latest and greatest upgrade a manufacturer has to offer.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought about geotagging my stuff but in the end I don't think it is worth it. Almost all my images are keyworded and if I ever really need to get back to a specific location I take an over all shot of the location with my iPhone which does geotag images. I put the iPhone image in the shoot collection in Lightroom so if I ever need the info its there.
I'm also not sure how much of some of my landscape locations I want to share with the general public.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought that I'd get some more comments, suggestions, recommendations, but I guess not. At this point, unless I'm working for NASA and really need some precise info, I don't see the need (personally) for GPS.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Location scouting. My notes aren't always organized and my recall isn't always accurate.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bubs wrote:

I'm also not sure how much of some of my landscape locations I want to share with the general public.


GPS is indeed a privacy issue. It can disclose your home address and break your anonymity, if you took photos at your home and published it. This can be avoided if you remove exif before publishing the photo.
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