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Working with a geotagging app on the iPhone

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I'm getting ready, to go out and do some shooting today. There's a certain irony, to the fact that a device that's supposed And, now, all I do is hit Record.

Working with a geotagging app on the iPhone

I'm getting ready, to go out and do some shooting today. I'm going to, drive out into the country, I don't really know where I'm going. And, I've got a rough idea, but, I want to geotag my images. Geotagging, is the process of storing location data using a GPS device and then later. Using special software to sync that location data to the photos that you shoot if you know where you were in a particular time, and you know the time the photo was shot, you can use software to, look up where you were at that time and tag that information into your photos.

Normally I carry a dedicated little geotagging gizmo with me, but, I lost it. There's a certain irony, to the fact that a device that's supposed to know where it is anywhere in the world, I can't find. Anyway, I lost my, my dedicated geotagging gizmo and I haven't bought another yet. I keep forgetting to. But now I'm not sure if I'm going to because, I've started using my phone for geologging. And I've been doing that using an app called Geotag Photos and I'm really liking how it works. I'm actually getting a smoother workflow using this then I was, with my dedicated Geo logger.

Its a very simple app. I just launch it and it tells me to define a trip and then I can record it. So, I'm going to, I can call this anything i want to like to put a date on it or whatever I'm just going to call this if I can spell country drive. And, now, all I do is hit Record. It's going to store my position every two minutes. I can change that if I want. I'm fine with two minutes. I don't move that quickly. And, that's it. I, now, can, use my phone for other things. I can let it go to sleep. Every two minutes, it's going to store the location.

Now, for this to work though. My camera clock needs to be set quickly and I always forget this. I travel to another time zone and I don't change it back when I get home. So I'm just going to set it to what my phone says. My phone is saying, 6:55, so I'm just going to go in here, and set the date and time. Now, I'm, obviously, not setting this to, perfect accuracy to within the second but that's actually okay. My, syncing software, later. We'll, compensate for the fact that mine might be off, it'll find the closest time within the log. So what's cool about Geotag Photos is at the end of the day when I get home, I can, stop my log, and this, menu appears down here that says upload one trip.

I can also go back here and look at the history of, all the logs that I have. I've got it configured right now so that when I upload, it goes directly into. My Dropbox account, which means that when I turn my computer on later, it's just going to be there. It's actually storing a GPX file which is my preferred form because Lightroom works very well with GPX files. Now, from here, it's a process of taking that file and syncing it to my photos. If you're not familiar with that, if you, have no idea what I'm talking about and, and all of the things that that gets me, check out my geologging course, I go over the whole workflow of geotagging using Lightroom.

One reason I've always liked the idea of a dedicated gizmo is that, most of the gizmos for geologging have great battery life, they'll go for 24 hours. And, running the GPS chip in the phone does drain the battery faster. And I use the phone for a lot of other things, so I always hated the idea for, compromising my phone life for using it for geologging. But now. I got this thing, which is a battery, that I can charge up and then use to charge my phone. This gives me, two or three phone charges on a charge. And one thing I really like about it, is that it has, built-in connectors.

So this is a lightning connector. I can just, plug it in right here. Press the power button, and my phone is charging. On the other side of it, it's got a, micro USB connector which I can use, to charge my Kindle, which is really cool. So, this is the device that's actually finally making for me, the phone, a viable geologging alternative. I really like having my images geotagged. I'm. I feel the difference now when I go back through my archive, and find an image I shot out in some wilderness area somewhere.

And I have no idea where it was. I mean I know this was then, Capitol Reef National Park but I don't really know where. I don't have that anymore. I can see exactly on a map where every image was shot. And, in addition to this. Nerdily, collecting data. Sometimes, when I see the location more specifically I remember a lot more things, and. That then is something I may want to write down or note about the picture or more importantly, it may make me go, oh,that's right. There was this other thing there. I want to go back, and take more picture of this. So having my images geologged. Is, making me better about understanding what I might want to shoot in the future.

And Geotag Photos on the iPhone is really making sure that I keep my images tagged.

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The Practicing Photographer

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  1. 2m 55s
    1. Softboxes vs. umbrellas
      2m 55s
  2. 1m 35s
    1. Introducing The Practicing Photographer
      1m 35s
  3. 7h 13m
    1. Choosing a camera
      5m 27s
    2. Looking at light as a subject
      2m 22s
    3. Using a small reflector to add fill light
      5m 45s
    4. Editing photo metadata with PhotosInfo Pro for iPad
      6m 30s
    5. Let your lens reshape you
      7m 26s
    6. Compositing street photography images with Photoshop
      7m 44s
    7. Expand your filter options with step-up and step-down rings
      3m 56s
    8. Shooting without a memory card
      3m 6s
    9. Give yourself a year-long assignment
      5m 28s
    10. Working with reflections
      1m 26s
    11. Exploring mirrorless cameras
      7m 25s
    12. Batch processing photos with the Adobe Image Processor
      7m 30s
    13. Limiting yourself to a fixed-focal-length lens
      2m 13s
    14. Creating tiny worlds: Shooting technique
      4m 15s
    15. Creating tiny worlds: Post-processing techniques
      11m 41s
    16. Shooting macro shots on an iPhone
      3m 18s
    17. Using a tripod
      3m 33s
    18. Wildlife and staying present
      5m 58s
    19. Batch exposure adjustments on raw files
      6m 52s
    20. Why Shoot Polaroid
      11m 12s
    21. Seizing an opportunity
      4m 4s
    22. Four photographers do a light-as-subject exercise
      12m 24s
    23. Shooting macro bug photos with a reversed lens
      4m 54s
    24. Varnishing a photo for a painterly effect
      13m 36s
    25. Shooting wildlife
      7m 24s
    26. Discussion on how to shoot architecture
      12m 27s
    27. Using a lens hood
      4m 48s
    28. Working with themes
      2m 48s
    29. Setting up an HDR time lapse
      7m 55s
    30. Processing an HDR time lapse
      7m 55s
    31. Two perspectives on travel photography
      12m 28s
    32. Scanning Photos
      5m 37s
    33. Photo assignment: shooting an egg
      3m 13s
    34. Reviewing the egg shot images
      6m 47s
    35. Shooting in your own backyard
      4m 38s
    36. Jpeg iPad import process
      3m 17s
    37. Shooting a product shot in open shade
      9m 34s
    38. Reviewing the product shot images
      4m 5s
    39. Warming up
      3m 26s
    40. Taking a panning action shot
      10m 17s
    41. Scanning polaroid negatives and processing in Photoshop
      8m 17s
    42. Shooting a silhouette
      3m 9s
    43. Going with an ultra-light gear configuration
      5m 29s
    44. Working with masks and calculations in Photoshop
      12m 38s
    45. Working with flash for macro photography
      4m 55s
    46. Colorizing a black and white photo in Photoshop
      5m 10s
    47. Using duct tape and zip ties in the field
      4m 14s
    48. When the on camera flash is casting a shadow
      3m 4s
    49. Using Lightroom on the road
      6m 28s
    50. Listening to your camera to get good exposure
      2m 20s
    51. Shooting a successful self portrait with a phone
      7m 18s
    52. Switching to Lightroom from another application
      9m 48s
    53. Photographing animals in wildlife refuges
      6m 41s
    54. Shooting level
      2m 42s
    55. Photoshop and Automator
      8m 54s
    56. Shooting when the light is flat
      3m 23s
    57. Discussing the business of stock photography
      9m 48s
    58. Shooting tethered to a monitor
      3m 21s
    59. Making a 360 degree panorama on the iPhone
      4m 45s
    60. Understanding the three flash setup
      3m 34s
    61. Shooting a three flash portrait
      4m 6s
    62. Understanding the differences with third party lenses
      4m 43s
    63. Understanding why files look different on depending on device
      5m 25s
    64. Working with a geotagging app on the iPhone
      4m 43s
    65. Using high speed flash sync to dim ambient light
      7m 29s
    66. Using your iPad as a second monitor
      5m 46s
    67. Understanding exposure with a leaf shutter camera
      3m 28s
    68. Photography practice through mimicry
      8m 8s
    69. Canon wireless flash with built in radio control
      5m 59s
    70. Posing and shooting pairs of people
      5m 35s
    71. Shooting with a shape in mind
      3m 15s
    72. Shooting tethered to a laptop
      4m 40s

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