Skill Level Intermediate
- In many cases, it can be helpful to know the exact location or at least the general location where you captured a particular image. You might for example want to return to the same spot to photograph the same subject under different conditions or you might want to be able to tell someone what that subject was or at least remind yourself of what a particular subject was and having that location information can certainly help with that task. That means that we actually know where a photo was taken. The problem is, we can't always anticipate when we're going to want to know where we captured a particular photo so I don't necessarily know whether I need to make a note in a notebook about my location and I find that's especially true when I'm out in the middle of nowhere photographing in a landscape.
If I find something that I like, I photograph it but I don't necessarily make a note of where that location was. But fortunately now I don't have to worry about that issue anymore because we have a number of cameras that are available that include a built-in GPS receiver. Here for example I'm using the Canon 5D Mark IV and this camera includes a GPS receiver so as long as I have that receiver enabled all of my photos can have GPS coordinates embedded in the metadata so later I can look on the map and see exactly where I captured that image.
For example, on a recent trip to the Palouse region of eastern Washington state I found a new subject. This is an area that I've visited on a number of occasions and yet on every trip I think I find some new subjects that I'd like to photograph. On a recent trip I found a new beautiful oak tree that I photographed and I'm very happy to have the location information the GPS coordinates, for that subject so I can return on future trips. If you think it might be helpful to have the location information for your photos embedded right in the photos at the time of capture then you might consider using a camera that includes a GPS receiver.
That includes certain models of digital SLRs some mirrorless cameras, compact cameras, smartphones. There are a variety of cameras to choose from that include a GPS receiver so you can always know exactly where you captured your photos.