Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Embedding location data in photos and movies, part of Up and Running with the Nikon D5200 and D5300.
- Your camera contains a built-in location unit that can help record data about where the picture was taken. Essentially, this will capture the camera's current position. Latitude, longitude, altitude, as well as the current time. This information is provided by a satellite, much like the same thing that would be in car for a navigation system. This data can then be embedded into the photos or movies that you take with the camera. The location data function works best when you are in a location that offers a relatively unobstructed view of the sky.
Press the Menu button to bring up the menus, and navigate to the Setup Menu. Here, highlight Location data and press OK. You now have the option to record location data. You can press OK to make a choice between On and Off. If you want to record data, make sure to turn this on. Now, the camera can record data using the built-in unit. The camera will receive location information from the satellites. Before using the location data function, I recommend you read some of the warnings inside your camera manual.
They're found up front, and make sure that things like the clock are set to the correct time, as well as the time zone and the date. This will really help things and make sure that the camera gets the proper settings from the satellite unit. You'll also want to make sure that the battery is fully charged so you don't lose power suddenly. Press the Info button to check the satellite strength. You'll see an indicator on the right side of the screen telling you how strong the satellite signal is. Now, the location data will be obtained via the satellite navigation, and it will pass it on to the camera.
This could be recorded with each photograph or movie, and this becomes truly useful. Now, when you open up the images inside an application, like Aperture or Lightroom, you can actually view them on a map and see where they were taken. Nikon's own software, ViewNX can also use this data. Now, if you want to turn this data off, it will, of course, give you a little bit more anonymity, and it will preserve longer battery life. To do that, there are a couple of other options you're going to want to know about. Under GPS options, you have the ability to set the clock on your device based on the satellite.
This Standby timer will also turn things off, after a certain period of inactivity. If Record location data is on, you'll have the ability to create a log. Capturing a log turns your camera into a logging device. Meaning it's not just capturing data when you're shooting, rather it will capture everywhere you go. So, let's say you took a hike in the mountains, and you brought your camera with you, it'll actually make a log that you can view on a map to see the path that you hiked. Then, of course, any individual photos that you took along that trip will also show up as GPS data in the photos themselves.
This is great for those of you taking road trips, or shooting adventure-type activities as it turns your camera both into a GPS storage device, as well as a logging device.
- Getting ready to shoot
- Shooting in scene modes
- Working with the built-in flash
- Changing ISO
- Focusing with modes or by hand
- Understanding shutter release mode
- Switching metering modes
- Shooting with an external flash
- Shooting video