I have always been infatuated with the Global Positioning System. Yeah, it follows allow with my whole tech nerd thing.
So, it should not be a surprise that I like to combine my love of GPS with photography; in the form of geotagging. You have never heard of it? Well, let me give you a quick intro.
You can add the latitude and longitude of where a picture was taken to the pictures EXIF (Exchangeable Image File Format) file. Even if you don’t know what EXIF stands for, or even how it works, don’t fret. It is not as hard as you think, even if you don’t know the mechanics. There are programs out there that will do the work for you.
Just because you have a Mac, you are not left out in the cold. There are programs out there, good ones at that, made especially for Macs. The one I use, and love, is called “HoudahGeo” and is made by Houdah Software in Luxembourg.
They allow you to download a trial copy. If you like it, and I know you will, you can purchase a license for a modist $30. It is well worth it, trust me, and gives the programmers an incentive to keep releasing updates…which you get for free.
Why even take the time to do this? Well, when you upload your photos to services like Flickr, it will show on a map exactly where the picture was taken. I am not positive, it has been a long time since I set-up my Flickr account, but I think you have to change a setting in Flickr to allow the EXIF data to be viewable. It does not even have to be a Pro account.
So I don’t make this too long, I will make the next post one that shows you the equiment I use to make adding the lat/long data to the EXIF file a snap.
Until then, Hang loose!!