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The Garmin fēnix for Photographers

A perfect moment for a little help from my Garmin fēnix. Sunrise in a fog bank in the middle of the inside passage, somewhere in Alaska.  The watch has saved me hours of work in post production thanks to the GPX tracklog it stores.

How I use the Garmin fēnix and Adobe Lightroom to automate the process of geotagging my images

The Problem

When I decided to pursue photography as a profession, little did I know I was also signing up to become one part librarian and one part IT professional.  Every day spent in the field, results in at least one obligatory day in front of the computer color correcting, cataloguing, and captioning photographs – all necessary evils that add value to the final image for my clients.

One of the key pieces of metadata clients request is the photographs location information.  While easily added by hand to one or two images, the fun level quickly drops to zero trying to remember where a specific image was taken after a multi week assignment on another continent covering an assortment of locations and potentially thousands of frames.  Compounding this frustration, $300 point and shoot cameras come with built in GPS that automate this process, but $6000 pro DSLR cameras do not!

Needless to say, when I found a way to automate the task of entering location information into my photographs, I jumped at the opportunity as it meant less time in front of the computer, and more time doing ANYTHING else.

The Solution

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Last year I had the privilege to work with National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin, videographer Jason Sturgis and whale researcher Jim Darling in Maui. Along with a few other dedicated people, they facilitate research for The Whale Trust – an organization that supports marine research, education and conservation.Whale researchers near Maui, Hawaii. One of the many “wouldn’t it be nice if…” conversations we had during my time there was for a pro level camera that had GPS built directly into it for geotagging your location when you pressed the shutter. Well that hasn’t happened yet – but a couple of interesting devices has appeared recently that are almost as good. One is the GeoPic II here that works with Nikon cameras, and the other is the ATP device here, that looks like it will work with any device as long as the respective clocks are synchronized. Technology is a wonderful thing!