In my previous post I suggest my two favorite programs for tagging your photos with GPS data and converting the GPS-CS1K .log files for use with other tools. But how do I put it all together?
Here is my workflow when working with photos I want to tag with GPS data.
Step 1) Transfer .log files from GPS-CS1K to a folder on Mac. I have a subfolder in Pictures for storing these. The nice thing is that OS X simply mounts the GPS-CS1K as a removable hard drive. It's as easy as dragging and dropping the files.
Step 2) Transfer picture files from camera, and archive a set of backups. If you're shooting RAW, you'll need to do your conversion now as well. Don't import the photos into iPhoto, Aperture, or Lightroom yet. If you've got your photo program to start up automatically when a camera is connected, you may want to disable it. It's best to do this anyway.
Step 3) Open GPSPhotoLinker and select "Load Tracks." This will open a finder window for you to navigate to the folder in which you stored your GPS .log files. Shift select them all and click open. The program will automatically select the correct data from the correct file for each picture. Next, select "Load Photos" and navigate to the folder in which you stored your working JPEG files.
Step 4) Select photos to which you would like to add GPS data. You select just a few, or do them all in bulk.
Step 5) Import images into your favorite image management tool.
Now you're all set with geotagged images for use with Google Earth, Flickr, Picasa or any other websites that support standard Geo tags in EXIF data.
Awhile back I posted that I was going to figure out how well the Sony GPS-CS1K works with Mac computers. After working with the GPS unit for awhile, I'm happy to say the answer is "really well."
There are several freely available software programs you'll need in order to get the job done, but they're just as easy to use as Sony's official software for the PC.
GPSPhotoLinker - This program is the best I found for writing Geo tags to the EXIF data of my photos. It's as simple as selecting, and clicking a button. You can determine whether you want to use point before, point after, or average. This is necessary because the GPS unit doesn't necessarily capture GPS data at the exact moment you take your picture, so it has to make a software guess.
HoudahGPS - This program will help you convert the Sony GPS .log files to other formats for use in a wide range of tools. This is useful if you want to upload your GPS points to Google Earth, Google Maps and other websites or utilities.
Basically those two software programs are all you'll need to get started.
I've got quite an active fall/winter lined up. Getting married. Going on a couple of trips. Looking forward to testing out Sony's new photo products, including the new GPS unit. No more scouting online maps trying to figure out where I took pictures!
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