Aperture Applet-GPS Info in Aperture for the ADP

Posted Aug. 5th, 2011 by Daniel J. Cox

Niko's GPS GP-1 Unit for D7000 camera body

Just going through some of my images and wanted to share a very interesting and worthwhile feature I’m exploring within Aperture. Before I left I purchased the Nikon GPS unit GP-1 for the D7000. I’m not a big fan of labeling the exact location of every photo but for the Arctic Documentary Project this technology is a tremendous asset.

I hooked this little device up to the D7000 several times and it recorded those images with an exact GPS location that are noted as a small red pin on the Places section within Aperture. I can see this being extremely useful for documenting specific areas within the arctic for the Arctic Documentary Project. Could not be any more accurate way of making sure an image is placed in exactly the right time and place in history for future generations to compare their current imagery to. This is just one more small but very useful tool that Aperture brings to the table and one of several reasons I decided to start using this software. The one downside is that the device plugs into the side of the camera and makes it a bit uncomfortable to hold not to mention I’ve bent the connection at least twice. Was easy enough to straighten out but I’m guessing the connection is going to give at some point if I continue doing that. Will be extremely nice once all cameras have this technology built in and able to turn on and off at will.

 

Aperture screen shot showing red pin locations of where I shot some of the images from this last trip for the ARctic Documentary Project
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  1. John GunterOn Aug. 19th, 2011

    Hi Dan,

    To geotag images I prefer to let the camera excel at being a camera and a GPS unit to do the same (we have a Garmin Oregon 300). Make sure the time stamp on your images correlates to the time stamp on your GPS unit, then before hitting Aperture (or iPhoto for a little guy like me), run image- and GPX-files through Photolinker (http://www.earlyinnovations.com/photolinker/) and end-up with routes and images to can share on the web, a lá:
    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=211775937278252752094.00049bf0d803c4b99c0bc&msa=0&ll=58.779591,-93.741188&spn=0.128661,0.255775

    We embedded that map into a blog, here:
    http://www.frontiersnorth.com/blog/2011/02/lots-of-dead-seals-and-very-few-answers/

    Cheers! See you soon.

    John

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