Has anyone heard of or have any experience with geocoding photos. I have looked at it a little but haven't been able to find any free software (without limitations).
Basically, you can get software that will take the timestamps of your digital photos and match it up with the timestamps of your GPS tracklogs. The software then adds the coordinate info to the picture. The software I tried (it was like a 10 day trial) then allowed you to export the pictures to Google Earth. Google Earth showed the picture on the map at the position where the picture was taken. It's kind of neat. To buy the software is probably $50 or so. Anyone know of any freeware programs that can generate the google earth kml/kmz files?
Post by commando1854 on May 15, 2007 21:12:05 GMT -5
Dave, I don't know of any but it's an intriguing concept. If you have any luck from outside these posts, please post what you found out. If I do, I'll post also. Of course I assume most of us use UTM with a GPS, and google earth doesn't, for some bizarre reason, have that grid. (Well I guess it's not that bizarre, being American and they are one of two countries in the world not to have gone metric). There are lots of online conversion programs though, and I assume any such program as you are speaking of could do the conversion to Lat/Lon internally.
Right now I'm using a combination of a couple of programs so I don't have to buy one (I'm cheap I guess). I use Location Stamper (It's some kind of microsoft beta, you'll find it if you google "microsoft location stamper") and JetPhoto Studio (trial version). With Location Stamper you can match up the digital photo with your gps tracks. The program adds the coordinate info to the jpeg header. Then I open the stamped photos with JetPhoto. With this program you can export the pictures to Google Earth. In google earth, a marker is shown on the map where the pictures were taken. When you hover the mouse over the marker, it shows the picture. I've used it for a couple of trips on the Nashwaak and Little River now. It's not real practical I guess, but ten years from now, when I say "where the hell did I take that picture?" I'll be able to check!
Note: JetPhoto can be used to do all of the steps described above, but with the trial version, you are limited to 50 picture-to-track matches, but there is no limitation on exporting to google earth. There is no limit on Location Stamper.