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Ritz Camera(703) 893-7570
Tysons Corner Center 7935L Tyson's Corner Center
Ritz Camera(703) 683-1194
600 King Street
Ritz Camera(301) 365-3915
Montgomery Mall Space 1296 7101 Democracy Boulevard
Ritz Camera(301) 652-5646
Bethesda Row 7263 Woodmont Avenue
Ritz Camera(301) 294-8515
Fallsgrove Village Center 14933 Shady Grove Road
Ritz Camera(703) 278-9030
Fair Lakes Promenade 12225 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive
Ritz Camera(202) 861-7710
Washington Square 1750 L Street NW
Ritz Camera(202) 244-3800
5221 Wisconsin Ave NW
Ritz Camera Ultra(301) 230-8993
The Shops at Congressional Village 1701 Rockville Pike Space A16
Ritz Camera(301) 592-0688
Burnt Mills Shopping Center 10737 Colulmbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring, MD
Where Were You?
Where Were You?
GPS and geotagging are enhancing the photographic experience by helping photographers find, remember and share photo hot spots
Location awareness built in to our favorite digital devices allows the delivery of highly pertinent information—details that are more meaningful when one needs to find the nearest highway, drive-thru or restroom. But specialized needs for photographers who venture off the beaten track mean that no matter how handy a GPS can be for daily life, it can be invaluable for traveling photographers.
GPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
Whether built in to your camera, car or portable navigation device (PND, for short), GPS receivers rely on a network of geo-synchronous satellites orbiting the globe to provide precise positioning information. GPS units don’t send signals; they receive them from multiple satellites and, based on their differences, calculate the device’s precise position on the planet.
GPS gives photographers the ability to record precise location data, often automatically, into the metadata of a photo. GPS devices can be synced with image files after capture or, in some cases, connected to the camera to embed GPS coordinates directly into the file at the moment of exposure. These geotagged images are most useful when searching a large database for images of a specific location or for incorporating with other software that syncs map views with photographs. This seamless integration makes GPS a powerful tool for getting photographers to a favorite shooting spot again and again.
Aside from geotagging photos, nature photographers have long used handheld GPS portable navigation devices to find their way. These devices are designed to input waypoints to help blaze a trail and provide the digital equivalent of scattered bread crumbs should one wander off the intended path. Not only is this useful to keep from getting lost in the woods, but it can be equally valuable when traveling in unfamiliar cities.
For example, if you were planning a hike along the Appalachian Trail, you would first download and install into your device a map of the area you’d be covering. This would likely include topographical maps and details about notable points along the way. Then you’d set waypoints: lookouts, trail crossings, campsites and the like. Plotting ahead of time allows for a detailed plan of where you’re going so your navigation device can let you know if you’re getting off track and guide you back as necessary.