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PhotoNetCast #5 – Pros and Cons of Geotagging and Traditional versus Online Shops for photography

Posted in PhotoNetCast Shows on 09-06-2008 | 10 Comments

In the episode 5 of PhotoNetCast we discuss the Pros and Cons of Geotagging and talk about the advantages of supporting your local retailers.

Thanks to all that left comments on the previous show and to all that are participating in our poll, it’s a great help for us. The poll will be open for a few more days, just in case you haven’t cast your vote. Afterwards, a new one will come…

Going into the technical side, we tried to improve the sound quality and, although I feel it’s better than the previous episodes, we’d like your feedback on this. Do you notice some improvements?

Before going into the show notes, one of the topics that we are going to discuss on the next show is Analog vs. Digital Photography. I know that this can be a controversial topic and I’m sure you have your opinions on the advantages and disadvantages of each. Which one do you use and prefer and why? Use the contact form or leave us a voice message. We’d much appreciate your input on this.

And now to the show…

Show Notes

Pros and Cons of Geotagging

The subject of Geotagging is popping up more and more. But is it worth the effort? To whom does it provide value? Listen to what we have to say on this.



Traditional versus Online Photography Shops

With the increased convenience and often lower prices, online shops are one of the primary locations to look for new photographic equipment. But the traditional shops can still compete, mainly by offering something that online shops will never be able to: personal service.



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Comments (10)

I use a small hardware based GPS logger made specifically for geotagging and the same battery charge lasts for days on end. I don’t think power requirements are really an issue, its more of: Does it add value for the customer? I think so, particularly in consumer cameras where the different manufacturers are in fierce competition looking for any small way of differentiating from one another (e.g. Fuji with low noise/high iso, Sony with touch controls, Olympus with size)

As mentioned in the podcast, its another layer of rich information. For a second lets pretend EXIF doesn’t exist and manufacturers are just now showing it as an accessory, would you start saying… well it’s not really useful because I take photos of pets etc or EXIF takes up data which adds up and lets you take that many less photos (Just pretend we are still on small capacity cards), would you suggest “EXIF accessories” to be optional or would you demand it to be a part of the camera and thus through further version revisions it gets smarter, cheaper and more useful?

Folks – I really loved podcasts 1-4, but this one, especially the geotagging feature, was pretty superficial and shallow. If you’re doing a feature on such a technology, at the very least, you should research it a bit and not discuss back and forth the very basic aspects of this technology.

Antonio – a GPS receiver takes a reading every 15 seconds, not whenever you take a picture. If you take pictures between readings (which is what normally happens), the tagging software extrapolates your position at the time of the shot by comparing the two adjoining GPS readings.

For taking a bearing you need a compass, not a GPS. What’s the point of mixing these two unrelated discussions? This is similar to starting a discussion on whether you should have seat belts in your car, and then saying you’d rather have a car radio.

The question is not whether GPS information has to be in every picture, but whether it is useful for some. And there are some situations when it is darn useful.

Flickr, by the way, does not by default display the geotags for your pictures for anybody but yourself. There is no danger for your privacy, unless you explicitly make the positioning readable to others (a setting which you can change, if you wish, on a per-picture basis).

Rather than an all around complaint about how bad geotagging is, I think your listeners would have benefited from a discussion about when you should not geotag (e.g. when you’re photographing your baby).

I have a hard time following the discussion about the “mystique” of a photograph, and how adding geotags is overloading the picture with useless data and distracting the viewer from viewing the picture. Sorry? If that’s the what you’re worried about then you should eliminate all EXIF data from your pictures. Naming the camera, exposure, aperture, focal length, lens, image manipulation software and other data stored in your EXIF data is taking away much more of the mystery of the photo than two geographical codes which you cannot even make sense of without going into Google Earth or something like that.

But what baffles me most is that nobody thought of the advantages that geotagging can bring to photographers: share your photos with others based on location and region. When you’re preparing for a trip, you can view pictures of this location to get an idea what to find there, and to research how other photographers have handled the challenges you’re likely to find. When you’re out there hiking, the geotags can help you identify where you took which picture.

Anyway – love your show, but this episode did not measure up to your usual standards.

Could someone link the site that had the speeds of memory cards? “Rob Gilbert” or something close to that, thanks in advance.

Hi Cwluc,

I’m sorry that one was missed on the show notes.

Here you go:

Thanks for listening.


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