Put GPS in your imagery

Using a GPS tag doesn’t just help you to find your way back there

Whether your camera has built-in GPS tagging or you use a devise, like the Canon GPS receiver GP-E2, and add it later including GPS data or geotagging your images can be both beneficial to you and others. Read through our 7 reasons to geotag your images.

1. First and perhaps most obviously it tells you where your picture was taken so if you ever want to go back to that exact same spot you can do that. If you have taken a number of pictures on a hike or bike ride you can actually plot your route in photos too. 

2. Others can benefit from your geotag information too. If you have ever browsed Google Earth looking at all the amazing photos of incredible locations, they will have been geotagged and uploaded. This is one of the most useful research tools for photographs scouting a location, so you may be really helping someone out by sharing your images in this way. 

3. Not only does geotagging record latitude and longitude it also records when the image was taken. This can be really useful if you want to see how an area has changed over the years or what it looked like in a particular season. Comparing location data with date and time gives you a timeline of photos from a specific area. 

4. Adding Geotag information to your images is great if you need the name of a location or feature at a later date. For instance, if you have shot a mountain range and you want to know the name of the tallest mountain in your shot, by using the geotagged information you can locate that image on a map and work out what you were looking at. 

5. Maybe a less obvious benefit is to those researching environmental change or development of an area. For example photos of glaciers may be used in scientific research documenting global warming or costal shots to illustrate how erosion patterns are effecting the coastline. 

6. If you geotag all your photos it makes a great fun and alternative way to organise your images. Try arranging your photos by altitude or latitude and see what effect this has on your galleries. 

7. If you are producing a book, adding maps showing where your images were shot can be a really useful and interesting addition. 

Loading your images into software that recognises GPS data is a great way to view your images by plotting them on a map. Relive a trip following the exact route you took or share the images to online platforms such as Flickr. Alternatively create a book with maps showing where each of the images was shot.

Digital Photo Professional comes with all EOS cameras, and as part of that there is a separate Map Utility application which displays your images and the location where they were taken on a map.