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Tip of the Day 9/21:Geotagging Makes Photos Location-Aware

Geotagged Map of Carnation,WAIn our weekly Tech Tuesday tip,we tell you how to use technology to help you geocache.

Geotagging is a great way to associate the pictures you take with the places you’ve been. It’s also a good way to show other geocachers what scenery to expect when they go after a cache. Photo sharing services now make geotagging pretty easy.  Upon uploading your photos,you have the option of dragging them onto a map.  Sites like Flickr and Google’s Picasa automatically tag those photos with the appropriate coordinates based upon where you drag them. You can even also tag those photos with a GC number to make it easy to remember what cache you were looking for when you snapped the picture.

For an example of geotagging in action,go to Google Maps and look up Carnation,WA,which was the site of GeoWoodstock VIII. Select the “More” option and check the “photos” box. You’ll then to the be able to see geotagged pictures submitted by visitors to GeoWoodstock (see screen shot at right). Surprisingly,Geocaching.com does not support geotagging in its gallery images.  Perhaps this is because Groundspeak doesn’t want to be in the photo sharing business.  This seems a pity,since features like finding caches along a route would be enhanced by virtual tours.

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