How To Geotag Photos with EasyGPS – Part 2

In Part 1of this How-to I went over the equipment that I used and how to synchronize clocks between the Garmin Nuvi 765t and the Canon Powershot S90. The rest of this how-to assumes that you’ve taken your camera and GPS out into the world, snapped some photos, and have now returned to your computer ready to add your location data to your pictures.

Step 5: Install EasyGPS

Grab the latest copy of EasyGPS at their download site.  You don’t have to connect your GPS to your computer yet. When you install the software it should ask you for your device name. If it doesn’t you can add the 765t by going to Edit >> Preferences >> Add GPS. The Garmin Nuvi 765t should be listed.

EasyGPS Select Garmin Nuvi 765t

EasyGPS Select Garmin Nuvi 765t

Step 5: Load photos onto our computer

On your own here again. As this is likely your first time trying this you might want to make a copy of your originals.

Step 6: Connect your GPS to your laptop using a USB cable

No explanation needed here really other than to wait for your computer to recognize the device before going to Step 7.

Connect Nuvi 765t to Computer

Connect Nuvi 765t to Computer

Step 7: Get trace data from the GPS

Either click on the “Receive” button at the top of the screen or go to GPS >> Receive from GPS. You will presented with a dialog box asking what you want to receive. Select “Tracks” and click OK.

Import Track from Nuvi 765t

Import Track from Nuvi 765t

Step 8: Import Photos

Go to Tools >> Add Photos and browse to where you copied your files. Select all of your files and click “Open”. You will be returned to the main EasyGPS screen where any photos with timestamps contained in your GPS trace will appear on the bottom left side of your screen. On the right hand side of your screen you will see your GPS trace and your photos. You will have  to play with the zoom a bit to see your pictures.

In order to save the location data to your photos do a File >> Save to save the session and EasyGPS will update the EXIF data on your pictures.

Successfully Imported Photos in EasyGPS

Successfully Imported Photos in EasyGPS

Step 9: Confirm metadata update

The easiest way to confirm that location data has been written to your photos is to look at the EXIF data directly using some EXIF reader. There are a number of them available for free online, but I wanted to actually see my pictures on a map.

EasyGPS, being the free offering of Topografix, doesn’t actually put your location data onto maps. In this free version you get your trace data floating in white space as per the image above. Their paid offering, ExpertGPS, will probably solve that problem.

Not wanting to spend any more money on this project, I did manage to find a freebie from Microsoft for this called Pro Photo Tools 2. It was actually kind of difficult to track this down because if you search for “microsoft pro photo tools” without the “2” it brings you to a Microsoft Photography site with no obvious link to this free software.

After downloading and installing the software click File >> Open Images and select your now geotagged photos. You’ll see the pictures load on the right hand side of the screen. If you click the “Map Browse” tab above the thumbnails you’ll see a map. Zoom in to the giant thumbtack and you should see your geotagged photos.

Geotagged Photos in MS Pro Photo Tools 2

Geotagged Photos in MS Pro Photo Tools 2

Step 10: Share

So now what? It’s obviously still a bit painful for you to just send your pictures to your friends and have them look at your photos on a map. A popular option is the use Flickr to do the work for you. See our post on using the Flickr Map function to share your geotagged photos.

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