I had an amazing adventure around White Sands Missile Range yesterday and decided to geotag some pictures I took there. Being new to the whole geotagging process I initially decided the best way to do it would be with Flickr’s Map system. That couldn’t have been further from the truth. Out of all the places I’ve been in the world I have either the address or GPS coordinates. The Flickr Map wanted street addresses; how do you identify a location that doesn’t have a street address? When you’re off the beaten path by dozens of miles the only thing you have are coordinates.
I decided, with some advice from Jeff Quinton, to use a combo of Google Earth and Trippermap. The tutorial on combining these two tools can be found at the Trippermap site. It took quite some time but I have a lot of my pictures on Flickr geotagged and available for viewing on my Flickr Map. I’m impressed with the amount of pictures I was able to geotag using address alone but the process of tagging using coordinates needs to be significantly improved upon.
All in all, it was a painful process but it got the job done. In a nutshell, I’m not impressed with the Flickr Map system. I should be able to go to a picture enter the coordinates from which it was taken and be done. It’s not to that point yet but when it eventually does get to that point geotagging photos will be an everyday occurrence for Flickr users.
[tags]flickr, map, geotag, geotagging, google earth, trippermap, flickrmap[/tags]