DIY geo-tagging images

Do it yourself geo-tagging images.

Method: coarse
Difficulty: suited for one, or a group, that knows at least a handful of keystrokes.
Gear list: GPS unit, digital camera, personal computer, internet access, web image hosting account, Google Earth.

If you’ve dreamt of loading an interactive map on your pc then wait no longer. The day is now.

By carrying your GPS with you while taking pictures you can match the digital time stamp on the image to the time stamp on your GPS waypoints. Although crude, this method fits the perfect budget for the frugal “leave no trace” angler and offers the opportunity for a dazzling presentation when trying to sell your experiences.

A typical image editing software has the capability for a user to access the meta data of an image. It is used to authenticate the validity of the claims concerning the image. For more information on how to find the metadata in your image editing software try sending this google query;


You should find ample resources within Google to walk you through the process. If you do not find anything try modifying your query to the way you speak. Make sure to include the keywords of the name of your editing software and metadata. You will need to make note of the image number and the time the image was taken. You will need to compare the times on the images to the times listed on your GPS waypoints that you collected in the field.

Next you must upload the images to your web image host. Open Google Earth.

Begin in Google Earth by “Pinpointing” your collected waypoints. In the “Edit Placemark” window, under the placement tab, write the HTML code for image placement. This code looks like this, Your code will include the full URL of the image within the quotation with no spaces. This URL can typically be found by right clicking on the image you wish and choosing Open Image in new tab/window in the jump menu. The image will open and you will find the image URL in the address bar of your browser. Copy and paste this address into your code in the “Edit Placemark” window, under the placement tab, appended within the appropriate HTML code. Now if you click on your new pinpoint an image will load in the window. Be patient as the variables of image compression and size and internet connection speed are at play.


*Tip: Before you head into the bush make sure that the time and date of your digital camera is set correctly. If not, consult your camera’s user manual to adjust it to the appropriate time.