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Where'd I Take This???

Where'd I Take This??
by Gary Woods

If you take a lot of pictures there are times when you look at what you shot and ask the question "where'd I take this?" You know that the picture kind of looks familiar, but who are those people and what was I doing?

To help us answer that question a German company called JOBO AG ( has come up with JOBO photoGPS ($159). To make the miracle of figuring out where you were photoGPS attaches to the flash hot-shoe of any digital camera and records GPS data. But I can hear you saying, "I use my hot-shoe for flash photography." Well JOBO is one step ahead of you because if your camera comes equipped with a PC terminal you can still use an external flash.

When you get back home and start downloading your pictures you also download the captured GPS data via the built-in USB interface and enter the directory name of the folder where the corresponding pictures are stored. Then your computer compares the EXIF time recorded by the camera and the GPS time recorded by photoGPS. When a match is found between the two pieces of data the software calculates the Longitude and Latitude coordinates. With that location data you can then go to Google Maps and figure out were the heck you were.

If you're using RAW format images the software will create an XML file that stores the GPS data, which is readable in programs such Apple's Aperture on the Mac and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for Mac and PC.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc