I had taken a couple of pictures at Furman the other day, and geotagged them. I was distressed to find that my RAW files had been corrupted, and I couldn’t use them at all.
My trek through Laurens County was the first test of my new Qstarz BT-Q1000 GPS tracker. I clipped it onto my belt and kept it with me the entire time I was out shooting photos. When I got back, the first thing I did was download the GPS track and start geocoding the images. It matched my photos with location very nicely. However, when it came time to actually write to the EXIF data to the files, the program couldn’t handle the RAW files. It corrupted them. I think I found my problem.
If I want to geotag my RAW files, I guess I could save the GPS track and use Geosetter to match up the photos. Otherwise, I’ll just have to remember not to use the Qstartz program on the RAW files.
2 thoughts on “Geotagging Lessons Learned”
That’s a bummer. You had me interested in this for geotagging while backpacking, especially considering I could keep it in my pack. This was Nikon’s RAW, correct?
That is correct. I still thing it’s a very useful tool, but just be careful with your RAW files.
Picasa and Geosetter make a backup of the files before writing the EXIF data. I wish that the Qstarz Travel Recorder program would do the same. That might have avoided some headaches.