Geotagging photos without built-in GPS

When facing a decision of what new photographic camera you should buy, you may have to decide if it is worth to spend extra 100 EUR or more for a built-in GPS.

Sure, having that is very convenient, but do you really need it so often and wouldn’t it be wiser to spend that extra cash on a better lens?

But then, what about all those photos with forgotten place of shooting?

Well, pretty simple way to get your shooting positions without a built-in GPS is to have a separate GPS device in your pocket (like a dedicated GPS receiver or simply a smartphone with GPS logger activated) and later extract the shooting position by linking the timestamps in the GPS log and in the photo. Just so simple.

Some more about it here.


Of course the clock in camera shall be synchronized to the GPS, or the time difference shall be noted. The simplest way to do that, as described in the link above, is just to make a picture of GPS unit showing the current coordinates.


Find geographic coordinates in Google Maps

So you are studying a map in Google Maps and you want to find out what are geographic latitude and longitude of a particualar place.


Just right-click your mouse at the point of interest and pick “What’s here?”. The coordinates show up in the Google¬† search box at the top left of your screen.

Now you can enter these coordinates into your GPS navigator.

TomTom GO 730 does not start / turn on

My TomTom GO 730 did not start. The green charging light was on, but the device did not start when the power button was pressed. No reaction whatsoever. Looked dead.

The problem actually can be solved very simply by rebooting it.

The procedure is like this:

  1. Remove SD card if any.
  2. Take a paperclip or other similar pointed object.
  3. Press and hold the small reset bottom at the bottom of the device.
  4. Wait for 15 seconds.
  5. Press the power-on button as usual (for at least 5 seconds)
  6. PROFIT! Voila!