For a while now, I’ve avoid using GPS tagging with my DSLR because the 5D Mark II doesn’t support GPS natively and the GPX workflow is often wonky or requires yet another third-party application. I use Lightroom for cataloging and tagging and wanted a GPS logger that integrated with the mapping features in Lightroom well without weird interface issues. I ran across a simple app on the Google Play store (I’m pretty sure there’s not a Mac version) that fits the bill: Photo GPS Log for DSLR. The Photo GPS Log is overly simple and doesn’t even have an in-app how-to guide, but it does what it’s supposed to do. Here is what the developer has to say about it:
…a simple utility I created for my wife to track the phone GPS and generate a .GPX file to link to Lightroom photos.If you don’t like it or doesn’t work for you, there’s no point sending me a complaint, because I’ll only change something if she asks me to.
The advantage from any other GPX logger? This utility uses the Google Play Services (Fused Location provider) to acquire your precise location fast and in a very battery efficient way and logs it to the internal memory.
For example most loggers keep your GPS running all the time, effectively draining any battery in a couple of hours. But with 5 min interval GPS tracking your GPS turns on and off every once in a while and you can easily get full day battery.
The developer opened the source code and put the project on GitHub so that anyone can fork off from it to create updates on their own. For my purposes the given app serves just fine. The video below is a walk-through on how to use any GPX log file in Lightroom to correspond your GPS tags to your files with pretty good accuracy. The Photo GPS Log app is definitely not the only app of its kind out on the play stores, but it has been the only one to keep its bloat size down and consistently deliver the same user experience for the past year. Check it out if you get a chance. It’s free.