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geotagging X-T2 exif film simulation raw

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#1 FenFotos

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 09:38 PM

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Hi all, I'm new both to the Fuji X cameras (but not Fuji film/chrome!) and after 2 days of reading, setting up, and doing field tests, am at the point of managing & viewing image files. I have hit 3 roadblocks which I don't see directly addressed via online search or forum search (so far, anyway).
Any advice/suggestions appreciated, and I know full well everyone's work flow, software/hardware, and personal context vary widely. Apologies for greedily asking 3 questions, hoping one or more yields something useful for my situation. Thank you in advance. 

#1 - Exif/file info with reference to film simulation.  (Note I've not yet downloaded the raw converter, and not sure which/how will give me the best and easiest tools and experience).
So... I went out to take my "first roll" of images, shooting in both .jpeg and raw, mostly stills plus a few 4K vid clips, and emulating my beloved Velvia in some (fall foliage time here) while trying out some of the other film types. The thing is, when I downloaded - to a Mac, w/ iPhotos/Photos and Photoshop - I had no way to tell which film type was on each image, among shots I took several of to compare the results side by side. Problem #1: Neither the Mac file info nor Photoshop .exif info provides "Provia" or "Velvia" or whatever label, leaving me the arduous task of going to the camera and copying that info by hand into the image notes or filename.  I see many reviews and how-to's with many photos, each listing the film emulation used. Is there anything I've missed in looking for the (.jpeg) setting? Any tips? Thanks.

#2 - Raw - I've read a bunch and upgraded Photoshop to be able to read and work with the .raf files. HOWEVER, again maybe specific to my chosen tools (usually iPhoto for viewing and Photoshop/Elements for editing/post), but my issue here is lack of thumbnail display when looking through or importing .raf files. I see only the generic thumbnail, not an image, rendering the previews useless in knowing what's there, without referring back to the camera or finding the same file in .jpeg if I have it.  Is there some fix for this either within Photoshop or via some Fuji software?

#3 - GPS/Geotagging -  Probably my biggest disappointment compared with what else is "out there", and compared against both my iPhone (which geotags and maps) or my Pentax camera which does it too. Automatically. Again, I read many posts, reviews, and manuals (like a good scientist), but while I get the idea of what's possible, still I'm not pleased with the "workaround". Obviously it wasn't a deal-breaker in choosing this wonderful camera (X-T2) but it would be real nice to automatically tag with location and/or GPS coordinates. I understand you need a GPS receiver to get this, so no firmware update is going to help, but....  I find the option to use a phone device and tether, constantly remembering to manually change the camera setting with each new location, let's say, cumbersome. (A pain!)  Sometime the phone is useless, with no wifi or satellite nearby, but that's pretty rare for GPS.
Anyway, I've read some suggestions (along the line of being sure to change the location manually with each new place, tethered to a phone with GPS/geotagging) and am wondering - though I've mostly resigned to forgetting about native, or easy, geotagging with this camera .... Any secret techniques for rather easily geotagging at least key places on a journey?  Right now, though I'm not sure I'll have phone or wi-fi near me where I'm headed, one consideration is taking a phone photo at every camera session, just to get the coordinates and/or geographic tag. If that's all I can do really, I'd be interested in knowing whether I'd be able to add the GPS info from phone photo, manually or in bulk, AFTER the fact, when I return home or to base, or whatever. Any hints/advice appreciated.

Those are my big-3 remaining questions before I venture out with this camera as my new main camera (replacing much bigger/heavier gear). My first forum query, and again, apologies for the length and breadth of my inquiry. Thinking this "the place" to ask among actual users of all stripes. Thanks!



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Posted 22 October 2017 - 11:04 PM

I’ll let others answer points 1 and 2 but I feel able to answer number 3.
Yes it is disappointing that there is no built-in GPS but in fairness Fuji never claimed there was. Using the Fuji app to add GPS coordinates is rather clunky so what I do is this. On my iPhone I use an app called GeotagPhotos
http://www.geotagphotos.net
All is explained on their site but basically you ensure your camera has EXACTLY the same time as your phone, start the app and then it records the position where you took each photo - it actually records a track (using the phone’s built-in GPS). All your recorded routes can then be exported as a GPX file via Dropbox, email, or the web and using Lightroom or a similar program it matches the time along the route with the time you took each photo and then tags each photo with the location. Simples! I use it all the time and it works perfectly. I also get a nice route of where I took my photos as well as them being individually tagged.
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Posted 22 October 2017 - 11:45 PM

Thanks glospete... responsive and very quick! I see Lightroom again seems useful (though I don't use it), but will check out the GeotagPhotos. On first look I can see how syncing time would be vital if it works by tagging by time, from the Geotag log. Not sure - though they describe it as a feature - how it might impact my phone's battery use while I'm remote and with finite external power - but probably would be fine for a day outing. Not a user now of GPX files, so will need to learn and adapt to that too, in addition to a new camera (which I'm seeing is itself not so long-lasting in terms of battery). Well, I do like their description of tagging all photos downloaded to computer and then using the log to match up location from app log and tag ALL photos with "one click". I can see how that would be a great feature. And yes, of course, Fuji never claimed to have GPS onboard, true... And maybe I'll live, as I have with 9/10 prior cameras. Still can wish... maybe next Fujicam!

Have bookmarked the app and will check it out further soon, before I take off with the X-T2 to "parts unknown" (and maybe some without wifi or satellite data altogether).  Thanks again. 



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Posted 23 October 2017 - 08:10 AM

Yes I forgot to say that there is battery impact but the latest versions of the app minimise it and I can do a whole mornings recording (with GeoTag Photos) and not flatten my battery. I carry a portable charger thing to boost my battery if I need it but nowadays I don't need to use it.

 

And the Map feature of Lightroom shows all the photos on a map and small thumbnails of them in their location. Very clever.  


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 08:47 AM

OK, I downloaded GeoTag Photos to phone and to laptop/desktop, and will give it a dry run locally before heading out. Looks good. Still learning lots quickly about XT-2 use, especially 1) that the files - .jpeg, raw, and even very short 4K clips - are pretty huge compared to previous cameras; and 2) seen in both posts here and one day's moderate/mixed use, I gather I'd better have quite a few batteries with me when I'm far from AC and chargers. (Obviously the higher resolutions I choose will do that, I know.) And maybe I'll grab another of those portable charger things too, for the phone specifically, not only for the constant GPS but - even without wi-fi or phone service - for occasional lower-filesize video &/or backup cam. (Yes, I do know that I can probably go a notch lower on file sizes, and skip the raw for just walk-around times, etc., insofar as gobbling up space.) It's keeping the camera alive (battery life), and my questions about accessing film simulation type in the exif or other viewer/organizers than Lightroom, getting my next attention. One step at a time.... I think your app may be my best bet in terms of relatively easy geo-tagging. Onward... so much to learn in this hugely featured camera - about what IS there to use in addition to how to workaround what I'd like to have but isn't built-in. Thanks again!



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 05:17 PM

Normally, since I have my phone with me I just snap a photo of wherever I'm at.  Once I'm back at LR, I just copy the GPS info from a photo taken with my iPhone, to ALL the photos in that series taken with the Fuji.  Takes me seconds and I don't have to spend any $ on GPS units, or worry about battery life etc.  Besides, my iPhone 7Plus takes a heck of an image to boot!


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