Adobe has done a great job with the geotagging module in Lightroom 4! Thank you!
Feature Wish: LR Geotagging Module should show show Heading (Compass Direction) on the Map
What I miss is the option to show the image direction (heading) on the map. There are more cameras and geotaggers that write the image direction to the EXIF of JPEG and RAW.
The best implementation I know so far for presentation of the compass heading is in the freeware geosetter. It uses the focal length to calculate a "triangle of view". Zooming will cause a slim triangel, wide angle a wide angle .
Here is a - low quality - video for better understanding. It shows quite good what I mean:
It would be great to have the focus distance also involved. But this seems to be difficult as most cams do not write it standardized to the EXIF
What else could Heading be good for?
There are many ideas for usage of compass headings. Here two ideas that have been prototyped by university students:
1. Filtering photo databases according to postition of the sun
Just find all pictures with dawn light from the left. All with front light. All with ...
2. Generate Proposals for naming the photographed Object for Semi-Automatic-Tagging
The user gets offers for objects that are in the angel of view and can use them for tagging. He just checks those offer he wants to be safed with the photo.
yes, at the moment I count 20 Cameras and Geotaggers. And by the dates you can see the number ist starting to grow really fast. In the beginning (2008 it was only Solmeta for Nikon and Ricoh). The boom starts 2011 and 2012:
DSLR and Medium Format
For Pentax DSLR and Medium Format
Has anyone more Cool Ideas about Compass Heading?
Whow else, but me, dreams of such features?
Please reply, to show, that I am not alone with my wish. Thanks!
I someone needs example pics with heading in the EXIF, feel free to contact me
Message was edited by: MrGeotagger Removed some links that came in by copy n paste. Sorry folks!
There is a corresponding idea at the feedback forum: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/add_image_direct ion_in_map_module
Anyone who wants this feature should also vote over there...
Edit: P.S. I think it is generally a better idea to post feature wishes in the feedback forum (or comment on existing ones there) because it's regularly monitored by Adobe employees, while that is not necessarily the case for the user-to-user-forum here.