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Pinpointing locations

It is suggested that each location you choose is given a unique number. Photographing the location with the number will help to keep track of where the images were taken. 

Your photos are only of value if you can record the exact location the photo was taken. With most photos you also need to record the direction in which the photo was taken. You can design your own method to fix locations, but the method must allow someone other than yourself in 10 or more years time to go back and take repeat photos. 

Method one

Requires a camera, tripod and bushwalking GPS or a dedicated camera GPS, notepad and pencil; or, instead of a tripod, a pole which can hold a series of numbers on top which can be changed. 

  1. Identify the various locations and subjects you will be photographing. 
  2. You may wish to place these locations on a printed or a digital map. 
  3. Use a GPS device to lock in the location (waypoint). Bushwalking devices will require you to press the buttons that record the waypoint. 
  4. Place the tripod or pole with the first number at the location where the photo will be taken.
  5. Stand back about five metres and photograph the tripod or pole so it is in the centre of the photo. If you have a map, you can include the map with a sticky star showing where you are on the map. 

Method two

Requires a camera, tripod, notepad and pencil, small star stickers, compass, pole which can hold a series of numbers on top which can be changed, and detailed maps.   

  1. Identify the various locations and subjects you will be photographing. 
  2. Obtain a large map of the area and mark the locations where photos will be taken. The locations need to be near some landmark. Each location needs a designated number. 
  3. Create a record sheet that will be used to identify each location. 
  4. At each location use the pole with the designated number of the location where the photo will be taken. Place the map next to the pole and put a sticky star (only have one on the map) onto the location.
  5. Stand back about five metres and photograph the pole so it is in the centre of the photo. 
  6. On the record sheet record the location number and the direction the photo was taken. Describe the landmarks.

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