Ramblings of an Amateur Photographer

Photo gear: Garmin Nuvi 2555LMT

You don't think of your car's GPS as photo gear. Well I didn't until I realized how important it really is to me. I use to to get from shot to shot. On workshops I plug in all the coordinates to where we might go into the GPS so I have them all ready. I am getting ahead of myself. I bought a new GPS recently, knowing that I wanted a few features that my current GPS was lacking. I searched for a few, but I like the Garmin brand, so I bought one that wasn't to expensive (Garmin Nuvi 2555 LMT), but had enough of the features I wanted. What did I want? The ability to plot courses and upload them to the GPS. This has that wrapped up in spades.

Now to what I found out about this cool little unit. I can track my gas milage (with a add-in for a small fee $10), which is nice. I can download all my routes, which will help for tax time. When I take the unit off the base, it assumes I am parked and will note that location. Then I can go shopping or walking around town. When I am ready to head back to the car I turn on the GPS and tell it to take me back to the car. How cool is that? I can download the GPS tracks, convert them and upload them into Lightroom 5. Now I know where I took all my photos (or at least close enough). I live in an area with a lot of schools. The school zones are good in theory, but they aren't all the same. One school zone goes from 45 to 35 between 7:30-8:30 AM and then again form 2:45 to 3:15. A mile up the road the times are completely different. I cant keep them all straight. I was passing a school today and the GPS told me it was 45 mph. I figured, hey it's correct it's not during school session, but I can't rely on it to flip for me. What do you know, I passed the school a bit later while it was in session and the thing not only changed the speed limit indicator to 35, but it also warned me that school was in session with an audible alert and flashing on the screen for a second. It blew my mind.

With lifetime maps and traffic updates, I really am glad I made the investment.

by John