One of the things I love about my friends is that they occasionally send me articles that focus on walking, fitness, and health. The other day my friend Lorraine sent me a link comparing smartphone fitness trackers. The first two caught my attention. I could take photos, while mapping my walk, and then share them via Facebook, email, and other sites! This is something that we at CameraWalking have been looking for – finding an app that allows us to capture photos along the stops we make while walking, and then be able to share them.
I decided to try Trails first, a free app available for IOS and Android phones. It is very intuitive and I found it easy to take photos after a few tries on the in-app photo capture button. While I was clicking away, my stats were there to let me know that I wasn’t walking as fast as I thought, so I picked up my pace. I also saw that I hadn’t walked as far as I had planned, so I added more streets to the route to get to a minimum of 3 miles.
I was excited to return and share my walk, but I discovered that I could only export my walking route without the photos. Unless I am missing something, which is possible, it seems like the photos are only saved to look at, but not share.
Well okay, it still was fun to use, so I decided to export the photos to my desktop from my phone. What I didn’t expect were the high resolution photos, such as this gate along my walk.
Or this flower that was wet from a recent rain fall.
It even tracked my stop for a latte at Diablo Cuban Coffee where I captured this fun shot.
The other app I decided to take for a test walk is LiveTrekker, which is also available for IOS and Android phones. I took it out for a spin on my walk the next day.
It was a bit more complicated. I had to register, then activate my account on their website, and it turns out I had to manually enable the GPS access in my iPhone settings, which I didn’t do until I returned from my walk. As a result I had a few photos and no map. Clearly “operator error.”
It did track how long my walk was, and the photos downloaded in high resolution, which I appreciated. I exported them to Lightroom and made a few edits, but they were good right out of the camera phone.
Like the author of the New York Times’ article, I like LiveTrekker’s photographic map, so I will experiment more over the next few days, now that my GPS is enabled, and see how this app fully works.
A couple lessons learned for me: first get familiar with the app before charging out the door (enable GPS!), and be sure to have a fully powered phone since these apps can drain your battery pretty quickly.
Although I prefer walking with my Canon 6D on the weekends, I found tracking my walk, seeing my statistics, while taking photos with my iPhone a fun option. Let us know what tracking apps you use and like by commenting below, posting on our Facebook page, or sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love to hear from you.