QT-1 – GPS Tagging in Lightroom 4

GPS Tagging the easy way!

Many DSLR’s today can not record GPS data which would allow you to map your images in various programs, including Lightroom 4.   In this article, we quickly show you how you can add GPS data using an app for your phone.  GPS Tagging the easy way!

For this video, I used the Android version which can be found here.  For iPhones, take a look at this app.  Since I don’t own an iPhone, I can’t vouch for the quality of the app, but several people I know use it and gave it positive reviews.  What you want, is a program that records GPS data into a .gpx format.

Once you have the app installed on your computer, you next need to make sure you camera and phone have the same time.  In my case, I don’t have a clock app loaded that shows seconds, so I just waited for it to roll over to a new minute and then I hit OK on my cameras change time menu (see your camera’s manual for instructions on changing your camera’s time).

 

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In the settings for GPS Logger, I have mine setup to allow auto sending to my Dropbox account.  The size of the file sent will depend on how long you run the program.  I ran it for about 1 hour and the file was only 28KB.  I did chose to have the file zipped to save bandwidth, but that’s your choice.  The unzipped file was 248KB.

 

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I chose to have the file uploaded only when I stop the logging.  This works great and means if I run the app the entire time I am out shooting, I will only have 1 file to deal with.  When I did this for today’s outing, the file was already sitting on my computer (in Dropbox) by the time I went to download the images.  Love that!

 

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To start/stop the logging, it’s pretty simple, just hit the “Start Logging” button.

 

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Now that you have your GPS data, you need to get it loaded into Lightroom.  On a PC, chose the menu option “Maps”, the “Tracklog “ and then “Load Tracklog..”

 

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Once you load the track data, you will then be able to apply the GPS data to the images you have highlighted by going back to the “Maps” menu and in this case, choosing the menu option “Auto-Tag 2 Selected Photos”.

That’s it, pretty easy right?  Now just spend a little time looking over the location of the tags and make sure they are in the correct spot.  In my case, there were a few I needed to move.

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About geephotant

geephotant (Geek-Photographer-Accountant) (aka. Mike Howard) is the creator of Nov Studios and the jpeg2RAW podcast. Mike is an accountant by day as the Controller for a large US based corporation. By night, he is a geek and has appeared on the Home Server Show Podcast & the BYOB podcast ( both found at www.homeservershow.com). He has also appeared on the Home Tech Show podcast (www.theaverageguytv.com) and is now a regular guest on that show. Mike's true passion is photography and shoots when ever he can find time. As an amateur photographer, he is always looking to learn more about the craft.

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