Geotag Your Digital Camera Photos in Lightroom with a Smartphone GPS

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Geotagging is a process that adds geographical location information to your photos' metadata. For example, if you took a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge, a geotagged photo will have the location of where you took the photo near the Golden Gate Bridge. This is great for photo programs such as iPhoto or Lightroom that allows you to sort your photos by location. This is also great info to have if you use photo services such Flickr to share your photos with family and friends. In the image example, using the location data from photos, I can see where I took my various photos. This feature might be of interest to people who travel, pros with large batches of photos from different locations or just someone who wants to know where they took their photos. New cameras with gps or smartphones with gps will usually add this location information into its photos' metadata.

However, older digital cameras or most DSLRs usually do not have a built in GPS unit to add this geographical location information. So if you have a GPS enabled smartphone such as an iPhone or Android phone and desire to add location info to your jpgs or raw images, READ ON!

In a nutshell, in this guide, I will show you how to use your phone's GPS to record your location information then inject that information into your photos. Once you have your equipment setup, this process should not take more than 3 mins in addition to your regular post processing rituals. For this guide, I will use a Mac, Android phone and My Tracks app.

Required Tools:
- A point and shoot digital camera or DSLR
- A computer running Windows or Apple OSX
- Adobe Lightroom 2 or 3 (LR3)
- Geoencoding Plugin for Lightroom, Link: http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/gps
- A GPS enabled smartphone (Android, iPhone, etc)
- Google's My Tracks or another app that allows GPS logging or recording to .gpx file format

For this guide, I will use a Mac, Android phone and My Tracks app.

Prerequisite Skills:
-Working knowledge of your camera and smartphone
-Working knowledge of Adobe Lightroom
RyanK73 months ago
Does this work if you are moving around as well? For example, if you are shooting at multiple locations, do you start the tracking app once at the beginning and end it only after you are finished at all your locations? Or do you have to start and stop at each location?
AnnahLee5 months ago

I use http://urbanbird.io/editor It is pretty easy to use. I can enter an address or drag and drop a marker on a map and the application figures out the GPS coordinates for me. Love it!

How did you get that Golden Gate Bridge picture looking like that?
ArkusM3 years ago
Thanks for sharing. Will have to give this a try... Cheers