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Add Location Information to Photos

Tim Grey

Advanced Workflows in Lightroom

Tim Grey

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3. Add Location Information to Photos

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Add Location Information to Photos

Another thing that I think is absolutely amazing and wonderful is the ability to view all of my images based on location information. So turn off the filter here, and I'm gonna go to all photographs because I don't know what I'm looking for. I just want to go find images based on place. I'm gonna switch to the map module. Hey, look at this. I have images showing up on the map right over here. If I click on the placeholder on the map Aiken cycle through, all of these images of the Albuquerque balloon Fiesta were captured in none other in Albuquerque. And if we zoomed in on that area of the map, I'm reasonably confident that all of those little push pins on the map would point to the vicinity of Albuquerque, New Mexico. And we have another image up here captured somewhere in the middle of Europe. And we have some images here that were captured underwater. Let's go ahead and zoom in zero in on that particular spot. I have this set of underwater images captured off the coast on the island ...

of Capri in the Mediterranean, and I can see exactly where I was swimming when those pictures were taken. Let's actually make sure that I was a safe distance from shore. Yeah, that looks reasonable. So now if I wanted, I could get back to the exact same reef and visit the exact same fish again and take their picture again if they didn't come out right the first time so I can see the images directly on the map. How is this amazing thing happening? Well, I just used camera that has a GPS receiver built in specifically in this case for these underwater photos, I use my IPhone. I know that's completely crazy taking your IPhone underwater. I sure you was in a waterproof case before I did that with the flotation device attached. And then I take underwater pictures with the IPhone and with the IPhone, not in airplane mode. You can turn off cellular data if you're worried about overcharges and all that sort of thing, but don't have it in airplane mode because airplane mode turns off the GPS receiver. But your smartphone's include a GPS receiver so that GPS location information can be shown for each of those individual images, and so I can see the exact GPS coordinates for each of those photos. That is amazing. All because I took a picture with my IPhone, but I could also use different cameras. Any camera that has a GPS receiver? So, for example, we saw the balloon fiesta images a moment ago. Those were all captured with the digital SLR. It just happens to be one of the very few digital SLR is that has a built in GPS receiver. So GPS coordinates had it automatically. So a few things I want to teach you if you don't have a digital SLR with a GPS receiver, there still some techniques you can use to identify locations. So switching back to the library module just real quickly so we can take a look at a larger version of this image. This photo was captured up in the mountains on this platform. Here's another view of those platforms. Yes, you are hanging over the cliffs of the Alps. This is above the town of whole shot in the Alps. In Austria. This picture was taken with an IPhone. This picture was taken with a digital SLR that does not have the benefit of a GPS receiver, so I can tell you where this picture was taken. But I can't tell you where this picture was taken. Except they were taken, obviously at the same basic location. Roughly about the same time as you can tell from all the frost in the images on the railings. There. So where was this picture captured? Well, let's go ahead and click the thumbnail associated with the image. I've already zoomed in here, but if I zoom out just a little bit, there is that lake that we were seeing in the photos, the whole starter. C and Aiken, zoom in on that specific location and even, you know, I like to confirm and this area is called. You can see on the map five fingers. That's because each of these little diving platforms are called a thing there, five of them. So it's the five fingers that let you stick. You know, if you dare, you go out to the end and look straight down 1000 feet or so down to the Alps below you. I did not do anything, but, you know, hang over the ledge like a fool. But what about this picture with no coordinates? If we look over on the right hand side here, the SLR shot. No GPS coordinates over here on the right, whereas for IPhone shot 47 degrees, 31 minutes, seconds north, etcetera, etcetera east at an elevation of 6678.6 feet so we can see exactly where that photo was taken. Well, how do I add that maybe I can copy and paste this information to that photo? I don't have to do that. I can go to this image and drag and drop it onto the same spot on the map. And now this image also contains GPS coordinates based on where I put it on the map. But it gets even better. Well, first, let's take a quick side to Ah detour here will go to Gratz, Austria, and we'll go back to the map here and navigate to Gratz, Austria, and we will zoom in and I've got some images of graffiti and you can see once again no images air appearing on the map. So how can I get these photos onto the map? I did not take a reference photo with my IPhone, so I'm left only to my memory. So hopefully I'm doing this task soon enough after or during the trip that I can actually remember. In this case, I've spent a lot of time in Gratz. And so I know the streets reasonably well. And I know that these particular graffiti photos were captured on Neeson Burger, Gaza, just off of Greece. Kosit. Well, between Greece, Scots and off of uninterested here. So if I zoom in, how did I remember all that? I don't know the silly things we remember, but right here is where I took these pictures so I can select all of these photos of the graffiti in Austria. Select them all, point to any one of them, drag and drop and put them on the map. And they get GPS coordinates based on wherever it was that I dropped them on the map. But wait, there's more. What if you want precision? I want precision. These images, this range of what is that? 19 notes not 19 9 photos that I've selected here were captured while I was wandering around the streets of Gratz. And while I was wandering around the streets of Gratz, I actually had a device that was recording a GPS track log. What sort of devices capable of such an amazing feat? The same IPhone that I might otherwise used to take a location snapshot. You can use an app to record a track log while you're moving around you can use. There's a variety of GPS track logging devices that are designed for hikers. For example, you can use a car navigator. Many of them also have the ability to track a law to create a track log for you. So one of your devices is recording where you were at any given time. Your other device, The camera is recording what time you took the picture. So we have a picture with the time we have a location with the time we could marry the two together. Now we know where all your pictures were taken. So in this case I recorded a track log with a an app on my IPhone. And then I can save that track. Look, I usually save the track log in the same folder as my photos and then inside of the map module. Here, I can click the track log button and choose to load a track log. I'll go to the folder that I saved the track log in. It's a G P X file is your track log file GPS track log file. I will select the appropriate track log and there is my track. So now you can see exactly where I was wandering around through the streets of Karatz, in this case, starting at like 2 30 in the morning and then stumbling around and going back and forth, and that Seattle time, not Austria time. So first, let's correct the track log for local time because I neglected to do that when I was recording. But I can click that track log button again and choose a time zone offset. So let's go ahead and set the offset. In this case, we are nine hours different from Austria. Notice that the selected images show me a time range. They were captured between 1:11 p.m. And 1:25 p.m. And the track log was initially showing me much earlier in the morning. It's red because that doesn't match the span of time for my images. But once I get into the correct range, then I can sort of get a visual confirmation that I see that that text, the time changed from being read to being black plus nine hours happens to be the correct number of powers to shift by click. OK, the when I hover over the track log that won't change the actual time, but it did apply that offset. So now with my selected photos, I could just say, Hey, would you please go ahead and automatically tag those nine selected photos? And then by magic, those images appear on the map? And so, for example, let's go ahead and zoom in. Let's prove that I really did it correctly live during a presentation. We're going to see if I made a mistake or not. So here we have, for example, these photos. Well, let's which real quickly and you can take a look and see there's this church in the background with this sort of copper dome on top. With the train going across the bridge, we come back to the map. Here is the bridge and right over there. Oh, look, it's a church. Do you believe it's the same church? Let's switch to satellite view and we can see the top of the church in satellite view, confirming that that is indeed the correct location for those photos. Is that just amazing? Yes. Yes, it iss in case you were wondering so I can identify the location and again, sort of like keywords with keywords were able to use those keywords for two basic purpose is right. We can assign keywords so that we can remember where something Waas or so we can find an image later. So I remember that I took a picture of a particular subject. I can search based on the key word related to that subject or I find the picture. I don't remember what it waas so the key word helps with that. It's very similar with these GPS coordinates. I confined an image and say, Oh, yeah, Where did I take that? Or I can locate the picture based on locate specific pictures based on locations, and I'll actually browse among the map Now, obviously, in this case, I have ah, relatively small catalogue of photos for this presentation. But still, I could browse among the map and maybe be reminded I'll go back and go toe all photographs and then back into the map so we can see as many images as possible. Oh, yeah? What? Wasn't I in the Southwest? Us? What was I doing over there? And obviously here's Albuquerque and we have some of the balloon Fiesta photos, and then I don't know what's over here. So here's me at the Grand Canyon and here's me and Renee at somewhere else. I don't know where was this? That might not have been the Grand Canyon, but wherever these places are that I don't remember, fortunately, got GPS coordinates. I get zoom in and remind myself where exactly you know, that was the Grand Canyon. And where was this one? This must be like Monument Valley or something. But anyway, you get the idea. I can remind myself of where I took particular images based on the GPS coordinates, and I can add those after the fact I can have them captured at the same time that the images captured. There are a number of options available to me, but the point is that I'm able to use that location information in a relatively automated way to remind myself of where I waas or to just browse. Look on the map and go see what we got here. What sorts of images did we capture while we were in that particular location? Maybe there's something interesting or oh, I forgot about our stop in that place and that was really cool. Let's see the picture. So a whole bunch of different scenarios where we might use particular information about our photos in order to identify essentially our favorite images and locate our images. And remember where we were when we captured specific images. So much value to be had by working with that location information.

Class Description

Refine your organization, maximize your efficiency, and customize your own workflow with Lightroom. Learn how to systematically import your photos, use templates and presets to your when saving them, and organize existing files. Go beyond the basics with advanced techniques for reviewing images, identifying favorites, and adding location information to your photos.  

Software Used: Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 - 2015

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The Advanced Workflow class was very helpful. I appreciate the extra material that come with the class, i.e. Tim's presets and the 8 lessons I have downloaded. However, I needed help with the downloading of the presets and there were no directions. I figured out how to download them to Dropbox and/or to a folder on my desktop, but I don't know how to install them in my current version of LR, which is Adobe Lightroom CC. I needed a help button, and there is none.

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I found this class to be helpful with workflow techniques but it's almost identical in content to Tim Grey's Beginner Workflows and his other Lightroom courses. I would recommend the course but not to watch all of the courses as there's lots of overlap.