Viewing Images on a Map
We're back with another day, another installment in Lightroom CC Photo Editing. Let's take a look back at what we've done thus far because not everybody is tuning in every single day, some are just discovering this class today. So, in the first week, we pretty much looked at the big picture of Lightroom. Which means we looked at how it's different than other programs like Photoshop 'cause it thinks considerably different than that. And whenever you're in Lightroom, you're always working on a catalog. And so we talked about exactly what is stored in your catalog, where is it on your hard drive, and should you work with one catalog or multiple? We also talked about something as simple as how you organize your folders and how it can dramatically change the way you think about your images. Then we moved into the second week, in the second week we concentrated on organizing and adjusting our images. That means we talked about organizing projects, we talked about keywording our images so tha...
t we can find them later. We talked about retouching, the adjustment brush and a bunch of other things. Then we get into the third week and on the first day, we talked about facial recognition. And therefore, we could have it where Lightroom can help us find all the people in our photographs. We simply need to educate it a little bit about what each individual person looks like and then suddenly it can search for those people in our entire Lightroom catalog, so we can quickly find them. Well then today we're gonna talk about viewing images on a map in Lightroom. And it just gives you a whole different dimension of how to find and view your images. And so that's what we're gonna jump into, so let's get into Lightroom and get started. Some cameras have a GPS built in. Like if you have a phone and you take pictures on your phone, most phones these days have a GPS where it will tag the location directly on the image. And you can sometimes add accessories that would allow you to do that on a larger camera. I used to use this accessory, back when I shot with a Canon camera. And this accessory has a little GPS in it, and it slides into the hot shoe, where you usually put a flash on your camera. And it just had I think a single double A battery in it. And as long as I remembered to click that little thing on before I went out shooting, after a couple minutes it would pick up its location and figure it out. And as I were to shoot all over the world, this would automatically tag all my pictures with a location. Now if you have something like that, a phone that can tag the location or a GPS device like this. That is great 'cause your images are already gonna be there when you get to your map. If you don't have something like that, you can use some other methods. One of which is you could use your phone to have it record your location, like let's say your phone were to record your location once a minute. Where all it would do is write down this is my location and this is the time. You can create what's known as a tracklog, and there are various apps you can get for your phone that do that. There are some that are free but most of them you have to pay a few dollars for. And so before you go out shooting, you'd start up that app, it would start recording once a minute. Where's my location? Then only thing you need to do is make sure that the clock in your camera matches the clock on your phone, so the location matches up. And if you were to do that, then in Lightroom you can tell it to look at the file from your phone and match it up with those photos you've been taking. But let's look more of how we can interact with a map in Lightroom and how if we don't have that technology, we can still get our pictures to be on a map. So here I am in Lightroom and what I'm gonna do first is I'm gonna go over to the map module. Just at the top of my screen I have the word map, I'll click there. And here we can see a map. In order to get the map, you need to be on the internet. Because this is going to Google, and Google is serving up these maps. So, if you're not on the internet, you won't be able to see the maps. And Adobe, since they license this from Google, they're not able to store those maps on your computer. So, when you're on a flight or a, you know, some other method where you're away from the internet, you'll have to hold off on your map, mapping stuff. Now, you notice that right now there are no photos on this map. There's one pin, which is right over here, and that's just telling us what part of the world are we looking at. It'll have a little dot saying like if you searched for United States or you searched for California, there'd be a little dot saying here's your search result. That's the only thing I'm seeing. But the reason why we're not seeing any photos on this map is I'm only viewing the photos you see at the bottom of my screen. I have about what? One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight photos here, and none of those photos have locations attached to them. Now I could go back to my library module and navigate to any folder that I want or I could come up here where it says all photographs. And now I'm viewing every photo in my entire collection, I have over 200,000 photographs there, I would hope at least one of 'em has a location attached. So now if I go over here to the map, it might take it awhile because there's 200,000 photos it's looking at, at the moment. But slowly, it should eventually start figuring out some of those photos have locations attached. And if you look in the upper-left, it's saying it's loading them. And so I might have to wait for a moment. But once it has had a chance to look at 'em, we're gonna start seeing boxes all over the place. In fact, isn't this one kinda weird? The heck was he doing taking photos in the middle of the ocean? I was on a cruise ship. And I found at sunrise and sunset, the clouds and the way it looked with the water was great, so I'd take a bunch of photos there. But that's what we have. At the bottom, there's a little plus and a minus symbol, that let's you zoom in and zoom out. Or you can just use the plus and minus keys on your keyboard to zoom in and zoom out. And you can drag around. Or if you'd like to zoom into a specific area, like what the heck was I doing right here when I was in the middle of the ocean? You can hold down, I believe it's the option key, which I'm holding down right now, that's alt in Windows, and you can draw a box. So let's say I hold down that option key and I draw a box right here, that tells me zoom up just on that area. And then you can use, again, plus and minus to zoom in or zoom out. Now this tells me that I have a certain number of photos in a location and I can hover over that, I don't even need to click on it, I can hover. And then I have this little arrow, if I hover I see one of my photos and if I click on that arrow, I could cycle through those images to see the various ones that were taken in that location. These aren't processed images, so you can just see that I was taking a bunch of pictures of clouds. Go to this next one over here. And you can see also there. I just liked the clouds and the water, especially at sunrise and sunset. I can further zoom in on any particular location. And you notice that this box is kind of a rounded corner rectangle. And if you get up closer, you'll find that any time it looks like a rounded corner rectangle, it means that there was a cluster of photos taken there. It doesn't mean they were all taken in the exact same location, it means they were spread out somewhere within that area. So if you were to zoom up closer each time, you're gonna find that, that is gonna break up into further locations. If on the other hand you see something like this one where it has a little tip on the bottom of it. That means it's in one precise location. So if you saw a number like with a little tip pointing down, a little arrow almost. It means that all those photos were taken in one spot, so if you were to zoom up, it wouldn't break up into multiple locations. So there's one spot and I could further zoom up on these and if I do, they're gonna break apart into even more. Because the ship I was shooting on was moving. And of course, they're slightly different locations. Now you can get a key to what these little symbols mean if you go up to, I think it's the view menu, there's a choice called show map key. If you choose that, then this will show up. And it'll just remind you, well what does it mean if you have a little tip pointing down versus not having it. And you can see, a cluster of nearby photos versus them taken in the same location. If I then click on one of the photos down near the bottom of my screen, it will highlight where it is on the map. Do you see that one of these markers changed color? And that tells me where that particular photo was taken. So if I wanted to see other photographs that were taken in a similar location, I can click on that and now preview them. If you no longer need this little guide, there's just a little X in the upper-right and you can close it out. So if I go up again to the view menu, that's where I found show map key, if you ever forget about it. Well now I know I'm in the middle of the ocean somewhere but I'd like to explore another part of the world. So if you'd like to do that, you have a couple different ways. There is a search field up here at the top. So if I came in here and said I wanted to go to Colorado, and I press return, it's going to move the map to that particular location. Again, you have to be on the internet though 'cause that's how it's figuring out where that is, it's looking it up. On the left side, we have saved locations. So if there's locations you go to frequently, like your family frequently visits a particular location, maybe it's your cabin or something else and that's where you want to be able to tag your photos, you can save those as well. If you look on saved locations, we have a little plus sign here and you can give each location a name, here I might call this one Denver. Although it'd be just as easy to search for Denver, it might be that I wanna call this CreativeLive and put it exactly where this building is or something like that. And then there's this choice called radius and it determines how far away from that spot that you were just searching will be considered. But know that it's always a circle. So, you're gonna find that sometimes you'll see people with saved locations, I'm not gonna save this one. But if you look on my saved locations, here we have continents. Well, these are all circles. So, it's not gonna precisely define a continent. If I for instance go in here to Africa. If you look, it will tell me exactly how many photos it finds in that particular location. And if I hit this little arrow to the right, it will navigate us to it. But if you look, you see it's a big circle. And so that means, Saudi Arabia is included, it means that some of these countries up here near the top are included, and those aren't really part of Africa necessarily. And so, you'll see in here we have Antarctica, no photos, I've been to Antarctica. It just means I didn't have a GPS on my camera when I was there. I have to go and tag those. Now if you go to the map and you don't find any numbers next to 'em, it means you've either never tagged your photos with a location or it means you're viewing a limited set of your photos. Like you're viewing one folder of images because that's all it's thinking about is whatever you're viewing at that particular time. You can always go back to the library and switch to all photos or switch to any particular folder or collection. And you're only going to be viewing those particular folders. You can also go to the bottom of your screen, just above the little thumbnails that you see and there's this area here that tells me how many photos we're viewing. There's a little triangle at the end and if I click there, this is another way that you can switch to areas you've been to recently when you've been browsing your photographs, or right there you have the choice of all photos. So if you ever come in here and you forget to get it to look at all your photos, you don't have to go back and forth to the library module and back. There's even a section in here called favorites, where if there's a folder of images you like to go to all the time, you can navigate to that folder of images and then save it as a favorite. And it would appear in there. That's something that's not here just when you're in the map, it's anytime you're using the filmstrip that can appear at the bottom of your screen, like you're in the develop module or anything else, you'll also have that little popup available. So why don't we look at how we can get our images on the map. Because if you don't have any photos that are tagged, so far the map is pretty boring 'cause it'll be empty. So, I'm gonna go to my library and see if I can find a few images, in fact I think I have some here in a quick collection, these are all images that were taken in San Francisco. And here we're at CreativeLive in our San Francisco studio, so I figure, why not try to tag locations on those. So I navigate to the folder I want, I head over to the map module and I see no photos on the map. The only thing I see is one little pin which indicates where I searched last. Remember I typed in Colorado, so that little mark is on Colorado. Since the photos I wanna tag were taken in San Francisco, I'll go to the upper-right and I'll type in San Francisco. Press return or enter and you'll see that it brought us there. Now I gotta try to remember where I took these photographs, so I'm gonna press the plus and minus keys to zoom in and zoom out on my map, and look around. Now I know that one of these images, which is this one, the first one that's here. I'll bring this up so you can kinda see 'em a little bit larger. That particular image was taken inside something known as Coit Tower. And so I hope when I go to the upper-right on the map, I can search for Coit Tower. I'll cross my fingers, hoping it knows where that is, yes it does. So this is Coit Tower. This image was taken in Coit Tower, so I'm gonna just click on it and drag it onto the map and let go. That should end up tagging the image with the location, and so I need to figure out where these particular images were taken and drag them onto the map. So if I thought this image was taken over here, I can drag it out here and put it on the map. And it should in a moment, actually show us that on the map. While waiting for that to happen, just in case it doesn't I'll troubleshoot but let me show you a few of the options that might help you find where particular locations were taken on the map. For instance, this photograph here was taken on the stairs that lead up to Coit Tower. Well, the stairs that lead up to Coit Tower, I can't really see in here, I'll have to zoom up, and zoom up, and they were called the Filbert Steps, I believe. And so here I can see Filbert Street, and I see this little dashed line which shows me where those steps happen to be. And I don't know exactly where it was but I think that's close enough to knowing where it is. So I can then come down here and grab that image that was taken on the Filbert Steps, drag it up here and put it right on the steps, and when I let go it should tag that image. Now when I tag that image and drag it to the map, what it should eventually do is it's going to go over on the right side of my screen, and over here it indicates it's thinking, you see this little whirly on the right side, meaning it's not quite done yet. Well when it's done, what it's going to be doing is it's gonna deposit an address right here, some GPS coordinates of exactly where I dropped it. And then once it's done doing that, a little pin should appear on the map itself. While it's still thinking, I hope it's gonna finish soon, we'll look for a few other places where these photos were taken. If you look at this particular photograph, I can see the Transamerica Building in the distance, and we took that photograph while heading down those Filbert Steps, we ended up hitting a flat area and we're able to see that building in the distance. So I'm gonna look here on my map, I'll zoom out, and I don't know where it is, the Transamerica Building, I just don't remember, I don't live in San Francisco, how am I supposed to know? So in the lower-left, here we have an area called map style, right now it's a road map. Well I'm gonna change it from a road map to a satellite view because I think I can recognize the Transamerica Building, it's like a pyramid shaped building. So if I do that, now if I zoom up, just looking around. Oops, it looped me around. And I'm guessing, that might be it? It looks a little bit like a triangle, so that's my assumption, if not, it's really close to this area. So I'm thinking, where would I get a view of that building? And so I'll zoom out a little bit with my minus sign, you can see now it's tagged those photos, it took it a few minutes for it to figure out the GPS location. But now I'm thinking about where would I have a view of that? Well, if I was coming down those steps, I'm guessing it was right up this road or this road, one of the two. So I'll get kinda lined up with those two roads, I'll get the plus sign to zoom up. Remember you can hold down the option key, alt in Windows, and drag to say I think it was right in here. I'm guessing it was one of these roads right here. I can switch back, I can go to my road map again 'cause I wanna be able to see where were those Filbert Steps, I'm guessing I was right there when I shot it. And if that's where I think it is, I'm gonna come in here and grab that image, drag it onto the map, put it right where I think I shot. You don't have to have it be absolutely precise because most of the time that's not as important as knowing it was San Francisco and it was this general area. But you're welcome to try to get it to be really precise. You can see now that we have our other photographs pinned here and if I hover over their little pins, you can see the photograph on the map. Most of the time that shows up pretty darn quickly and I'm not sure why right now mine is being a little on the slow side. It might be our internet connection when it's looking up the location. Then the other thing that might help me when I was discovering where I might've been taking those photos is in order to get a photo where I can see something in the distance here in San Francisco, we need a hill. Because then you don't have the buildings that are right in front of you blocking your view. So in the lower-left where I choose my map style, one of the other choices in there other than a road map and a satellite view is a choice called terrain. And with terrain, it will give me a three-dimensional map. Now most of the time the three-dimensional map loads really quickly. But my assumption is our internet is slow right now because it looks low-resolution. But in doing so I can see exactly kinda where the hills would be here, which might give me a better idea of where I would get a clean shot of there. So it might have been that we walked down Montgomery Street a little bit further before we got that hill going down. So you can switch between all those different kinds of maps, you have two other choices, there's light and there's dark. So if you're used to the Lightroom interface being very dark gray all the way around you, if you were to choose dark, you're just gonna get a normal street map but it looks like it's kinda night time. Or you can choose the choice called light, kind of just a personal preference. And so we have all sorts of different choices, the one called hybrid would be a hybrid of a road map overlaid on a satellite view. So I'm gonna go to the satellite view and let's see if we can figure out where a few of these other photographs were taken. I have a photo down here, this guy, where I can see this kinda archway. And I know I took that down by the piers and I'm not sure exactly where. And that's where the satellite view might be useful. I think we were walking along the pier and I'm gonna zoom up on it. And see if I can recognize where that might've been, I remember it was right up against the water. I don't know for certain I'll find it but I'm pretty sure I'll be able to recognize it. Because it was a relatively large object. Just following the waterline. And it might help to zoom out first till you get close, and then zoom up. Okay, I think we passed this and I think I'm starting to see it coming into view. I'll zoom up. Can you see that thing right there, that's the arch. 'Cause I remember this little kinda ramp that was coming up there. And so I'll find my photo down here at the bottom and I'll drag it onto the map. And eventually that's going to deposit it there. Now after a while and you start tagging all these images, you'll start to forget which ones have you tagged and which ones haven't you. So, at the top of the screen, there's this area called location filter. And if I choose any of the choices that are up there, I can choose the choice called tagged. And if I choose tagged, then at the bottom of my screen, might take it a moment but it should highlight or only view the images that are actually been tagged within the ones I'm viewing. If I choose the choice called untagged, it would let me know which images have not been put on the map yet. And if I choose the choice called visible on map, I'd only see the images visible on this section of the map. Right now, I'm not sure why I'm not seeing any down there, again I'm assuming it's slow internet as it's looking up all these locations. But just so you know, it will highlight the images down there, just like my little pin took a while to appear. So what you can often do when you're coming in here is just choose the choice called untagged, now it finally updated, if you look down there you'll see that the ones that have already been put on the map are now grayed out, so that I don't try to search for those locations again. I'm not gonna put all these images on the map because the process is the same. The main thing you're gonna end up doing is searching for a general location using the search field at the top. Then you can zoom in and zoom out with the plus and minus keys on your keyboard. And you can drag your images onto the map, and you can drag more than one image as well. So if you wanna just all say these are in San Francisco and that's generic enough for you, which maybe I'll do that. I'll just zoom out. So it sees the whole area. I'll tag the images that are left. And I'll just plop 'em down there, where I just don't think I need to be that precise. But know that when you do that, it is adding a precise GPS location. There's actually coordinates that it's putting in that are precise. So you just placed those images somewhere very precisely on that map, it just might be that that's the wrong spot, it just might be close enough for your uses. 'Cause you just wanna know these pictures were taken in Iceland for instance, so you plop 'em all in the middle of the country. Later on you might come in and move them around to be more precise about their locations, if you decide you need that. Then, and remember in the upper-left, you have your saved locations, so if you need to do let's say slideshows or anything else and you wanna talk about your travels to various locations, you could set up a bunch of areas here. For instance, I've traveled across Route quite a few times. And I could set this up where I've saved the interesting locations that I wanna talk about along Route 66. Then when we're doing a talk, I can just have the map open and say, look, if we traveled further down, here's this next location. And I can just click on the particular location that I've saved to quickly bring me there. So if I come in here now and I go to the bottom of my screen and say I wanna view all my photographs. And then I zoom out on my map, maybe I just say USA up here. So instead of viewing San Francisco proper, we're gonna view the whole country. Then as long as I've got all of my photographs being viewed down here, now these numbers on the left side start becoming useful. Now I can remember in the Greater San Francisco area, I shot eight photographs. And all these other areas were how many I've shot, and if I ever wanna get back to any of these, all I have to do is hover over this area and you see the little arrow on the right, well that's a quick way, where here I can see my photos everywhere but the moment I click on that arrow, it's gonna zoom me up. Go here to a road map. And my saved location was Greater San Francisco, so that included areas like San Jose, and I could zoom up further, here I'll hold down the option key and just make a box around this. And as I zoom in I can see that there were three photographs taken in the exact same spot here because it has the little pointy bottom. And over here there's more spread out because there's no pointy bottom. If I zoom back up on that, you can see them spread out, and I can continue to zoom up until I see all the areas where I've shot. I can click on one of these and if I hover over I can see the photographs that were taken in each of those locations. Now you do have to be careful though when you're clicking on these because you can when you click on it, it expects you to be able to move them like that. And so you might be just trying to click on it to view the photo that's there but you might accidentally reposition it. There is a keyboard shortcut for locking it, it's not one that I remember, so I have to glance over, I believe it might be Command + L but it's not, it is Command + K, which is Control + K in Windows. If you type that it should lock, yeah, the markers so that you can't inadvertently move them. And therefore, you can click around without messing things up. Remember that is Command + K, Control + K in Windows. Question.
When you do that does that lock all of the locations or just the one that was highlighted?
I believe it locks all the locations temporarily and then you can type it again if you want to free them up again.
One other question if I may.
Would it might sense to use your keywords to find the location and then move them all to the map?
You could if you've tagged things with keywords, you could search for everything that's tagged with San Francisco for instance--
Or Coit Tower.
And then, then just take those particular images and start dragging 'em to the map. And you could put them generically in San Francisco or you can put them more precisely, that's up to you, as far as how, it's a matter of how much time you wanna invest and how much value you're gonna get out of that time. For some people, it's just the general location, it doesn't have to be precise. For others, they wanna know exactly where each spot was. Let's say you were a location scout or something, or you tell other people where to go photograph, well then you want these to be very precise. Whereas if you're just showing your family what photos have you taken in various cities, it might be good enough to have a generic kind of location. But whenever you do drag something to the map, the main thing is it's doing is it's typing in numbers right here on the right side called GPS. And you could, if you knew the precise GPS location, which you can do by doing Google searches based on where it is you think you were, you could copy and paste, and just paste it right into this field, and if you did, that's another way to get it onto the map. And Lightroom has a preference in your catalog preferences where it can reverse look up a location. So that if you type in the GPS location here, it will automatically look up this information, you see this stuff here. So it knows that this is California, San Francisco, and a location called North Beach. I didn't type in any of that. That was all calculated based on this. Or based on where I dropped the pin. And therefore, we can start doing searches using words like San Francisco and North Beach and find these images even though the only thing we did was drop the pin on the map or paste in those GPS coordinates. Which I think is quite nice. If you end up using an app on your phone or if you have a dedicated GPS device that can save a tracklog. That tracklog must be in a format called GPX, I believe it is. And if you happen to do that, and your, your camera's clock is synchronized with that device's clock, so it knows that they would line up. The place you go to load that is right here. If you click, there you can load your tracklog, and then you can have it tag the photos using the same menu. Which can be convenient. So the map, I find to be interesting because if I go and view all my photos, now I have a completely different way of thinking about my images and exploring it because I don't always remember, I don't always remember where I took photos. My wife seems to remember the names of all sorts of places I've been to but my brain doesn't remember anywhere near the names of the locations. But being able to visually look at it like this makes it much more interesting to me in a completely different way of exploring my images. And now all I need to do is be able to zoom up on the area I'm interested in and I can very quickly come in here and I'm guessing, find, I'm gonna find pictures of buses up here. These are gonna be progress pictures from a bus, I know that because that's where project is happening. And I might not remember the name of the particular location or anything else but I can remember where it is on a map. So any other questions? General questions about using the map in Lightroom?
Just then I dragged all my pictures from Monet's garden onto the map precisely but then I realized some in that folder were not at Monet's garden so now they're in the wrong place, how do I move them?
If you see them in the filmstrip at the bottom of your screen, you should be able to still select them and then navigate to another part of the map and drag them on the map a second time, and it remembers where you put it the last time 'cause it's not gonna have them in more than one location. So, or, if you zoom up close enough where you can see the individual photos, like they're separate pins on the map, you can just drag the pins around. But what I would do is just go to the strip that's at the bottom of your screen that shows you the thumbnails, and I would select the images that were in the wrong location. And then I would go on the map to the location they should be in and I would drag them back onto the map in that new location. Great, and then finally if you wanna find me on the internet just look up what I've been up to or you saw those yoga shots for instance that I shot in San Francisco, if you wanna see the rest of the series for that, at the bottom of the screen here you can see on Instagram, just look up @theworldismyyogamat and you'll be able to see all the other yoga shots that I've done. And those, I think we've done on five continents, we need to get back to Australia and I can't remember where else, in order to get the rest of them. Or if you wanna go to my website, I also have digitalmastery.com. So this has been another session in Lightroom CC Photo Editing, I hope to see you back for the next one.