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Lightroom Map Module, Free GPS unit for your Camera!

How to Geotag your images for Free

As a photographer I always use keywords and tagging for my images, two simple steps which makes finding images a breeze. You may have thousands of images in your hard drives and when you want to select some images for your projects, it can be time consuming to find the photos you are looking for. Key words and tagging are very helpful, but what if you are searching for images from a particular location regardless of the keywords? What if you key worded all of your images as “Abbotsford” but now you are looking for images from “Fish Trap Creek Park” in Abbotsford? Or you key worded your images as a trip to Bellingham and there are hundreds of images but you are searching for images you took in one of the parks and you can not remember the name of the park?

Your camera may not have a GPS unit, neither does mine, but thanks to Lightroom Map module you can geo-tag your images and make searching images more fun!

One of my resolutions for 2014 was to geo-tag all of my photos  in Lightroom Map Module, and in this tutorial you will see how easy and fast you can do it by utilizing Lightroom Map module.

-Open Lightroom and go to Map Module

Lightroom Map Module makes Geo-tagging very simple

Lightroom Map Module makes Geo-tagging very simple

-In search box type the location; Google and Lightroom will find the location for you

Lightroom Map

Just type the location in Search box

 

-From the Filmstrip select all photos that belong to this location

Lightroom Map Finds the location and Pinned it for adding images

Lightroom Map Finds the location and Pinned it for adding images

 

-Drag and drop the images to the location

Lightroom map finds the location using Google Map

Lightroom map finds the location using Google Map

 

-Job is done. Lightroom has added the location to Metadata for you!

Drag selected images to Lightroom Map

Drag selected images to Lightroom Map

 

In this example I took some amazing photos in Bellingham Washington a few years ago. I key worded them with many keywords, but there were some photos taken in a park and I could not remember the name or address of that park. Lightroom Map makes it very easy for me to find the exact location! Here how it works:

In Lightroom Library find the images to add Geo-tag

In Lightroom Library find the images to add Geo-tag

-I typed Bellingham WA in search box and Lightroom showed me the map

In Lightroom Map search box type the general address

In Lightroom Map search box type the general address

 

-Then I zoomed to the map (Satellite view) to see the lake and the park that I was searching for

 

-I selected the images and dragged them to the location

Zoom in Lightroom Map to find the exact location

Zoom in Lightroom Map to find the exact location

 

-I can even go farther and spread them into different part of the location

 

-Lightroom Map added the exact Geo-tag to the selected pictures!

Lightroom Map

Lightroom adds the GPS information to Meta Data

 

That is all for now. We are going to have our next Lightroom Bootcamp on January 9th 2016.  It is a four week program that Covers everything from Start to Finish in Lightroom. Come and join us for more tips on how to manage your photos in Lightroom easily and more professionally. Check our Upcoming classes for more workshops.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

 

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