I like taking photos. I like processing photos. I like sharing photos. What I don’t like is naming photos. So I don’t bother doing so any more. And I’m not a fan of the rather laborious task of manually geo tagging photos. Although I do like my photos to be geo tagged. Lots of web sites, such as Flickr and 500px, will display photos on a map if they are geo tagged. It’s a useful feature, if you want to find photos you have taken in certain places or if you can’t remember exactly where you were when a particular photo was shot.
Quite a few cameras (but not mine!) these days come with GPS built in, so the process is automated. Or you can by a dedicated GPS device. Which is more expense and just one more thing to remember to take with you when you go out. Otherwise, you are stuck with the task of adding photos to a map either within Lightroom or in your photo sharing website of choice once they’ve been uploaded. Geo tag them one by one for accuracy. Or by batches if an approximate location will do. But that’s lazy.
There has to be an easier way. It’s one of those things I’ve been convinced must be easy but that I hadn’t gotten around to investigating. I have, after all, a GPS device that I carry round with me every where I go, every minute of the day. My cell phone. A couple of days ago I finally did investigate. And it was easy. The solution is Geotag Photos Pro.
I went for a short stroll down to the beach to try out the time-limited trial version. No wants wants to splurge £3 on a full product that doesn’t work. The photos can be seen here on Flickr. This app, I’m very happy to say, works perfectly. Press start at the beginning of the walk. Press stop at the end. Upload the data. Sync through their own desktop app when you get home, to embed the location data into the photos.
Actually, it’s even easier than that. I process all my photos through Lightroom, and that’s a pretty powerful piece of software. Surely I could add the location data through Lightroom with the .gpx file that Geotag Photos Pro produces? Yes, of course you can – short tutorial here.
The wonders of modern technology. What I’d really like now is to have a new fangled smart watch with GPS built in and this app loaded on to it. To save my phone battery from the drain of having GPS turned on. Maybe one day.
Another thing I noticed. Flickr changed its photo view page recently, and doesn’t display maps within the image profile any more. That’s a shame. You can still check out the map through the options on the home page, but it’s not as good as it was. I hope they bring this feature back. As ever, 500px is doing it right though.