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Adding GPS coordinates to your images using your Smart Phone and Lightroom 4
If you are a Lightroom 4 user, and own a smart phone, you can fairly easily tag your photos with GPS coordinates.
The basic idea is to use your smartphone’s GPS capability (and a tracker app), to track where you are while taking photos. Later, you export that GPS track to your computer, and import the track into Lightroom 4. After a couple more clicks, you have geo-tagged photos!
I will detail the steps for accomplishing this.
I have an android phone, and am using “Geotag Photos Pro”. This app costs a few dollars and is also available for the i-Phone. There are other apps, some of them free that should be able to do the job. You want an app that can export your GPS track locations in a .GPX file format.
One free app for the i-phone that I have heard works well is MotionX GPS.
Your camera and phone need to be set to the same timezone, date, and time. Geotag Photos Pro has a screen for this on the settings tab:
When you are ready to start taking photos, first start the GPS tracker app on your phone and hit the record button. Geotag Photos Pro has you create a “trip” first, then start recording. Other apps may be slightly different.
After you have started recording, keep your phone with you so it will track your location.
Hit Stop on the GPS tracker app on your phone.
Different apps may have different ways to do this, but the end result is you want to get a .gpx file to the computer where you run Lightroom. For Geotag Photos Pro, there is an e-mail GPX option:
Track will appear on the map
If you click this it will take you to the location on the map where that photo was taken (If you have an active internet connection).
Enjoy Geo-Tagging your Photos,
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The photo below is from a recent trip to Vermont for cousin Colleen's wedding. This is a historic dairy barn just outside of Stowe, VT.
It is a 3-exposure HDR image processed with Photomatix. I liked the lens flare, so did not attempt to remove it.
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