Adding geotags to photos allows you to record the location where the photo was taken, which can be useful for organizing, sharing, and documenting your images. Here’s a general guide on how to add geotags to photos using different software and devices:
1. Using a GPS-Enabled Camera:
- Many modern digital cameras, especially DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, come equipped with GPS functionality that can automatically add geotags to photos as you capture them. To use this feature:
- Check your camera’s user manual to learn how to enable the GPS function.
- Ensure that your camera has a clear view of the sky to acquire GPS satellite signals.
- Take photos as usual, and the camera will embed the GPS coordinates into the Exif metadata of each image.
2. Using a Smartphone:
- Most smartphones have built-in GPS and can geotag photos without the need for additional hardware or software. To geotag photos with your smartphone:
- Enable location services or GPS in your phone’s settings.
- Open the camera app and take a photo. The GPS coordinates will automatically be added to the photo’s metadata.
3. Using Photo Editing Software:
- If your photos don’t have geotags, you can manually add them using photo editing software like Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, or free alternatives like GIMP:
- Import your photos into the software.
- Look for the option to add location data or geotags. In Lightroom, for example, you can use the Map module to drag and drop photos onto the map.
- Alternatively, you can enter the GPS coordinates manually for each photo.
- Save or export the photos, and the geotags will be embedded in the Exif metadata.
4. Using Dedicated Geotagging Software:
- There are dedicated geotagging software applications available, such as GeoSetter (Windows) or HoudahGeo (macOS), which make it easy to add geotags to your photos:
- Import your photos into the geotagging software.
- Use the software’s interface to assign GPS coordinates to your images either by matching with tracklogs or by manually selecting locations on a map.
- Save or export the geotagged photos.
5. Using Mobile Apps:
Examples EXIF Viewer by Fluntro is an iOS app that allows you to view and edit Exif metadata, including geotags, in your photos. Here’s a general guide on how to geotag a photo using the EXIF Viewer by Fluntro app:
How to geotag a photo using EXIF Viewer by fluntro?
1. Install the App: If you haven’t already, download and install the EXIF Viewer app from the App Store on your iOS device. Appstore Link: – https://apps.apple.com/us/app/exif-viewer-by-fluntro/id944118456
2. Open the App: Launch the EXIF Viewer app on your iPhone or iPad.
3. Select single/multiple Photos: Select the photo you want to geotag.
4. Edit Geotags:
- To add or edit geotags:
- Tap “Edit EXIF“. If there is already geotag information, it will display the current coordinates.
- Tap the “Edit” or “Add” option, which will allow you to manually enter the GPS coordinates for the location where the photo was taken. You can also use the map feature to select the location visually.
- Save the changes when you’re done.
5. View the Geotagged Photo:
- The photo will now have the new geotag information embedded in its Exif metadata. These images will be saved into a new Album “Exif Edited” in iOS Photos App “My Album”.
On iOS: Screenshot of EXIF Viewer by Fluntro app displaying detail view of all exif information of a photo
Checkout the preview video of Exif Viewer by Fluntro:
Remember that geotagging can also raise privacy concerns, so be mindful of what information you share when posting geotagged photos online. Always respect privacy and seek permission if you’re geotagging photos taken on private property or sensitive locations.