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Geotagging your photos in Lightroom - Tracklog loading

Are you traveling soon and planning to take your DSLR with you on the road? If yes and you are like me, your DSLR does not have a GPS kit to geotag your pictures, and you still want Lightroom to do it all for you, this is still feasible...

But first, what is geotagging?

Well, geotagging allows you to pin location information within your EXIF data so that you can know where a photo was taken. Geotagging will let you remember your physical location, i.e. where were you when  you took that specific picture. Many modern smartphones and cameras have GPS and would make geotagging a simple and automated process. But what to do if your DSLR does not have a GPS?

Simple, all you need is a smartphone capable of tracking your route. Just download any mobile application capable of exporting a gpx file to be used in Lightroom. I am using an application on my iPhone just called "Tracker". 

When your journey ends, email your gpx file to yourself, load it into Lightroom and map your photos automatically. To load the track file just go Map - Tracklog - Load Tracklog. Select the gpx file previously sent by email.

When I was in Canada and USA, I was not able to auto map the photos due to time zone difference between my iPhone and my DSLR. Adobe engineers have anticipated this one; all you have to do is go to map menu under the Map module and click Map - Tracklog - Set Time Zone Offset. Just move the slider left or right until the red text becomes black which means Lightroom has found a match between the metadata and the track log file loaded.

When everything is set, relax and enjoy your photos by clicking on the map and review your trip using Lightroom. 

All you need is a smartphone capable of tracking your route. I am using an application on my iPhone called "Tracker". 

All you need is a smartphone capable of tracking your route. I am using an application on my iPhone called "Tracker".