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Tagging images with locations

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Here we're going to explore a few different scenarios and how we can actually add our photographs to specific locations. One of the things that I want to do is select a few images that I want to add some GPS data to. So I am going to go ahead and click on the Library module, and in the Library module, I just so happened to know that there were five photographs captured in the same spot. Let me go ahead and click on those. This is the sunrise picture here. And I'll hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, and then also these photographs here.

Tagging images with locations

Here we're going to explore a few different scenarios and how we can actually add our photographs to specific locations. One of the things that I want to do is select a few images that I want to add some GPS data to. So I am going to go ahead and click on the Library module, and in the Library module, I just so happened to know that there were five photographs captured in the same spot. Let me go ahead and click on those. This is the sunrise picture here. And I'll hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, and then also these photographs here.

So once I've selected the images, I am going to go to the Map module, and then I am going to search for location. The particular location is Gaviota, California. And there it is. I am going to go to a different view here, I am going to go to the Hybrid view, so I can see this area little bit better, and the particular location where these were captured was right here on this train bridge. So with all of these images selected, these five, a few captured at sunrise, and then a couple captured a little bit later in the day, I can go ahead and drag and drop those, set a pin in that particular spot.

Now I have that spot there and I have those photographs. What's great about that is I can then click on this pin and click through these pictures and we can see the photographs that were captured in that particular location. One of the things that will happen is we want to add different types of locations. Sometimes they're close to where we live like this one here; other times they may be far away. In this case, let's say that we travel to a particular location. I am going to go to the Library module, and just to highlight this, click on this folder Sayulita.

These are photographs that I captured a couple years ago in Sayulita, Mexico. Well, if we have images that are based on a location, we may want to select all of those by clicking on one, holding down the Shift key, and then clicking on the last image in the set, and then creating a collection. Here I am going to go ahead and create a collection and I'll name this collection Sayulita. Next click Create. The reason why I am creating this collection is just to highlight how collections can be integrated into working with maps. So here we'll go back to the Map module.

Next I'll go ahead and search for that. And there is the little town of Sayulita. Here I have all of my images, drag and drop. And what's great about this is we can kind of zoom out a little bit and we can see where that's located in regards to the rest of Mexico, and then zoom out even further. I want to zoom out further just to highlight how we can start to track different types of images. So we have these images which were captured here, and then what we can do now is we can say, well, what about the other photographs? What about those photographs that were captured up here in California? How come I can't see those? Well, what we would need to do would be to exit out of this collection.

So let's go to our Library panel, let's click on all of our photos, and then back to the Map module, a lot of back and forth, right. Well, now that I am working with all of the images, we can see that we have a few photos in this region and then also others down here. In my filmstrip, if I just want to view those photographs that I can see in this area, I can simply choose Visible On the Map. That will then clean this up so to speak, and then I can navigate to those images. Now for some of us, this is a bit of a paradigm shift.

In other words, this is a different way of thinking about how we organize images. Now this will have different uses. Let's say, for example, that we capture this image here and it shows my GPS coordinates. Well, what I could do is click on the arrow icon, which would then go to that location and remind me of that spot, and then I could capture other images there, which were like this, or perhaps it's a client that needs a photograph of a particular area, or maybe you're a landscape photographer and you really want to know where that landscape photograph was captured.

So again, it gives us this whole new and interesting layer; whole new way of organizing our photographs. Well, so far, we've looked at how we can add images by simply clicking and dragging. Well, there is other ways that we can work with the Map module that have to do with actually saving locations. Well, let's take a look at how we can save locations and add images to those saved locations in the next movie.

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