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Organizing images in an iPhoto library has always been easy, but with the new Places feature, photographers just need a few clicks of the mouse to create albums with geo–specific data. In iPhoto '09: 10 Things to Know About Places, professional photographer Derrick Story explores the functions of Places and shows how geotagging can help with accessing photos, creating Smart Albums, and adding dimension to printed photo collections.
Now here is something I'm pretty excited about. You can use the Places function in iPhoto to fix an image that was mistagged using another device such as a regular GPS device, that Nikon P6000 camera, whatever you happen to be using. If for some reason you get a bad reading, you can fix that in iPhoto and then export it back out. This is really handy because sometimes you do get a bad GPS reading, especially when you're indoors, it will remember where you last took a photo as opposed to where you actually are when you take the photo. Let me show you how this works.
I am going to come back to iPhoto here and we will open this event and this shot here that was taken inside I believe Terminal 3 at SFO, let's take a look. Now I captured this with a JOBO photoGPS unit, which goes on top of my Canon 5D Mark II. It worked really well, but while I was indoors, it had a hard time finding the satellites. So what it did was it remembered an old reading from when I was somewhere else. In fact, instead of putting me at SFO Airport, it has me out here in Harbor Cove, which is clearly not where I was when I took that photo.
So let's fix that. So I'm going to go up here. We'll go to New Place. First of all, we have to find where we need to go and I believe we were right over here. So let's drop a pin there, click on the Drop Pin button, move it over to approximately where I thought we were and now I'm going to zoom in a little bit. Let's get a closer look. I'm just dragging the map around and I think I took the photo right about here. I'm going to make this area a little bit smaller; we don't need to have such a big area.
Excellent! That's more like it. So we will just give it a label and we will call it SFO Airport, Terminal 3. Click Tab to enter it. Now I'm going to assign it to the photo. There we go. Now that is a much better placement of GPS data right there. So I'm going to click Done. So I think I have fixed this photo now. Now here is a real test. Let's export it out of iPhoto and look at it with another application to see if indeed iPhoto has taken a badly tagged photo and corrected it. So we will go up to File > Export. Everything looks good.
Make sure this box is checked, the Location information. We'll give it a name here. Call it Fixed_SFO. We're going to send it to the Desktop. I'll click OK. Off she goes. Just minimize iPhoto. Here is our image here. I'm going to right-click on it so we can open it with Preview. There is our picture. Okay, it's time for the big test now. We'll go to Tools > Inspector.
All right, well, I still can't quite tell yet, but by clicking on the Location button it will open it up in the browser and we can take a close look at where this image is tagged. There we go, look at that. Not bad at all. Excellent, I would say, in fact. So what we have done here is we have taken a photo that had bad geo-data, brought it into iPhoto, fixed it in iPhoto and then sent it back out with the correct information. So iPhoto is a real geo-data tool. I think, this is fairly exciting stuff and it's nice to know that when you are out working in the field, if you are using any of these GPS devices, if it gets a bad reading, now you know you have an easy way to fix it.
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