Join Von Glitschka for an in-depth discussion in this video Using geo-tag to map your creativity, part of Social Media for Graphic Designers.
- [Instructor] In this movie, I wanna cover how geotagging in Instagram can help you keep track of where your moments of inspiration have taken place. Before I dive into this, I should point out that you'll want to have location services enabled on your device. Otherwise GPS geotagging won't work. So I'm going to assume that you have this functionality enabled. So we're gonna scroll down to a post that I made several weeks ago.
This one, I'm gonna click into it. I went to the Creative South conference, my absolute favorite conference. It's held in a small town called Columbus, Georgia, and it's held at a specific old turn-of-the-century theater, which I like to refer to as The Muppet Theater. But you can see, underneath my name at the top of this post, you can see the location, it says "Springer Opera House." So because I have location services enabled on my device, when I take a photo, it automatically tags the photo with a geolocation.
So if I tap on Springer Opera House, you can see it shows a pin exactly where that photo was taken. So if you ever forget, this is a nice way you can figure out where that photo was taken, through the services of Instagram. It also, on Instagram, shows any other photo, related to that same general area, that was taken, and on this map you can zoom in pretty far, all the way in, to exactly where that is, in terms of its location. Now if I tap on this map, it'll even give you the ability of opening this up, in this case, Apple Maps.
But we're not gonna do that, so we'll go Cancel. So that's how a photo, specifically a photo that you've posted on Instagram, is going to keep track of where these photos were taken, and that way, you can kind of keep track of your moments of inspiration. I don't know about you, but when it comes to my camera on my phone, I take pictures of everything. So we're gonna go ahead and make a post here, and the cool thing about this post is that, we'll go ahead and hit the plus button, and then I don't want the Camera Roll, I wanna go to another library on here called Process.
And I have a lot of cool photos I've taken when I've been traveling, and we're gonna go down towards the bottom here. Let's see, and there's one. This one looks really cool, it's a texture. Now, I don't even remember where I took this photograph, but I really like the texture, and this is the one I wanna use on Instagram. But I actually wanna zoom in a little. Get rid of that left-hand side where it has the hinges, so you can see the hinges there.
So I'm just zooming in just to capture the essence of this texture. Then I'm gonna click Next, and I'm gonna leave it as is, and then I'm gonna go Edit. This is where you can make all these choices on Contrast. We'll go ahead and adjust the contrast a little bit, and I'm gonna sharpen it, just to really bring out the texturing nicely, and then I'll go Done, and we'll go Next. And you can see, when I posted this, I don't remember where I took this texture, but notice in the Add Location area, right underneath where it says "Add Location," it lists out areas around the spot I took the texture.
So I realize, by looking at this, that I had taken it in Portland, Oregon. And specifically really close to this restaurant, which is by the Pearl District in Portland. So I'm gonna go ahead and just click Portland, Oregon. So now I know where that moment of texture, in this case texture exploring, I remember I was walking to a print vendor up there to proof a print run, and I walked by this metal box and saw this leatherized texture on it, and captured it with my phone.
So we're gonna go ahead and author our post here. So I'm gonna type in a short message. By the way, I highly encourage you to go texture exploring. It's a great way to discover resources that you can use in your design projects. And if you're not completely sure what I'm talking about, I encourage you to watch my course on Lynda, which is all about textures. So you can find that if you just go to the URL, drawingvectorgraphics.com.
So we're just gonna add a few hashtags here, some obvious ones, like #Texture. And we'll have fun with it too, #BadLooksGood. That sums up textures nicely. And what causes textures? Well, scientifically speaking, it's #Entropy. Everything goes from order to chaos. And there we go. So that's it, I'll hit share to share it.
And now that shows up in our timeline, and the geolocation is locked in because we have location services turned on on our device. So geotagging photos isn't just great for tracking your own locations. If you see an image someone else has posted in their Instagram account, and it inspires you, you can use the location link on the post to help figure out where they took the photograph. It's a great way to map out your creative moments over time.
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