Lightroom: Maps Module Part 2

7/24/2014 0 Comments A+ a-

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Series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®

You have decided that you want GPS coordinates attached to your images. You open your images, look at the metadata and discover the box by GPS is empty. Now what?

Land of the Dead
Image taken in Punta Sur, Cozumel

Adding GPS Data to an Image

Long after the photos are taken, you sit at your computer and wonder where to begin. There are a couple different ways to find and attach GPS coordinates to your image. Make sure the image is selected.

Google It

In your web browser, look up the address or location where the picture was taken. When you find the coordinates, copy and paste them in the GPS box, and hit enter.

Now go to the Maps Module. A yellow tag is on the map of the coordinates you entered.

Another Option

Instead of doing an internet search, go straight to the Maps Module. Type in the exact address in the top right search bar and a tag will show up on the map in a zoomed-in preview.

If you right click on the tag, you can choose Zoom In, Add GPS Coordinates to Selected Photos or Delete GPS Coordinates.

Simply click on the tag and a thumbnail of your image will show up, connected to that location.

It's a Breeze

Even easier, in the maps module, click and drag any image or group of selected images from the Filmstrip to the point on the map where they were taken. The GPS coordinates are automatically set.


Let’s Dive In…

We got our toes wet. There are many more things you can do in the Maps Module. Next time we will show you what they are and how they help you expand the possibilities with your photography.

Next Post: Lightroom: Maps Module Part 3

These posts are part of a series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®

Jennifer Apffel is a photographer with over a decade of experience in portrait, event, and product photography. She also does freelance graphic design and fine art. For more check out, or look for her on


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