Lightroom: Maps Module

7/15/2014 0 Comments A+ a-

Post 30
Series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®

Location, Location, Location

Did you know that GPS coordinates are embedded in your photos’ metadata? Well, many cameras  already have this location information set to be built into each image. I imagine eventually all cameras will. Since we are in an age of technology transition, if your camera doesn’t automatically record the image location, you can add it here in the Lightroom Maps Module.

But Why?

How could a location attached to my images be helpful to me? Here are a few reasons to answer that question. Do you have many images and need a way to sort them? You can sort and browse your images in Lightroom by location. Do your images have more meaning because they are attached to a particular location? If you sell your photography in any way, attaching that location can make your images more important and useful to your clients. Take a peek at location images on Pinterest. Not only are they beautiful to look at, their associated location is intriguing and travel-inspiring.

Yes, Please.

So you’ve decided the GPS data is something you want to associate with your images. Where in Lightroom do we start?

Internet Critical

First, make sure you have an internet connection. The Maps Module is not very helpful if you can’t link to Google Maps through Lightroom.

Ahhhhh, Alaska
This image was taken at Knik Glacier in Alaska.

Open an image in Lightroom. While you are still in the Library Module, look over on the right under Metadata. (Click the arrow to the right to open.) If you’d like a refresher on Metadata, our previous blog post is here:

This is a good time to add metadata if you haven’t. As you scroll down, your very last point of metadata is GPS. Is the box full or empty?

If it’s full (and you haven’t entered this info manually before) your camera is recording GPS info for you. Clicking on the arrow to the right of the GPS box will take you directly to a map and pin in the Maps Module. How nice!

You can fill in more complete metadata on your image in the Maps Module (on the righthand side).

Back in the Library Module, if the GPS space is empty, you get to fill it in. Where? How, you ask? More in the next post.

Next Post: Lightroom: Maps Module Part 2

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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