Making Sure All Your Images Have GPS Data (a follow-up to an earlier post)

This is follow-up to a post I did last month where Adobe’s Terry White shared a very clever tip on how to add images to the Maps module that didn’t have GPS data already embedded into them (here’s a link to that post).

This tip today is how to find out which images in your catalog still don’t have any GPS data attached to them (perhaps you can use Terry’s tip once you find them all). Here’s how it’s done (quick and easy btw):

STEP ONE: Start by going to the Catalog panel (in the left side panels of the Library module) and click on “All Photographs” so you’re searching through your entire library. Press the Backslash to bring up the Search fields across the top of the preview area (if they’re not already visible) and click on the Metadata tab. Now click and hold on the name of any one of the search terms at the top of a column (in this example, I clicked on “Lens”) and choose GPS data (as shown here).

STEP TWO: Now that column will display how many images are tagged with GPS data, and more importantly, how many are not. Click on the phrase “No Coordinates” and it will display the thumbnails of all the images in your entire catalog that don’t have GPS data embedded, so they’re not findable in the Maps module. Now you can use Terry’s tip (using cell phone images you’ve already taken in the past) to get them tagged and on the map. NOTE: That’s not the only way to find GPS info – just a clever way.

There ya have it. Hope you found that helpful.

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Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at

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  1. GPS is great for a location you want people to know about. Crappy idea for an urban explorer. Some locations are best left to the imagination.

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  2. Hi Scott – whilst we have your attention… 😉

    I was chatting with some other photographers the other day & we all agreed that we understood the impact of APS-C on focal length, but nobody’s really explained its impact on Depth of Field. i.e. would the same lens give the same Depth of Field on a FF & Cropped sensor camera. None of us had a FF camera available to run an experiment… words of wisdom from Mr K always welcomed.

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    • Hi Paul: Unfortunately, I’ve never tested it, so anything I say would just be a guess. Sorry ’bout that.

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    • When I shoot on my D70 (which is 1.5), I have to open up at least 1 stop to get the same DOF drop-off as with my D700 (FF). Your crop sensor result will look like it’s giving you extra depth of field at the same f-stop. There are DOF calculators out there which let you calculate it based on sensor crop factor btw.

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