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If your camera doesn’t have GPS, you can still have your images on Lightroom’s map!

This is one of my favorite Lightroom tips, and it allows you to have Lightroom Classic organize your images on a worldwide map even if your camera doesn’t have built-in GPS. This tip features my guest, the amazing Mr. Terry White, and it’s just so clever. Check out the video Terry and I made showing this tip below:

Pretty cool, right?! 🙂

Here’s wish you a kick-butt Monday!




  1. Sara 11 October, 2021 at 03:20 Reply

    I use this method sometimes for single photos here and there, but I’m with Mike Worley (above). Making a track on my phone then attaching the photos to the track in Lightroom is quick and simple. I use this method whether I’m on a walk around a city, on a bike ride (although my new e-bike automatically creates a track which I can use) or on a car trip.
    One important thing to check for is that your phone and camera are set to exactly the same time – but if you forget this step as I occasionally do, you can always correct the capture time in Lightroom, as it’s likely that the phone time is more accurate than that of the camera.

  2. Mike Worley 28 September, 2021 at 13:39 Reply

    Much of my photography involves moving around – street photography, sports, etc. My solution is similar but I use an app call myTracks. When activated, it creates a location data file. You can set the interval you want to have the app capture your location (more often means more battery usage but I find it isn’t really a battery hog). Each data point is time-stamped.

    Then, you can download the data GPX file to Lightroom and sync your photos with the locations. Sync is based on comparing the time-stamp on the photo with the closest time-stamp in the GPX file. Of course, this also requires that your camera’s clock be accurately set.

    I have my app capture locations every 15 seconds and I’ve successfully captured accurate locations over a period of more than three hours with locations ranging over a 4 mile walk.

  3. Tony 27 September, 2021 at 09:27 Reply

    I would love to find an editing job. I see these errors frequently. It should be: “If your camera…”, not: “If you’re camera…”. “you’re” means: “you are”.

    • Susan 28 September, 2021 at 08:12 Reply

      Tony, I feel your pain! One of the things I appreciate about KelbyOne’s content is that it rarely has such embarrassments. I stopped reading my local newspaper because many of the reporters are clueless about grammar and spelling, and there is no editorial oversight (and evidently no penalty for errors). In this case, autocorrect is probably the culprit. We now have to read our stuff to see what autocorrect hammered!

  4. Ian 27 September, 2021 at 05:44 Reply

    An alternative would be using What 3 Words on your mobile to find the location and paste this into the keywords, this would give you a reasonably precise location where each shot was taken, very useful for landscapes where you may remember the area but not the precise location

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