More and more, we find our users need to add the metadata info for each picture or asset with location information (what is also called “geo-tagging). This practical information is used by engineers, journalists, travel writers as well as other specialized industries like film commissions. The CleanPix iPhone app enables you to capture GPS metadata information directly into CleanPix when using it to upload new photographs. This is good but not everyone uses an iPhone for their professional photography! There are many quality cameras on the market that capture and embed GPS information and CleanPix will find and use that information, too.
But perhaps your collection of existing photos does not have GPS coordinates embedded at all (which right now, is likely most of them). Here is one option you can do to find these GPS longitude and latitude coordinates using Google Maps. You can then manually enter when editing a photo’s metadata on CleanPix.
Getting the GPS for a picture:
Open up this page to view a bookmarklet you can drag to your bookmarks bar. This bookmark will allow you to pull GPS coordinates from Google Maps. We needed to put this on a separate page as the blog is not compatible with the bookmarklet.
First manually find the location of the photograph you are looking to update with GPS coordinates at http://maps.google.com
Sometimes you can use a street address to zero-in the location. But what you need to do is to center the found location on the map and close-up as much as you can. (Note: the GPS is true for the center of the map only…so close-in! )
While the location is on view and dead center in the Google map, click on the bookmarklet that you saved to your bookmarks bar.
Once you click on the bookmarklet, a window should pop up showing the GPS coordinates over your Google map location for that picture.
The first number is the latitude and the second is the longitude. These are the GPS positions for whatever is at the very center of the map you are viewing. (The latitude or longitude may have a MINUS sign prior to the number, this sign is part of the coordinates.)
You can then copy these GPS coordinates in your CleanPix metadata fields for that picture under: Longitude and Latitude fields that you will find under the Editing Pencil icon for each picture. With CleanPix, the GPS metadata info you just written stays with each picture when being downloaded by your users, and can also be viewed on the Caption page for each asset.
With CleanPix when an asset has coordinates, then a line “Click to view of the map” appears with each picture. Please note that the map is only precise to 3 decimal after the point. This means it has GPS precision within a 100 feet or so.