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Help locate iPhoto photos taken with non-GPS cameras Apps
If your camera does not record GPS data, it can seem cumbersome to assign Places to your photos in iPhoto. However, if you have an iPhone (and probably other GPS-capable camera phones), it records GPS for all photos taken with its camera.

When you are at a new place (say, on vacation), take at least a single photo with the iPhone. After importing the iPhone's photo(s), along with your regular camera's photos, you can then assign your non-GPS camera photos to that iPhone-provided Place.

This is particularly helpful in areas where there are a lot of photography sites you are trying to keep distinct (such as Chicago or another large city), or where there is limited address data (many resorts, beaches, or even hiking).

[robg adds: If you don't see a GPS tag on an iPhone photo, it's because the phone couldn't get a GPS fix -- this is more likely to happen indoors, or in locations that have an obscured view of the sky. You can check the GPS by tapping the Locate button in Maps to see if it can find you.]
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Help locate iPhoto photos taken with non-GPS cameras
Authored by: Auricchio on May 28, '09 08:36:07AM

This only applies to the 3G iPhone, not the original, which doesn't have GPS.

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Help locate iPhoto photos taken with non-GPS cameras
Authored by: Unsoluble on May 28, '09 08:44:47AM

The original does still try to embed your location into your photos, it's just that it's way less accurate than the GPS variety.



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Help locate iPhoto photos taken with non-GPS cameras
Authored by: chimerical on May 28, '09 11:12:29AM

It's certainly less accurate than GPS, but it's not way less accurate with my experience with the 1st gen iPhone. I assume it's because it also uses cell towers to figure out where it is, and not just the far less accurate Wi-Fi as the iPod Touch does.



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Help locate iPhoto photos taken with non-GPS cameras
Authored by: Unsoluble on May 28, '09 04:20:03PM

Sure, I suppose it's different for everyone, depending on the place and a bunch of other variables.

Me, I've stood beside a friend with his GPS phone, showing his location to within about 20 feet, while my first-gen phone was barely able to get the right neighbourhood.



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Help locate iPhoto photos taken with non-GPS cameras
Authored by: td106 on May 28, '09 09:06:57AM

Great tip, that I use often. Only problem is that the 3G iPhone uses assisted GPS and requires a data connection, so it can't be used in another country unless data roaming is turned on (and exorbitant roaming charges are accepted).



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Help locate iPhoto photos taken with non-GPS cameras
Authored by: rayzor on May 28, '09 03:35:20PM

Whats even better is to do this, Take a bunch of photos with your regular camera, then take a photo with your iPhone camera you will use this pic for location data. Import your camera pics into iPhoto and then import your single iPhone photo. Right click the iPhone pic and select "copy". Then select all your pics taken by your camera and right click on the first pic and select "paste location" from the list. This will assign the location data from the iPhone pic to all the pics taken by your regular camera.



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Help locate iPhoto photos taken with non-GPS cameras
Authored by: Notch Johnson on May 29, '09 09:40:18AM

I read this comment twice and it looks exactly the same as the original hint.



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Help locate iPhoto photos taken with non-GPS cameras
Authored by: auco on May 30, '09 01:40:24AM

no it's not - actually this comment is the real hint:
that you can copy & paste the location to images in iPhoto!

thanks rayzor!



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Help locate iPhoto photos taken with non-GPS cameras
Authored by: Notch Johnson on Jul 30, '09 11:41:22AM

OK, I get it. Copy & paste. Thank you!



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Help locate iPhoto photos taken with non-GPS cameras
Authored by: jimweirich on May 28, '09 07:40:10PM
Actually, data roaming is only required for the Google maps data. On a recent trip to Scotland I had data roaming turned off, but the GPS still worked. I would get a little blue dot on a completely blank map screen. However, pictures taken with the iPhone were correctly geotagged and once downloaded into iPhoto accurately displayed the locations where they were taken.

This photo was taken on at Point Neist on the Ilse of Skye and was properly geotagged without data roaming: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jim_weirich/3574274261

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Help locate iPhoto photos taken with non-GPS cameras
Authored by: marook on May 29, '09 06:59:47AM

Nope, not as long as thw GPS can get a fix! If it can't, then you are right because it then needs to look for radio towers & wifi and ask the online service where you are. But GPS is GPS - TomTom's also don't needed a network connection!

You can see this in the Maps app. The checkboard will move when it get's GPS data, but if you don't have internet access it will not show any map tiles.. ;-)

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Help locate iPhoto photos taken with non-GPS cameras
Authored by: td106 on May 29, '09 01:14:53PM

Ah.. thanks for the corrections. I tried this in China and HK, and none of the photos there were geotagged, so I ASSumed this was due to the lack of data connection. At £6/MB, I was taking no chances! (Data roaming and Location services turned off, but always connected to a mobile network). Perhaps I just didn't give it enough time to acquire a GPS signal.



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Help locate iPhoto photos taken with non-GPS cameras
Authored by: doshea on May 28, '09 07:11:07PM

You also need to have Location Services (under the General menu of Settings) turned ON on your iPhone.

I got a data roaming package for a 2 week river cruise in Europe this past month. Instead of e-mails, my wife and I took pictures of the other with our iPhone at each stop along the way with a location label. When I got back, I UL'd those photos in to Picasa and then had them displayed on a map.

Data roaming IS expensive (~$1/MB) but it is exceedingly useful for trips in Europe.



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