HoudahGeo 5

Geo­tag your DSLR shots

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - J.R. Boo kwal­ter

While we know our iPhone pho­tos will be prop­erly tagged with lo­ca­tion data, that’s not guar­an­teed with DSLR

shots. En­ter HoudahGeo 5, which im­ports im­ages from cam­eras and SD cards, as well as fold­ers and photo li­braries on your Mac. It uses a va­ri­ety of meth­ods to work out where pho­tos were taken, then adds the ap­pro­pri­ate EXIF, XMP, and IPTC meta­data to JPEG or raw files.

Geo­tag­ging au­to­mat­i­cally kicks in when used with sup­ported GPS track log­gers, but there’s an­other method if you don’t want to in­vest in such ac­ces­sories. At each lo­ca­tion as you travel, sim­ply take a photo with your iPhone or mo­bile-net­work­able iPad, then load those im­ages into the same HoudahGeo project as your DSLR files; click the Geocode from Ref­er­ence Pho­tos but­ton on the tool­bar and the soft­ware will match them up for you.

HoudahGeo cur­rently can’t write meta­data di­rectly to your Pho­tos li­braries, an Ap­ple re­stric­tion that the de­vel­oper says will be lifted with the re­lease of macOS Sierra; iPhoto, Aper­ture, and Light­room li­braries work just fine, how­ever. Sierra de­liv­ers Ap­ple Maps data along­side MapBox and MapQuest for ro­bust map, satel­lite and hy­brid views, so we hope to see these re­flected in a HoudahGeo up­date soon.

You can use GPS track log­gers, ref­er­ence pho­tos, or search for lo­ca­tion data from Google Earth.

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