Geotagging Photos Made Simple

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It’s a buzzword everyone has heard, but perhaps not everyone understands the meaning and the benefits this process provides. To simplify, geotagging is the method by which you use a GPS (global positioning system) to add geographical information markers to your data, such as photos or videos. It provides location-specific statistics, like latitude and longitude coordinates, plus altitude, distance and even location names when applicable.

This quick video on geotagging functionality will show you how Corel PaintShop Pro can assist with your geotagging needs. It will demonstrate how to:

  • Search your photos by location and on a map
  • Add locations to your photos
  • Change or remove locations of your photos

What’s the easiest way to geotag my photos?

Most geotagging activities that involve photos are completed in one of two ways. The first is to capture the exact coordinates and location with your GPS technology as you’re simultaneously taking the photograph. The second option is to place the photo on a map after the fact, meaning you want to geotag a photo after it’s already been taken.

  • Cameras with built-in GPS
    Cameras with built-in GPS

    With today’s modern technology, you can now find many digital camera choices that come with built-in GPS technology as a standard feature. Based on this article entitled “Best GPS Cameras” on, here are some top camera recommendations for geotagging: Canon PowerShot SX280 HS, Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR, Fujifilm FinePix XP150 and the Nikon Coolpix P520.

  • Cameras without built-in GPS

    On the flip side, there are still many cameras on the market that do not have built-in or automatic GPS functionality. Not to worry, there’s an easy geotagging option still available.

    The solution is to purchase a separate GPS tracker that can be used in conjunction with your existing camera. For the stand-along GPS navigation device, there are several formats: a simple camera add-on, a handheld device, a mini-portable real-time tracker, palm-size locator and more.

  • Manual geotagging

    As another alternative for geotagging your favorite photos, you can go back and manually add the specific coordinates and locations of where shots have been taken. Keep in mind this option might not be as time efficient as some of the other options, but it still gives you the flexibility to geotag if and when you decide to do so. You can also download a program like PaintShop Pro to help geotag existing photos.

Common uses of geotagging

Geotagging is a handy and popular tool that accurately tells others the location of any given photo, plus provides a reference point for other local interest sites near the original photo. It’s also a fun way to share your many outings and adventures across the globe or in your own neighborhood. Geotagging photos can be used for social media, travel reviews, group gatherings and other types of groupings.

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial showing you how easy it is to use the geotagging feature in PaintShop Pro:

Search Photos by Location and on a Map

  1. Open PaintShop Pro and make sure that you are using the Manage Workspace.
  2. Next, click on the Map mode option.
  3. In the Map View Search box, type in the name of a place or city where you remember having taken some of the photos in your album.
    Map View Search box
  4. The message in the pop-up window suggests adding the geographical location of a place to all of the photos in opened folder. Click OK. Locations are marked by a push pin icon if there are Geo-Tagged photos in that area.
  5. Zoom-in on the Map view to the entered location.
  6. In the Organizer window, you will notice the push pin in the lower-right corner of the photo's thumbnail. This indicates that the photo is Geo -Tagged.
  7. To see where photos are specifically Geo-Tagged, zoom in to the push pin icon by carefully dragging up the Zoom scroll bar (or by selecting one of the Geo-Tagged photos).
    Zoom scroll bar
    In most places, Google Maps has a 360 degree street view that you can navigate into by dragging the human icon to the place where a photo is Geo-Tagged.
    The blue lines that are appearing on the map when selecting the human icon indicate that Google Street View is available at that location.

Adding Locations to Photos

In this example, we have a folder of digital photos from Arizona that were taken with a camera not equipped with GPS. If a digital camera has GPS disabled or does not have that feature, you can do the Geo-Tagging manually in PaintShop Pro and map these photos to the place where they were shot.

  1. First, select the photos that you wish to use, from the Organizer.
  2. Next, locate the area where photos were shot.
  3. Place the push pin to Geo-Tag the photos.

Changing or Removing Locations of Photos

In this section, three photos captured on a tour of Thailand were incorrectly tagged. This can happen if the date and time are not synchronized properly between the camera and the GPS when the photos are taken. Luckily, it is easy to fix this issue.

  1. Highlight or select the photo or collections of photos that were taken from that location.
    Select the photo
  2. Remove the Geo-Tag by clicking on the push pin and then clicking Remove Location info from the pop-up message. You can also select the Delete button in the Places tab under the Info window.
    Locate the area
  3. Locate the correct place on the map, and then put the push pin into it to Geo-Tag the photos.
    Place the push pin to Geo-Tag
    It is important to note that if the target place in the map is close to the previously tagged location, you can simply drag the push pin icon to the more precise area to correct the Geo-Tag information.

    And that’s how you tag photos geographically in Corel PaintShop Pro.

How to disable geotagging and why

In most instances, geotagging can be a helpful and welcome addition to your photo creation and sharing.

However, once in awhile you may come across a few instances where it makes sense to disable your geotagging capabilities:

  • Taking pictures on smartphones also stores your location with those photos. Bottom line: with the geotagging feature enabled, you and your whereabouts can be tracked and traced at any given time. Sometimes we all need or want a little privacy.
  • Both Android and other smartphones typically have an option under “Settings” that allow you to turn off the geotagging feature.
  • Here are specific steps for disabling geotagging on an iPhone or iPad:
  • Here are specific steps for disabling geotagging on an Android phone:
  • Check the instructions that were provided with your specific phone for steps on how to disable this feature based on your mobile phone type and model.

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