Lightroom Desktop: Map view/module - Ability to geotag photos

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I'm probably at the low end of the prosumer category when it comes to photography. I've been using Lightroom for a couple of years. I love the multiple platform feature on the new CC, but geotagging images has always been important for me (enough so that onboard GPS is a mandatory feature when I look for a camera). I had been adding locations to older images in what's now CC Classic. 

Are we going to get that ability in the new CC? 

Even more importantly, will the new AI-based search allow us to do things like pull pictures based on location? And, if so, will we be able to do things like define a radius? This was all possible when we had the maps panel, but seems to be challenging now.
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Yes please, this is so annoying. 12€ per month and this killer feature is still missing.
Horrible workflow, if you want to edit your raws on you iPad Pro but before have to import on PC/Mac + use Geotagger on PC/Mac.
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Desperately searching for Geotagging app alternatives. Found „cascable“ (main feature is remote control for camera + download to mobile device), but raw import from SD / iPad storage doesn‘t work...
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So i wanted a place to store all my photos and have some extra benefits. I used to have google photos and that does faces, locations even scans the photos for items like beach/cloud/house etc names. Now i'am missing the most important feature. Showing a map of where the photo's where taken. It is easy to find back to pictures you stored. I don't mind paying the few bucks but i didn't even blink to think something so trivial isn't there. You already show the geo tags with a picture so why can't i search or have a map of the world to see those locations? Does no tool has the holy grail these days. Just sync multiple devices, locally too when needed and have faces/tags/geo/object scanning etc..
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Just a text description of a location is not only insufficient, but also not working. You type in location name, City and Country (Prague, Czechia, Europe) and you get minimap ignoring it and showing even wrong continent (Somewhere in Salvador, central America). After clicking on it, it opens google maps with mostly accurate result. This is just mess.



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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Map feature /geo tagging.

I really would like to have a geo tagging feature on LR CC.
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Now I adopted my workflow: First edit in LR mobile on iPad, then geotag the synced cloud-stored pictures in LR Classic.
If I now open the pictures in LR mobile again, I do net see geotag informations. And when I export the pics from LR mobile, even with active export geotag information checkbox, the exported jpgs do not include GPS data. So I have to export from LR Classic on my desktop. Annoying..
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You have to start with importing the photos to LR Classic and geotag them there. Then sync to the cloud. This method will allow the geo-tagging to be retained in the cloud based apps.

This is the way I do it, and it works. But it's not ideal for people who don't use LR Classic as their main editing application.
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I'd like to +1 this thread. Adding GPS to my photos is an essential part of my process. I won't be able to fully move to Lr CC until it's added more fully.
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The lack of ability to geotag photos is currently the biggest obstacle in my photography workflow and makes me question going all-in on Lightroom CC and leaving Classic behind. Currently I have to export photos and then use another application to add the geo information to the JPEGs.
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I've been using Lightroom for well over 10 years and loved this program for effective cataloging, organisation and publishing to cloud. Will be reluctantly be cancelling my subscription and moving to an alternate program. Unfortunately made the change to Lightroom CC and when making changes to my PC lost Lightroom 5. So can't revert to my perpetual license copy. Had hoped they would do something about adding .... file renaming capability (not just on export), geotagging, smart albums, colour coding. These were all critical for my workflow and for photo/file organisation. Suspect they are not interested as particularly photo renaming makes gives a level of future "portability". 
Whilst I could change to the Lightroom CC / Classic / Photoshop plan, this only has 20 GB of data removing one of the key benefits of having all the photos available on mobile devices. 
As someone who is very much a casual photographer, at $181 AUD/year this is too much. Especially considering there are no indications some of this functionality will be added and being an ongoing fee. 
Our household is basically all Apple products, so will be capturing via photo / iCloud (only have around 100gb of photos / videos). Export to ON1 for updating and re import to iPhoto to have modified photo's available on all devices. Whilst this is a nowhere as neat as all in Lightroom, as there is an extra import / export step. However will mean I always have access to photos and through ON1 can enhance photos, rename, add GPS data and colour coding. All for a nett cost of $60/yr (iCloud) plus pay for software update only when required. Compared with $181 for current plan (without functionality I need) or $360 for the full photography plan giving the functionality I require. 
ON1is also developing some type of sync between devices, this might allow bypassing Photo app ... lets wait and see
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Map View.

I'm currently trying to convince my family to centralise on Lightroom (the cloud version) as our family photo repository.

I'm inevitably asked if it has a map view? We look for photos by location, date or who's in the image. The latter two have dedicated areas, but there's currently (Dec 2019 release macOS) no good way to find an image based on where it was taken (i.e. search by place name is inadequate).

Is a map view (a la the map module in lightroom classic) on the road map?
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I am sure it is in the works. Adobe seems to be very slowly (but probably deliberately) adding in features that are present in Lightroom Classic. Even though I love Lightroom and even like the cloud version for all its major shortcomings, I would caution against using Lightroom Cloud for a family repository though. There is no real sharing of images between accounts nor can you share storage space. You can share web galleries but that is a faint shadow of real sharing. Lightroom is also not a simple thing for people to understand even in the highly simplified cloud version. You're far better off using something like Apple's photos (if you're a Mac iOS ecosystem family) or Google Photos. I think Microsoft offers something like this too as does dropbox and others. They have robust geotagging, easy sharing between accounts and sharing of purchased storage in the cloud (i.e. family accounts). Also typical non-photographer family members tend to just get how they work and how you share.
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I was going to say the same as above: LR is really not the best tool for family sharing and casual photography, but rather a photographic focused ecosystem. I’d go for Goold Photos or apple photos. Plus you’ll probably have much cheaper storage and see more innovations from big tech companies than on LR.
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Google Photos and iCloud Photos are reasonable suggestions. As it happens, I have already attempted to use them both for this project and in both cases hit some limitation which made them undesirable.

LR is currently the least annoying of the 3 for my specific needs. With a basic map view and decent keyword UI it would be a powerful tool for my family to collaboratively (through sharing an account) organise generations worth of photos.
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Don't know about Apple Photos, but Google Photos doesn't geotag photos from a tracklog or have a map view (just a mini map with the location of a single geotagged photo), and Microsoft Photos doesn't show any metadata at all...
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I don't know Google Photos but Apple Photos has a map function and works incredibly well. The storage plans are also (un)comparable:

Apple:
50GB: $0.99
200GB: $2.99
2TB: $9.99

Adobe:
1TB "Cloudy": $9.99
20GB "Classic": $9.99
1TB "Classic": $19.99
Note: they say monthly but you can't take only one month, it's yearly



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I like to look at the locations I took my pictures. Classic nails this so well.  This is a table stakes feature.

I would really like to move to Lightroom CC and conceptually I "get it" that the cloud share is the way of the future.  However, for me at least, the lack of the map module capability present in classic rules Lightroom CC out for me until it is developed.  I so hope Adobe will add this to LR_CC.



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This is open since two years and has a very high ranking in terms of votes. Why is there still no indication if this is going to make it into the list of features or not? I would accept a "no" if there is a different opinion of Adobe about where the focus should be. But I start to struggle with Adobe not commenting at all.
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Sorry - open since three years, not two!
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[Sarcasm:] What are you complaining about? You've got that fancy "learn" and "discover" section everyone was asking for and using aaaaaaall the time.
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I know what you mean, but don't get me wrong. I don't want to complain about existing features or about not seeing any progress. I am in the software business myself and I know it is hard or impossible to satisfy everybody. As a start, I just would like to see more information and more communication from Adobe. Having this channel (feedback.photoshop.com) is great, but currently it seems to be one way only.
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Agreed! My point being there’s an obvious shift in priorities and audience target, imho. Even reported bugs aren’t fixed.

Regarding communication, I couldn’t agree more: it’s a one way only. I’ve seen more intresting responses on reddit than here, i think it was regarding hdr or pano stacking.
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BTW: see also this post https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/general-feature-development. I wanted to get some thoughts and feedback from the community here and was actually a bit surprised about getting only 1-2 replies. This would actually imply everybody else is happy about the status quo.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Map view.

I really like the map view in Lightroom Classic. But it is no longer exist in Lightroom CC.
Please support map view asap as this will make more fun to our collection.
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Can't develop such a simple function in 3 years
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This feature is essential for my workflow too, and it makes me keep working on Lightroom Classic instead of moving ahead to Lightroom CC. Please implement that !
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I also really miss this. Can we at least get a response from Adobe? Are you even considering this?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Modification GPS.

Target: LR Desktop, LR Ipad, LR Android mobile.

How to change the
GPS coordinates of a photo in LR?

Context : I scanned
paper photos with my phone and put in LR Cloud. Then even if I intervene in LR
on the fields Location / city / Region / Country, the small map does not update.