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Handling the location and metadata for your photos can be an arduous task. Many photo managing apps don't make this easy and often times the metadata is only contained in the library and doesn't go along with your image files if you move them to another library.

HoudahGeo 5 is an application that streamlines adding location and other metadata to your files. The best part is that it writes that information to the files themselves instead of the library's catalog. HoudahGeo can also communicate with programs like Photos and Lightroom to make sure that those libraries are aware of the changes and perform the necessary updates inside the library.

This week Todd takes you on a tour of HoudahGeo 5. He walks you through the various ways to get photos into HoudahGeo 5 and then covers all of the geocoding and metadata options. You also learn how to add metadata to the files and share them with outside libraries. Exporting that added information to other services that read them is covered in the last section of the show.

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The full tutorial covers:

  • Installation & Setup
  • Camera Import
  • Adding Images from Finder
  • Adding photos from Photo Managing Apps
  • Using Camera Setup
  • Using Coordinates from a Reference Image
  • Importing Track Logs
  • Importing from GPS Devices
  • Using gps4cam Pro for Geocoding
  • Process Screen Interface
  • Geocoding Using GPS Data
  • Geocode from a Reference Photo
  • Geocode using Google Earth
  • Manually Geocoding Your Images
  • Adding Additional Metadata
  • Output EXIF/XMP Metadata
  • Notifying Photos Library of Changes
  • Export to Google Earth
  • Export to KML Files
  • Upload to Flickr
  • Other Export Options

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Video Tutorial Comments

(2 comments posted)

Gerson Rothenberg

Todd does his usual excellent job. This is a very comprehensive and daunting program that has a huge number of bells and whistles. There are many other competing programs that are far cheaper, less complex that might accomplish everything that you may want to do. This is the be-all do-all program. I personally use gps4cam or geotagPhotos2 tracklogs to simply match my pictures in LightRoom and geocode them.


Todd Olthoff

Thanks so much for the comment Gerson. Glad you liked the video! Yes this is the ultimate application for geotagging and adding metadata to photos. It has been a part of my own workflow for years and it is the first application I launch when adding my DSLR photos to my Mac. Those two iOS applications you mention are both good at doing the simple geotagging of photos which is another option as well and as you state may be all some people need:).

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