How to Geotag your Photos for iNaturalist

How to Geotag your Photos for iNaturalist


If you use a camera like a DSLR to take your
iNaturalist photos, here’s a workflow that will help you easily gather and add location
information for your observations. All you’ll need is either a handheld GPS unit or a smartphone
with a GPS tracking app. There are quite a few GPS tracking apps out there, just make
sure it can export a GPX file. Here’s what to do. Before you head out in
the field, make sure your camera is set to the correct date and time, and make sure you
start a track with your GPS device. Your device will keep track of your location while in
the field, and you can merge this location data with your photos once you get home. Now
all you have to do is focus on your photography, so snap away! Alright, so when you’re finished in the
field, make sure you save your track and transfer it to your computer. Now all you need to do
is geotag your photos. Basically this means using a program to merge your location from
your track with the time each photo was taken. Adobe Lightroom makes it very easy to geotag
photos, so that’s the program I’ll use in this video. If you’re not a Lightroom
user, there are other programs out there, search for geotagging software that works
for you. So here a few photos I’ve edited from a
recent outing. I like adding scientific names as keywords to them, which will help iNaturalist
add an ID when I upload, but this isn’t a necessary step – you can do it on the iNaturalist
website. Once that’s done, I’m going to select
all of my photos then head to the Map module. And from here, I’m going to click on this
track icon and select Load Tracklog. Using the dialog box I can find my tracklog and
hit Choose, which will bring my GPX track into Lightroom. Now that my track is loaded
I can go back to the track icon and select “Auto-Tag 5 selected photos” and in a
moment all of my photos have been geotagged! There are now GPS coordinates embedded in
the metadata of each photo. Next, I’ll select the photos I’d like
to export. When exporting, make sure to have metadata exported, including location data.
I also like to limit my file size to about 5 megabytes so they’re not huge. Time to
upload these babies to iNaturalist! On the iNaturalist website, I’ll hover over
my screen name in the upper right-hand corner and select Add under Observations. I’ll click the link, select my photos,and
hit open. iNaturalist will now begin uploading my photos and scanning their metadata. As
you can see, the date, time, location and identification data have been automatically
extracted by iNaturalist. From here I can add identifications, notes, change the geoprivacy
of the observation, and more. I can also add an identification or location to observations
if I didn’t already have that information. Once I’m done I’ll click submit and my
observations will be uploaded into the iNaturalist database and can be seen by the entire iNaturalist
community! I hope this video will help you streamline
your workflow and focus on your photography next time you’re out in the field. Happy
iNatting!

One thought on “How to Geotag your Photos for iNaturalist

  • June 27, 2017 at 10:36 pm
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    two voices at once make this disturbingly difficult to use!

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