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Tutorial: How to geo-tag your favourite photo albums in iPhoto

Add location details to the Places map in iPhoto for super-quick globetrotting

iPhoto’s Places map is a great way to display your photos if you’ve spent a lot of time travelling around the world, or even just around a small area in your country. If you have a modern camera, or you take your snaps with a device such as an iPhone, the location data will automatically be added to iPhoto, meaning you may not have to do anything for all your images to appear on a map.

However, many cameras don’t include geo-tagging technology, but this shouldn’t be a reason for them to be excluded from the Places map. Thankfully, you can add location data to individual photos, or, if you want to save some time, entire albums so that they all appear on your map. Once you’ve added a general location to an album, you can even edit the specific locations of individual photos in that area, so you can later browse your shots based on exactly where you took them.

1: Map-tastic

Clicking the Places tab on the left will bring up a full world map, with all the photos that currently have location data shown using small red pins.

2: Narrow it down

If you’re searching for a particular set but don’t know where it is, you can use the controls in the top-left to narrow down your search to a country.

3: Assigning a Place

To add a location to a full Album or Event, select it. In the bottom-right, click Info and you will see a panel appear with a blacked out map.

4: Search

In the text input area, search for the place that the images were taken. The search uses Google Maps for absolute precision and the widest selection.

5: Get specific

Once you’ve found the general area, you can start to be a little more specific by dragging the pin around, scrolling as you would on Google’s online map.

6: Search specifics

If you can’t find the place you’re looking for on the map, or simply know the full name of the location that you’re trying to add, you can search for it here.

7: Renaming a place

This is the place we want to tag, but we want it to appear as Cape Town in the search. Double-click the pin and you are able to alter its name.

8: Back to the map

Click back on the Places tab and you will now see the world map again. Your new location should be included on it. Hover over it to see its name.

9: Quick access

From the Places map you can view all photos taken in an area by clicking the arrow next to its name. Multiple albums under one pin will all appear here.

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