Even if your camera doesn't have GPS built-in, you can add location data to your photos using Aperture 3.5.
There are three major ways to do this. The first two involve looking up locations in Aperture's Places, then applying that data to your images. The third technique pulls data from pictures captured with your iPhone. Since iPhone images are automatically geotagged, they can be used to mark photos captured with a regular digital camera.
Here's how it all works.
Drag and drop using Places
This method is terrific when you've captured pictures at a location displayed on a map. For example, I shot a series of photos at Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara. If I zoom in on a map of that area, the Wharf is displayed. So all I have to do is drag my pictures on to that location to tag them. Here are the steps.
1. Select the images you want to tag by command-clicking on them in the Browser (thumbnail mode).
2. Click on the Places icon in your toolbar to reveal the map in the Viewer with the selected thumbnails underneath.
3. Zoom in to get a precise location.
4. Drag and drop the images to the spot you want and reposition the pin, if necessary. The pictures will be geotagged with that location.
5. Check your work by selecting GPS from the popup menu in the Info tab of the Inspector. You should see coordinates for each image.
Using the Assign Location command
An easy alternative is to use the Assign Location command. This time, I apply geotags to a series of photos captured at the Santa Barbara Zoo. I start out by selecting the thumbnails in the Browser.
1. Go to Metadata > Assign Location.
2. Type the name of the place in the search field.
3. Choose the best option from the displayed results.
4. Refine the area shaded in purple that will be the geotagged location.
5. Click the Assign button.
6. Double check the location by selecting GPS from the popup menu in the Info tab of the Inspector.
Using an iPhone for location data
Some photographers will snap an iPhone photo while shooting on location. They can use the accompanying geographical data later to tag images in Aperture.
I used this method when visiting the Santa Monica Pier in Southern California. I captured a number of high resolution Raw and JPEG files with the Sigma DP2 camera. Since the DP2 doesn't record location data, I also took a few photos with my iPhone.
Sign up for Computerworld eNewsletters.