Geotagging is a term, invented by Flickr and now universally recognized, which means attaching location data to a photo to indicate where it was taken.
Photos taken by mobile phones are usually geotagged automatically. Some cameras and software are also able to geotag photos prior to their being uploaded to Flickr. All Flickr has to do is read this information (usually, it's simply geographic altitude and longitude) during the upload and place your photos on a map, which you see in the upper right corner of the photo's page.
However, the majority of the photos need to be geotagged manually, although you can do it in batches if you upload a bunch of photos shot at the same location.
You can read all about geotagging here. But here is a useful tip.
If you upload an archive or vintage photo, for which you only have a rough idea when and where it was taken, you have a way to set both the approximate date it was taken (discussed here) and the approximate place.
1. Let's say you know the photo was taken in England. Click "Add this photo to your map!"
2. Type "England" in the search box and hit Enter.
3. The "Save location" dialog will appear. At the top it says: "Okay, we'll save that photo's location as:" This is where you can pick what you would like the location of your photo to say: "United Kingdom", England" or "Fradswell" (a village that happens to be in the heart of England). You probably don't want to pick "Fradswell" as the location, but either "United Kingdom" or "England" would be correct.
4. Click "Save location" - Done!
Why is it important to geotag photos? If you set both the time and the place of your photo correctly, even if approximately, anyone viewing it immediately gets the right idea about the historic context of the photo. "This photo was taken circa 1900 in Sweden" looks much better than "This photo was taken yesterday... Add this photo to your map."
Also, it becomes possible to search for your photos by time taken AND place. One can get pretty specific and find great results, say, of what Berlin looked like in November of 1989 -- provided people who uploaded the photos from that fateful time have geotagged and dated them correctly.
Initially the Time & Place group had a requirement that all photos submitted are geotagged. But it made harder to invite great photos that weren't. So now we invite all photos but respectfully ask that you properly geotag and backdate your contributions.
Originally posted at 3:09PM, 8 October 2010 PST
ponzü edited this topic 113 months ago.