I have just completed the import of a large number of images into LR 4.1. The images all have GPS data and it was processed correctly. For many of the images, LR also correctly processed the 'sublocation' fields in the map module.
For example, LR completed the city, etc. as Oban, Scotland, United Kingdom. However, none of this information appears in the metadata - either within LR or reading the ITPC data after export as a jpg file. Only the GPS coordinates are retained.
If I am understanding the process and reading the data correctly, how would one use the location data that LR provides?
Is there a way to copy 'sublocation' to fields in the ITPC for the image? Could it be copied to the caption field?
If there is no way to record the location data, why would Adobe add it to LR?
Any suggestions welcome.
You're referring to Reverse Geocoding. When the feature is activated (Catalog Settings>Metadata) Lightroom will automatically fill the ITPC fields for Country, State/Province, City and Sub location using information gathered from Google Maps. At first the text will show as gray, which denotes that it hasn't been committed to the actual file (Save Metadata to XMP). That is to say, the location data is not permanent. To commit the location data it is necessary to click on each individual field. Once committed the text will switch from gray to white, and appear metadata when you export a file.
Thanks for the input, Ian. Your comments may be by the book however, I was never able to get LR4 to do the lookup of Country, state, etc.
Even if I suceeded, It would mean clicking of each of the completed fields (country, state, city, counry code) and then clicking on the response - just to get the data written to the ITPC fields. For 1000 images (my last trip) that could mean 8,000 clicks.
The solution I found was a plugin from Jeffrey Friedl. This plugin does the reverse geocoding - including all the steps I refer to in my post.It works without any issues!
It is really too bad that Adobe implemented the map module without thinking how it could be used. It demos very well, but is not practical for a working photographer.
I am putting this comment out for anyone who attempts to use the map module. Perhaps they will find a practical solution.