Upload a sample problem pic to Dropbox (or similar) and post the sharing link here. We can put the file under the microscope to see what's going wrong.
Here you go, one is the base unprocessed NEF (no GPS) and the other is a processed TIF that has the GPS data.
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Make sure you don't have an import metadata preset that's clearing the GPS fields. In the right column of the Import window, make sure Apply During Import > Metadata is set to None and try doing a test import. If that fixes the problem, then you've been using a metadata import preset that clears the GPS data -- edit the preset and uncheck the corresponding boxes.
If that was the case than why would the TIFF data import and the NEF data doesn't. Does that setting affect RAW and NON RAW differently?
If that was the case than why would the TIFF data import and the NEF data doesn't.
I interpreted Neil's statement:
if I process a file in Photoshop and bring it back in LR the GPS data appears.
as meaning he did Photo > Edit In to edit the photo in LR. Assuming that's so, here's what happens:
1. The NEF is imported and the import metadata preset clears the GPS field in the catalog. But Automatically Write Changes Into XMP isn't set (presumably), so the metadata in the file (or its sidecar) stays unchanged.
2. The Edit In command invokes PS, which reads the photo's metadata from the file, not from the catalog. Thus PS reads the GPS fields.
3. PS saves a TIFF containing the GPS fields.
4. The Edit In command imports the saved TIFF and reads the metadata from the file, including the GPS field. The Edit In command doesn't apply any import metadata presets.
Note that if Catalog Settings > Metadata >Automatically Write Changes Into XMP is set, then after step 1 the GPS fields of the file itself (or its sidecar) would be cleared.
Thanks for the clarification John. I misread the "process a file in Photoshop and bring it back in LR" to mean an "import" instead of an "edit in"
to mean an "import" instead of an "edit in"
If that indeed is what was meant, then we'll have to look elsewhere for the cause.
Thanks for looking into this guys.
Perhaps it's a terminology issue from my side, apologies for the confusion. I do use the 'Photo' > 'Edit in' from LR to take the file into PS.
John's step by step above says that the GPS data is clearly automatically, how can I stop this from happening? I also don't really understand why LR clears this data? If it's present then why not use it?
See Johns correct answer in post #4