I have tagged all my photos consistently with location-based keywords, e.g. Geography > France > Paris. Is there a way to automatically copy this information from my Geography keyword hierarchy to the City and Country metadata fields?

Lightroom 4 is able to reverse geocode the geographic metadata fields (City, Country, etc.) from GPS coordinates using Google Maps. Is there a way to geocode GPS coordinates based on City and Country fields, so that I could see my pictures on the map? I would expect all the pictures to be placed in the center of the city.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Sounds like you need a location aware map, not to generate artificial GPS coordinates. Picasa does this I notice and completely automatically. Pictures I've tagged with a location name were shown with a map with pin at the expected position. \$\endgroup\$
    – Itai
    Oct 18, 2012 at 13:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks, it's interesting to know that some services are able to read location tags. I'm using Flickr though. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 19, 2012 at 15:08

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Manual Placement

If you have entered the Metadata, then you can use the Library Filter for Metadata > Location to select all photos with that data.

Then, making sure they are selected, click on the 'Map' tab. Zoom into Paris (or just search), and Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) the map location OR right-click or Control-click (Mac OS) the map location and choose Add GPS Location To Selected Photos.

  • \$\begingroup\$ That's a good point. I can select the locations I've visited, one by one, and drag to the map. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 22, 2013 at 11:11

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