How can I create a track or path from a bunch of geotagged photos? I use OS 10.9 and Lightroom 5 but could not find a plugin to do that. I mean to create a .gpx file or another format that can be read by a program that let me get some info (length of the track, total time, length and time between selected photos based on the polygonal the image position describes. I've tried some of suggested apps from (1 year old) How can I create a map with GPS data from EXIF?

LR5 only displays locations in a map

  • I'm not sure what you are asking for has anything to do with photography, instead it seems like you are just interested in something like gpsvisualizer.com or GPS Tracking with Google Earth: support.google.com/earth/answer/183681?hl=en
    – dpollitt
    Jan 23 '14 at 0:06
  • cmason's answer from that linked question is for a program which appears to show tracks from the screenshot. Are you looking only for a LR5 plugin?
    – MikeW
    Jan 23 '14 at 0:06
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    @dpollitt This question is about photo metadata, not sure if belongs here. Maybe it can be moved to a better subdomain. I am looking for an app (preferably a LR plugin) to create a track, route, path (my Garmin calls them tracks) from geotagged photos taken with a camera that records iptc-exif metadata on each photo. A .gpx .kmz .kml for example. A file easily converted from one format to another in gpsvisualizer.com The support.google thread talks about manually creating tracks or importing tracks
    – dstonek
    Jan 23 '14 at 18:47
  • @MikeW LR shows tracks also, I need to export or at least to get some extra info (I added a sample of what kind of info)
    – dstonek
    Jan 23 '14 at 19:15
  • Photolinker does export a .txt file with needed data. Then it is possible to convert it xml in gpsvisualizer.com
    – dstonek
    Jan 23 '14 at 19:28

You can use ExifTool to generate a GPS track from a bunch of geotagged photos. ExifTool is a command line program, available free for Windows, Mac OS or Linux.

See this page for instructions on Inverse Geotagging. That explains how to generate a track in GPX or KML format.

  • I use and love ExifTool. It is very useful managing and creating images. I also use it in a web server. Despite I found an online solution I'll try Inverse Geotagging I didn't know. Sometimes it is good to know a local solution w/o internet dependency
    – dstonek
    Jan 23 '14 at 22:45
  • The gpx file created cannot be read neither by BaseCamp nor EveryTrail.com so I "converted" that gpx to a new one in gpsvisualizer.com and opened y EveryTrail.com. The difference here against using the app PhotoLinker is that in EveryTrial.com total track time is calculated and displayed, and the track is a continous line, not interrumpted because of ungeotagged photos
    – dstonek
    Jan 24 '14 at 15:37

The instruction that comes from the photo club I'm a member of is - synchronize the time between the camera and mobile phone, then start myTracks (android app). That will log the position at a given interval and from that yield a track file (.gpx), which can be used to mark the gps coordinates on the photos.

  • I use myTracks in my iPhone but I think this is a hard work in the age of google glasses. It remembers me old times when there was no way to get gps data on a DSLR metadata directly and I synchronized the time of the DSLR and my Garmin in aerial photography and geotagged later my photos
    – dstonek
    Jan 23 '14 at 19:22

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