GeoTag Photos Pro just hit v3.0, and with the update comes a new, less-ugly UI. It also adds automatic Dropbox uploading, making it just about the easiest (and still most battery-friendly) photo-tagging app for the iPhone.
The iPhone makes a great camera for more reasons that just being a great camera. It also lets you edit and share your images right there from the phone, and it packs GPS for recording the photos’ location.
Now, I can easily get my photos from my camera to my iPad, but geotagging them is a bit trickier. For that you need to record a track and then add it to the photos later, back at your Mac.
GeoTag Photos Pro is a GPS app which runs in the background and records your location at user-specified intervals. I have mine set to an accuracy of 100 meters and to update every ten minutes. You can go more or less accurate in order to balance your need for precision with the battery life of your iPhone. When your settings are dialed in, you just hit start, go take pictures, and hit stop when you’re done. The GPX log is automatically sent to your Dropbox.
From there, you can run the Java app to automatically tag your pictures, but Java is a security risk on the Mac, so it’s better to do it in your photo management app. Lightroom makes this dead easy: just open the Maps module, load the track, select the photos and tell Lightroom to “Auto-Tag Selected Photos.” It takes (literally) seconds and the GPS data is written into the picture (which means you can see them on the Places tab of the iOS Photos app if you export them to your iPad).
I have been trying a few of these apps out recently, but so far this is the best, mostly for Dropbox, ease-of-use and its almost unnoticeable battery drain. When I’m out all day, I’ll still take my Garmin EDGE 500 bike computer, which will run for days and works just fine when tossed in a bag while I walk around a foreign city, but for shorter trips, GeoTag Photos Pro is now on my first home screen, top row.
Go get it for $4, or try it out with the free version: GeotagPhotos