Expression Media 2 includes a Virtual Earth feature that enables you to plot the location of your photographs on a world map, if your photograph contains GPS information. Or, if your photograph does not contain GPS information, you can add GPS information to it by dragging the image to the map. In either case, Expression Media will position a pushpin icon at the Virtual Map location that corresponds to the latitude and longitude coordinates of the GPS information.

Please refer to an article titled "Geotagging with Microsoft Expression Media 2" (link given below) for step by step instructions on adding GPS information with Expression Media 2.

You may have to consider few important points if you choose to add GPS information using Virtual Earth feature of Expression Media:

  1. EXIF data is typically considered read-only so Expression Media doesn't write anything to it. Therefore, when you add GPS information using Virtual Earth it will add corresponding values to the IPTC annotation fields called Latitude and Longitude. This GPS information is NOT added to the Camera EXIF section.
  2. The Latitude and Longitude information captured and recorded by Expression Media will be saved and stay only at the catalog level and cannot be synchronized back into the photos.

So, what is the best way to add GPS coordinate information?

  • If your objective is not to synchronize the GPS information to original photos then you can add GPS coordinate information in Expression Media and let the GPS information stored with the catalog.
  • If your objective is to synchronize the GPS information back to your original photos, then you can use Microsoft Pro-Photo tools to add GPS coordinate information to your photos and save the GPS information back into the photos. Then, you can import the geotagged photos into Expression Media catalogs. Microsoft Pro Photo tools is a free tool.

More Information on Pro-Photo tools:
In Pro Photo Tools you can place photos on the Live Earth map and then drag them to the right location. The GPS information will be stored back into the photos. If you have a GPS device, can load track route files from the most popular formats (NMEA, GPX, and KML) and see them on the map. Then you can place your photos on the track route. Again, the GPS info will be stored into your file. When you have the right GPS location for your photos, you can automatically generate location info like country, state, city and even street names. Or if you know the location where a picture was taken, you can type it in and get the GPS location information automatically.



Geotagging with Microsoft Expression Media 2
Geotagging Goes Mainstream


Microsoft Pro Photo Tools version 1
GPS Scripts - Populate country and city annotations from GPS Information
Virtual Earth Web Gallery