Alessio Michelini Photography

How to import the GPS position of your photos on Flickr

31 August 2014

I always thought it was a lack of a functionality the fact that everytime I've uploaded my photos on my flickr account it was leaving behind the GPS coordinates, which most of the times it's not a problem because I don't use often the GPS of my Canon 6D, but the times I use it, like when I travel around Ireland or abroad, I really want to share the position of my photos, because it's easier for me to remember where I took that specific photo, but also for other photographers who are looking for locations to photograph.
And in the past days I've been uploading my photos of my recent trip in Iceland, and I couldn't understand why once I've uploaded the photos on flickr, the GPS data, which I can easily see on Adobe Lightroom, are lost on the upload process.
Until tonite. There's no lack of any functionality, it's all there, it's just disabled by default, and all you need to do is to check two things: the first one is if Lightroom is exporting the GPS coordinates in the Exif data of your photos, and the second one is to check if Flickr is reading this information when it uploads the photos on the server.
So, for to check the first step, you need to go to your Export window in Adobe Lightroom, under the Metadata section, and be sure that the option "Remove Location Info" is NOT ticked!

If this option is not selected, it means that everytime you export a photo with that settings, is going to save the GPS coordinates in the Exif data of your photos.

The next step is to check if Flickr is reading this information. So now you need to login into your flickr account, go to your account settings, and then go to the "Privacy & Permissions" tab, and under the section "Defaults for new uploads" you need to check if the option "Import EXIF location data" is set to Yes, otherwise the GPS information will be lost at the moment you upload a photo.

Bear in mind that this will not enable the GPS information for the photos you previously uploaded on your flickr account, but only from the moment you enable this functionality, if you want to set the coordinates for the photos you already uploaded you can only do it by using the flickr organize tool.

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July 2014 in photos

28 August 2014

Using Seth MacFarlane's voice I have to say "Sorry, sorry, sorry...", so sorry guys for this very late post, but in the past month I've been two weeks in Iceland, with nearly no internet for most of the time, then a week in Italy with almost no will to do anything apart getting roasted at the beach, and then a week back here in Dublin, where I have to come back to reality (unfortunately). In the next days hopefully I'll post about my trip to Iceland, which it has been pretty awesome and I've seen one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
But, even if the August is nearly at its end, I still have to post the photos I took back in July.
I'll take out the ones I took in Copenhagen, and the ones I took in Iceland for obvious reasons, but it still was a pretty busy month, I did shot loads of photos in the streets and for my personal project "Commute" - which I'm going to talk about on a separated post in the near future - and down here you can find some of the best, while here on flickr you can find the full set.
Thanks for reading (and watching)!


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June 2014 in photos and getting ready for Copenhagen

04 July 2014

Don't worry guys, I didn't forget my monthly appointment, and I have to say that I had a very productive month, I took pictures almost every day, which is a record for me, maybe because I don't have many gigs this month, actually I just had two gigs this month, Biffy Clyro and Deaf Havana, but while the first one was great, the second one was awful to photograph, as I had to shoot in the Academy 2 and the few photos I took there were terrible and I'm not going to publish them. Anyway, lots of pictures anyway, especially because I'm working hard for my personal photography project called "Commute" which I'm going to post all the details in the next few weeks, but you will see some of the photos down here alongside the other ones.

Next month I'm going to have some more "exotic" pictures as tonite I'm going to Copenhagen, Denmark, for the weekend, with my girlfriend and a friend of mine, and I'm really excited about it, as I wanted to visit this city from a long time, so long that I bought the lonely planet guide back in 2009 and finally I can use it!

But because I'm probably going again there next year as my friend is probably going to move there for a year, I decided to travel light and I'm leaving my DSLR at home, and I'm going to bring my little Fuji X-E1 with three tiny lenses, the Canon FD 50mm f/1.4, the Canon FDn 28mm f/2.8 and the new entry in the family, the Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS which I'm going to test it during the weekend, hopefully I'll get some good shots!

Anyway, down here some of the best shots I took last month, some from Dublin, some from Dalkey and some others from Greystones.


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New gear: Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW and Samyang 12mm f/2 Fuji Mount

03 July 2014

Finally after months of abstention from shopping, today I decided to go to my trusty shop close to my office, Conns Cameras, and to "invest" some money on new equipment, and in particular I bought a new backpack for my camera and a new lens for my little Fuji X-E1.

The backpack in question is the Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW, which is going to replace my old and not in very good conditions Lowepro Computrekker AW I used in the past 7/8 years. And when I went to the shop I already knew what kind of backpack I need: something that I can fit my DSRL and 5 lenses, some filters, a laptop + charger, and plenty of accessories like extra batteries, remote trigger, flashes, etc... So I didnt' really wanted anything smaller than my current backpack, but at the same time it had to fit the Ryanair hand baggage sizes. If you live outside Europe and you don't know how much Ryanair is strict with baggages, I can simply explain with four words: pain in the arse. Actually five words: BIG pain in the arse. So the Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW was perfect for me, it's essentially the newer version of my bag, with the difference that it's a few centimeters deeper, which it gives me some more space for my longer lenses. Anyway hopefully I'll do a proper review of this bag in the near future, maybe next week when I'll be back from my trip to Copenhagen.

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May 2014 in photos

05 June 2014

I've been pretty silent on the blog in the past weeks, but in my defence I can say that I spent one week at home in Italy, and when I'm there I don't generally spend more than 5 minutes on the laptop, I just don't have the time for doing anything, apart relaxing or doing the usual things like:

  • Meeting relatives
  • Meeting parents
  • Eating
  • Go to my GP
  • Buy things (this time I bought a new pair of specs)
  • Sneezing (in May my hey fever is pretty bad down there)
  • Pet my (girlfriend) cats and dogs
  • Eating again
  • Being sick because I ate too much

So as you can see, I just didn't have any time left to write on the blog. Then the following week was just pretty depressing due to lack of sun and I just wasn't in the right mood, and the fact that the hunt for a new home is not going anywhere it doesn't help.
Anyway, despite that last month it was pretty preductive photography-wise, and I have tons of photos, especially from Italy where I took some from one of my favourite summer places, Sirolo, and some other from a small but beautiful village close to where I live in Italy, called Palazzo, for an exhibition I'm going to do with other photographers this summer about the village itself.
I'm  not going to publish all the pictures in this post, as there are too many, but just the best ones. But if you want to see all of them, you can click here to see the photos I took in Dublin, here for the ones in Italy, and here the specific set for the village of Palazzo.

Sirolo, Italy
Sirolo, Italy


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April 2014 in photos

04 May 2014

Once again here we are with my monthly appointment. Last month has been quite busy, several gigs, two photo shoots for The Thin Air, and as I mentioned in another post, the guy in Fuji were so nice to loan me a Fuji X-T1 for a couple of weeks (reviews are coming!). But most of the stuff is pretty much categorized and it's going to end up in specific posts, here I want to publish the stray photos, the one I took randomly or that are going to be lost in my massive flickr account. So down here you can find these photos, and feel free to leave a comment, even if you just want to say that they are crap.
As usual all these pictures are available on my flickr account.

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March 2014 in photos

04 April 2014

Here we are with the photos I took last month! I don't have much to show you this time as gigs and a photo shoot I took for an artist monopolised my spare time, but at least I found an afternoon to go with a good friend and photographer Giuseppe Milo (check it out his flickr page) to take some proper landscapes shots down in Dún Laoghaire. Anyway, down here you can find some of the best shots, while you can find the rest on this set on flickr.

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[April Fools] I sold all my gear, goodbye photography!

01 April 2014

After years spent in mastering the art of photography, after thousands and thousands of euro spent to buying new DSLR, lenses, accessories, etc... I finally decided that I no longer need any of that, and I sold all my gear and my computer. Good bye hours spent in photoshop retouching a bloody portrait or a landscape, good bye heavy gear that only wrecked my shoulders and my back, good bye hours spent outdoor for taking just a bloody picture, and welcome iPhone 5S & Instagram!
Yes, the future is there, right on your palm! Who needs to learn Photoshop and Lightroom when you can achieve the same effect only with a smartphone and a retro filter? If I really want to take real pictures, well then I'm prepared as well, as with all the money I got from my gear I managed to buy a special edition of an Holga, yeah it looks like a toy, yeah maybe it's way overpriced, but just wonder how cool I'll look with one of those? That's priceless!
From now on, my only subjects will be pets, my lunch, and photos of my new friends I met last saturday night in Temple Bar (I think they are Canadian but I'm not sure, one of them has a t-shirt of Nickelback so I assume they are), that's it!
The era of myself wasting time to take good pictures is gone, now I'm ready for the future!

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February 2014 in photos

02 March 2014

Here we go, another month is gone, and another post is ready. I have to say that last month was quite productive, I've took pictures almost every day, and my love to my mirrorless camera is growing every day. So I'm not going to publish all the photos here as it would make this post too long, but I'm going to publish some of the best ones(I'm not going to add the music ones as they have their own space on this blog), but you can always click here to see the full set on flickr ;-)

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The Tivoli Car Park

20 February 2014

If you wondered why I didn't post anything in the past two weeks I just want to reassure you that I'm alive :D
But in the past two weeks I've been extremely busy, and most of my spare time is taken by Photoshop as I'm working on the Meteor Choice Music Prize's portraits, but I'm nearly there, I've only one band left to do (Kodaline), and hopefully they'll be sorted by friday. Anyway, I didn't stop shooting, and with my new Fuji X-E1I'm shooting almost every day, and in the past two days, during my lunch break, I've been scouting around for new places as this weekend I have to shoot to an irish artist, and I discovered a very intersting place, just around the corner from where I work, the Tivoli Car Park, one of the many car parks in city center here in Dublin, but with the peculiarity that the walls of this one are completely covered with graffiti! These are just a few shots I took in that area, nothing from the actual inside of the car park as I couldn't find anybody to ask the permission to shoot it (it's a private area, I just can't walk in and do whatever I like), but hopefully I'll post some other pictures soon!

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