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Mon, Mar 29, 2021 9:54 PM

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Lightroom Classic: Can't import GPS coordinates from Apple Photos 5 or 6

Hello, when I import my Lightroom Classic catalog to Lightroom all my location in Montreal, Quebec and elsewhere are wrongly transferred. Everything that was in Montreal is now in Kazakhstan. I thinks it has something to do with the minus sign in front of the longitude that is being ignored. Something happens what I activate the automatic address search in the catalog parameters of Lightroom Classic. It's very annoying.

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"After import in Lightroom any reference to N "North" or W "West" are just gone."

Apple Photos generates .xmp sidecars that don't conform with the XMP industry standard.  See this thread for details and a workaround:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/lightroom-classic/gps-location-imported-from-iphone-has-wrong-hemisphere/m-p/10832162#M171195 

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Thanks but I don't get it. The copy of the image of the XMP file produced by Apple Photo 6 seems to indicate that it does now conform to the standard shown on your attached thread:

exif:GPSLatitude="45,29.60562N"
exif:GPSLongitude="74,1.79292W"
exif:GPSVersionID="2.2.0.0"

Unless there is something I don't get.

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Could you please clarify the statement: "when I import my Lightroom Classic catalog to Lightroom"? Are you seeing the incorrect locations in Lightroom Classic? Are there some sample GPS coordinates that you can share or a sample picture if possible? Thanks!

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Did some testing to try to reproduce the bug and here's what I found. I was using both Lightroom Classic and Apple Photos before, Apple Photos was used for my family pictures. I have decided to consolidate everything into Lightroom Classic. All the photos that were shot in Montreal or around are now in Kakakstan were pictures that were exported from Apple Photos and then imported into Classic. The bug is either with Photos on export or Lightroom on import. I don't know. See the pictures. First image shows the correct location in Apple Photos before export. Second image shows location in Lightroom after import.

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GPS data in xmp sidecar produced by Apple Photos are correct. After import in Lightroom any reference to N "North" or W "West" are just gone. So Lightroom thinks that longitude is East instead of West and locate all most of my 16,000+ pictures are now mostly located in either Kazakhstan, Pakistan or India.

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I retested with Photos 6, and it's still writing invalid GPS coordinates.  In Photos, I set the location of a photo to "Montreál, QC, Canada" and then did File > Export > Export Unmodified Original, with the option Export IPTC as XMP.  Here are the contents of the exported .xmp:

<exif:GPSLongitude>73.554242000000002</exif:GPSLongitude>
<exif:GPSLongitudeRef>W</exif:GPSLongitudeRef>
<exif:GPSHPositioningError>1</exif:GPSHPositioningError>
<exif:GPSLatitudeRef>N</exif:GPSLatitudeRef>
<exif:GPSLatitude>45.508867000000002</exif:GPSLatitude>
<exif:GPSTimeStamp>2021-03-30T21:51:18Z</exif:GPSTimeStamp>

It's still using the fields exif:GPSLongitudeRef and exif:GPSLatitudeRef, contrary to the standard.

If you're seeing something different, please open the .xmp file in a text editor (e.g. Textedit) and copy/paste its entire contents here.

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You are correct my bad, I probably the wrong xmp sidecar. This is the one produced by Apple Photo:

<x:xmpmeta xmlns:x="adobe:ns:meta/" x:xmptk="XMP Core 6.0.0">
   <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#">
      <rdf:Description rdf:about=""
            xmlns:exif="http://ns.adobe.com/exif/1.0/"
            xmlns:photoshop="http://ns.adobe.com/photoshop/1.0/">
         <exif:GPSImgDirection>0.0</exif:GPSImgDirection>
         <exif:GPSAltitudeRef>0</exif:GPSAltitudeRef>
         <exif:GPSAltitude>0.0</exif:GPSAltitude>
         <exif:GPSLatitudeRef>N</exif:GPSLatitudeRef>
         <exif:GPSLatitude>45.50938833</exif:GPSLatitude>
         <exif:GPSLongitudeRef>W</exif:GPSLongitudeRef>
         <exif:GPSImgDirectionRef>T</exif:GPSImgDirectionRef>
         <exif:GPSLongitude>73.551581670000019</exif:GPSLongitude>
         <exif:GPSSpeed>0.0</exif:GPSSpeed>
         <exif:GPSSpeedRef>K</exif:GPSSpeedRef>
         <exif:GPSTimeStamp>2021-02-28T19:52:14Z</exif:GPSTimeStamp>
         <photoshop:DateCreated>2021-02-28T14:52:14-05:00</photoshop:DateCreated>
      </rdf:Description>
   </rdf:RDF>
</x:xmpmeta>

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I don't know if anyone ever reported this to Apple, though I don't know if Apple would even pay attention.

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