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I've got several georeferenced digital photos as jpg, kml, and kmz. How can I import them into my GIS projects (QGIS or ArcGIS for Desktop) so I can open them as a popup?

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can you detail more on the nature of the photos? You have for the same jpg file a .kml/kmz? – Niculita Mihai Apr 18 '12 at 14:54
Based on the last few words of the question I'm guessing you mean the images are actually geotagged (they have a single location representing where the camera was when the photo was taken), not georeferenced (usually aerial or satellite photos taken from more or less directly overhead). – Dan C Apr 18 '12 at 16:38
I have edited my answer with a new link to what you want to do – Emily Apr 18 '12 at 17:08

QGIS has a plugin called "Photo2Shape" that will convert the geotagged coordinates of the photo into a shapefile.

You can then use the "eVis" plugin to set up hotlinks to the photos themselves, and launch a photo viewer by clicking on the attribute field.

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If you are talking about GeoTagged photos, I'll recommend ArcPhoto, available at

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If it's already georeferenced, for ArcGIS you could just import it as you would any other raster layer. If you need to georeference it, follow this in the helpfile:


If it is photographs rather than aerial photos, then follow this helpfile about adding HTML links/attachments to a feature class:

Now that I better understand your question, I think this is exactly what you wanted. :)

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This plugin can be considered an upgrade of the already existing and very good photo2shape plugin (, developed by Alexander Bruy. The Geotag and import photos plugin was developed by Alexander Bruy and funded/designed by Giovanni Manghi and Lolita Bizzarri to respond to a specific task: manage, display and analyze photos obtained from photo-trapping surveys of wildlife.

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