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I have geotagged photographs and I would like to place a watermark of the photos location on the front for easy reference as well as creating a shapefile from the coordinates. Does anyone know of any open source software which could do this or a python or arcpy script? This link is an example of what Iam trying to acheive


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up vote 14 down vote accepted

you can use python for getting EXIF info:

from PIL import Image
from PIL.ExifTags import TAGS
from pprint import pprint

def getexif(im):
    res = {}
       img =
       info = img._getexif()
       for tag, val in info.items():
           dec = TAGS.get(tag, tag)
           res[dec] = val

    except IOError:
       print im
    return res
    pprint res 

then use python ImageDraw module for drawing text or anything.

import ImageFont, ImageDraw

def drawtext(im):
   op = ImageDraw.Draw(im)
   fnt = ImageFont.truetype("tahoma.ttf", 12)
   op.text((5, 5), "YourText", font=fnt)

i hope it helps you...

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Many Thanks Aragon, I'll try it out. – TsvGis May 20 '13 at 7:37

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