The location field only lists cities, not states. I'll give you that it's rather annoying when it's a required field and the city you stayed at isn't in the database, though. (For the single photo upload, only country is required.) The map interface provides a way to add new locations (create a trip or select a photo, click on an empty spot on the map, give it a name) - and after you've done that once, that location will appear in the dropdown as well. But that's no good if you don't know in advance that the location is unknown... :/
I guess about the best I can advice given the current user interface is to just pick a nearby big city, and then to go to your travel map to correct this manually.
I had the same problem. I tried to label a few photos "Anse Saint Jean"--a small village here--but the system wouldn't accept it. I ended up with a more generic "Quebec, Canada" instead. Not the end of the world, just not as specific as I'd have liked.
I think this is one of those things that needs to be done better before removing the beta tag off the bulk upload function
As Sander mentioned, states won't work. But most towns/cities are in there and if it's a biggish place that we've missed, please send it through (PM it to me if you like). Places like Townsville, Brisbane, Cairns etc. are all in there of course. There's about 2 million locations to be precise, so it really is a pretty decent sized list It can be improved without doubt though (and there needs to be a better way to suggest new locations too actually)!
Something I noticed recently though is that the field is only required when you specify that the photo is a public one. Maybe that should be expanded to also include the 'mind the featuring' checkbox?
You can actually specify just the country in the bulk upload. Wanted to clarify this as it didn't use to be the case and Sander mentioned it below.
One thing you can do is just not specify anything and leave the page. It will list it as an incomplete upload, but the information that is there is all stored. You can then map the photos like Sander was talking about directly onto a map.
Clearly though, the interaction between all these features is not as intuitive yet as it should be!!
great, thanks for your help guys!