iPhoto 9.2.1: All vertical photos have black thumbnails

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by paragonj, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. paragonj macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    I just got a new 13" MacBook Pro (with Lion) and I am experiencing a weird issue that I haven't found many solutions to on Google.

    Anytime I import photos into iPhoto 9.2.1 (from an SD card), all of the vertical photos have black thumbnails. The only way I can see the actual photo is to go into Edit mode.

    Has anybody else experienced it and/or know how to fix this issue? I have tried rebuilding all thumbnails and that didn't work.

  2. gatortpk macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2003
    Melbourne, FL
    I too have a similar problem. iPhoto 9.2.1 with Mac OS X 10.7.3. But all my thumbnails are blank, and I'm importing them directly from my iPhone via USB. Photo Stream is having the exact same issues.
  3. kelanjo macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2012
    Way to fix black images in iphoto

    I'm having the same problem too, its been happening for a while now, vertical images in iphoto are completely black. The only way to see the image is when I click "edit" in iphoto.
    I have found that if you select the image, click file > export and in the export options where it says "Kind" in the drop down menu select "Original" Then export the photo to your desktop and voila the original image is there. This is the only way I have found around this issue, I hope it's helpful :)
    Really hope that Apple release some kind of update to fix this issue soon.


    I have just been playing around in iphoto and further to my previous comment I have just found another fix.
    If you select the black image, click edit, rotate the image to be horizontal, and then exit the image, the black photo disappears and the original photo is left. If you then go back into the image in question and re-rotate it to be vertical again you are left with the original image. Just thought it was worth mentioning in case the above suggestion I posted doesn't work for you.

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