iPhoto: Converts My Portrait Orientations from RAW to JPEG


Original poster
Apr 26, 2005
Los Angeles, CA
iPhoto imports the RAW format from my Rebel XTi very nicely, and I usually just drag it from iPhoto to Photoshop for editing.

But for photos that I took in "portrait" orientation, where iPhoto has to rotate the image 90 degrees, iPhoto seems to change its proxy to a JPEG image rather than the RAW. So when I drag it in to Photoshop, it opens right away instead of the RAW processing screen. I have to right-click the image in iPhoto and choose "Reprocess RAW," and after that when I drag the image to Photoshop, it opens the RAW like it should.

Is there a way to just make iPhoto ALWAYS use the RAW, so I don't have to do that right-click thing? It's irritating.


Moderator emeritus
Jul 24, 2002
I think the OP mean the orientation of the image, not one of the scene modes on the camera.

And no: iPhoto cannot work directly on RAW images. It can only process them as JPEGs.