iPhoto Rotation

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by helio1982, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. helio1982 macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2008
    Hi there,

    I got iPhoto 09 today, but had the same problem anyway in 08. Most of my pictures are of my pre-Mac days and all of the ones which were taken turning the camera i.o. vertically, are not automatically rotated by iphoto. I'm quite sure other software does that.

    Doesn't iPhoto have the ability to determine whether a photo is supposed to be rotated or not? If not, is there any free software out there?

    Thx for any info!
  2. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
  3. helio1982 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2008

    ok, could you be more specific? How could I overcome the problem?
  4. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

    Aug 18, 2005
    iPhoto does not 'magically' detect orientation. Modern cameras have orientation sensors inside that detect what way you are holding your camera. If you take a portrait orientation image, the camera embeds a flag into the image saying 'rotate this image this way'.

    iPhoto reads this flag and applies the rotation - you may not care about this part, but it actually rotates the image (it inserts it into the modified folder, and has the unrotated one in the original).

    You photos from 'premac' days are likely from a camera that did not have this orientation information embedded, so iPhoto does not know its true orientation. Rotate it manually in iPhoto.
  5. helio1982 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2008
    other software?

    ok thx for the info! However, does anybody know of any other freeware software on mac that does automatically recognize whether a photo was taken vertically. It has nothing to do with magic ;-)

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