Sideways picture - FIX

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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 06-28-2019 12:49 AM 1353 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls,

There seems to be an abundance of sideways pictures being posted here at LJ.

This proliferation may be attributed to many members upgrading their phones/cameras to a more innovative counterpart.

Unfortunately some upgrades may come with a hidden agenda… sideways pictures... Without trying to preach to the uninitiated, below is a 6 point plan to rectify the problem.

Regardless of what you take the picture with… when the picture is stored, many devices record METADATA (some may know it as XMP, EXIF, IPTC, etc.) which includes the picture orientation as taken. When it is viewed with some phones, PC, tablet or any other computing mechanism, the software in it will often recognise the METADATA orientation and automatically correct it while viewing. When the photo is uploaded to LJ, this METADATA is probably stripped off and the picture is presented in the default picture taker’s orientation… which is normally landscape by default…

What needs to be done,
  1. Upload the picture.
    Hit the [PREVIEW] button,
  2. If the picture is correct way up (some phones may automatically correct it for you during upload), no further action is required… otherwise continue with the next step.
  3. Remove the metadata. Most photo editing software will do this when the photo is saved… You may need to manipulate the photo (resize) before the save for the metadata change to be registered.
    You may need to search Google for your operating system, however, here is a quick link returned when searching on resizing pictures under windows and may save some time.
    Alternatively download this FREE bit of software. The FREE version will remove METADATA from pictures only (JPG, PNG, BMP).
  4. Now having removed the METADATA, before you hit the [Post this entry] button, the viewed picture (on your device) should now look like how we would see it at LJ. Rotate your picture till it is the right way up. NOTE: You still have to rotate the picture before uploading. Removing the METADATA will NOT automatically rotate the picture for you.
  5. Now if the photo on your viewer still appears the right way up (while the LJ copy is sideways), don’t cuss LJ as it’s probably your “smart” viewer, download what you uploaded to LJ, which should now appear sideways on your viewer and rotate that.
  6. Delete your original upload and re-upload the new rotated picture.

I apologise in not providing further assistance as I still maintain my blatantly REFUSEAL to viewing articles with sideways post and have been guilty of encouraging other jocks and ‘ettes to do the same. If you posses better fortitude than me and do view sideways picture postings, a lot of LJ members would appreciate you directing the author to this corrective action.
To simplify notification, just cut and paste the following text into a separate document that you can then directly paste into your comment,

Please refer to “Sideways picture – FIX”

While on the “roll”, you may get some benefit out of Posting high res pictures.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

6 comments so far

View Redoak49's profile


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#1 posted 06-28-2019 01:40 AM

Thank you and I hope it helps some people. However, I am not taking wagers that it will help.

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#2 posted 06-28-2019 01:44 AM

Thanks Duck I hope some folk will heed your correction process.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 06-28-2019 02:27 AM

..., I am not taking wagers that it will help.
- Redoak49

I will, but my ante is on the against… however, I hear rumors that miracles still happen… even in woodworking!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#4 posted 07-02-2019 09:21 PM

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 06-02-2020 04:41 PM


I was frustrated the last time I posted a pic and this happened. Thankfully the orientation did not matter for what I had posted.

I found that by playing around with the existing software on my PC (Paint 3D) I could just open with the editing software and “Save As” in a folder I created for posting on the web it corrected the problem. I assume that process removed the metadata as you indicate.

Thanks Again!!


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#6 posted 06-02-2020 09:19 PM

Thanks gt for taking the effort to read and action… I for one appreciate your effort.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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