Why can't I get pictures to be right side up?

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Project by jack1 posted 02-01-2017 07:12 PM 2329 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t been posting pictures because they never come out right side up. I even rotated the first one to see if that helped.
Any clues?

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#1 posted 02-01-2017 07:38 PM


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Dan Lyke

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#2 posted 02-01-2017 08:46 PM

When your phone takes a picture, it stores the orientation of the phone at the time in the EXIF data of the JPEG file, but always stores the picture the same way. If the software reading the picture ignores the orientation tag, one side of the phone will always correspond to the same side of the JPEG tag.

And annoyingly, web browsers get this annoyingly wrong, and apparently the code LumberJocks is using to create thumbnails is also doing screwy things with this.

Or, if you took this with a camera rather than a phone, the software you used to rotate it just updated that tag, and not rotate the whole picture.

The solution is to use software that either “bakes in” the orientation tag, or physically changes the picture. To make specific recommendations there we need to know a little more about your workflow…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#3 posted 02-01-2017 09:13 PM

I take pictures with my Android phone with no problems. Many of the problems involve iPhones for whatever reason.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 02-01-2017 09:19 PM

Nice cabinet, Jack!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 02-01-2017 09:23 PM

With an iPhone or iPad, even if the picture is right side up on the device it may post wrong. Before posting, open the picture, edit, rotate one way or another, save, then rotate it back to correct, save, now post. Also, when you take pictures with a phone sideways, make sure the button is on the right side. A lefty may be likely to rotate the phone such that the button is on the left. Even though the phone will allow this, it will post wrong.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 02-01-2017 09:58 PM

I have an android and i have had the same problem. Rotating the pictures and reposting still did not work. The only solution I have found is taking a screenshot of the picture, then posting the screenshot. Works every time.

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#7 posted 02-01-2017 10:02 PM

I had the same problem. For androids just take the pic and send it to documents instead of pics. The thumbnail will be like the pic. I usually edit mine anyways so it saves the new pic in a diff folder.

-- Nothing is impossible without faith.

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#8 posted 02-01-2017 10:27 PM

Just edit your picture by putting it into edit mode. Crop it ever so slightly (or none at all). Then save it and that pic will post correctly.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Steve Preslar

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#9 posted 02-02-2017 03:03 AM

Yup cropping works to correct this problem on my Android

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#10 posted 02-02-2017 03:29 AM

I’ve had this problem in the past, and I found that by opening the file in MS Paint and saving it corrects it without making it super-pixelated like it used to do. That’s probably another PEBCAK problem that just went away with the technology, though. ;)

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#11 posted 02-02-2017 05:47 AM

I also use the paint program, my understanding was you had reduce the size, easy in the paint program. Of course rotate it too. Always works… then it saves the reduced size to your picture folder. I have been reducing all the pictures I post as it takes less data to upload, I have to use cell phone data. some where around 600 by 1000 estimate.
Mark Wilson helped me out on that one, he can help you too.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 02-02-2017 03:01 PM

Thanks for the info.
This problem wasn’t always a problem. It’s only “cropped up” (get it) for my last wo submissions.
The lead picture is without rotating and the other is after rotating.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#13 posted 02-03-2017 05:01 AM

+2 on the slight crop and resave.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#14 posted 02-03-2017 02:23 PM

The problem is not LJ. The problem is Apple (and possibly Google). They force you to use a photo editor to correct and save a new file. I have not seen this problem on real cameras.

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#15 posted 02-03-2017 07:24 PM

It was never a problem until this last year or so. Maybe LJ needs to step up to the plate…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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