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How to fix upside down photo issue on forum

Posted a photo on the forum to be frustrated it's upside for some reason? You are not alone, here's the reason and resolution options.

Background - modern phones, especially iPhones, use EXIF tags embedded in the image to adjust for orientation. They don't actually flip the image, but instead make a note that the image was taken in a certain orientation (aka upside down). If you take an image in ANY of the 4 basic orientations the phone will know which way is actually up, probably due to accelerometer, so that even if you take image in portrait upside down they all will appear right side up when viewing on phone. However, the forum software used here (vBulletin), or at least the version in use, is not able to read this. As a result it displays the photo exactly as it was taken, including upside down (see attached images), but when I see on my phone all of them appear upright.

Resolution Option 1 - Take careful note of which way you hold the phone and figure out which way is the native orientation for up/down when in landscape (widescreen photo). In my case for iPhone XR, this means the phone must have power button on top. Usually this means rotate phone counter-clockwise, but phones may vary.

Resolution Option 2 - For SOME phones, you may be able to take images in portrait mode when wanting to use on forum since it's obvious which is native up/down. However, this appears not to work in latest iOS/XR as seen in attached images.

Resolution Option 3 - Admins/owners here find a new version or plug-in for the forum software to recognize the EXIF tag within photos.

NOTE - Editing the image in an image editor may fix the issue, but if it just edits the EXIF tag as well then it won't. You must actually flip the image in software if the viewer/forum is not honoring the EXIF tag. A quick way that will resolve it is doing a screenshot of the image on the computer/phone and then cropping as needed.
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As fellow forum member Alf pointed out to me, I’m left handed and use my iPad in one particular orientation that suits my lefthandedness. I had simply forgotten my iPad was upside down since there is no print or indication which orientation is upright. Hence my iPad photos were constantly inverted while my camera/laptop photos were upright. Thanks for the post, ecNate.
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Good explanation, ecNate.
Thank you for posting this information.

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I just noticed that apparently option 2 (Resolution Option 2 - Just always take images in portrait mode when wanting to use on forum since it's obvious which is native up/down.) is not valid for iPhone XR. I just noticed that these actually always show sideways in the attachments, but was pretty sure this was fine with my past phones?

Anyhow, for some reason I can't edit the post., it should read: Resolution Option 2 - For SOME phones, you may be able to take images in portrait mode when wanting to use on forum since it's obvious which is native up/down. However, this appears not to work in latest iOS/XR as seen in attached images.

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I just noticed that apparently option 2 (Resolution Option 2 - Just always take images in portrait mode when wanting to use on forum since it's obvious which is native up/down.) is not valid for iPhone XR. I just noticed that these actually always show sideways in the attachments, but was pretty sure this was fine with my past phones?

Anyhow, for some reason I can't edit the post., it should read: Resolution Option 2 - For SOME phones, you may be able to take images in portrait mode when wanting to use on forum since it's obvious which is native up/down. However, this appears not to work in latest iOS/XR as seen in attached images.
Editing of Resolution Option 2 achieved.
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What I hate is the new IOS takes pics in some kind of .heic format or something like that and i have to convert
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I still can't embedd photos, I paste it in but nothing appears, I use tinypic or similar sites but no luck yet

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I still can't embedd photos, I paste it in but nothing appears, I use tinypic or similar sites but no luck yet
Tinypic is owned by Photobucket.
Photobucket stopped allowing embedding of images on their main site a year ago - perhaps this also affected their child company?

Anyway, if you can always just add the photo as an attachment and embed it from there.
Simply drag the image icon from your computer to the "Drag and Drop File Upload" window below your post (on a desktop browser) or by clicking "Manage Attachments" and browsing to select the image.
Then select the attachment address (right click the attachment), copy that, and drop it into the image dialogue box. Edit out the "&thumb=1" at the end after the .jpg to get a full size embedded image.
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I always thought the upside down photos were just for our members in Australia.
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I always thought the upside down photos were just for our members in Australia.
Resolution Option 4: Move to Australia.

Resolution Option 5: Stand on your head.

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