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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Last edited by Alfanut; 03-20-2019 at 01:28 AM.
Reason: Request to edit Resolution Option 2 done.