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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Blogger Photo Uploader Rotates Pictures

A widespread problem is occurring when uploading photos through the Blogger/Blogspot platform. Pictures often auto-rotate to an orientation that you don't want. Efforts to resave the photo and upload again don't seem to do much. I uploaded this humorous shot three times for use on another of my blogs, and it simply refused to load in landscape mode.

There are many theories as to why this is happening, with no real answers. Google has pretty much ignored people's questions on their forum, since the issue was first reported in March of 2010.

Meanwhile, other users have suggested a number of ways to fix this, but only one of the suggestions really works consistently. Here is the best way to deal with the problem.

The way Blogger hosts your pictures is through a private Picasa Album. Using your Google ID, log into Picasa and click on My Photos. You will discover that each of your blogs (if you have more than one) has its own album. Click on the correct one.

You can then locate the picture that is rotated. Click on it, and it will expand. Then in the upper right corner you will see a button marked "Edit." Click it. This will launch the Picnik editing application. You can then rotate the photo to the way you want it to be. Save it back to your album.

Then you can right-click on the photo and get it's URL to use in your blog post. This is a ridiculous amount of work to deal with a problem that you didn't cause, but it's the only reliable solution.

If you are able to host your photos somewhere else, and not use the Blogger uploader at at, this would be the ideal solution.

Blogger forum


Emily said...

Thank you so much for this solution!! I had been struggling with this as well. :)

Anonymous said...

Grr, it's so annoying. Thanks for the tip!

FruitFly said...

Thank you! I will have to give this a try before I start pulling my hair out today!

Joanna said...

How do I get the URL? You say to right click but I don't see any options other than save image as...etc. Could you be more specific? Thanks!

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Joanna- in FireFox a right click will allow you to copy the link. In IE there was an option in the right column called "Link to this Photo" which will give you the link

Gordon said...

Thanks! I had artwork I was trying to post and it was such a pain to have it on its side.

Anonymous said...

This situation really ticks me off. They are going to loose people over it. I know I'm rethinking my blog host at the end of the year and this is going to have a bearing on it.