Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2011 2:29 PM (in response to 3rdparty)
There are several possible causes for the Black Screen issue
1. Permissions in the Library: Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild. Include the option to check and repair permissions.
2. Minor Database corruption: Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild.
3. A Damaged Photo: Select one of the affected photos in the iPhoto Window and right click on it. From the resulting menu select 'Show File (or 'Show Original File' if that's available). Will the file open in Preview? If not then the file is damaged. Time to restore from your back up.
4. A corrupted iPhoto Cache: Trash the com.apple.iPhoto folder from HD/Users/Your Name/Library/ Caches...
5. A corrupted preference file: Trash the com.apple.iPhoto.plist file from the HD/Users/ Your Name / library / preferences folder. (Remember you'll need to reset your User options afterwards. These include minor settings like the window colour and so on. Note: If you've moved your library you'll need to point iPhoto at it again.)
If none of these help:
As a Test:
Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Create Library'
Import a few pics into this new, blank library. Is the Problem repeated there?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2011 2:48 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)
Thanks for the suggestions - tried importing into a NEW library, and the same images are coming in as BLACK.
The original files are fine, but the modified ones are black, which is what iPhoto is showing.
Some of these photos were taken back to back - must be an issue with how iPhoto is importing them because they look fine on iPhone and iPad via Photo Stream.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2011 3:04 PM (in response to 3rdparty)
I've uploaded a few example images here:
The modified ones are named as such (you can see file name when you mouse hover over image) - those are the ones that iPhoto is changing to black images for some reason. It doesn't appear to be related to iPhone's HDR functionality as IMG_0067 and IMG_0068 are regular/HDR and both have black modified files on import to iPhoto.
Even if I import via Image Capture, I still get the same issue once iPhoto imports the images. Whatever its reading/doing is corrupting the files and causing them to show as modified black images.
I should add that the topic title is now a bit misleading, as this appears to be an issue related to iPhoto importing these iPhone 4S images, and not specifically isolated to Photo Stream.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 12, 2011 12:28 AM (in response to 3rdparty)
Does this only happen with images from the 4s? What if you import from anothr device?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2012 1:07 PM (in response to 3rdparty)
I have the same problem - it does not happen when I import from another device.
How can we fix this issue so the photos from our iPhone 4S will transfer correctly to our Mac on iPhoto via Photo Stream?
I have gone through all the steps above - still nothing...
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 15, 2012 10:18 AM (in response to 3rdparty)
Same problem here, but with my camera.
As a test, I created an entirely new iPhoto library and imported pictures: Encountered the same black/blanked out photos in iPhoto. Actual photos appear to be fine when revealed in Finder.
iPhoto 11, version 9.2.1
Mac OS OX 10.7.3
Transcend 32GB SD card
Photos display just fine when imported in Picasa 3.9
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 15, 2012 10:20 AM (in response to mchung)
Is this still happening after you reboot your Mac? How about after updating iPhoto and then rebooting?
Rebooting seemed to solve the issue (for now) for me...
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 15, 2012 12:38 PM (in response to 3rdparty)
Yep. Rebooting doesn't seem to change anything. Photos are still blacked out.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2012 9:45 AM (in response to mchung)
And this morning, imports are working correctly. Behaviour is sporadic, it seems. I'm going to switch out my SD card in favor of a smaller sized, different brand.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2012 9:33 AM (in response to mchung)
And we're back to black. I was using a different SD card (Viking SD 512MB)
Here's what I did
- Photos correctly show up on the import screen
- I select photos, hit "Import Selected"
- Photos imported are black.
One workaround that I discovered by accident:
1. Select & Edit photo.
2. Pick an Effect (say, Boost) then immediately revert to None.
3. Go back to Photo Album. Photo is now normal.
I had a handful of photos this time around, so this wasn't a huge time sink. I noticed I was able to edit up to 4 photos at once, but iPhoto crashed at step 3 every time.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 18, 2012 11:30 AM (in response to mchung)
Have you tried re-importing after you reboot your machine? I've found that photos import correctly to iPhoto after I reboot.
I'd like to know what is causing the issue in the first place so I don't have to reboot my computer whenever I want photos to import properly to iPhoto...
Currently Being ModeratedMar 25, 2012 2:47 AM (in response to 3rdparty)
having similar issues on macbook Air but fine on iMac. rebooted and turned off photostream and turned back on again and they started to appear again, but a mystery as to why this is happening.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2012 8:47 PM (in response to 3rdparty)
The problem only happens to me with pictures taken in portrait orientation on my iPhone or iPad. Here is the quickest way I have found to fix it.
In iPhoto, select one or more "black" photos and click Edit. In edit mode, click Rotate 4 times (i.e. 360º rotation). Select the next photo, and Rotate 4 times. Do this for each photo. Then click <Photos to exit edit mode.
All the "edited" photos should now appear.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 28, 2012 10:12 AM (in response to 3rdparty)
I discovered today, while using the "edit" fix to have my black photos reappear, that the only photos that are blacked out are those that I have either texted to someone or uploaded to facebook. all the other photos on my phone are in iPhoto.
Seems like something happens to the data file upon a transfer?