3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 29, 2012 8:39 PM by *Marc
thomasf1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi Guys,


Some photos shot on my iPhone 4s turn up black on iPhoto on my Mac. This affects about 30 percent of pictures and is that way since a few month. Attached a Screenshot. I´ve updated everything recently but it´s the same - Black photos.


Do you´ve got any idea how to fix it? I´ve tried a number of things, like copying the black photos somewhere else and duplicating them to see if it´s just a permission problem. But they stay black.


On the iPhone the black photos appear perfectly fine. They also can be imported manually via cable.






OSX 10.7.3

iPhoto 9.2.3

iOS 5.1


  • 1. Re: Black Photos in Photo Stream
    *Marc Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    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.

  • 2. Re: Black Photos in Photo Stream
    Wizard of Oz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same issue, except the orginal photos are turning black on my iPhone as well!. I have had to turn off iCloud now to stop it from happening. I tried editing the images in iPhoto on my Mac as suggested by Marc but It does not work. While I am in the editing window the image does appear, but when I got back to photo view it is black again.

  • 3. Re: Black Photos in Photo Stream
    *Marc Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I seem to have eliminated the problem, at least for now, by rebuilding the library. So, if you want to try it yourself, this is the process I followed:


    1. Check for iPhoto updates. If there is an update, download and install the update, then launch iPhoto in case it needs to update your library to the new version.
    2. Quit iPhoto.
    3. If you use Time Machine, have it back up your iPhoto library.
    4. Make a copy of your iPhoto Library file. On my system it is located in /Users/[MyUserName]/Pictures. I just copied it to an external USB drive.
    5. Rebuild your iPhoto library by following the instructions in http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2638. I only had to use the first rebuild option, "Rebuild the iPhoto Library Database".


    Please "like" this if it helps.