If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a digital photo is worth even more. All digital cameras embed extra information in each photo — things like camera make and model, date and time the photo was taken, focal length of the lens, shutter speed, etc.
We’re happy to announce two new features on WordPress.com for digital photos that will take advantage of your digital photo’s EXIF information!
From now on JPEG images will be rotated automatically after uploading according to the camera’s original orientation. No more manually rotating all those portrait photos! What’s more, the rotation is “lossless” and preserves all embedded information in the image file (the JPEG image format is “lossy”, meaning that each time the image is edited, some of the fine color nuances may be lost). In short: your photos’ orientation/rotation is automatic and their image quality is preserved 100%!
There are two new sorting options for galleries: Image Date/Time and Upload Order. These additional sort options are also available for previously-published galleries, offering you more fine control on how you display your images on your WordPress.com site. Have you ever inserted a Gallery in a post or page? Get started with Galleries.
Both of these new features depend on the EXIF data saved in the JPEG image files, so if you edit your photos before uploading, make sure the software you use preserves that data.
So, upload few photos, create a gallery or edit an existing gallery and let us know what you think in the comments. Need photography inspiration? Check out the Photography topic in the WordPress.com Reader!
- May 30, 2012 @ 8:12 pm
May 30th at 8:24 pm
Sweet! Now I can have even more AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHS!! Woo-hoo!!!
May 30th at 8:35 pm
Oh, the long, gruelling hours spent editing photos for my blogs only to see lesser quality results! Woe is me! Woe is me!
But now? Ta dah!!!
Hip, hip, hooray! Great news! Thanks ever so much!
May 30th at 9:05 pm
Cool features, yay and thank you! Is there some way to display the EXIF data with an image, like a little table that shows the lens etc spex with an image?
May 30th at 9:09 pm
Too funny — I just noticed this on a post I published today! I uploaded a picture of a dead squirrel. Yes, a dead squirrel — definitely worth a thousand words, right? Anyhow, it automatically flipped it for me … and I do believe it also gave me “rotate 90 degree” options, which I hadn’t seen before. Very cool!
May 30th at 9:42 pm
Great! But the “changes” seemed imperceptible since I expected to see separate EXIF data fields for the “Date” and “Time” information and even more fields for the “Camera Settings”. Thanks.
May 30th at 10:26 pm
Great improvement. Now the only thing on my wishlist is to have a full export of the blog including mediafiles so it can be transferred to a WordPress.org self hosted environment. Currently that is the biggest omission that’s bugging me. For the rest it, I love WordPress.com’s features and stability!
May 30th at 10:37 pm
Reblogged this on batmovilmex.
May 30th at 10:56 pm
All this features look great. Any idea how long before we see these WP features on godaddy.com’s servers?
May 30th at 11:18 pm
This is such great news. Will save a lot of time and editing.
May 30th at 11:28 pm
Great! Now can you get rid of the carousel?
May 30th at 11:32 pm
That’s a neat feature – well done the team.
May 30th at 11:32 pm
May 30th at 11:35 pm
Perfect! You just made it even easier for me to upload my photos… thanks again for all the recent updates
May 30th at 11:40 pm
These are excellent additions to the gallery. I can’t say too much about rotation; I haven’t usually had a problem with that. But having to sometimes go in and fix order by hand wasn’t desirable. Being able to arrange automagically by clock order makes a gallery easier to keep as I desire it.
May 30th at 11:49 pm
Yes! This awesome. I have been using galleries in my previous post. I’m going to try this at home later. Thanks wordpress!
May 30th at 11:59 pm
Reblogged this on enfinelmar.
May 31st at 12:14 am
Junk – I rotate some of my pictures now you tell me the rotation will be undone – pure junk
May 31st at 12:32 am
Sounds good. However most of my blogging is done whilst I am off line and I only do the final upload when I can find connectivity. For this reason I use BlogPress to connect to WordPress. Would be terrific if you could use the WordPress app whilst offline.
May 31st at 1:19 am
Good improvements! I didn’t like using gallery before because they’d always go out of the order I wanted them. I’ll try it again on the next batch of photos.
May 31st at 1:38 am
Trying this out for the first time today and it’s been a nightmare. The biggest issue is that it’s rotating incorrectly and won’t let me edit – it freaks out IE and tries to shut down. Help! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
May 31st at 1:39 am
What happens if one is using an image that is not a photograph, for instance artwork, which doesn’t have EXIF info – what sorting options will be offered them?
May 31st at 2:24 am
This is fantastic. I take a lot of my flower photo’s vertical and sometimes spend several tries trying to get them to rotate.
May 31st at 3:13 am
Wow! Thank you so much for doing this
May 31st at 3:38 am
Is metadata such as keywords, author etc retained as well? That would be handy from the point of view of people finding your images/blog using search engines.
May 31st at 4:29 am
Fantastic News. WordPress is constantly changing but unlike others it always for the better.
May 31st at 4:32 am
Great update. Is there a way to pin some or all photos in a gallery ?
May 31st at 5:20 am
It didn’t do this before? Are edited photos automatically lined up how they were taken? I’ve never experienced the issue that was addressed. However, I do appreciate the EXIF data, will be nice to use.
May 31st at 5:34 am
hope a perfect tool,
May 31st at 5:56 am
I would prefer the photos didn’t rotate automatically, for when I resize them and edit them prior to posting, I rotate them myself, and now I find the images I upload are sideways. Alternatively, it would be great to be able to rotate the images once uploaded. Cheers!
May 31st at 6:04 am
It didn’t flip all of my photos in a gallery. Does it flip at time of downloading or when you upload the gallery? Some were flipped and other not – any clues ??
May 31st at 7:16 am
Not just for digital shooters, old school film users like me are also happy at this new facility..
May 31st at 7:35 am
I like that. Does WP leaves the EXIF data intact in an image? That way you can embed a copyright notice..
May 31st at 8:06 am
I was posting pictures last night and I found it odd that some of the pictures I uploaded automatically rotated, although the picture does not need to be rotated. Good thing there was an edit button to correct it. Is there a way I could get rid of the automatic rotation thing? Or should I?
May 31st at 8:43 am
How about that – yesterday I was trying to find out about galleries, and failing to find the right place for help. Now you email me with the exact information I need… telepathy.wordpress.com!
Thanks & greetings from Transylvania.
May 31st at 12:12 pm
More good options for Word Press bloggers and even more reason to blog on Word Press! Thank you!
May 31st at 2:45 pm
Very cool feature. Love the upload options: time vs upload order. Thanks!
May 31st at 6:17 pm
Reblogged this on pravinchn.
May 31st at 6:44 pm
Was wondering why some of the Art images I posted were lacking in tones and colour. Will explore in finer detail later. I wasn’t aware of the EXIF data and loss through refining prior to posting. Thanks for updating
May 31st at 7:05 pm
Another innovation! Good for you. WordPress!
Jun 1st at 12:30 am
I just got off the phone with godaddy.com. They assure me that WordPress on their server is identical the the WordPress on wordpress.com. Is this true? Or is their a difference? Is there a lag time before these features get propagated over to godaddy.com servers? Is their anyway of knowing what version of WordPress is running on wordpress.com?
Jun 1st at 2:38 am
like the idea
Jun 1st at 4:35 am
automatic rotation?!! awesome update!
Jun 1st at 12:52 pm
Why is it so convoluted to add an existing photo from your library to a gallery! So frustrating!
Jun 1st at 12:53 pm
Once again, thank you WordPress! A reminder as to why I chose WordPress over blogger! Keep it up!
Jun 1st at 4:24 pm
I write a food blog in which I usually upload one main picture and then put the rest of the pictures showing the cooking process in a slideshow. What the slide show does is, it includes the main picture in it as well, which I don’t want. No amount of sorting or numbering works. Is there a way to not have all pictures in the post’s gallery show up on the slideshow?
Jun 1st at 7:38 pm
Great update, now I just need to get out there and take more photos.
Jun 2nd at 12:03 pm
Is there a way to enter a gallery slide show in a post that does not include all the photos used in the post? Sometimes I want to post static photos and in another area in the same post I would like a slide show of different photos, not every photo used on the post. Possible?
Right now it seems when a gallery is posted it uses all of the photos used in the post.
Jun 4th at 10:11 pm
My images are being rotated again after uploading…any suggestions? I tried to go back in, re-rotate and save, upload again, with no luck.
Jun 5th at 9:33 am
This rotation feature is a big problem for me. I am using a really old version of photoshop to edit my pictures and when I upload to wordpress I can see that the new feature rotates them to what the camera originally captured. When I try to rotate them in wordpress, explorer freezes up and it doesn’t work. So this is a total bummer for me. Is there anyway to block this new feature? Maybe I will try the suggestion above… enabling the EXIF orientation… like I know what that means.
Jun 5th at 9:44 am
Thanks, I have always found that WordPress is a dynamic, elegant and versatile platform for my photoblog. Thank you for the useful and innovative feature.
Jun 6th at 8:35 am
Andrew, thanks for the hint (above) that in the future it may be possible to exclude images from the Slideshow feature and for the new sort options in the Gallery feature!
Jun 6th at 11:59 am
I would like to be able to upload in batch and then select the order that I want the photos to appear. This isn’t always in the upload order or title order (typically I title by a sequence, e.g., summer1, summer2, etc when editing photos). I tried the other day by renumbering in the boxes to change the order but it didn’t make any difference. Changed the titles within WordPress and that wouldn’t allow me to order by title either — it preserved the title photos had when uploaded (which makes sense in a way). I thought that I had used the boxes to change the menu order before, but it doesn’t seem to work now. Suggestions?
Jun 9th at 11:58 am
Yes! There is Image Date/Time sorting already! Thanks for making my blogging life easier
Jun 10th at 11:59 pm
Love the idea of controlling the order in the gallery by upload order, a much needed feature – thank you!
Jun 12th at 3:50 am
I am rotating photos in MS word and then adding them to my WP blog ( today ). WP is changing them back to their original ( wrong ) rotation. Very annoying.