How to Rotate Images on Your Canon EOS 6D - dummies

How to Rotate Images on Your Canon EOS 6D

By Doug Sahlin

Many photographers rotate their Canon EOS 6D 90 degrees when taking a picture of an object that’s taller than it is wide. When these images are displayed on the camera LCD monitor, you must rotate the camera 90 degrees to view them in the correct orientation.

Auto-rotation is enabled by default; however, when the camera auto-rotates an image on the LCD monitor, it’s very small. Some photographers prefer not to rotate images so they can see the big picture on the camera LCD monitor. You can change the options as follows:

  1. Press the Menu button and then use the Quick Control dial to highlight the Camera Settings 1 tab.

  2. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight Auto Rotate and then press the Set button.

    The Auto Rotate options display.


  3. Rotate the Quick Control dial to highlight one of the following options:

    • LCD Monitor and computer: The default setting rotates the image automatically on the camera monitor and when downloaded to the computer.

    • LCD Monitor only: Rotates the image automatically on the computer monitor, but not on the camera. Use this option if you prefer to view a bigger image on your camera LCD monitor. Note that you will have to rotate the camera manually to view the image in its proper orientation.

    • Off: Images are not rotated.

  4. Press Set.

    Your desired rotation option is now applied to all images taken from this point forward. If you choose to rotate the image when downloaded to your computer and it doesn’t rotate, that means your software can’t automatically rotate images from this command. If the camera is pointed up or down when you take a picture, an image photographed with the camera rotated 90 degrees may not rotate automatically.

There is also a menu command on the Playback menu to rotate individual images. But let’s face it folks, if you have time to stop and rotate individual images on a card, you’re photographing either a person, place, or thing that is drop dead boring to you.

If this is the case, don’t muck about in the camera menu; find something, someplace, or someone that gets your photography mojo into high gear. Life is too short to navigate through a million menu commands.