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iPhoto 11 sometimes displays photos at a small size, with a black band on all four sides of the photo. This happens when I press the back and forward arrow keys to go through my event:

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Notice the black band on all four sides of the photo.

I looked at a few photos for which this happens, and they seem to be around 1800 x 1200. This is less than the physical resolution of my display, which is 2880 x 1800. This does not happen for photos whose dimensions are larger than the screen resolution. Having said that, I'm not sure that this diagnosis is correct.

Can I tell it to always fit the photos to the screen (like Lightroom's Fit mode) as I go through the photos in my event or album using the arrow keys? That is, never leave a black band on all four sides of the photo. Thanks.

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Most apps that I've used, when a "fit to screen" option is selected, will only downscale images and not do the reverse. Why would you want to? It likely won't look as good. As a note, LR doesn't upscale the image to fit either, I just checked on my Mac. Since I don't use iPhoto, I can't absolutely say and so won't post as an answer, but I doubt such an option exists. –  John Cavan Jan 27 at 3:49
    
Thanks, John. I want it to upscale because I can see the photo better. I guess we have different preferences in this regard. I stand corrected regarding LR. FWIW, iPhoto does upscale too when connected to an external monitor, at 1920 x 1200, but not when using the internal display, at 2880 x 1800. So maybe it's a bug that causes iPhoto to upscale only sometimes. –  Kartick Vaddadi Jan 27 at 8:32
    
For an 1800x1200 photo on a 1920x1200 display I would doubt any upscaling has happened, it already fits vertically. –  John Cavan Jan 27 at 11:58

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