About 6 months ago, I posted a note about working with photos in WordPress (the subject was "Photo Management Workflow". I wanted to follow up on that, as I've noticed something that might be useful to others dealing with the same problems as I.
The problem, to reiterate, is that if I post an image on my wordpress blog that's wider than the css stylesheet for the blog allows, the image gets "squished" in a very unpleasing way. This behavior did not exist when I first began using wordpress, but crept in a while back in one update and hasn't gone away since.
A few weeks ago, I posted a blog entry on one of my own blogs through my iPhone's WordPress app. To my surprise, the image included in the post, which was much wider than the blog should have allowed, was displayed correctly (it was scaled down proportionally, rather than just in X). I thought maybe WordPress had fixed this problem, so there was much rejoicing.
Turns out this wasn't quite the case; the WordPress app handles images slightly differently than web-based WordPress. Specifically, it omits the "width" and "height" tags in the HTML code for a given image. This omission causes the image to be scaled down proportionally in the blog, and works just as I'd like. The web-based WordPress does not do this; it includes these width and height tags, which for some reason causes this disproportionate scaling.
The fix, then, for anyone out there who needs this: when posting images, go to the HTML for your image and remove the "width=" and "height=" tags, and your images should behave properly. As an added bonus, readers who subscribe to your blog in Google Reader will be able to see the original, unscaled images inline in google reader, rather than having to click through on them to see them full size.
WordPress authors: it would be great to have WordPress omit these width/height tags in images to avoid this unpleasant scaling issue.