How Instagram for iOS straightens your photos
Although Instagram for iPhone has included the option to straighten images for some time, an engineering post published yesterday details how the Instagram team made it possible. Clicking on the icon in the app’s post-processing menu uses data from your phone’s accelerometer and gyroscope to automatically work out the optimum angle for a straight photo. After your image is aligned you then have the option to tweak the exact angle using a sliding scale. The team originally planned on offering users a full set of sliders to offer precise control, but decided that would go against the app’s focus on simplicity.
  • Camera: Olympus E-P1
  • Aperture: f/2.5
  • Exposure: 1/100th
  • Focal Length: 14mm

How Instagram for iOS straightens your photos

Although Instagram for iPhone has included the option to straighten images for some time, an engineering post published yesterday details how the Instagram team made it possible. Clicking on the icon in the app’s post-processing menu uses data from your phone’s accelerometer and gyroscope to automatically work out the optimum angle for a straight photo. After your image is aligned you then have the option to tweak the exact angle using a sliding scale. The team originally planned on offering users a full set of sliders to offer precise control, but decided that would go against the app’s focus on simplicity.