The Verge at Work is a series about process. We’re not scientists, and we’re not gurus, we’re just trying to get some work done. The solutions presented here are highly personal, and highly personalized. Not the only way, but our way.

I’m in love with the photo-making process: from the click of the shutter to the final product, it’s magic to me. And although the mechanical click has been replaced by a silent tap, my love for the art and science of photography has only intensified. I’m a firm believer in the idea that “the best camera is the one you have with you,” and it’s never been more true than on today’s smartphone-saturated streets.

I spent years chasing the perfect photo workflow, auditioning countless apps across multiple platforms, before landing on my current setup: an iPhone 5S paired with a handful of apps. While several of these tools are cross-platform and the underlying ideas can be applied regardless of your mobile OS, this is my personal iOS workflow.