I almost always have a camera on me. Some time ago, I started keeping a packed camera bag and a tripod in my car. It helped me satisfy my photography urge when inspiration found it’s way to my eyes. With the camera always nearby I could pullover, stop, and capture what I saw. On my lunch break I could walk around capturing moments throughout my day. Funny thing is, I noticed that I still captured more images with my iPhone than with Nikon.

It’s true, the best camera is the camera you have with you. But what has also become true, at least for me, over the last few years is that the best camera is the one that allows me to process and share my vision in the moment. This article by Daniel Korpai has some great tips that I have incorporated into my instant photography workflow.

With the introduction of iCloud Photo Library, there is a new smart album in the Photos app: Favorites. When you’re browsing through your images you can find a little heart icon (?) under every single picture. Tap it, and Photos will automatically put that photo in the Favorites album and also make sure not to delete those in case you have the Optimize iPhone Storage turn on under the iCloud Photo Library’s settings.

Go through all of your images in the Photos app and tap the little heart icon when you think you might want to process that particular image in the future. In the Favorites album I then go through for a second time to review my selected images one more time, just to make sure I only keep the very best.Daniel Korpai

That’s a new tip for me and I have started using it. It makes cleaning up the mess in my iOS photo library much easier.

iOS 8 added the ability to pass images onto third-party app for editing. The images undergo non-destructive edits which means I can always undo. I mostly use the Afterlight app. It has lots of filters but I almost never use any of them. But it has a few editing tools that I absolutely love. I have a few other apps but few of them are available as editors from the photos library.

This is why I reverse this process. Instead of opening a third-party app, find the image you want to edit in the Photos app, then pass the photo to the other application with the help of an iOS Extension created by the Workflow app.

I started doing that last week. I created a Workflow to pass images from Adobe Lightroom Mobile to a few of my apps favourite including Instagram.

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My workflow is simple. Capture an image with the native camera app and either use share sheets or workflows to pass the image to another app, usually Afterlight, for processing. I use other camera apps for specialized captures. I have a camera app for creating HDR images, long exposures, one for macro photography, and a few that allow for manual control of the camera. These are organized into an iOS folder named simply Cameras.

My most used camera apps are:

  • Native iOS Camera
  • vividHDR
  • Slow Shutter
  • Stay Focused

Apps that I use for post processing are organized into an iOS folder called Darkroom. This includes, Photogene, an app I consider the Photoshop of iOS, Afterlght, VSCO Cam, Snapseed, Darkroom, and Image Sizer to change images to fit Instagram’s square format.

My most used editing apps are:

  • Afterlight
  • VSCO Cam
  • Photogene
  • Image Sizer

Daniel uses VSCO Grid to publish his mobile image but despite the square format, I prefer Instagram. It’s easy to publish an image to Instagram and simultaneouly share to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Foursquare.

Please read the article. The author mentions a few apps that I may download, try out, and perhaps add to my iPhone _photography bag.


Workflow is an automation tool for iOS. The concept is similar to Automator for OS X. You can run a series of actions to perform a task, such as retrieving the latest screenshot and save it to Dropbox, or you can send anything from share sheet as input before running these actions, such as resizing selected photo from Photos app.Sutanto

I’ve spent the last few days creating workflow actions for posting images from Adobe Lightroom to Instagram, opening images for editing in VSCOcam, to creating new blog post — like this one — from snippets in Pocket. I’m addicted.