World Photo Day: Bring Your Photos to Life

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Avator By Jonathan Owen
Marketing Manager
Published 19th August 2020
Last modified 14th October 2022
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The lockdown period has prompted many people to take up new hobbies, interests and professions – the majority of which demanding a boost of creativity and innovation. One core element that has been apparent in each of these activities is our unwavering reliance on photographs and other visual assets – from decorating our homes to sourcing and editing professional assets.

This is exactly why we’re celebrating this World Photo Day by showcasing some of the best and brightest photo-editing applications on the market. So, take a look at our top six suggestions for transforming those special memories!


VSCO has long been a fan-favourite in the world of photo editing mobile apps, and it’s understandable as to why. This app boasts a number of impressive benefits all wrapped within a clean and accessible design. Its 3-in-1 camera comes with numerous features such as; customised shutter speed, white balance and manual focus. Once captured, your images can be edited with a number of preset filters or by utilising the manual tools to create an image that assuredly meets your creative requirements.

After adding those finishing touches, the VSCO app also invites you to a bespoke social platform that connects a community of photographers, artists and other creatives – meaning you’ll be able to locate likeminded people at the click of a button.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Whilst Adobe’s usual Photoshop service may not be unfamiliar to you, it’s Express format may be. This free-to-download platform hones in on the most popular Photoshop tools and adapts them to suit the smaller space of a device screen.

The major benefit to this service is that it hosts a number of in-app tutorials, helping to spark inspiration in those of us who are stuck at a dead end. Additional benefits include blemish editing, exposure tools and seamless text overlay. If you’re looking for a little extra help then the app also allows you to send your image directly to Photoshop so that you can continue your work on a larger device.

Google Photoscan

 Whilst capturing those special moments might be your primary concern when partaking in photography as a hobby, you may also want to access older, physical memories – as well as restore them to their original quality. For these purposes, Google’s Photoscan application is a must-have.

The Photoscan app can transform your physical memories into a high-quality digital photo that removes any glare, crops damaged borders and straightens the shot if needed.

Enlight Photofox

If you’re looking to master a more artistic approach to photography then Enlight Photofox is the app for you. The platform allows its users to adjust an image’s tone, colour and smaller details whilst additionally providing more advanced features – from segmenting an image or turning it into a digital sketch.

So if a traditional photo doesn’t quite cut it, this app can provide you with that abstract feel!


Another favourite for turning lifelike images into art is Prisma. Whether you want the stylings of Van Gogh or Picasso, this application can deliver using style transfer AI techniques.

By the time it’s done, you’ll be able to present a nearly unrecognisable masterpiece to the world!


If you’re looking for the abilities of a professional camera but through the convenience of your mobile, then Halide could be your answer. Whilst you’ll maintain the ability to simply capture a moment at the press of a button, you’ll additionally be able to open up an abundance of manual controls – managing focus, shutter speed as well as exposure control.

So if you’re looking to have a more active role in the capturing of your images, this is sure to do the trick.


Creativity can never be entirely measured, controlled or managed, however, some services and applications can help to enhance what’s already there. Of course, to ensure that you remain somewhat in charge, it’s a good idea to protect your artwork or assets in whatever way you can - from a back-up drive to a comprehensive insurance plan.