Today is World Photography Day. On this very special day, photography lovers from all around the world commemorate by snapping pictures to share their love for photography with the world. Let’s have a look back at the history of photography and how it started evolving by time.

History of Photography

Today marks 180 years of Photography. Photography first originated in France in 1939 by Louis Daguerre. Louis Daguerre, one of the first founders of photography, invented what was then called the daguerreotype, a photographic process that used to be the practicable method of obtaining permanent images with a camera. On August 19, 1839, the French government announced the invention of photography as a gift free to the world. However, before the daguerreotype, the first photographic process — heliography — was invented around 1824 by Nicéphore Niépce. Images were obtained with bitumen of Judea spread on a silver plate after an exposure time of several days. Soon came the Kodak founder, Georges Eastman, and then came the Lumiere brothers, Auguste and Louis Lumiere the first filmmakers and cinematographers in history.

This is the world’s first photograph or at least, the oldest surviving photo that was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827.

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Top Photography Art and Design Apps for Android and iOS

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Back then, developing photographs were done in special rooms called “darkrooms” where they had to leave the fixer in the tank for a couple of minutes. Today, with the rising of digital technology, everything is done in a faster, more efficient and productive way. Back then, photographers used techniques that involve manipulation to edit the photos, such as retouching with ink, paint, airbrushing, or scratching Polaroids during developing. Today, all this is being done simply by editing apps.

Below is a list of top editing apps for Android and iOS


PicsArt is a collage maker and photo editing app that offers great tools, effects, free clipart library, millions of user-created stickers, and drawing tools. With PicsArt, you can edit your pictures and turn them into something completely artistic and incredible. PicsArt also allows you to participate in creative contests and photo challenges, which can help you learn new editing tricks and improve your editing skills. 

Picsart for Android
Picsart for iOS


Developed by Google, Snapseed comes with an intuitive interface and offers a great number of filters and effects that can be perfect for all kinds of photographic manipulation and fine-tuning. Snapseed is designed with stacks, which convert filters you apply into an editable layer, thanks to which each layer can be tweaked, thus giving the users an ability to experiment more.

Snapseed for Android
Snapseed for iOS


Retrica comes with a straightforward interface, a variety of live filters and effects, and offers a fine multishot collage-creation mode. This can be used to zoom along in a car to get excellent photo strips. In case you miss a Retrica moment while using your normal camera app, you can always use one of the filters available on Retrica later.

Retrica for Android
Retrica for iOS

Stop Motion Studio

Stop Motion Studio can be used to shoot individual frames, arrange and edit them, and then use the results in a movie or animated GIF. Stop Motion Studio comes with a number of great features such as its overlay mode, grid mode, integrated movie editor, and more. Make sure to use this userfriendly app at times your pictures need editing boost.

Stop Motion Studio for Android
Stop Motion Studio for iOS

Adobe Photoshop Fix

As the name implies, Photoshop Fix is more of adjusting images than editing with filters. The app comes with Photoshop Fix’s Heal and Liquify tools that enable users to get rid of imperfections and enjoy drastic effects. Photoshop Fix allows users to retouch and restore photos, lighten and darken the pics, adjust and defocus them, and more.

Adobe Photoshop Fix for Android
Adobe Photoshop Fix for iOS


Flickr is a great app both for photographers and passers-by. To use the app, you’ll need to have a Flickr account. You can upload, access, organize and share photos from any device and from anywhere in the world. All your uploaded photos and videos will be private unless you share them. The app offers camera roll in the cloud, as well as simplified organization and sharing. Use your creativity to edit your photos, add filters, crop images, and more.

Flickr for Android
Flickr for iOS


VSCO offers a great choice of image adjustment tools and fine photo presets. The app comes with creative and subtle one-tap presets; adjustable filter strength; a large variety of presets available to download; image adjustment tools for exposure, color and other enhancements; and an integrated camera and photo-sharing platform. So, using VSCO, you can enjoy photo editing, film-like presets, VSCO community, VSCO X Membership, and new advanced controls.

VSCO for Andriod
VSCO for iOS

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express offers a fast, powerful and easy way of editing through your mobile device. Using Photoshop Express Collages, you can enjoy flexibility and control of images, ranging from border size, color, individual pan, and zoom. Photoshop Express Collages allows you to upload files from your device, Creative Cloud, Dropbox, Facebook, and Google Photos, It also offers automatic collage and the ability to pick any photo in the collage to make any necessary edits, adjust or fix images and much more.

Adobe Photoshop Express for Android
Adobe Photoshop Express for iOS


Using iMovie, you can create a movie or Hollywood-style trailers. iMovie offers a streamlined design and intuitive Multi-Touch gestures. You can browse your video library, share favorite moments, create beautiful movies, and enjoy them all on your devices in iMovie Theater. Moreover, you can use the iMovie extension to enhance video clips, easily transfer projects between your device, send your projects to your computer, and share your finished movies and trailers to iMovie Theater to watch them all over again.

iMovie for iOS


Pattyl Vartanian is a Storyteller and passionate about blogging. She currently covers topics related to tech, telecom, marketing, and mobile apps. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming and reading poetry as well as non-fiction books.

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