5 Apps to Take Your iPhone Selfies to a New Level

5 Apps to Take Your iPhone Selfies to a New Level

It’s no use even trying to imagine how many gazillions of selfies are on the Net by now. Why, you yourself probably have thousands of them (if you are an avid party-goer, traveler or just narcissist) – and we bet you’ve felt more than once that they all seem the same. Don’t worry though – check out these apps and spice up your selfies!

1. Selfie Camera



    If anything could be named a magic wand, for millions of iPhone users it’s the selfie stick. But what’s cool can be made even better, and Selfie Camera is just the app you need to get the most out of your iPhone and selfie stick. Strike the best pose, give your smartphone a light shake – voila, the photo-shoot begins! You can specify the delay (3, 5 or 10 sec) so that you’d have time to prepare; moreover, the app allows to capture up to 5 images in one burst – the more to choose the perfect selfie from! To enhance your pics, Selfie Camera offers instant enhancement and fine-tuning, as well as a variety of retouching tools.

    2. Ghost Lens+Selfie

    If you’re into eerie atmospheric photo-shoots, Ghost Lens will sure help to impress your friends and subscribers – with this app you can create a photo or a video featuring your ‘ghost’. There’s a multitude of filters to make it look like your ‘spirit’ is wandering outside your body, or floating in the air, etc. What’s even greater is that you can adjust any alteration just the way you like it. You don’t even have to prepare photos in advance – start the app, snap as many shots as you need, and get spooky and creative!


     3. Filterra


      Having fun is cool enough, but what if you’re into meticulous post-processing? You cannot carry Photoshop around with you. The answer, however, is simple: install photo editor Filterra and edit away to your heart’s content. As stated on the official Filterra website, this app stands out from the crowd as it seeks to bring pro level tools to everyone, at the same time making enhancement simpler and quicker. Filterra offers more than enough powerful functions to adjust your selfies and other photos – to the extent that you’ll be at a loss which variant is better. Should you need even more custom-made tools, you can get additional bundles from the Store.


      4. Facetune

      Did you ever happen to resent Mother Nature for that mole right on your eyelid, or the unwieldy shape of your eyebrows, or the height of the cheekbones? There’s a solution, far cheaper and safer than plastic surgery, – Facetune! The app comes for a small fee – $3.99, but it is sure worth the money. Smooth out any imperfections, alter facial features, add color to eyes and lips and hair; it allows to reduce red- and white-eye effect, retouch stray hairs and dark eye circles and much more in just a couple of taps! And if your selfie is perfect the way it is, you can simply add more focus, adjust lighting as well as dress it up with textures, special effects and frames.

      5. TigerEyes



        To manifest your wild streak (especially if you’re a cat person), there’s TigerEyes – a free app allowing you to transform your face into a wild cat’s (other animals are available too, albeit for a small fee). Loads of fun guaranteed!

        Photography is a thing you just cannot stop doing; and even if you feel stuck or unimpressed with your performance, there’ll always some handy app to inspire new experiments. Keep up with the trends and stay tuned with the software, and capture and share the moments! Good luck with your incredible and creative selfies!

        Featured photo credit: Lion selfie/Silke Remmery via

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        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

        1. Work on the small tasks.

        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

        2. Take a break from your work desk.

        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


        3. Upgrade yourself

        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

        4. Talk to a friend.

        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

        7. Read a book (or blog).

        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

        8. Have a quick nap.

        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


        9. Remember why you are doing this.

        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

        10. Find some competition.

        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

        11. Go exercise.

        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

        12. Take a good break.

        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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