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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

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    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!

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     3. Filterra

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      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.

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      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

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        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 flickr.com

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        Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

        Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

        There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

        More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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        Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

        You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

        During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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        Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

        Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

        The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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        This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

        Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

        The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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        This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

        This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

        Conclusion

        While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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