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How to add moods to photos: Stepcase Phototreats for iPhone

How to add moods to photos: Stepcase Phototreats for iPhone

    Suffer from plain or boring photos?

    Taking photos on your cellphone is easy & convenient, but how many times have you taken a picture and thought “This looks a bit plain” or “This looks boring compared to other photos I’ve seen”. Phototreats is a free photo enhancing app that adds vibrancy, mood and flavor transforming your photo into something memorable. It is the latest FREE photo app released by Stepcase adding to the popular Actioncam, and Darkroom apps (which have exceeded 1.5 million downloads!).

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    The idea behind Phototreats is to give your photos a different feeling in a easy to use way by applying different filters that reflect the seasons, the different decades, various regions, styles, and times of the day. Each category contains a selection of filters that can be applied to your photograph in an instant. After the filters are applied the photos are modified to reflect different moods, emotions, feelings or eras which add an extra dimension or a touch of spice to the photo. The filters raise the photos to the next level particularly when you share them, making you feel more proud about the quality of the photo that you are sharing.

    The filters are categorised into 5 different flavors each attempting to represent a style. 3 of the filters are free with the download and 2 are additional premium packs that cost $0.99:

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    My Eats – Reproducing that exotic color of faraway, special places.
    My Styles – Conveys that special feeling and message with this tailor-crafted group of filters.
    My Day – Capture the moods and lighting of different times of the day.
    My Seasons – Enhance the sensation of the four seasons. ($0.99)
    My Times – Feeling funky? This pack of filters captures the essence of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. ($0.99)

    How to use

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      Select or take a photo by tapping on the screen. Once you have your photo, you can scroll through the filter categories by swiping the list and selecting the filter at the top of the screen. The photo is refreshed automatically with a preview of the filter. Once you have chosen your preferred filter, tap on the photo to bring up the options, where you can easily save or share the photo.

      Easy to share

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        Best of all, Phototreats can also access Steply, Stepcase’s photo sharing community! This means that sharing and tagging a photo’s location for the place bests to eat, buy and do things is easy. When you visit your favourite restaurant, you can showcase the food that you are eating, when you spot that item you really want to buy you can share it with your friends, or when you catch that beautiful sunset, or an amazing concert, you can let the World see what exciting things there are to do. Connecting and reaching out to friends and the community to share your recommendations is easy because Steply is already built inside of Phototreats. This makes it easier to explore your city, showcase your lifestyle and to become a top lifestyler through the power of photos.

          Phototreats is FREE, download now and give it a try.

          For Lifehack users, you can also receive a premium filter pack for free that would normally cost $0.99 as part of our Twitter Campaign!

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          Last Updated on January 21, 2020

          Becoming Self-Taught (The How-To Guide)

          Becoming Self-Taught (The How-To Guide)

          Most of the skills I use to make a living are skills I’ve learned on my own: Web design, desktop publishing, marketing, personal productivity skills, even teaching! And most of what I know about science, politics, computers, art, guitar-playing, world history, writing, and a dozen other topics, I’ve picked up outside of any formal education.

          This is not to toot my own horn at all; if you stop to think about it, much of what you know how to do you’ve picked up on your own. But we rarely think about the process of becoming self-taught. This is too bad, because often, we shy away from things we don’t know how to do without stopping to think about how we might learn it — in many cases, fairly easily.

          The way you approach the world around you dictates to a great degree whether you will find learning something new easy or hard.

          The Keys to Learning Anything Easily

          Learning comes easily to people who have developed:

          Curiosity

          Being curious means you look forward to learning new things and are troubled by gaps in your understanding of the world. New words and ideas are received as challenges and the work of understanding them is embraced.

          People who lack curiosity see learning new things as a chore — or worse, as beyond their capacities.

          Patience

          Depending on the complexity of a topic, learning something new can take a long time. And it’s bound to be frustrating as you grapple with new terminologies, new models, and apparently irrelevant information.

          When you are learning something by yourself, there is nobody to control the flow of information, to make sure you move from basic knowledge to intermediate and finally advanced concepts.

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          Patience with your topic, and more importantly with yourself is crucial — there’s no field of knowledge that someone in the world hasn’t managed to learn, starting from exactly where you are.

          A Feeling for Connectedness

          This is the hardest talent to cultivate, and is where most people flounder when approaching a new topic.

          A new body of knowledge is always easiest to learn if you can figure out the way it connects to what you already know. For years, I struggled with calculus in college until one day, my chemistry professor demonstrated how to do half-life calculations using integrals. From then on, calculus came much easier, because I had made a connection between a concept I understood well (the chemistry of half-lifes) and a field I had always struggled in (higher maths).

          The more you look for and pay attention to the connections between different fields, the more readily your mind will be able to latch onto new concepts.

          How to Self-Taught Effectively

          With a learning attitude in place, working your way into a new topic is simply a matter of research, practice, networking, and scheduling:

          1. Research

          Of course, the most important step in learning something new is actually finding out stuff about it. I tend to go through three distinct phases when I’m teaching myself a new topic:

          Learning the Basics

          Start as all things start today: Google it! Somehow people managed to learn before Google ( I learned HTML when Altavista was the best we got!) but nowadays a well-formed search on Google will get you a wealth of information on any topic in seconds.

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          Surfing Wikipedia articles is a great way to get a basic grounding in a new field, too — and usually the Wikipedia entry for your search term will be on the first page of your Google search.

          What I look for is basic information and then the work of experts — blogs by researchers in a field, forums about a topic, organizational websites, magazines. I subscribe to a bunch of RSS feeds to keep up with new material as it’s posted, I print out articles to read in-depth later, and I look for the names of top authors or top books in the field.

          Hitting the Books

          Once I have a good outline of a field of knowledge, I hit the library. I look up the key names and titles I came across online, and then scan the shelves around those titles for other books that look interesting.

          Then, I go to the children’s section of the library and look up the same call numbers — a good overview for teens is probably going to be clearer, more concise, and more geared towards learning than many adult books.

          Long-Term Reference

          While I’m reading my stack of books from the library, I start keeping my eyes out for books I will want to give a permanent place on my shelves. I check online and brick-and-mortar bookstores, but also search thrift stores, used bookstores, library book sales, garage sales, wherever I happen to find myself in the presence of books.

          My goal is a collection of reference manuals and top books that I will come back to either to answer thorny questions or to refresh my knowledge as I put new skills into practice. And to do this cheaply and quickly.

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          2. Practice

          Putting new knowledges into practice helps us develop better understandings now and remember more later. Although a lot of books offer exercises and self-tests, I prefer to jump right in and build something: a website, an essay, a desk, whatever.

          A great way to put any new body of knowledge into action is to start a blog on it — put it out there for the world to see and comment on.

          Just don’t lock your learning up in your head where nobody ever sees how much you know about something, and you never see how much you still don’t know.

          Check out this guide for useful techniques to help you practice efficiently: The Beginner’s Guide to Deliberate Practice

          3. Network

          One of the most powerful sources of knowledge and understanding in my life have been the social networks I have become embedded in over the years — the websites I write on, the LISTSERV I belong to, the people I talk with and present alongside at conferences, my colleagues in the department where I studied and the department where I now teach, and so on.

          These networks are crucial to extending my knowledge in areas I am already involved, and for referring me to contacts in areas where I have no prior experience. Joining an email list, emailing someone working in the field, asking colleagues for recommendations, all are useful ways of getting a foothold in a new field.

          Networking also allows you to test your newly-acquired knowledge against others’ understandings, giving you a chance to grow and further develop.

          Here find out How to Network So You’ll Get Way Ahead in Your Professional Life.

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          4. Schedule

          For anything more complex than a simple overview, it pays to schedule time to commit to learning. Having the books on the shelf, the top websites bookmarked, and a string of contacts does no good if you don’t give yourself time to focus on reading, digesting, and implementing your knowledge.

          Give yourself a deadline, even if there is no externally imposed time limit, and work out a schedule to reach that deadline.

          Final Thoughts

          In a sense, even formal education is a form of self-guided learning — in the end, a teacher can only suggest and encourage a path to learning, at best cutting out some of the work of finding reliable sources to learn from.

          If you’re already working, or have a range of interests beside the purely academic, formal instruction may be too inconvenient or too expensive to undertake. That doesn’t mean you have to set aside the possibility of learning, though; history is full of self-taught successes.

          At its best, even a formal education is meant to prepare you for a life of self-guided learning; with the power of the Internet and the mass media at our disposal, there’s really no reason not to follow your muse wherever it may lead.

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