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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 May 12, 2020

          8 Steps to Continuous Self Motivation Even During the Difficult Times

          8 Steps to Continuous Self Motivation Even During the Difficult Times

          Many of us find ourselves in motivational slumps that we have to work to get out of. Sometimes it’s like a continuous cycle where we are motivated for a period of time, fall out and then have to build things back up again.

          There is nothing more powerful for self-motivation than the right attitude. You can’t choose or control your circumstance, but you can choose your attitude towards your circumstances.

          How I see this working is while you’re developing these mental steps, and utilizing them regularly, self-motivation will come naturally when you need it.

          The key, for me, is hitting the final step to Share With Others. It can be somewhat addictive and self-motivating when you help others who are having trouble.

          A good way to have self motivation continuously is to implement something like these 8 steps from Ian McKenzie.[1] I enjoyed Ian’s article but thought it could use some definition when it comes to trying to build a continuous drive of motivation. Here is a new list on how to self motivate:

          1. Start Simple

          Keep motivators around your work area – things that give you that initial spark to get going.

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          These motivators will be the Triggers that remind you to get going.

          2. Keep Good Company

          Make more regular encounters with positive and motivated people. This could be as simple as IM chats with peers or a quick discussion with a friend who likes sharing ideas.

          Positive and motivated people are very different from the negative ones. They will help you grow and see opportunities during tough times.

          Here’re more reasons why you should avoid negative people: 10 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Negative People

          3. Keep Learning

          Read and try to take in everything you can. The more you learn, the more confident you become in starting projects.

          You can train yourself to crave lifelong learning with these tips: How to Develop a Lifelong Learning Habit

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          4. See the Good in Bad

          When encountering obstacles or challenging goals, you want to be in the habit of finding what works to get over them.

          Here are 10 tips to make positive thinking easy.

          5. Stop Thinking

          Just do. If you find motivation for a particular project lacking, try getting started on something else. Something trivial even, then you’ll develop the momentum to begin the more important stuff.

          When you’re thinking and worrying about it too much, you’re just wasting time. These tried worry busting techniques can help you.

          6. Know Yourself

          Keep notes on when your motivation sucks and when you feel like a superstar. There will be a pattern that, once you are aware of, you can work around and develop.

          Read for yourself how the magic of marking down your mood works.

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          7. Track Your Progress

          Keep a tally or a progress bar for ongoing projects. When you see something growing, you will always want to nurture it.

          Take a look at these 4 simple ways to track your progress so you have motivation to achieve your goals.

          8. Help Others

          Share your ideas and help friends get motivated. Seeing others do well will motivate you to do the same. Write about your success and get feedback from readers.

          Helping others actually helps yourself, here’s why.

          What I would hope happens here is you will gradually develop certain skills that become motivational habits.

          Once you get to the stage where you are regularly helping others keep motivated – be it with a blog or talking with peers – you’ll find the cycle continuing where each facet of staying motivated is refined and developed.

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          Too Many Steps?

          If you could only take one step? Just do it!

          Once you get started on something, you’ll almost always just get into it and keep going. There will be times when you have to do things you really don’t want to: that’s where the other steps and tips from other writers come in handy.

          However, the most important thing, that I think is worth repeating, is to just get started.

          Get that momentum going and then when you need to, take Ian’s Step 7 and Take A Break. No one wants to work all the time!

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          Featured photo credit: Japheth Mast via unsplash.com

          Reference

          [1] Ian McKenzie: 8 mental steps to self-motivation

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