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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 July 17, 2019

          The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

          The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

          What happens in our heads when we set goals?

          Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

          Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

          According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

          Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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          Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

          Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

          The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

          Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

          So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

          Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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          One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

          Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

          Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

          The Neurology of Ownership

          Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

          In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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          But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

          This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

          Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

          The Upshot for Goal-Setters

          So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

          On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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          It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

          On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

          But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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