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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 October 14, 2020

          How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic

          How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic

          When you become an early riser, you’ll experience a lot of benefits, including feeling more energized and having more time to do what you want.

          If you’d like to join the ranks of those waking up with the sun, there are some things you should know before you run off to set your alarm.

          What exactly do you need to do to learn how to become an early riser?

          Here are 5 tips I’ve discovered to be most helpful in making the transition from erratic sleeper or night owl to early morning wizard.

          1. Choose to Get up Before You Go to Sleep

          You’re not very good at making decisions when you’ve just woken up. You were in the middle of a dream in which [insert celebrity crush of choice here] is serving you breakfast in bed, only to be rudely awakened by the harsh tones of your alarm clock.

          You’re frustrated, confused, and surprised. This is not the time to be making decisions about whether or not you should stay in bed! And yet, most of us leave the first decision of our day to be made in a blur of partial wakefulness.

          No more!

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          If you want to learn how to be an early riser, try making your decision to rise at a specific time before you go to sleep the night before. This frees you from making the decision in the morning when you’ve just woken up. Instead of making a decision, you only have to follow through on your decision from the night before.

          Easier said than done? Of course. But only for the first few times. Eventually, your need for raw willpower to get out of bed will diminish, and you’ll be the proud parent of a new habit!

          Steve Pavlina suggests you practice getting out of bed during the day[1] to get a few of the “practice sessions” out of the way without the early morning fog in your head.

          2. Have a Plan for Your Extra Time

          Let’s say you’ve actually made it out of bed 2 hours before you normally would. Now what? What are you going to do with all this time you’ve discovered in your day?

          If you don’t have something planned to do with your extra time, you risk falling for the temptation of a “morning nap” that wipes out all the work you put into getting up.

          To become an early riser, plan a great morning routine.

            Before you fall asleep, make a quick note of what you’d like to get done during your extra hours the following day. You could read a book, clean the garage, or write up that work report you’ve been putting off. Make a plan for when you wake up earlier, and you’ll do more than protect yourself from backsliding into bed.

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            You’ll get things done, and those results will fuel your desire to build rising early into a habit!

            3. Make Rising Early a Social Activity

            Your internet or social media buddies just don’t have enough pull to make your new habit stick in the long term. The same cannot be said for the people you spend time with as part of your early morning routine.

            Sure, you could choose to read blogs for two hours every morning, but wouldn’t it be great to join an early breakfast club, running group, or play chess in the park at 5am?

            The more people you get involved in making your new habit a daily part of your life, the easier it’ll be to succeed.

            Consider finding an accountability partner who is also interested in becoming an early riser. Perhaps it’s a neighbor who you plan to go for a run with at 6 am. Or it could be your husband or wife, and you decide to get up earlier to spend more time together before the kids wake up.

            Learn more about finding the perfect accountability partner in this article.

            4. Don’t Use an Alarm That Makes You Angry

            If we’re all wired differently, why do we all insist on torturing ourselves with the same sort of alarm each morning?

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            I spent years trying to wake up before my alarm went off so I wouldn’t have to hear it. I got pretty good, too. Then, I started using a cellphone as my alarm clock and quickly realized that different ring tones irritated me less but worked just as well to wake me up. I now use the ringtone alarm as a back-up for my bedside lamp, which I’ve plugged in to a timer.

            When the bright light doesn’t work, the cellphone picks up the slack, and I wake up on time. The lesson learned? Experiment a bit and see what works best for you as you try to become an early riser.

            Light, sound, smells, temperature, or even some contraption that dumps water on you might be more pleasant than your old alarm clock. Give something new a try!

            One final thing you can do is put your alarm at least several feet from your bed. If it’s within arm’s reach, you’ll be tempted to hit the snooze button. However, if you have to get out of bed to turn it off, you’ll be more likely to resist going back to sleep.

            5. Get Your Blood Flowing Right After Waking

            If you don’t have a neighbor you can pick fights with at 5 am, you’ll have to settle with a more mundane exercise. It doesn’t take much to get your blood flowing and chase the sleep from your head.

            Just pick something you don’t mind doing and go through the motions until your heart rate is up. Jumping rope, push-ups, crunches, or a few minutes of yoga are typically enough to do the trick. Here are 10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day. (Just don’t do anything your doctor hasn’t approved.)

            If you’re going to go for a full-on morning workout, remember to give your body at least 15 minutes to get moving before you start[2]. Have a glass of water, stretch a bit, and then get into your workout.

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            If you live in a beautiful part of the world like me, you might want to use a bit of your early morning to go for a walk and enjoy the beauty of the world around you.

            If you have a coffee shop open within walking distance, dragging yourself out of bed for a cup of coffee to savor on your walk home as the world wakes around you is a wonderful experience. Try it, and you’ll enjoy becoming an early riser!

            Final Thoughts

            Creating a new habit is always a challenge, especially if that habit is forcing you out of the comfort of your bed before the sun is even up. However, early risers enjoy increased productivity, higher levels of concentration, and even healthier eating habits[3]!

            Those are all great reasons to give it a try and get up a few minutes earlier. Try getting to bed a bit earlier and learn how to become an early riser with the above tips and conquer your days.

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