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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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          The Gentle Art of Saying No

          The Gentle Art of Saying No

          No!

          It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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          But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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          What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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          But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

          1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
          2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
          3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
          4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
          5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
          6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
          7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
          8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
          9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
          10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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