Editors' note: This review was updated on December 5, 2013, with more detailed information we received about specific features from the developers of the app.
OKDoThis is the latest app to enter into the mobile photography space with a new twist for Instagram users. With a crowded market and new apps popping up almost daily, the fresh approach OKDoThis takes to chasing the success of Instagram is very appealing.
The first thing you'll need to do after installing OKDoThis is set up an account. The account creation process is a breeze if you have either a Facebook or Twitter account set up on your iPhone. By combining your account information, and asking you to fill in a few more fields, the entire setup process takes only a couple of minutes. Of course you can dive deeper into adding a bio and filling in even more information if you'd like, but for those of us who like to dive right into the app can do so without much work.
As a brief tutorial you're asked to complete one Do; don't worry, you won't have to post the photo you take unless you want to. The premise behind OKDoThis allows for users to create Dos that could lead to some interesting (if not amazing) photos. For example, the Do I had to complete during setup was to snap a photo of whatever was directly behind my iPhone at the time. The photo ended up being a boring photo of my desktop and a cleaning cloth, but in a different setting it could have lead to an interesting photo.
Think outside the box
The Dos are where the magic of OKDoThis reside. Right now nearly everyone is using Instagram to some extent, or has at least seen an unhealthy amount of Instagram photos across social networks and on Web sites. The saturation level of Starbucks cups, puppies, sunsets and plates of food is at an all time high. What OKDoThis forces you to do is step outside that comfort zone and look at the process of framing and taking a photo on your iPhone differently.
A good example of a Do that encourages creative thinking is "Things you find on the ground." Normally when walking somewhere, even in your own home, you step over objects that might make for a decent photo. By bookmarking this Do, you force yourself to remember to look at items on the ground through a camera lens. Metaphorically, of course. Don't actually walk around with your camera open looking at random junk on the ground. In my time with the app, having a task in mind was a revitalizing approach to otherwise stale mobile photography.
The OKDoThis team features popular Dos on a daily basis. Currently autumn and winter themed tasks are amongst the most popular.