Version Reviewed: 1.4.8
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Using a mixture of gamification and some helpful advice, Photozeen sets out to make garnering inspiration for one's photography both simpler and more enjoyable. It's a form of social photography app, enabling users to complete a series of related quests while rating each other accordingly.
Easy to get involved in, users have the choice of signing up via various social networks or via email. That's pretty much all that's needed to get started with Photozeen before delving into the various quests available. With a clear and sometimes iOS 7-influenced interface, it's simple enough to view the inspirational side of the app as well as the quests that are available.
These quests gradually unlock as earlier ones are completed. Starting out, users can tackle the "Nice to Meet You!" quest line, which allows them to take photos of mostly anything that appeals. As one progresses, however, the focus draws in, such as looking at self-portraits or something to represent one's city or favorite color. In each case, an appropriate description is offered alongside samples and examples of other people's entries. It's all clearly laid out and is actually quite encouraging, certainly when one is struggling to think of what to do. Photozeen ties in nicely with other apps, also, offering plenty of sharing features for those who like to store their images elsewhere.
While it's potentially possible to just view quests rather than actively participate, that's not really the point. That'll explain why submitting entries, as well as rating other people's, is really quite simple. It's involving too, both inspiring and making one feel good about what they do. Sometimes it feels like people haven't quite got the idea behind the app, with some mixed results imagery-wise, but the enthusiasm is still there. For those looking for a bit more creativity to their photography, Photozeen is a fun starting point.