dslrBooth for Windows v5.21 Update

Updated Green Screen Setting UI

Green Screen settings now has a new UI that makes it easier to setup both when you use flash and when you don’t.

New Green Screen Design

Animated Overlays for GIFs/Boomerang

You can now add more overlays to your GIFs or boomerang videos than you have frames to create an animation on top of your photos/video. Settings > GIF> Overlays. As before, overlays should be a series of PNG transparent files.

New Supported Cameras

  • Nikon D5600
  • Canon EOS Kiss X9i/EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D
  • Canon EOS 9000D / EOS 77D
  • EOS 6D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 200D / EOS Rebel SL2 / Kiss X9

Change Foreground Color

Change the color of all buttons on the start screen including the Retake Button, Green Screen Start button and Full Screen button.

Email and SMS Send Icon

Instead of a checkmark, guests will now see the traditional send icon when sharing via SMS or Email.

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Email/SMS Queued

Option to change the text when Email or SMS is queued has been added. Settings > Display > Text.

PhotoShop Post Processing Time

Photoshop post processing time has been extended from 7 seconds to 30 seconds. This will allow for droplets with a large amount of layers to be processed and apply the effect to photos from dslrBooth.

Other Features

  • Refresh countdown progress circle more frequently for a smoother countdown.
  • Trigger camera 1 second earlier so capture is not delayed due to camera mirror flipping.
  • Add a video or audio prompt  that will appear before the guest leaves their signature.
  • Green screen now works with boomerang GIFs.
  • Boomerang speed ranges from 50ms to 500ms.
  • Choose a template will no longer appear when using Boomerang only.
  • Disable spacebar when Done button is hidden.

Bug Fixes

  • Single photos will print without printing the template.
  • GIFs will no longer skip overlays or images.
  • Virtual Keyboard opens with Windows 10 devices with latest windows update.
  • Retake button no longer causes delay/lagging.
  • Correct shutter speed is set at the end of live view.

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  • Use non-flash green screen settings when flash is not selected under Green Screen settings.
  • Fix rare issue with GIF overlays not working on specific graphics cards.
  • Move lock/unlock button to be above start screen virtual attendant video.

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  • Fix for retake button not working correctly with 1 photo templates.

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  • Fix for shutter speed not properly set at the end of live view on some European Canon camera models.

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  • Fix for Green Screen background issue. When uploading green screen backgrounds, the test photo or live view will now appear.

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  • Cancel current session when entering camera settings, template editor, green screen window, and camera wizard to avoid conflict caused both at the same time.

Photography, Copyright and Social Media

They may not know it, but everyone you meet likely owns intellectual property. While they may not own a patent or a trademark, almost everyone is a copyright owner.  In the United States, copyright is a type of intellectual property reserved to protect original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, architecture and, of course, photographs. Photo booth software makes it easy to start an event photography business where hundreds, if not thousands, of pictures may be taken at a single event. In this short article, we will give a brief primer on copyright law and discuss common issues that may arise.

Basics of Copyright

Copyright is a form of intellectual property protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.  Everyone generally understand what “original” means.  A work is “fixed” when it is embodied in a tangible form that is perceptible by the human senses, either directly or with the aid of a machine.  For example, a painting is fixed because it can be seen with the human eye on a canvas.  A song recording is also fixed because it can be replayed and heard by a listener.

Copyright law grants authors and artists the exclusive right to make and sell copies of their works, the right to create derivative works, and the right to perform or display their works publicly.  You may hear this referred to as the “bundle of rights” of a copyright.  Those rights begin to exist automatically at the time of creation of the work.  In the case of a photographer, the rights exist the moment that a photograph is taken and stored digitally on a camera, or on a film.

You will often hear of registering a work at the Copyright Office.  This is not required in order for an author or artist to have the bundle of rights.  However, there are certainly many benefits to registering creative works, including bringing an infringement lawsuit, or the ability to recover certain damages or attorney’s fees.

Who owns what?

Ownership of copyright is a fact-intensive issue.  Operating a photo booth is an interesting example to consider.  First, photo booth software runs on code that is subject to copyright and owned by its creator.  Second, the majority of photo booth softwares provide a number of templates for events, each of these templates being subject to its own copyright, separate from the code.  Thus, a competing software cannot simply take the code or the templates and use them.  The creators of the photo booth software provide this software and the templates under a license to customers to use them within certain limitations.

When a photograph is taken, copyright ownership vests in the author of a work. The author is typically the person who literally creates the photograph by pressing the shutter release.  In some instances, however, the author is defined as the person directing the creative vision of the work, such as choosing the lighting, composition, costumes, and settings.  Thus, as is often the case, a camera or a photo booth can be set to a timer, and the author of the work does not actually press the shutter release.  In fact, you may have heard of a recent case colloquially called the “monkey selfie copyright” case, where PETA unsuccessfully attempted to set a legal precedent that animals can be declared copyright holders.  The results are not always intuitive, and complicated facts will require a thorough analysis, often by a copyright attorney.

Sharing Your Photographs

Social media is the most vital marketing tool for an event photographer.  But, what happens to copyrighted works when they are shared on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter?  In short, social media sites will require a transfer of some rights when you upload your photographs per the Terms of Service.  As one example, Facebook’s terms state:

Sharing Your Content and Information to Facebook

You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. In addition:

  1. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
  2. When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).
  3. When you use an application, the application may ask for your permission to access your content and information as well as content and information that others have shared with you.  We require applications to respect your privacy, and your agreement with that application will control how the application can use, store, and transfer that content and information.  (To learn more about Platform, including how you can control what information other people may share with applications, read our Data Policy and Platform Page.)
  4. When you publish content or information using the Public setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people off of Facebook, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).
  5. We always appreciate your feedback or other suggestions about Facebook, but you understand that we may use your feedback or suggestions without any obligation to compensate you for them (just as you have no obligation to offer them).

The most relevant part of this agreement is the first, which states that you agree to grant Facebook a royalty-free license for your photographs.  Note that this license ends when you delete your photograph, unless you photograph has been shared with others and they have not deleted it.  Thus, if a certain photograph (say of a celebrity) goes viral, you may not be able to put the genie back in that bottle.  This is to say nothing of third-party actors who may come across and use content you have shared publicly.  As a pragmatic matter, clearly watermarking your photographs and having clear contractual language about your copyright with your clients will serve you well.  Policing your own content is also a good idea, and can be easily done with websites such as TinEye.

 

Peter D. Sleman is a partner at Wei & Sleman LLP.  This article is for general information purposes and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice.

LumaBooth Update v1.6

Boomerang Gifs

Capture and create 1 second looping boomerang GIFs instead of the usual prints and GIFs.

Green Screen

Replace a green or blue background with a custom background. Choose to automatically cycle through several backgrounds or have your guests choose one from one of the backgrounds uploaded.

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Additional Updates

  • Add option to display a disclaimer to guests where they have to accept to continue the photo booth session. If guest chooses not to accept disclaimer, delete all the photos for that session and go back to the start screen.
  • Add option to turn off viewing previous prints and GIFs from the start screen.

dslrBooth Success Story: SD Photo Booth in San Diego, California

SD Photo Booth, based in San Diego, California, started using dslrBooth in 2012. They first came across the software at the Photo Plus convention and soon after downloaded dslrBooth’s free trial. SD Photo Booth uses dslrBooth mostly at corporate activations to help spread brand awareness for the company that hired the booth. The customization of the templates, start screen and other functions allow for branding from the time the guests step into the booth to when they receive their print.

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Some of SD Photo Booth’s favorite features include the surveys, automatic Facebook page uploads, GIFS and boomerangs. While those features are some of their favorites, what they find the most useful is the template editor. SD Photo Booth chose the software due to its ease of use and the simplicity in teaching it to their other staff members. Currently SD Photo Booth has a total of 5 booths in use.

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About SD Photo Booth

SD Photo Booth existence dates back to early 2012. They got started by working a few gigs with dslrBooth software, their early involvement with development process of the photo booth industry allowed them the advantage of knowing the ins-and-outs of the market and also insured that they stayed ahead of the curve with any type of event.

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SD Photo Booth quickly learned that Corporate events is their passion. They have worked with some of the biggest clients such as Southwest Airlines, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment weekly.

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50+ New Templates!

dslrBooth has recently added more than 50 new templates to the store.

Included are:

  • 6 Children Birthday templates
  • 16 Birthday or Party templates
  • 2 Prom/Homecoming templates
  • 5 Holiday templates

Each template has a vertical and horizontal version available. Check out the new templates below!

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Customer Showcase: Foto-Pipe Green Screen at Shopping Malls

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Using dslrBooth software, Foto-Pipe has created a half-pipe green screen photobooth allowing guests to take creative photos while in public shopping centers.

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Jan, the owner of the Foto-Pipe, is a professional photographer from Germany who came up with the idea after a client asked for an extra large booth. Currently he has two of his foto-pipes set up in shopping centers in Pfäffikon, Switzerland and Cologne, Germany.

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dslrBooth’s green screen function allows shoppers to choose a background, strike a pose and be part of a fun scene. The software and unique setup of the photobooth allows for interactive fun where “people have a good time in the shopping-center and can share that with their friends. It is a sort of motivation to get up and go shopping in the real world” says Jan.

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Check out Foto-Pipe for more information.

LumaBooth Update v1.4.1

Browse previous prints and GIFs from the start screen

Previously taken photos and gifs will now appear in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Guests can click on the photos to share them.

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Edit Start Screen

Have more control over the look of your start screen. Click on the checkmark to edit the color, font and size of your text. Move the text to your desired place on the screen.

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Improved template editor when working with transparent images

Transparent images now allow you to click on photos and text behind them, allowing for no interference with the images.


Fix for MP4 orientation correction when iPad is upside down

Mp4s and GIFs will now appear right side up when iPad is upside down.

dslrBooth for Windows v5.14 New Features

Export Events
Export an entire event, including prints, originals, GIFs, and videos, to a specified folder on your computer. Allows for easy sharing to clients.


Real-time Export

Export a second copy in real-time of either prints, originals, GIFs, videos or all four. This allows you to insert a flash drive at the beginning of an event, then take it out at the event of the event with all files on it. You can also use this to export to cloud sharing services such as Dropbox and Google Drive. Settings, General, Real-time export.


Directory Per Album
Each event will now have its own separate folder that includes the prints, originals, animations and videos folders.


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Settings Screen Redesign
The new settings screen now has the same appearance as the template editor. Tools and features are still listed under the same tabs.


Bill and Coin Acceptor
For permanent installations, have customers pay for the photo booth using a bill or coin acceptor. In dslrBooth you can start a session once the correct amount of money is placed in the acceptor. See our support site for recommended hardware.


Facebook Approval Location
The prompt for guests to approve uploads to Facebook business pages is now located at the bottom instead of in the middle of the screen so guests can see the print before approving.

Location of Sharing Icons
Choose between displaying the share options on the right side of the share screen or on the bottom. Displaying on bottom works well with vertical and mirror booth set ups.
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Select An Effect
Select an effect title appears at the top of the screen to prompt guests to choose an effect.


This is a FREE update if you have purchased dslrBooth within the last year or have purchased a renewal license. To update your software, open dslrBooth, then go to Help, Check for Updates. You can renew your license from within the software as well.

Customer Showcase: Cabina Foto Oglinda Mirror Booth

Our friends at Cabina Foto Oglinda use dslrBooth’s mirror booth software to create a fun interactive experience for their customers. Located in Arad, Romania, Cabina Foto Oglinda is a Photobooth rental company that allows their customers to rent out a mirror booth.

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Combined with dslrBooth animations and Cabina’s fun props and backgrounds, their photobooths are always a hit.

Check out the video below to see their photobooths in action!

Cabina Foto Oglinda MirrorBooth

For more information on their services please check out their Facebook page.

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