How to run an unattended diy Photo Booth

We have had a number of customers ask us how they can an unattended photo booth with no one standing there to trigger the camera. Thankfully, the solution is very easy as dslrBooth requires no manual intervention once it’s started.

dslrBooth can be triggered in one of several ways:

  • From Computer
    • Click the camera button using your mouse.
    • Press the keyboard space bar.
    • Computer Clicker
  • From Camera
    • Press the camera shutter button.
    • Use a camera remote or wireless shutter release.

Normal mode of operation is that you have to trigger ever shot, however if you want, you can setup the camera to trigger several times with a set number of seconds in between. This can be set in the preferences by setting the “Trigger Camera Shutter Automatically” option and settings the “Seconds between Shots” parameter.

In any case, if you don’t want someone standing on the camera taking pictures, you’ll want to trigger the camera remotely and here are your options.

Trigger From Camera Remotely

The first option is to use a Camera Remote ($10 – $25).  This is the simplest and probably the cheapest of the two for the diy crowd. The one minor drawback to this option is that the remotes require direct line of sight. For photo booths, this should be ok unless you want your guests to hide the remote behind their backs or somewhere not directly within the camera’s view. The specific model depends on your camera type so do your research before purchasing. Here are the most common ones:

The second option is to use a Wireless Camera Shutter Release ($50+). This is the more professional option and offers added flexibility of increased range and removes the requirement for direct line of sight. Here are some options:

 

Customizing displayed messages

We had a friend from Poland ask us today if it’s possible to customize the displayed messages so it’s in Polish instead of English. We thought that was a fabulous idea and have already implemented this feature in the last version of our software.

Do you have a great idea to improve dslrBooth? Talk to us, we’re listening.

How to get perfectly cut double prints for your photo booth

We had a great question from a customer asking how to get good results when cutting double prints to keep a copy and give their guests a copy. The solution is pretty simple and it requires not using a scissor but rather springing for a Portable Paper Trimmer. This way you don’t have to worry about making accidents when cutting or guests that are a little tipsy playing around with scissors.

Connecting to cameras other than Canon + Nikon (Windows Only)

DSLRBooth has built in support to connect directly to the majority of Canon + Nikon DSLR cameras built over the last few years. In the event  your camera is not supported and  you’re using our Windows version, do not despair, there’s hope yet using these steps.

  1. Open up dslrbooth, go to settings, set AutoConnect to Camera to false and note what the data directory.
  2. Connect your camera using a usb cable.
  3. Open up the software that came with your camera and set up your camera to tether to your laptop and download pictures to the same data folder in dslrbooth (Preferences > Data Folder). Alternatively,  you can try and see if Adobe Lightroom or Canon EOS Utility or other tethering software supports your camera. If so, you can use that software instead to connect to your camera and download the pictures.
    * Canon Cameras: If you shoot using a Canon camera that does not have built-in support, you’re in luck as Canon provides the EOS Utility as free software for hooking up your camera to your laptop. Follow these directions to setup your camera with the laptop. You can find the EOS Utility software on the CD that came with the camera. All you need to do is setup the Destination Folder to be the same folder as the Data Folder in dslrBooth as in step 1 above.
    * Pentax Cameras: Pentax users can use the third party free software PK_Tether or Pentax Remote Assistant. All you need to do is setup the Destination Folder to be the same folder as the Data Folder in dslrBooth as in step 1 above.
    * Sony Cameras: Sony users who have cameras compatible with Remote Camera Control can use this software to download their pictures to dslrBooth’s Data Folder.
    * Eye-fi Card: Setup your eye-fi card to download to your computer to dslrBooth’s Data Folder.

    NOTE: (By default the Data Folder is set to My Pictures\dslrBooth\)

  4. dslrbooth will now read the images in that directory and process those pictures.

 Limitations

  • When using 3rd party software, dslrBooth will not be able to communicate directly to your camera and the following functionality will not work: Live View, Triggering camera after count down, Triggering camera by pressing the camera button the screen. You will be able to trigger the camera using the shutter button or using a camera remote.