LumaBooth v1.7 Update

  • Have guests choose whether to take a print, print/GIF, GIF, or boomerang session.  Settings > General > GenerateFile_000 (2)
  • See detailed sharing status for each share by clicking on info icon under Sharing Status.

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  • Better handling of shares to invalid phone numbers by marking them as cancelled. Shares to valid phone numbers will still be sent.

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  • Add option to share to AirDrop between Apple devices. Air Drop Sharing
  • Fix sharing of boomerang to Twitter.

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.

dslrBooth for Mac v2.9

Additional Email Functions

Fully customize E-mail template with image, attachment url, and sharing icons.

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Disclaimer

Add the option to display required disclaimer to guests. Disclaimer can be edited. Settings -> General -> Disclaimer.

Live View on Start Screen

Option to display live view on the start screen, allowing guests to see themselves prior to their session starting.

Originals on Sharing Screen

Choose to display or hide original photos on the sharing screen.

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Canon Auto Exposure

Auto exposure for lower model Canon cameras that do not have auto exposure compensation. Settings -> Camera

  • Add option to auto-rotate print to match paper orientation.
  • Various stability and performance enhancements.
  • Support for OS X 10.13.
  • Bug fix for sharing to facebook pages and page and album drop downs.

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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dslrBooth v5.16 for Windows Update

Boomerang GIF

Capture a one second video that gets slowed down then plays forwards then backwards to generate a boomerang GIF. (Settings, GIF, Boomerang)

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Post-Processing with Photoshop

Post-process captured photo using Photoshop Droplet. You can now apply a Photoshop action to every captured photo to apply a custom look to the photos. (Settings, General, Post Processing)

360 Green Screen

Use 360 degree panoramic backgrounds in green screen replacement and post 360 photo to Facebook. (Green Screen, Add 360 background). 360 image must have been taken with a 360 camera or contains spherical 360 EXIF metadata. More Information

50+ New Templates!

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Other Updates

  • Allow drag and drop to re-order layers in template editor when using touch screen.
  • Add welcome screen with links to recent templates, tutorials, and support articles.
  • Change window title to Not Ready on start screen if no cameras are detected.
  • Stop Live view after capture when using webcam to conserve CPU to process templates faster on slower PCs.
  • Update to latest Facebook API.
  • Set sharing message when uploading GIFs to Facebook.
  • Bug fix for prints not showing in fotoShare iPad app when using surveys.
  • Bug fix for touch screen issue when selecting item and dragging on Browse screen where you had to press more than once to open.

5.16.0721.3 Update

  • Allow sharing of 360 photos if template only has 1 photo.
  • Turn on flash when shooting with Sony cameras.
  • Display disclaimer when in video mode and disclaimer is enabled.
  • Fix sharing of videos over e-mail and facebook.

5.16.0724.1 Update

  • Clear out previous photos from last session while on sharing screen to allow for drag and drop or new capture of photos before going to start screen.
  • Hide thumbnail of Photos on sharing screen if shooting boomerangs since there are no photos to share.
  • Fix sharing of boomerang over Facebook Pages.

5.16.0815.1 Update

  • Fix for capture issues with some Sony cameras.
  • Delete singles if users does not accept disclaimer. Display survey questions only if user accepts disclaimer.
  • Deleted captured photos when Camera Settings window is closed.
  • Fix for shutter speed issues not properly getting reset at end of liveview with some Canon cameras.

5.16.0905.1 Update

  • Fix for sharing video on youtube when survey option is on.
  • Fix for setting webcam resolution.

dslrBooth for Mac v2.7

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  • View and share original photos from sharing screen.
  • Send originals to fotoShare iPad app.
  • Rotate live view setting to allow for mounting camera in various orientations.
  • Add graphical menu.
  • Disallow Cmd + Escape from bypassing PIN code entry screen.
  • Moved timers from Camera to Display settings tab.
  • Allow use of space bar to trigger camera if auto-focus fails on Nikon cameras.

To install the latest update, open dslrBooth, go to top menu > dslrBooth > Check For Updates.

 

dslrBooth v5.15 Windows Update

Change camera settings

Directly change cameras settings through dslrBooth by clicking on Tools, DSLR Camera Settings (Canon + Nikon).

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GIF Only Booth

Run a GIF-only booth with no prints. Settings, GIF, GIF Only. # of photos is set by number of photos in template even though template will not generate a print.


Sharing Original Photos

Original photos will now appear on the share screen with gifs and prints.

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Original Photos on Fotoshare app

Original photos are now sent to the fotoShare iPad app. On the fotoshare app, click Settings, General and enable Prints, Gifs and Photos.

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Fotoshare Connection

Displays connection status to fotoShare iPad app under Settings, Print.


Create Facebook Album

Allow entry of new Facebook page album name under Settings, Sharing, Facebook Pages.


Additional Fixes

  • Fix for Virtual Attendant clearing custom settings when it was turned off.
  • Fix for album names with non-latin letters.
  • Fix for e-mail not sending when template was over 4000 characters.
  • Internet firewall pop-up will now display a max of 3 times for those using 3rd party firewalls.

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: 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.