July 17th, 2012
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:
- Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control For use with Nikon D40, D40x, D60, D80 & D90 Digital SLR Cameras
- AmazonBasics Wireless Remote Control for Nikon P7000, D3000, D40, D40x, D50, D5000, D5100, D60, D70, D7000, D70s, D80 and D90 Digital SLR Cameras
- Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Controller for Canon XT/XTi, XSi, T1i and T2i Digital SLR Cameras any other canon models which support remote control mode.
- NEEWER® IR Wireless Remote Control RC-6 shutter release for Canon EOS T1i/500D / T2i/550D / 5D Mark II / 7D / 60D / T3i / 600D / XSi / 450D/ XSi / 450D / XT / 350D / 300D .
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:
- Neewer Wireless REMOTE Shutter ReleaseX For Nikon D300s, D3X, D3, D700, D300, D200, D2Xs, D2Hs,D2X, D2H, D1H, D1X, D1, N90s, F5, F6, F100, F90, F90
- Opteka RFT-40 Remote Shutter Release & Wireless Flash/Light Trigger Combo for Nikon D1X, D2X, D4, D3, D3X, D3S, D200, D300, D300S, D800 & D700 Digital SLR Cameras (Range up to 650′)
- Other Nikon Options
- Pixel Pro Digital & Film Camera 100M Wireless Shutter Remote Control Release for Canon EOS 60D 1000D 550d 500D 450D 400D 350D 300D Powershot Pentax Samsung Contax
- Other Canon Options