Building A Photo Booth - Part 2

  • Episode 286
  • March 12, 2013

Robbie is joined by Abigail are her fiance Kyle as they design and create a working photo booth for the upcoming wedding for around $200.

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Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Abigail Smith present from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • {play 4:13}Upcoming Event: Sunday March 17 @ 8pm - Meet and Greet with Category5 Team + Live Music by Eric Kidd at Wickie's Pub in Barrie, Ontario. Event Pages: Facebook, Google+.
  • {play 8:37}Feature: Building a Photo Booth - Part 2
    • Cost of Build (including HD 1080p camera, trigger button, hardware, software, drapery, etc.): ~$200, plus software (we offer a free software solution).
    • Final Requirements for Our Build:
      • 5x dark drape panels (We chose Rod Pocket) for perimeter
      • 2x light drape panels (We chose Grommeted) for backdrop
      • 7x 10' 3/4" PVC, all cut to 5' lengths (Requires 13 5' lengths).
      • 4x 3/4 PVC end caps (to assemble 90° T-joints).
      • 8x 3/4 PVC L-joints, 4 used to create angled T-joint by screwing the end-caps to the center.
      • 2x 3/4 T-joints.
      • Microsoft Lifecam Studio 1080p Webcam
      • A Tripod (we already have one).
      • A laptop computer (we already have one).
      • Lighting (we used a studio lamp, but you can buy a table lamp and put a flood bulb in it).
      • USB Button trigger.
      • 10 door hooks (optional).
    • Renting a photo booth for your wedding or special event costs a lot more than our DIY project.
    • Designing our photo booth to be built with 3/4" white PVC pipe and curtains. [View the Initial Design Spec]
    • Our considerations when designing and building our photo booth: stability and inexpensive.
    • Why a photo booth is a great addition to a wedding reception.
    • Viewer Question: Will you be recording audio and video?
    • Purchasing the curtains for about $45.
    • Why a room divider would not work for our photo booth.
    • Some of the reasons we chose 3/4" PVC.
    • Visiting our friends at Allandale Home Hardware Building Centre in Barrie to build the PVC stand for our photo booth.
    • Our final build (in stop-motion).
    • Software options to run our DIY photo booth:
      • Cheese - Free software, available for Linux only, in your repositories.
        • Configuring Cheese to operate as a photo booth.
        • Viewing the photos taken by Cheese.
      • Sparkbooth - $60 for consumer license, available for Windows only.
        • Configuring the settings in Sparkbooth to suit your event (be it a wedding or other special event).
        • The advanced features of Sparkbooth, with great features such as automatic uploading of photos to Facebook or other web services, or printing to a connected printer (optional).
        • Setting up widescreen mode in Sparkbooth.
        • Instant display of photograph previews.
      • Final thoughts about the software.
    • Our photo booth is very easy to setup and tear down, and easily transportable.
  • {play 46:21}Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
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Links to Relevant Web Sites:

  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Abigail Page


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