Ever since I found the site http://www.redcheese.com
a few years ago I've always wanted to build my own photo booth. I've never really had any reason to do it though. Then, as of about a month ago, I got engaged and talking it over with my finacee we think it would be really cool to have a photo booth at our reception. This way we could have photos of our guests that allowed them to be creative.
I figured I'd start a post here in the chance that anyone has some ideas for doing camera to computer capture, lighting, construction, or any other ideas to make this thing as good as it can be (on a budget of course )
Here is what I kind of had planned in my mind.
1. Design the whole thing so that it can seperate at the middle. I figure this will make it easier to be able to move it through a doorway. If I build it in two sections, each wide enough to clear a standard doorway it will allow more room inside the booth for multiple people to be inside it. I could use some kind of latch on each side to snap it together for strength. This will also make it easier to transport in the back of a pick-up truck.
2. Not sure what color to paint the whole thing but I plan to paint the ceiling white and use an off camera flash shoe cord to bounce the flash off the ceiling providing even lighting inside the room. This is an area I'm not quite sure how it will work if the booth is overly crowded to get good lighting throughout.
3. Have the camera (I have a Nikon D1h with a fish eye lens that I figure to use) hooked up via firewire to a laptop computer to store the photos. I plan to have everything hidden behind a wall to keep people from screwing with the equipment. Based on the sample photos I've seen (http://www.redcheese.com/gallery/vie...albumName=best
), everything is in good focus no matter where the person is in front of the camera. I wonder if the camera would be best off being a bit back from the opening in the wall and maybe use a piece of plexi glass to cover the opening to keep people from touching the camera. The opening would have to be wide enough to keep it from showing up in the photo. Not sure about this part.
4. I'd also like to have the laptop (or even a desktop machine) hooked up to an external monitor that could be located inside the booth, maybe even a second on the outside for others to see, so people could see the picture that was just taken for a few seconds. Not sure what kind of capture software that is out there (not to expensive) that could be used to accomplish this. The Red Cheese booth takes five consecutive pictures, all seperated by five second between each. Just like the old school photo booth that you might find at a mall.
5. Use a remote trigger that could be connected to larger button so someone inside the booth can trigger the camera themselves. The camera would be then set on a few second delay before the picture is taken.
4. Have a clock somewhere on the booth and sheets of paper with the website where people from the wedding can go see there photo. On the sheet would be a place where they can write the time they had their photo taken and the website would be setup so pictures were in order by the time they were taken (just like the redcheese site). I'd like this whole thing to be running on its own.
Anyone think I can pull this off? Have any suggestions? Tips for connecting camera to computer, to external monitor so that pictures can be seen after the photo is taken?
Here is a little drawing I came up with for what I think it might look at. Imagine it to have sides with a door and curtain to enter from one or both sides.
Tips? Advice? Am I crazy?