A photo booth to play with & also rent out to weddings & parties
- Electronics: hardware interaction & wiring it all up
- Development & Coding: Making the buttons actually *do* something
- Woodwork & design: Making it look good & presentable
Resources & Equipment
- Webcam (√)
- Proper camera (X)
- PC (√)
- Screen (√)
- Software (...Cheese, Python)
- Buttons, dials & switches (√)
- MDF, screws, brackets, etc (√)
- Lighting (√)
- Printer (√)
- Photo-paper (X)
- Ink/toner (X)
- This will be no more than a pc set up on a desk. A functional proof of concept of all the basics. A webcam is suitable.
- Main decision is for the operating system and photo software (fyi, Apple's "Photo Booth" software is not photo booth software). Some options: http://sparkbooth.com, http://www.breezesys.com/PSRemote/photobooth.htm, http://www.seemonkey.net/, http://www.ptbooth.com/. Also, should it have the option of taking short video clips?
- sit down
- activate switch (or space bar)
- smile :)
- take picture
- store & display image
- Actual booth built, coin operated, and should probably upgrade to a proper camera. Camera operation can be as simple as a remote switch + monitoring the camera directory for new images. Otherwise some cameras can be controlled via software for full integration (http://www.gphoto.org/doc/remote/), although it's not as if the user needs to adjust the exposure or turn the flash on & off.
- Booth design decisions: Full/sturdy booth with bench seating, or minimal + curtain & stools, use the camera flash or light panels, foldable?
- As above
- Select layout, effects (b&w, add wacky frames, etc)
- Limited keyboard control? (For adding names, captions)
- External slideshow
- Post to Social Networks/Flickr/Imgur
- Touch screen interactivity?
- Sense closed eyes, movement to lessen blur
References & Resources