Gen 2 Photo Booth – Field Testing

I was invited to two weddings earlier this year. The wedding of Whitney and Jeremiah then another wedding for Courtney and Phil. I went to both weddings and my gift to them was the photo booth. I learned a lot about generation 2 of the booth. Some things I really liked some things I hated. Read the rest of this entry »


Gen 2 Photo Booth – Finishing the Booth

I really wanted the booth to pop. It had to be intuitive because there wouldn’t be an assistant attending the booth. Plus I wanted kids to be able to use it. We chose a design that attracts users like moths to a flame. It also attracts people to look right into the lens without thinking about it.

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Gen 2 Photo Booth – Designing the Camera Box

Now that the aluminum base is done it’s time to figure out how to protect the camera. We started building a cardboard mock up then cut the road case parts and put it all together. A lot of really good photos of the build in this post.

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Gen 2 Photo Booth – Designing the Stand

After doing the initial measurements I decided that I wanted the booth to be adjustable and sit somewhere around chest height for the average user. This would be a standup booth when necessary and adjustable to a sit down booth. We spent a good $300 to buy the material to build it, but there were still many risks. Would it be strong enough? Would it be light enough? Would the slide rail even work? We already tried to build this with draw slides and it failed miserably. Hopefully we didn’t just waste our money.

 

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Gen 2 Photo Booth – Designing the Optics


In a photo booth lighting is one of the most important factors. External flashes and umbrellas can give you an amazingly interesting look. Hot shoe flash diffusers can also give you a great look while keeping it compact. We know we can easily mount umbrellas using pole adapters, but what was the minimum size we need to allow us to use a standard flash?

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Gen 2 Photo booth – Concept

Sometimes you build one thing and it snowballs into a something huge. My DIY wedding photo booth was one of them. It started as an innocent low cost photo booth and thousands of dollars later it became something great. After my wedding a lot of people were interested in my booth. I knew my Gen 1 booth wasn’t light enough or robust enough to loan out so I started to design a better one. This is how Cunning Turtle spent 2012.

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DIY Photo booth – Recycling a Photo booth

After my wedding and my DIY photo booth was done I realized I now had a $500 dollar clunker I couldn’t rent or store. I decided to upcycle it into new things I needed after getting married. I built games and even a wall unit out of the spare booth parts.
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DIY Photo booth – Booth Styles

So when I was researching photo booths for my wedding I found out that the old timey traditional booths were a thing of the past. Now new styles of photo booth technology are popping up. It’s hard to get good pricing when they are all over the map. In this post I’ll go over the different booths.
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