A Slick DIY Self Contained photobooth

May 17, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

A Slick DIY Self Contained photobooth

May 17, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Photographer John Nakatsu  of K+J Studios operates a photobooth on events. On of the challenges with these kinds of botoh is to make them portable, and easy to set up. John came up with quite a clever solution to make the entire botoh self contained and easy to port without losing quality and fun.

The pictorial below goes through all the steps, so you cna get inspired on creating your own. Here is how he did it:

Finished product!

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Here is how it looks like when working

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Bride and Groom loved it!
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More photobooth fun
Sample print
Sample print
props basket
props basket

Materials

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Build

Cutting the plywood to size. The box is essentially a custom road case. I used 3/8″ sanded plywood for the sides. The edges are held together with aluminum extrusions. All the road case stuff was purchased through Reliablehardware

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We used aluminum throughout to help strengthen the photobooth without adding too much weight. Some 2x4s and a 2×6 attached to some aluminum for stability. This will be the bottom.

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I originally planned on having it mounted on a speaker stand. Here we are drilling the holes for the speaker mount. It works, but is kind of a pain to lift everything up onto the stand so I just sit it on a table instead now. I can still mount it, if I ever need to! The stand is meant for large speakers, and can accommodate up to 150lbs

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The sides are going up

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and the rest of the sides….

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Here you can see how the printer snugly fits inside

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This is the aluminum U-channel that will be used to hold the Surface.

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Holes cut out for the Surface and camera

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More holes for the fans and cords

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Door hole cut. The box is only assembled temporarily until I put on the ABS sheeting

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Added a crossbar for support

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Here are some views on the thing assembled:

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And an inside view on the cross bars

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Here is how the camera is mounted with another crossbar

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I have some hooks mounted on the bottom to strap down the printer, which turned out to be unnecessary.

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Here is where we got so far

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Adding a cable outlet and a fan

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Pre drilling holes to attach the wood and ABS to the aluminum case frame

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Gluing the ABS sheeting to the plywood

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Now the whole thing is starting to come together…

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Loctite on the bolts keeps it tight

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prettifying the lens and surface holes with aluminum framing

 

 

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I can slide the Surface into the U-Channel

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Here is how the printer door slot looks like

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And making sure that the hole is aligned with the printer…

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Here is the finished door (and slot) on their hinge.

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For the air intake I got a filter to help keep dust out. It just barely didn’t fit inside the fans cover

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So of course I sanded the edges down until it fit

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Everything installed. Lots of zip ties and velcro

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I also got a folding cart to make moving everything a bit easier. The printer is removed for transport since it weighs >30lbs. The other tubs have my props, a hand steamer for the backdrop, the backdrop, the printer, and some other various things. The backdrop and lightstands are in the bag in the front. The Pelicans have my photo and video gear

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Software

The booth is running DSLR Remote Pro by Breeze Systems on a Microsoft Surface Pro 1. I chose the Surface Pro since you can get the older models cheap now on eBay.

The software requires a full version of Windows to run, so you can’t use an android tablet or the Surface RT. It also functions as the touch screen with controls for the photobooth. Since it only has one USB 3.0, I have it plugged into a powered USB 3.0 hub (make sure it’s a powered hub!)

To see more of the photobooth in action head over to K+J studios.

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Udi Tirosh

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11 responses to “A Slick DIY Self Contained photobooth”

  1. kitesurfer1404 Avatar
    kitesurfer1404

    Nice build! Clean setup inside, I like that.

    From one who built a photobooth himself (–> vintage photobooth).
    Harm

  2. J.W. Avatar
    J.W.

    Nice woodwork, nice feature with the prints….. but the big hazzle (from my point of view..!) is how the camera is triggered, how the image is processed in the tablet and what was used to feed the printer. The main stuff is missing in this article.
    I am also thinking about to build such a booth – and honestly…. the box is my least problem…. :-(

    1. Jon Smith Avatar
      Jon Smith

      bump

  3. Jim Johnson Avatar
    Jim Johnson

    just out of curiosity, what photobooth software are you using?

  4. Chris Pugh Avatar
    Chris Pugh

    It’s too bad that the most important details of how this works were left out. Almost anyone can build a box, we need the software and camera controls.

    1. greg Avatar
      greg

      Read the article, he lists the software he uses…

      1. Chris Pugh Avatar
        Chris Pugh

        The article was updated after it was originally posted to include the software, etc.

  5. John N Avatar
    John N

    Hi guys! This is my booth. For those wondering, it is running DSLR Remote Pro by Breeze Systems on a Microsoft Surface Pro 1. I chose the Surface Pro since you can get the older models cheap now on eBay. The software requires a full version of Windows to run, so you can’t use an android tablet or the Surface RT. It also functions as the touch screen with controls for the photobooth. Since it only has one USB 3.0, I have it plugged into a powered USB 3.0 hub (make sure it’s a powered hub!). The printer is a DNP DS40, and the camera is a Canon T3i. Since the T3i lacks a PC port to sync, I added a hotshoe adapter which runs to the Alien Bee 400 monolight. I also chose to run the T3i off an AC adapter so that I don’t have to worry about battery life on the camera.

  6. wayward Avatar
    wayward

    Hey guys, just follow the link to the software provided
    “DSLR Remote Pro for Windows now includes a complete software solution for a professional photobooth. Please see our photobooth page to find out more.”

    http://www.breezesys.com/Photobooth/index.htm

  7. Fabio Avatar
    Fabio

    Hello, beautiful project, only one thing you can have the measures of the box structure, to get an idea
    thank you

  8. Mycheal Avatar
    Mycheal

    I would really like to the measurements to the everything as I would like to build this myself. . .do you think you can share this information with some of us novice.