A friend of mine will marry in June and therefore he asked me if I can put my DSLR on a tripod so the people can make funny photos of them using a self-timer.
Of course I said yes but that would have been to simple. So I started to make up the plan to build my own little photo booth.
The basic idea was to have the camera protected and also provide a possibility that people can also have a look at the photos they took.
So what I used:
- I built a wooden cubic case (35cm x 35 cm x 35cm), put holes for IPad and lens in it and finally painted it.
- This one is mounted via a loudspeaker adapter on a loudspeaker tripod
- The camera is mounted on a self-made rack (have a look on the photos) inside the case with a camera screw
- An IPad mini with external power adapter and the app ShutterSnitch to display the photos
- A WiFi SDCard in a CF to SD Adapter to save and send the photos to the IPad
- My Canon 7D Mark 1 with an external power adapter.
- A power cable extension and a adapter to be able to plug two power adapter plugs in
- An external flash with soft box and tripod that is triggered by a radio transceiver
- A self timer
So what I learned:
- I’m a bad craftsman 😉
- SDCard WiFi is … let’s say could be better
- Switch camera to take a RAW and the smallest JPEG possible
- Change ShutterSnitch’s settings to only transfer the JPEG and not the RAW.
- Switch off the auto off functionality of the IPad, camera and flash
- Operate in manual mode (cam and flash)
So now it is finished and of course I want to share some pics with you. And it works! 😉
For me the latency (approx. 5 – 10 seconds) for that purpose is okay but can be better.
So feel free to ask if you want to have more details.