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This evening I moved my code to the photobooth, did some troubleshooting and had it’s inaugural test run. Staging was a bit tricky without a backdrop or knowing exactly where to stand but those are minor, minor things…

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And nothing says victory like the B-52′s:

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Oak and mahogany photobooth, lacking all the insides.

Nearly there…

Dropped by the my dad’s shop this afternoon so I could install Aperture 2 (picked up off eBay on the cheap now that Aperture 3 has been released) on the mini and got to see the box nearly finished. It’s currently missing some handles and exterior hardware but this is essentially it. I’m especially excited about the casters on it. The wheels on the bottom sit outside of the platform that will the booth will sit on, attached by industrial strength velcro. The guts start going in this week: woo!

On the programming side I’ve gotten the start button up and working in as much as I can see that I properly detect the button push. I am currently learning about how to monitor a serial device (aka “the button”) via a Java app that will then launch my applescript that will actually control the camera. I’m feeling pretty confident that I can have it all working by July 7th (when I roll it out at a wedding reception at Barrister Winery here in Spokane).

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I visited my dad’s shop the other day (having wrapped up finals and a bunch of other projects) and got to take a look at how the photobooth is shaping up. We picked out stains (the frame/trim will be red mahagony and the main body of the booth with will be golden oak). We’ll start loading the guts into it very soon and see if we can get the usb button & scripting hashed out.

Photobooth

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Last week I received in the mail one Intel Core duo Mac Mini (circa 2006 or so). Over the next 9 weeks I will be transforming it into a working photobooth. Since I am not what one would call “handy with tools” I sat down with my dad over the weekend and roughly sketched out what I needed it to do:

  • provide access to the front and back of the enclosure,
  • provide keyboard space to work with the photobooth on site,
  • switch from a standard enclosed photobooth to a wide flexible space photobooth (in it’s premiere incarnation I will set it up to use a flexible shooting space rather than having a photobooth but I wanted that to be an option),
  • take n number of photos in sequence with a y interval of seconds between shots every time a button is pushed,
  • use either built in florescent lighting or an optionally attached strobe/umbrella set up, and
  • finally: look classy.

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So I was pretty excited when I got back today these rough sketches that transformed my concept into something much more tangible. I’ll be posting the project progress here as I make it and eventually I’ll probably gather everything up into a single How-To post once the process is complete: Excitement abounds!

In realated news starting this summer I will begin offering a photobooth as an added service to event photography!

 

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