I haven't written anything in a long time. Because of changes starting last year I have been away from my tools almost every weekend. Hopefully next year I get the chance to do what I like doing best. Making stuff.
One of the most fun projects was building the photo booth for the Christmas party for work over two years ago. For the party last year I decided to tweak it a little bit by adding a button to turn off/on the flash. But during the party I had to turn the flash on several times because people pressed the button and turned the flash off and other people weren't aware you could turn it back on.
Another tweak was required for my flash diffusser. The flash is really bright so originally I cut a diffusser out of some A4 paper. For normal lightning conditions this works fine and you get the cool effect of a camera flash without ending up squinting in the photos. But the Christmas parties tended to be at a location with very little lighting during the party. So even with the automatic ISO detection a lot of photos looked underexposed. After some hunting around in my flat I found some thin mat plastic that would do the trick. It lets through a lot more light while still diffusing a little.
General build instructions
I finished the Photo booth and I am very happy with the result. The software is kept as simple as possible. We will find out in about a months if how it will perform during a real event.
For some build instructions visit my photo booth project page.
In the previous post I feature photos of building the enclosure and all the work on the exterior, To prevent the gallery from becoming to big I decided to create a new post where I will add the photos related to the interior.
Finished Photo booth
For the finished photobooth and some build instructions visit my photo booth project page.
Finished Photo Booth
Slowly parts are arriving in my mailbox. I decided to throw a quick prototype together and see if it all works. Already I discovered that I have to make some minor hardware changes but so far it is not too bad. Here is a little demo. Credits for the software go to Christopher Evans. You can find the link to his website in a previous post. I only did some minor tweaks to make it suit my purpose.
Finished Photo Booth
George Timmermans, Research Toolmaker, Software Engineer and Tinkerer