Last week I was asked if I could build a photo booth for this years Christmas party. As example I was shown this fun photo booth based on the Raspberry Pi. See the video here.
I was told to keep it simple and use whatever open source projects I could find and focus on the device itself rather than an extensive set of features (KISS, Keep It Simple Stupid). Luckily someone had already open sourced a nice simple version of a Raspberry Pi photo booth, see here. The one thing that is missing from this particular version that the other one has is a build in flash function. So after a little bit of digging around I found that you should be able to change the firmware on the Raspberry Pi to enable the flash by default.
So I get borrowed a Pi 2 model B+ and a camera from and friend and followed these steps to get the flash working. And it was giving me heaps of problems. Turns out the documentation is a bit out of date. So here is what I did. This is based on my install of Raspbian (not a Noobs install). Some of these steps are slightly modified from the ones I found while researching possible solutions. Credits to the people on the Raspberry Pi forums helping each other out.
Update: I added my flashdriver as a file below the instructions on how to generate it yourself.
Update: download the file below instead of running the steps above.
Connect a LED with a resistor between pin17 and ground.
Now in your GUI go to Start->Programming->Python 3 (IDLE)
Insert the following python script:
Save it Ctrl+S and run it with F5.
George Timmermans, Research Toolmaker, Software Engineer and Tinkerer