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    New Booth

    Well, it's been a year since we built our first booth, it's still in service but felt it was time to make some improvements. We're upgrading to a DSLR camera, touch screen, and a mono light flash to capture a better quality photo. Also just purchased a new printer that will automatically cut the strips in about 7 seconds, about three times the speed of the old printer.
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    Got started on the case units Monday night, had a couple of design challenges to overcome, but think everything is on track now.
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    I got the cut-outs done for the equipment and drilled speaker holes in the lower half. The cases will get covered with speaker carpet and case hardware. For the camera port hole, my wife didn't approve of the lens just sticking through a hole, so stopped at the blue borg tonight and grabbed a 4" trim ring for a can light.
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    Probably about it for the next week, waiting on hardware, but have to have the booth running by the 15th for a holiday party...nothing like a deadline to get things going.
    Darren

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    Very cool. Seems like the photo booth business has kept you guys pretty busy.
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    Looks cool but what is it for exactly? This take pictures of wildlife?
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Looks cool but what is it for exactly? This take pictures of wildlife?
    Yup, it's to capture Larry and Dave up in the trees, can't let those moments pass.

    It's a photo booth Glenn.

    Here is short video testing out the new hardware and software...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exorBMj8ln0

    Here is the original thread for the first booth if anyone is interested... http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...-Case-Hardware
    Last edited by Darren Wright; 11-30-2012 at 03:47 PM.
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    Ah, for capturing pictures of human critters . Very cool indeed.
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    It's amazing how many of those critters are elusive of a camera.
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    You're going to have a whole stable of these pretty soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    You're going to have a whole stable of these pretty soon!
    Working on it, but running out of space in the office to keep them. Thinking I may have to build an "R&D" room in the shop and let the business pay for it.

    So even though I hadn't planned on working on this today, I got quite a bit done.

    First up was the Light box. I've had a roll of soffit material in the back of the shop that came with the house. Unrolled it the other day and realized it was just what I needed to reflect the light from my mono light

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    Having a metal brake comes in handy once in a while...
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    Next up, had to weld up a bracket to mount the mono light
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    Next was fitting the computer, camera, and miscellaneous hardware I had on hand.
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    Running some tests, had to move the camera mount a couple of times, I think I've got it where I can capture both standing and sitting positions.
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    Well, that's it until the road case hardware shows up, have to cut in handles, fans, and fit doors yet, but happy with the progress today.
    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Looks cool but what is it for exactly? This take pictures of wildlife?
    Oh, Glenn,

    You are from a different era kid.

    People would have cameras and shoot pics of people in interesting places or maybe just walking down the sidewalk. They would hand the person a card and for money would mail them the picture.

    Then there were the photo machines that could be almost anyplace, especially at the beach or on one of the "alcohol rows" (a cloister of bars). The person put in their dime, posed, and then tripped the shutter taking picture of themselves or themselves and date or kids or who and whatever. These "instant" pics were not the best quality and were definitely not "Archival" quality.

    Then there were larger units with a live photographer. Again, an enclosed booth. Here the photographer took the pics. It was usually 3 or 5. They were developed in the booth. They were better quality and had a better life span. You could not get copies. The photo paper was in the camera. There were no negatives to make more copies.

    Now, don't you know more about this subject than you really wanted to know. All of these pics were purchased and made much like buying a candy bar at the check-out line in the grocery store. People didn't go there to get pictures. They got the pictures because they were there.

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    I just have to add that I got a real kick out of seeing this thread. I didn't know that anyone was doing that now with all of the insty cameras.

    Lots of luck to you in your photo booth venture.

    Enjoy,

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