Photo Booth Quick Start Guide
This guide shows how to get started quickly using the photo booth setup wizard which comes with Breeze Systems' photo booth software. It shows how to create the popular double strip of 4 print layout using a dyesub printer which automatically cuts a sheet of 6x4 paper into two 6x2 strips.
You can create other layouts in the same way including double and single strips of three or four photos, two rows of two photos, one large and three small photos and a single photo.
If you have a Canon digital SLR (e.g. Canon EOS Rebel T5i) you need our DSLR Remote Pro for Windows software.
If you have a Nikon digital SLR (e.g.Nikon D5300) you need our NKRemote software.
If you have a webcam you need our Webcam Photobooth software.
If you have a Canon PowerShot camera (e.g.Canon PowerShot G9) you need our PSRemote software (please see this page for a list of supported camera models).
You also need a computer running Microsoft Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP and a suitable printer. We recommend using a dyesub printer which can automatically print a 4x6 photo and cut it inot two 2x6 strips (e.g. DNP DS RX1 or HiTi P510L), but you can use any printer including inkjet printers.
The example on this page uses DSLR Remote Pro, a Canon EOS 700D (aka Canon EOS Rebel T5i) and a DNP DS40 dyesub printer. Lighting is provided by a studio flash unit which is triggered using a hot shoe to PC sync adapter in the camera's hot shoe.
Step 1: Setup the printer
First connect the printer to your computer, run the photo booth software and select "Printer setup..." from the File menu. A "Printer Setup" dialog similar to the one below will be displayed:
If your printer is not shown opposite "Name:" click on the drop down list and select it from the list. Then select the required paper size (6x4) and orientation (Landscape). Please note that when DNP printers are loaded with 6x4 media you need to select "Landscape" orientation to print in portrait orientation.
Next click on the "Properties..." button:
Make sure color is selected and then click on the "Advanced..." button:
Check the paper size is set to "(6x4)" and the copy count to "1 copy". Please note that if you are using a dyesub printer it must be loaded with 6x4 print media in order to print 6x4 pages.
Set the print quality to "300 x 300dpi". Please don't select the "300 x 600dpi" setting as this will result in distorted prints. Also don't select the "600 x 600 dpi" setting because this will take longer to print and will have very little effect on the image quality.
Set the ICM method to "ICM Handled by Printer" and the ICM intent to "Pictures". This should give good colors on most systems. If you are not happy with the colors in the prints you can use color management for better results in which case the ICM method should be set to "ICM Handled by Host System". Please see the help file for more information on using color management in the photo booth software.
All the other settings should be set as shown in the screenshot above. The 2 inch cut setting needs to be enabled if you want the printer to automatically cut the 6x4 page into two 6x2 strips.
Press the "OK" buttons in each of the printer dialogs to save the settings.
Step 2: Run the photo booth setup wizard
Run the photo booth setup wizard by selecting "Photobooth setup wizard..." from the "File menu". This will display the first of three screens guiding you through the setup process:
First double check the printer and page settings and if it shows the wrong printer or page size you need to click on the "Cancel" button and go back to "Step 1: Setup the printer".
Select the print layout you wish to use. In this example we are printing two 6x2 strips of four photos and so we need to select the "Classic double strip of 4 photos" option.
Click on the "Next >" button to continue to the next screen:
Enter the name of the folder where you want the various screen and layout images to be saved. This will create a new folder for the screen images in your "Documents" folder. In this example we set the folder name to "6x2" and this will create the folder C:\Users\Chris\Documents\PhotoboothImages\6x2 to hold the screen images. If the folder already exists a warning will be displayed.
Click on the "Next >" button to continue to the next screen:
Select the options you wish to use and then click on the "Finish" button to create the screens and print layout. The various options are described in more detail below.
"Use touchscreen" - select this option if you are using a touchscreen to control the photo booth. This option tells the setup wizard to create touchscreen actions and on screen buttons for controlling the photo booth. Please see this article for information on using other methods to control the photo booth e.g. a mouse or external arcade style buttons.
"Allow users to select B&W or color prints" - when this option is selected with the "Use touchscreen" option the setup wizard will add "Color" and "B&W" touchscreen actions and on screen buttons to allow the user to choose color or black and white prints.
"Preview each photo after it is taken" - when this option is selected a each photo will be displayed on the screen for a few seconds after it has been taken.
"Display print preview and ask for confirmation before printing" - this option will display a preview of the page about to be printed and allow the user to decide whether to print it. When the touchscreen option is selected the print preview screen will display "Print" and "Cancel" buttons.
"Facebook upload (requires touchscreen option)" - this option will create the sharing screen with the option for users to upload the photos to their personal Facebook page. We will leave this option unselected for simplicity in this example. Please see the help file for information if you wish to offer users the option to upload photos to their Facebook page.
"Email photos (requires touchscreen option)" - this option will create the sharing screen and add the option for users to email their photos. We will leave this option unselected for simplicity in this example. Please see the help file for information if you wish to offer users the option to email their photos.
"Add a background.jpg image which can be edited to add logos etc." - we will leave this option unselected and show a simple way to add logos to the prints later in this example.
"Enable video booth mode (10 sec video capture)" - select this option if you want users to have the option to record a short video message. When the touchscreen option is selected the setup wizard will add a "Video" button and touchscreen action button to the ready screen and a "Photo" button and touchscreen action to the video ready screen.
Please note: the video booth option is only available with DSLR Remote Pro for Windows and Webcam Photobooth.
"Inactivity timeout in secs (0=disabled)" - set this value to the length of the inactivity timeout (or 0 to disable it). If no actions are selected for the duration of the inactivity timeout when the ready screen is displayed the booth will automatically switch to standby mode.
Please note that this setting is only available with DSLR Remote Pro for Windows, but you can use a script to provide an inactivity timer for our other photobooth applications.
Step 3: Setup the camera
This example uses a Canon EOS 700D/Rebel T5i with a studio flash unit to provide the lighting. The flash is triggered using a sync cable connected to a hot shoe PC sync adapter:
The suggested camera settings are shown below:
The camera exposure mode should be set to manual exposure (M) when using studio flash or strobes. When using flash the exposure is determined by the aperture and ISO settings on the camera and the power of the flash. The aperture (Av setting) should be set to a middle value (e.g. 8) which gives a good depth of field and the ISO should be set to a medium setting (e.g. 400). Set the shutter speed to 1/125 sec so that it syncs with the flash when taking test photos.
The image size/quality should be set to one of the JPEG settings such as "Medium/fine". Setting the image size to a higher value isn't necessary for producing high quality prints from a photo booth and will only result in longer printing times.
The white balance should be set to "Flash" to give good color balance when taking photos using a studio flash. Alternatively, if you know the color temperature of the flash you could use the "Kelvin" white balance setting and enter the color temperature of the flash.
Manual focus is recommended for photo booth shooting and can be selected by setting the AF/MF switch on the camera's lens to MF. Auto focus is not recommended because it can be slow and the camera may not be able to take the photo if it is unable to focus properly. The camera can be focused by selecting live view (by typing Ctrl+L) and then turning the focus ring on the lens. You can also adjust the framing of the photo by turning the zoom ring on the lens.
After focusing close the live view window and take a test photo by pressing the "Preview (F9)" button to check the exposure settings. If the photo is too bright you can make it darker by selecting a smaller aperture (e.g. by changing the Av setting from 8 to 11) or by reducing the ISO setting (e.g. by changing the ISO setting from 400 to 200) or by reducing the power output of the flash. If the photo is too dark you can make it lighter by increasing the ISO setting (e.g. by changing the ISO setting from 400 to 800) or by increasing the power output of the flash. You can also make the photo brighter by selecting a larger aperture (e.g. by changing the Av setting from 8 to 5.6) but this is not recommended because it will reduce the depth of field.
Step 4: Check the prints and add a Logo
Select full screen photo booth mode by typing Ctrl+F4 or by selecting File->Full screen photobooth mode... and the computer should display the ready screen together with a live view display from the camera. Press F4 (or touch the "Start" button if you are using a touchscreen) to start the shooting sequence. A countdown will be displayed and the camera will take a series of 4 photos and then display the print preview screen. Type 'A' (or touch the "Print" button if you are using a touchscreen) to accept the photos and they will be sent to the printer.
Check the prints to make sure the photos are printed with even sized borders around their edges. Please see this article on printing if you need information on how to adjust the output settings.
When you're happy with the print layout you can add logos, captions etc. to the print as follows. First locate the JPEG copy of the printed output which will be in the prints subfolder of the folder where the photos are saved. This will normally be in a date based folder in your photobooth images folder e.g. C:\Users\Chris\Documents\PhotoboothImages\2014-02-26\prints and will look something like this:
Load this file into an image editor such as Photoshop Elements and add logos etc. using the placement of the photos as guidance. The image should now look something like this:
When you're happy with the placement of the logos etc. remove the photos from the image and then save it as a file named background.jpg in your photobooth images folder e.g. C:\Users\Chris\Documents\PhotoboothImages\6x2\background.jpg
The background.jpg image should look something like this:
Print another test shot by typing Ctrl+F4 to select full screen photobooth mode followed by F4 to start the shooting sequence. The final print should look something like this:
Where to find more information
Please see this series of articles for more information on photo booth shooting:
Please visit our user forum at www.breezesysforum.co.uk/forum to ask questions and share information with other users.