Emailing photos, animated GIFs, slowmo and other videos from DSLR Remote Pro
Updated February 2022 (DSLR Remote Pro 3.16.1)
Three tutorials explain how to email photo, GIF and video images from a touchscreen photo booth running DSLR Remote Pro.
Sending Emails 1 runs through the basics
Sending Emails 2 focuses on efficient sharing at large and busy events, collecting email addresses and sharing statistics
Sending Emails 3 introduces branding and personalizing emails, and choosing email attachments
Note: This tutorial has been updated to include enhancements sharing emails from DSLR Remote Pro 3.16
The simplest way to create a working photo booth powered by DSLR Remote Pro is to run the powerful setup wizard.
If you are new to Breeze or the setup wizard, start with beginners guide
To create a booth offering email sharing, check Email photos at Step 2 of the wizard
Before you use email sharing for the first time, you need to add your email account details to DSLR Remote Pro.
Once you have run the wizard, and added your email account details to the program, you have a working booth which will send emails.
Hint: to share photos by text as well as email, check the MMS/SMS box in the wizard and add your Twilio account details
The rest of this tutorial contains tips for sharing GIFs & videos, and introduces the trade off between image quality and sharing speed. You will also learn how to check that all emails have been sent successfully.
Note: When Create Slideshow GIF is checked in the setup wizard, DSLR Remote Pro emails a small video animation (MP4) of the photos to guests as standard. You can add static or animated overlays to these animations.
Breeze calls these slideshow GIFs to distinguish them from burst/boomerang GIFs, which contain many more images.
We are all familiar with GIFs, which are short animations built from a series of still images. .GIF is also an image format. You can share both slideshow and burst GIFs using the .GIF format, or copy them into short movies using MP4 format. Generally it is best to share MP4 (video) copies of your GIFs. See Sending Emails 3 if you prefer to share animations as .GIFs
DSLR Remote Pro shares images in the background. There is no need to wait for images to upload before starting the next session.
You may need to tweak the DSLR Remote Pro settings to find the best balance between sharing high quality images and sending the emails quickly. There is no ‘one size fits all‘ here. High quality images use more data. The more data you share the longer your emails take to reach guest devices.
Control the size of print you are sharing by adjusting the image size in the Email Settings screen
Occasionally you may need to work an event offline, or lose internet during an event. This section covers
DSLR Remote Pro records each time a guest shares images from their session. To check whether emails are waiting to be sent you can scan the Sharing Status
Select File then Send emails and MMS/SMS messsages to display the Sharing Status window
This brings up the Sharing Status window.
Choose the folder and maximum age you want to search, and select Scan
When the scan has finishes you will be told whether any unsent messages have been found:
If the scan finds any unsent messages, you will be asked whether to send them:
When Scan at startup is selected in the Sharing Status window, the app will automatically scan for and share any unsent messages each time you start DSLR Remote Pro
Note: The photo booth sharing report also reports any unsent messages:
You can also set up a shortcut button to make it easier for your operators to check for and send any unsent messages
Occasionally you may need to work an event offline. To setup offline sharing check Offline email mode in the Output Settings screen.
Remember to uncheck Offline email mode before using the app at events with internet. Customers who previously used Hub for background sharing should also uncheck Offline email mode to share directly from DSLR Remote Pro.
This tutorial started with the basics of sending emails from DSLR Remote Pro: adding your email account details to the program and setting up the screens with the setup wizard. Then we moved on to sharing GIFs, videos and photos. We covered finding the best balance between sharing images quickly and sending the highest quality images, as well as checking whether all guest emails have been sent successfully.
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