How to run a contactless booth

Post Covid touch free booths have great appeal. A partial or entirely contactless booth is hygienic and a great way to improve the guest experience

Last updated: July2020

What is a contactless booth?

Like magic, but more hygienic. The complete photo booth experience without touching the booth. Breeze touch free booth software takes and shares photos, GIFs and video without guests or an attendant touching it.

  • Touch free booth control
  • Touch free sharing

What does a touch free booth offer now and in the longer term?

  • Better guest experience
  • Less waiting in line
  • Improved hygiene
  • Contactless data collection
  • Pre registration and data collection support

What do I need to run a contactless booth?

  1. DSLR Remote Pro 3.15 or a later release
  2. Canon DSLR or mirrorless camera with dual pixel autofus or Canon DSLR camera + a web camera
  3. Windows tablet or PC running Windows 10 or Windows 8 with a touch screen
  4. Guests need an Internet connection on their phone to enter email addresses and any other data

Note: DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.1 fixes an issue scanning QR codes in the sharing screen after a boomerang or video booth session

Choose a suitable camera

Use any Canon DSLR/mirrorless camera supported by DSLR Remote Pro to shoot your photos/GIFs/video as usual. Not all Canon cameras can capture the QR codes, so you may need to use a web camera as well.

  • A booth camera with ‘dual pixel autofocus’ can capture the QR codes. (At the time of writing this includes Canon’s M50, SL2/EOS 200D, SL3/EOS 250D,  77D and  T7i/EOS 800D.)
  • If you are using a camera without dual pixel autofocus you need a webcam to capture the QR codes. This can be the laptop’s built in camera, or separate web camera connected to the PC.

Using a dual pixel focus camera

1.Set the camera to AF:

Set the camera to AF to run contactless (DSLR Remote Pro 3.15)

2.Connect the cameras and put it into continuous AF and face detect

For more details see the Auto Focus section of  Photo Booth Shooting Camera Settings

Using a web camera

If you don’t have a dual pixel focus DSLR/mirrorless camera in the booth, you need a web camera to capture the QR codes. You can use the web cam built into the PC or add a separate web cam such as the Logitech C920.

The webcam is only used to scan QR codes, you still need a supported Canon camera to take the photos/GIFs/videos.

You also need to run Webcam QR Code Scanner program which is automatically downloaded with DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.

Set up the event in DSLR Remote Pro

You can add contactless entry to an existing DSLR Remote Pro event, or start from scratch.

You will need to

  • tell DSLR Remote Pro to read QR codes, and
  • check the touch screen settings for each Ready screen you are using, and
  • remove or shorten the GIF playback screen (GIFs only)

Your ready screen(s) must have touchscreen actions defined for Select photobooth+start  and Select video booth+start.

How to check the touch screen actions

Tell DSLR Remote Pro to read QR codes, and check the touch screen settings for each Ready screen you are using

Select (1) Advanced Settings, (2) Check QR codes for strings and Scan QR codes for commands, then (3) go to the Touchscreen settings (DSLR Remote Pro 3.15)

(1) Go to Advanced Settings

(2) Check the boxes Scan QR codes for strings and Scan QR codes for commands*.

(3) Go to the touch screen settings to check you have the correct actions on your screens

* Advanced users: Do this for each profile where you want to use QR codes.

For a ready screen without the action Select photobooth+start  or Select video booth+start

If your ready screen does not already have the correct action, you need to add it.

Right click on the screen and select Add action..

This stills ready screen uses Photo start, so you need to add the Select photobooth+start action. Right click on the ready screen to add this.

Choose Select photobooth+start from the drop down list:

Selecting the Select photobooth+start action for a stills ready screen

You can either add the new action to an unused part of the screen or delete the old Photo Start action and replace it with Select photobooth+start

A new Select photobooth+start action has been added to the stills ready screen

If you prefer you can delete the Photo Start  action and drag the new Select photobooth+start action to replace it.

Here the old Photobooth start action has been replaced by  Select photobooth+start

When you are done right click and remember to save your changes as you leave.

 Actions for boomerang/burst GIF and video booths

Setting up the actions for burst GIFs and Video is very similar to handling still photos.   GIF booths (and video booths) use the video_ready.jpg screen instead of ready.jpg

Edit the video_ready start screen and add the Select video booth+start action if needed.

Adding a Select video booth+start action to the video_ready screen

GIF Playback

The GIF playback screen is usally played after each GIF is captured. Guests choose whether to accept or reject the GIF before sharing it.

If you are capturing GIFs either remove the GIF playback option or keep it short (say 5 seconds)

Removing or shortening the GIF playback screen (DSLR Remote Pro 3.15)

Setting up your web camera to scan the QR codes

This section is only applies if you are using a Webcam to scan the QR codes

There are a few extra steps if you are using a web cam to scan the QR codes.

  1. Conect up your web camera.
  2. Run Webcam QR Code Scanner program which is automatically downloaded with DSLR Remote Pro 3.15 and later releases.
  3. Choose the Webcam QR Code Scanner settings for your event
  4. (GIFs only) Remove or shorten the GIF playback time) in DSLR Remote Pro

Run Webcam QR Code Scanner and select the camera you are using from the drop down list

Choose EasyCamera if you are using the PC’s built in camera (Breeze Webcam QR Code Scanner)

 

Select the external webcam if used – here a Logitech C920 (Breeze Webcam QR Code Scanner)

The Webcam QR code scanner program displays a live feed from the web cam.  This helps guests place their phone and scan their QR code.

Use Settings… if you want to make the live view larger or smaller, and to move it to a better position on the screen.

Webcam QR Code Scanner Settings screen(4) The top left corner, width and height of the web cam’s live view on the booth screen are shown in pixels

(5) Check Auto run and Auto hide, and Link to DSLR Remote Pro

(6) Check the boxes of all screens on which you need to scan a QR code ( this must include the Ready screen, also the Share screen for several guests to email images from the booth). 

End of webcam users only section

Get started

In DSLR Remote Pro

  • Check the camera is connected and start the booth

On your smart phone

Scan this code to go to the QR code generator https://contactlessbooth.com

  • Enter your email address and choose the session type to create a QR code
  • Show your QR code to the camera/webcam to start the booth

Showing a QR code to the booth camera to start the booth (Breeze DLSR Remote Pro 3.15)

When the photos,GIFs/MP4 has been taken they will automatically be emailed to the guest who started the session.

Other guests wanting to share the same images

Often several guests want to share the same images. That’s great.

  • Instead of every guest typing their details into the sharing screen, they show the camera/webcam their own QR code

 

The whole group can email images by scanning their own QR code into the sharing screen

Polishing the guest experience

Brand the QR code generator

Many of you will want to personalize the QR code page.  We have given it the generic domain name contactlessbooth.com to avoid giving away whose software you use. Go ahead,  add your own branding and title to the Breeze QR page and make it your own.

Add a live view overlay to your ready screens

You can add an overlay to your ready screens to prompt guests to show their QR code to the booth. his should be a png file placed in the PhotoboothImages folder

For stills screens call this overlay live_view_overlay.png

For burst GIF, slow motion and other video screens call this overlay video_live_view_overlay.png

More details

Reduce the sharing screen timeout and other settings

You can also adjust many booth timings for a better guest experience. To return to the Ready screen more quickly at the end of each session, reduce the sharing screen timeout in Output Settings.

Adjusting the delay before each photo, inactivity and sharing screen timeouts (DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.1)

Surveys, customizing and hosting your own QR code generator

Learn how to host your own QR code generator and collect survey data here

Privacy

The contactlessbooth.com QR code generator doesn’t collect guest data.

Finally

This tutorial has taken you through the basics of turning DSLR Remote Pro into a contactless booth which sends emails. Watch this video to get a feel for how much more you can achieve.

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