How to shoot in portrait for mirror and other photo booths
Last updated 14 December 2020
This tutorial explains how to shoot portrait oriented photo booth images with Breeze DSLR Remote Pro aka Booth (DSLR + Windows).
There are 3 different parts of your system which can be orientated in landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical). DSLR Remote Pro lets you have any combination of these. They are
Most photo booths use a landscape/horizontal orientation for both screen and camera, with room for lots of people in the photo. The default for DSLR Remote Pro is to do the same. If you want to shoot in portrait orientation, you need to make some simple changes to the way DSLR Remote Pro runs, and turn the camera through 90 degrees.
Mount your camera in portrait orientation, and start DSLR Remote Pro. Click on View and then Portrait (90 degrees CCW) or Portrait (90 degrees CW):
You can run DSLR Remote Pro with both screen and camera in portrait orientation. Magic mirrors are usually set up this way. You can also shoot portrait photos with the booth screen in landscape.
The simplest way to create a set of screens in the correct orientation is to
More on screen design
The setup wizard will automatically create a set of photo booth screens with the correct aspect ratio for the current screen.
Run the Photobooth Setup Wizard. At Step 2 you can choose the live view display:
Normal 3:2 sets the booth up with a portrait oriented live view without cropping the image
Use full screen live view with a portrait oriented screen for a larger portrait oriented live view.
Note: When you choose full screen live view, the wizard automatically crops the images on your prints to match the shape of the screen.
When adding an overlay to your Ready screen, use a landscape oriented live view overlay (usually 960 by 640 pixels).
This is necessary because the live view overlay is applied before the image is rotated. Portrait oriented live view overlays may appear distorted on screen.
If you are running contactless and scanning QR codes with a web camera, you may want to adjust the position of the web camera live view on screen. When QR codes are scanned by the booth camera, you can skip this.
Don’t confuse image orientation with print orientation. You can print on landscape or portrait oriented media. Use the large Printer Setup button to choose the print orientation as well as the print size.
Note: DNP printers swap portrait and landcape when you print 4×6 inch (100 x 150 mm) prints
Once you have setup your printer, open the Print Layout Editor to rotate the image(s) and make any other changes to the print.
If you are new to DSLR Remote Pro, check out the video introduction to the Print Layout Editor.
You may need to rotate the image(s) through 90° to display them correctly. More details
Add overlay, captions and logos to the print layout as usual.
When running AI background removal, use Import background… to add the new background to the print.
Guests often ask for an extra print after their session has finished. DSLR Remote Pro includes options to display a reprint selection screen and/or to reprint the last set of photos. When your screen is in portrait orientation, you may want the buttons at the top of this screen.
Choose Icon Placement: Top in the Reprint Selection Screen Settings window :
Add hidden (or clear) actions for to access the reprint selection screen and/or reprint buttons from the Ready screen.
See the section Adding a hidden action here for more detail.
When shooting boomerang GIFs, the GIF width and height must be at least as wide and high as the image.
Magic mirrors usually shoot in portrait. Essentially a magic mirror booth is a normal photo booth with the screen images displayed on the mirror and the camera hidden behind a half-silvered portion of the mirror. Breeze DSLR Remote Pro is a popular choice for powering mirror booths worldwide.
When running DSLR Remote Pro as a mirror, consider
You can add audio and animations to almost all DSLR Remote Pro screens.
This tutorial has explained how to run DSLR Remote Pro with portrait oriented images. screens and prints. There is specific advice on running a touch free or mirror booth in portrait, plus tips on customizing the reprint selection screen.
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