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Photo Booth

Building a photo booth for our friends wedding party in Berlin.

I made the contraption using a GoPro camera, some LED lights and a door bell. The "Selfie-Booth" was made in the days leading up to our friends wedding and became an instant hit among the guests. The photo booth was busy all evening capturing hundreds of images with the supplied costumes and props used extensively from beginning to end. Here are a few images from the construction process and wedding.

Concept / Design / Engineering / Photography: Lars Brandt Stisen
Assistant: Mette Beate
Location props: Bianca Schnellbacher / Isabella Maimone
Studio: MADDOCMAN Berlin

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The finished "Selfie-Booth" in action with its illuminated button and sparkling lights. The photo booth contains a set of timer and relay circuits setting events in carefully timed sequence to reproduce the feel of a classic photo contraption (see animation further down).
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Drilling holes and gluing wallpaper onto the housing...
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Designing, printing and cutting decorative elements. My assistant Mette is helping out cutting and sewing diffuser elements for the LED lights.
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Soldering tiny wires under loupe and creating the main circuit board with timers and relays. Making an electromagnetic trigger (totally oldschool) and modifying the "acoustic signals generator" (door bell).
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Meanwhile our part time studio dog Cash is asking for treats :)
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A look inside the finished "product". The photo booth sports a 12MP camera with a 14mm/f2.8 lens element (GoPro HERO3+ Black Ed.) and memory for approx. 10.000 exposures. The small sensor size results in a higher depth of field than you would expect from a DSLR for example, hence the sharp images at f2.8 (see image examples further down).

WiFi for instant web publishing, shielding, tidy wiring and additional circuits for enhanced functionality is optional :D
Future enhancements may include integrating a tablet PC and writing custom software to add filters with preview and online publishing options.
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All that remains now is pressing the button...

Images from the photo booth, taken at the wedding in Berlin:

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Animation showing the timed sequence in high-speed (pressing the button repeatedly is ignored to prevent interruption of a running sequence).
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To my great contentment the original images from camera looks so good that finalizing adjustments becomes trivial.
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And last but not least a "Selfie-Booth selfie" :)

Thank you for watching!

Additional coverage on the web:

DIY Photography (feature article with Q&A)
Photorumors.com (feature article)
Digital Photography Review (forum thread)
GoPro's official Pinterest (gallery)
PANTONE Canvas (gallery)
Behance (gallery)

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