Raspberry Pi Photobooth

This build has been done with the picamera and junk in my garage.

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I started this project for my daughter's birthday party. It's currently running on a 2B with Noobs.

I'm using a Sony DR200 defaulted to print two 2x6 cut prints.

The power cord feeds an old computer power supply and runs everything. I tapped out of it for the Pi, monitor, extra usb's, and led "flash" strip.

The Pi auto loads from plug in right to the splash screen. The large arcade button blinks while waiting for a press. On press, the blinking stops and it says "Get Ready". A preview starts (H flip so it's easier for people to get in the frame), the led strip turns on, and a countdown from 3,2,1 is silhouetted over preview. The photo is taken, led off, then the photo displayed with random messages. The image is saved as a temp photo, H flip corrected, and complied after each photo. Photos 2,3,4 do the same. A proof of the photobooth print is displayed and the file saved to the USB stick as YYMMDD-HHMMS

The camera lenses is part of a backflow preventer on a sump pump.

The glass lenses was chiseled off a halogen bulb and superglued.

The LED strip comes only for the preview and photo.

The back has the fan opening, leftover screen from a window was used.

The back door opens to all the magic.

On a small piece of wood is the PiB2. USB wifi, USB stick, and a small keyboard are plugged in.

The bottom of the cabinet has a 6" toilet flange so that it can be mounted on a post.

Here are some pics of it working.

  • 1 × Raspberry Pi B2
  • 1 × Computer Power Supply
  • 1 × PiCamera
  • 1 × Led strip
  • 1 × Arcade button

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  • PVC Booth

    doctorlar05/11/2016 at 20:28 0 comments

    I made the booth out of three-quarter inch PVC. All pieces of PVC were cut into 2 ft lengths. Makes packing it up EASY and there is no designated spot for any specific piece. My goal is to pick up some 1/4 bungee and string sections together for easy setup. All the parts were purchased at Lowe's, along with Home Depot, who now carry furniture grade parts in stock! I acquired some free Hospital sheets (don't ask how) and used one bottle of fabric dye to color them.

    I used the website to enlarge this photo for a Girl Scout dance with a rock and roll theme as the background. I printed the sheets on card stock, then cut them out and use my kids glue sticks to stitch it back together for the 4x6 panel.

    I kept one of the hospital sheets white. I doubled it up and sewed it on the sides of the screen to diffuse the two lights. 1" elastic was sewn into the bottom of the hole for the screen so that it would hold snug.

    Wood clamps hold the background up. Again, using card stock was the key to this working out.

  • Backdrop & Base

    doctorlar04/14/2016 at 12:58 0 comments

    A PAYING GIG!!!!!! Turns out I'm picking up a little cash to photobooth a girl scout event. This just means I need to buy and build more crap!

    First up will be a base cabinet to hold the printer. I'm hoping to incorporate some wheels for easy moving. Looking to build a mount in the base for the printer that is on springs/shock absorbs so that I don't have to deal with flight cases. Last hitch is that it should carry the backdrop.

    Speaking of backdrops.....So last summer I put together a bicycle wash made from pvc for my kids (Like this one: Of course I over purchased, I had plans to make a pvc lemonade stand. So this I'm pulling all the parts together to make a PVC backdrop to go with the booth. I'll post updates when its done.

  • Printer is Next

    doctorlar04/12/2016 at 05:07 1 comment

    So I bought a Sony UP-DR200 dye sub printer to go with this. I had a hell of a time getting the drivers installed. So, I found a great script and modified it so that it just installs Cups and Gutenprint. If you're stuck with getting print drivers installed, even if its not this one, check it out here:

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jasondreher wrote 06/04/2016 at 00:50 point

I have a picamera for hardware (I was going to copy your setup). And I like the look of the software you have pictured above, (looks like you wrote it) how do I get that?

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doctorlar wrote 06/04/2016 at 04:16 point

I'll get you there, but I'm a fan of learning. Which means, I won't send my code, but I'll share every bit of it as you learn. So....Start a new project on here, add me as collaborator. Start with taking still images with your camera. 

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jasondreher wrote 06/02/2016 at 14:10 point

How do I get the software on my Pi? I love how you did this and would like to get the hardware software running before building the box.

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doctorlar wrote 06/02/2016 at 17:28 point

There are a lot of options to go with, picamera, webcam, dslr, etc.  Which one are you going with?

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