How to set up a DIY Photo Booth at your wedding party on a Mac (including apps download)

 

In the past month, Francis and I have been thinking hard on a substitution to having our guests sign a guestbook. Something sweet, fun and, hopefully, creative that we can easily take out from time to time to reminisce with (as we don’t believe looking at signatures will do the job). After plenty of research on the Internet, we both decided that we’d like to have a photo booth. We would like every guest to at least have one go at the photo booth which will be situated at the reception area where the guestbook table is supposed to be.

 

Without even having to ask around, we know that renting a real photo booth is not what we can afford. We decided to surf online for DIY solutions. We tried a couple of free apps but one is outdated and the other buggy. I have also considered David Cline’s Photo Booth app but I’d really hope to use more features. Therefore, I have finally sat down to create my own solution that turned out to be something we are very happy with. In fact, I have developed two apps that automate the photo-taking and printing and they work slightly different from each other. This is what they do:

 

App 1: 1001 Photo Booth that takes Low Res Snaps

1. Launches a screensaver that shows all pictures that have been taken at this Photo Booth when the computer is idle.

2. When someone is ready to take a photo, it prompts the user for the name.

3. A computerized voice says, “Ready? 3. 2. 1.”

4. 4 snaps of the user are taken.

5. The photos are arranged in a strip vertically.

6. The photo strip is printed out.

7. A folder with the user’s name is created to contain all the snapshots of this user including the final photo strip PDF file for the host’s keepsake or for uploading and sharing later.

 

App 2: 1001 Photo Booth that takes High Res Snaps

1. Launches a screensaver that shows all pictures that have been taken at this Photo Booth when the computer is idle.

2. When someone is ready to take a photo, it prompts the user for the name.

3. Apple’s built-in “Photo Booth” program is launched and the user can take time to pose and select effects.

4. User clicks a “CONTINUE” button on a dialog box to continue the automated process (not the “Take Picture” button in Photo Booth).

5. A computerized voice says, “Ready? 3. 2. 1.”

6. 4 snaps of the user are taken automatically.

7. Photos are arranged into a strip vertically.

8. The photo strip is printed out.

9. All images including the final photo strip pdf files titled with the users’ names are stored in one folder.

 

I would say both apps are sweet in their own ways. The Low Res one has a better final strip layout and minimizes guests’ use of the keyboard and mouse as some hosts may want it this way. Intervals between shots are slightly longer and the output files are saved in a more organized manner. The High Res one has more options for users to play with their photos (more time for poses and they can choose effects for their photos) but the files are all saved in one folder (with the photo strips titled with the users’ names). For more effects for your Apple built-in Photo Booth to go with this option, you can visit this link.

 

Now the hardware part. For those who are really new to this idea, here is a list of what you will need to set up a Photo Booth at your party:

 

1. A Mac running OS X 10.5 (Snow Leopard) or later, with a built-in or a USB iSight camera

2. A standard ink-jet/photo printer and sheets of 4×6 photo paper

3. A physical “Photo Booth” that can be made out of really handy and simple materials. Make space for 2-5 people in front of the computer with a paper or IKEA shower curtain backdrop behind. Props that your guests can use in the photos will add extra fun. We are going to use toy food and desserts to go with our theme!

 

That’s it! This is all you need to make your birthday party, baby shower, bridal shower, anniversary or wedding party awesome and memorable.

 

If you are interested in using my apps for a Photo Booth at your party, you can donate to our wedding fund and I will email you both apps and all the necessary files from 3-12 hours. You can then pick the app that suits your need.

 

I have tested my 1001 Photo Booth apps on various machines including iMac i5, MacBook Pro Intel Core 2 Duo, MacBook Air i5 on Leopard and Snow Leopard. I still haven’t got the time to develop an FAQ or knowledge base for the app. If any of you have problems with using the apps, I will try my best to help sort out as I have already hit endless walls before arriving to these pretty perfect final products. You can email me at the address you find on the right column of every page of this website.

 

So here is the link to donate and get the apps.

 

Donate & Download

System Requirements: Macintosh running OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or later with either a built-in iSight, or Mac mini with Mac-compatible webcam (UVC Device)

 

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