Creating a photo booth with a GoPro Hero camera

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Today's guest post "Creating a photo booth with a GoPro Hero camera" is written by the Danish photographer Lars Brandt Stisen (website | blog | Twitter | PintrestBehance):

I promised our friends a photo booth for their wedding. They had already been scouting the internet and asking around for a solution without any luck, so I proposed to build one for the occasion.

The party were to be held here in Berlin (Germany) where I live, and I wanted to make a portable solution that wouldn't be too delicate, something I could throw in a taxi and take back with me when the party was over. So I came up with the "Selfie-Booth" which basically is a GoPro camera on a tripod.

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The camera (a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition) is wired to a set of electronic timers and relays that control four LED lamps for the photographic lighting (the booth is capable of operating in complete darkness) including a doorbell for audible feedback. The booth is operated by the back-lighted industrial button mounted on the front. Everything is powered by a few transformers and fitted into a strong ABS plastic box I got from the local tools shop. I decorated the box in a style I hoped would go well with the hosts (fortunately it did).

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The booth performed extremely well and became a big hit among the guests. It also became a social meeting point at the party where people would take turns at the machine while talking and laughing at each others postures.

Even before seeing the images people started asking if they could rent or buy a photo booth from me, because the "contraption" with supplied costumes and props got everyone to mingle and have fun, they didn't even question the quality of the output. Fortunately the images (which I prepared and transferred to the bride and groom a few days later) turned out great and a lot of the guests now use them on their facebook profiles etc.

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You can view the final image results on my Behance portfolio at: https://www.behance.net/gallery/19610211/The-Selfie-Booth

Let me know if you have any questions, and thank you for watching!

Lars Brandt Stisen is a Berlin based commercial photographer from Denmark, working in advertising and fashion with a background as software engineer and IT entrepreneur.

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  • Tonya

    awesome.. thinking ‘tap to save’ so peeps just tap their phones to sync the photos until the next peep taps their phones… might be easier to hook up a android app in no time..

    • Thanks, that’s a great idea. I plan on integrating a tablet PC and writing software to add filters with preview for instant web publishing, the possibilities are plenty 🙂

  • You get the award for Exceptional Achievement in Contraptions. I love it for its pinball-logic soul. Of course, what it really needs are a few relays going clackety-clack, although the doorbell pretty much covers that motif.

    • Thank you, I’m pleased to hear that! Yes it could be fun to add back-lighted “Come closer” and “Smile” indicators etc. to be synced with the sequence -a note for future enhancements 🙂

  • AWESOME project!

    I’d love to know more about the electronics.
    (I’m a fairly competent EE)

    • Thank you very much!
      I’ll see about doing a DIY guide with a parts list when I get the time.

  • ebc0r

    Can I buy it?

    • It’s not for sale, but thanks 🙂

  • Ricky

    You could sell these! They’d do so well

  • RajKumar Bhatt

    you are great! looking for this for years and where I found! Thanks

    • You’re welcome! And thank you 🙂

  • RajKumar Bhatt

    but tell me why gopro hero3, why not other camera? any reason?

    • It could be virtually any camera. But I wanted to produce fun dynamic images using a wide angle in a small sturdy package, something simple that wasn’t too delicate around party people, almost arcade or pinball machine-like. And I like the output this camera delivers so it was an easy choice.

  • Andres Massott

    Awesome project. Do you think it’s possible to be done with the Gopro Hero 2?, this model does not have remote control.

  • Louie Lou

    Are there any other IOS apps that will work with gopro.?

  • Vinicius Cordeiro

    I loved this project, is there a plan to build one? What did you do with the remote, there’s more than just hit de button?

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