Halloween Wedding Photobooth

Posted by barnoid Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:19:00 GMT

Testing the photobooth.

Almost exactly a year ago I got married, just before Halloween. It seems to be fairly typical these days to have a photobooth at the reception so that guests can take photos of themselves for you. We decided ours should have a Halloween theme.

What Happens

  • Guests enter a cubbyhole and sit on the chairs at one end. The space is lit by a lamp and there's a camera on a tripod pointing at them.
  • Scary props are provided, the background is decorated with spiders and bats.
  • They press the big illuminated red button in front of them.
  • The button flashes five times.
  • The lamp goes out, a strobe starts flashing, the middle spider on the background drops down and in front of them.
  • The camera takes a photo.
  • The spider goes back up, the strobe switches off and the lamp comes back on.
A re-enactment.

How It Works

Photobooth control box.
The control box.

A tupperware box with the illuminated button on top contains an Arduino, pressing the button sets the program in motion. It uses four outputs: the camera, the lamp, the strobe and a servo which moves the spider. The camera, lamp and strobe are connected via opto-isolators. The servo uses a PWM output in the usual way.

Photobooth mains switches.
Mains remote control switches with added external terminals.

The lamp and strobe are mains powered. To switch them safely I adapted two radio controlled sockets. The sockets have push buttons that toggle the relay without needing the remote control. I soldered wires either side of the button switch and ran them to screw terminals on top. The Arduino briefly pulses these to toggle the output.

The camera was a Canon EOS 1000D, triggered through its remote control socket.

For the spider movement I used a high torque servo which I clamped to the top of the whiteboard that formed the backdrop. The spider dangled by a thread from a stick made out of a straightened wire coat hanger, which was quite springy so allowed for quite a lot of boinging around. The servo rotated the stick through about 75 degrees, kind of like a fishing rod, casting into the booth, with a spider as bait.

Results

I didn't have a lot of time on the day so I set it up in daylight. Then I had to go off to do some paperwork at the registry office for a bit. When the guests got to the reception it was nearly dark, so it turned out I'd set the exposure quite wrong. It was taking 30 second exposures which resulted it some interesting blurs.

Exposure too long.
The Angel of Death in patterned tights.

Having fixed that it worked fine and was rather popular. We printed out some of the results and sent them to guests as thank yous.

The Father of the Bride.
The father of the bride.
The lovely bride
The lovely bride.

Photobooth Mains Switches

Posted by barnoid Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:40:46 GMT

Photobooth Mains Switches
This is the mains switching for my Halloween themed wedding photobooth. More information here: barnoid.org.uk/halloween-wedding-photobooth
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure0.077 sec (1/13)
Aperturef/4.0
Exposure ProgramProgram AE
ISO Speed800
Date and Time (Original)2013:10:06 20:40:09
Exposure Bias-1 EV
FlashOff, Did not fire
Focal Length35 mm
QualityFine
Metering ModeCenter-weighted average
Lens TypeCanon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS
Camera Temperature19 C

Photobooth Control Box

Posted by barnoid Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:40:00 GMT

Photobooth Control Box
This is the control box from my Halloween themed wedding photobooth. More information here: barnoid.org.uk/halloween-wedding-photobooth
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure0.077 sec (1/13)
Aperturef/4.0
Exposure ProgramProgram AE
ISO Speed800
Date and Time (Original)2013:10:06 20:39:15
Exposure Bias-1 EV
FlashOff, Did not fire
Focal Length50 mm
QualityFine
Metering ModeCenter-weighted average
Lens TypeCanon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS
Camera Temperature17 C

That Wedding Playlist In Full

Posted by barnoid Sat, 03 Nov 2012 15:31:00 GMT

  • Dancing In The Street - Martha Reeves And The Vandellas
  • Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown
  • You Can't Hurry Love - Diana Ross And The Supremes
  • Going To A Go Go - Smokey Robinson
  • Think - Aretha Franklin
  • In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Picket
  • Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
  • Needle In A Haystack - The Velvelettes
  • Itchycoo Park - Small Faces
  • Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
  • Lola - The Kinks
  • Paperback Writer - The Beatles
  • Ride A White Swan - Marc Bolan & T Rex
  • Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
  • Heart Of Glass - Blondie
  • In Between Days - The Cure
  • This Charming Man - The Smiths
  • Dancing Queen - ABBA
  • Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
  • (Edited Wayne Carr intro to Motherbanger from Chris Morris' Radio 1 Music Show)
  • Here Comes Your Man - Pixies
  • Something Changed - Pulp
  • Friday I'm In Love - The Cure
  • Blister In The Sun - Violent Femmes
  • Panic - The Smiths
  • Queen Bitch - David Bowie
  • Debaser - Pixies
  • Seether - Veruca Salt
  • Razzmatazz - Pulp
  • Hey Hey 16K - MJ Hibbett & The Validators
  • Lipgloss - Pulp
  • Shut Up And Let Me Go - The Ting Tings
  • Babies - Pulp
  • Disco 2000 (Nick Cave Pub Rock Version) - Pulp
  • Buy Nothing Day - The Go! Team
  • Where It's At - Beck
  • How Soon Is Now - The Smiths

All carefully edited together in Audacity to remove gaps. Our attempt to side-step the first dance thing with Dancing In The Street failed. The song says "every guy grab a girl" but everyone was too busy ogling us. I had thought people would be danced out by the final track, but no. It had to be skipped in favour of something more up beat.

Photobooth 46

Posted by barnoid Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:08:22 GMT

Photobooth 46
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS 1000D
Exposure1.3
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure ProgramManual
ISO Speed400
Date and Time (Original)2012:10:27 23:15:01
Exposure Bias0 EV
FlashOn, Fired
Focal Length17 mm
QualityRAW
Metering ModeEvaluative
Lens TypeCanon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Camera Temperature21 C

Photographer on the Dance Floor

Posted by barnoid Sun, 11 Nov 2012 22:13:36 GMT

Photographer on the Dance Floor
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperturef/1.8
Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
ISO Speed400
Date and Time (Original)2012:10:27 20:47:10
Exposure Bias-1 EV
FlashOff, Did not fire
Focal Length50 mm
QualityRAW
Metering ModeCenter-weighted average
Lens TypeCanon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Camera Temperature21 C

Untitled on Flickr

Posted by barnoid Sun, 11 Nov 2012 22:13:36 GMT

MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperturef/1.8
Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
ISO Speed400
Date and Time (Original)2012:10:27 20:45:37
Exposure Bias-1 EV
FlashOff, Did not fire
Focal Length50 mm
QualityRAW
Metering ModeCenter-weighted average
Lens TypeCanon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Camera Temperature21 C

Untitled on Flickr

Posted by barnoid Sun, 11 Nov 2012 22:13:34 GMT

MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperturef/1.8
Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
ISO Speed400
Date and Time (Original)2012:10:27 20:44:04
Exposure Bias-1 EV
FlashOff, Did not fire
Focal Length50 mm
QualityRAW
Metering ModeCenter-weighted average
Lens TypeCanon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Camera Temperature19 C

Untitled on Flickr

Posted by barnoid Sun, 11 Nov 2012 22:13:31 GMT

MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperturef/1.8
Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
ISO Speed400
Date and Time (Original)2012:10:27 20:43:58
Exposure Bias-1 EV
FlashOff, Did not fire
Focal Length50 mm
QualityRAW
Metering ModeCenter-weighted average
Lens TypeCanon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Camera Temperature19 C

Photobooth 20

Posted by barnoid Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:08:39 GMT

Photobooth 20
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS 1000D
Exposure1.3
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure ProgramManual
ISO Speed400
Date and Time (Original)2012:10:27 19:34:21
Exposure Bias0 EV
FlashOn, Fired
Focal Length17 mm
QualityRAW
Metering ModeEvaluative
Lens TypeCanon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Camera Temperature27 C