I’ve been working on a photobooth for Vain (a great hair salon, where my wife works and where I have my little office). It’s different from a normal photo booth in a few ways that I think modernize it a bit and make it more social. One, it’s free. Two, it’s social — you can browse all of the pictures taken at the “booth”. Three, it’s not in a booth — this latest version is a two-way mirror with a camera behind it that takes your picture when you press a button.
I’m writing the software as a Mac app, since there are pretty easy hooks into triggering a camera, downloading the picture from the camera, and uploading it to the web.
This last Tuesday we tested out the first version of it (that still needs a lot of work) at a Bastille Day party put on by our favorite event-planning business The Adventure School.
Here’s what it looked like:
During the 7 hours of the party, almost 800 pictures were taken. Here’s a sampling
The full set is posted on The Adventure School website.
After watching this many people use the booth, I think I’m going to make the following changes before officially setting it up at Vain:
- More feedback between pushing the button and having the picture taken.
- Speakers with some kind of sound
- Flickering lights / torches / a flash
- On-screen spinning thing
- Figure out lighting
- Possibly a way to delete pictures that people don’t like (without making it so easy for people to delete other peoples’ pictures)
- Some better instructions that this is a photo mirror, that it’s free, that’s it’s easy to use, etc.
- Indications on the mirror about where to look (lipstick?)