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This is a tutorial on how to build your own photobooth much like the traditional ones seen at malls, amusement parks, and shopping centers the world over. This booth however is completely digital and is much much cheaper/easier to do at home.

I wrote the first half of the tutorial months ago and finally decided to finish it and post it up.

This project was the result of an undergraduate research project I did last year while attending Carnegie Mellon Univ. It was my first year of college so I thought that a photobooth would be a great way to discover the campus community. The project was a great success and, though my version had many bugs, I have literally hundreds of photos of my classmates.

Step 1: Design your booth

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The design part is really up to you. Build whatever you think looks cool and works well. Here are some key things I had to keep in mind when figuring out my design.
- portability (fits through doorways, not too heavy)
- secure from theft
- attractiveness. This was important since I had to actually get people to use it.
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LoveL16 months ago

Great post. We are looking at replacing our current booth or expanding. I'm going to have a go at building our own. I love the finished product. LoveLaugh


instructerator made it!9 months ago

Great instruction! If you'd like to build the photobooth with an iPad using its front cam or connected to a Sony Camera by WIFI you should check out DIY Booth. I built a booth connected to a studio flash and get professional pictures by using devices I already had :)

aadkison3 years ago
Do you have any idea what kind of a budget a first time photobooth constructor would be looking at with this particular project?
I've already priced my material from Home Depot for the box alone to be less than $100 not including tools and guts. As far as Electronics it up to each individual on how far they want to go. I myself already own a Nikon D90, a couple of LCD monitors, printer and lighting equipment. But I'm looking into purchasing a photo booth program that is made for DSLR, if interested in that go to www.DSLRBooth.com

Hope this helps.
CRUWorkz2 years ago
Your links do not work?
rosani2 years ago
Gostaria de saber passo a passo da montagem do botão de iniciar o photo booth,pois o site mostra somente uma parte . Caso alguem saiba como montar por favor me diga.
Is there a possibility that you could post your dimensions of the wooden panels? size and font used for the wordart? :)
creative idea.
here's my sample photobooth prints

Hi! What software are you using for this if you don't mind? Thanks!
marceloco4 years ago
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bruinchiq4 years ago
I was inspired by this Instructables post long long ago... and finally created my own home version! Here's the instructions and materials that I used to create it, using spare parts that were just on their way to recycling!

bangaram6 years ago
really its very good.u done great job mate because it is very clear and perfect but i dont understand one thing how the machine working when u put the coin inside.please can u explain the mechanism how coin work when u put in the booth.thank u very much.im eagerly waiting for ur reply.
there is no coin mechanism. and I'm not an expert on that. I'm sure that there's someone on the internet that could help you with putting a coin slot into this.
I too have had coin slot issues and found this informational video very helpful. Good luck!
vigorotaku4 years ago
Very good ideas here! Check out another example Photo Booth from a recent wedding at http://vigorotaku.blogspot.com/ November 1st. It was a lot of fun and a really big hit! I have some diagrams of what I use with explanations and an example pic.
The specific link is here
vigorotaku4 years ago
Very good ideas here!

Check out another example Photo Booth from a recent wedding at
November 1st. It was a lot of fun and a really big hit!

I have some diagrams of what I use with explanations and an example pic.
shemartin4 years ago
Hi there I am extremely interested in paying someone to build me a custom photobooth for my upcoming wedding. I would like something nice that doesn't cost a wwwhhhole lot of money. Please email me at sglorym@netscape.net
cbossio6 years ago
I was hoping somebody could help me with alternative software. I played with the photoboof! software and it is very nice, but $600 is out of my price range. Anybody know of any cheap or possible free alternatives. I plan on building a booth for my wedding reception. Any ideas are welcome.

Good luck with your reception. You may want to check out http://www.sequentialstar.com/ for another photobooth software alternative. I'm not too sure of how reliable it is, but it seems to be able to do everything you would need. Let me know.
HI i am also intresting build a photo booth machine what is your recommendation which software you finnay select ? Thanks for advice David
cbossio cbossio6 years ago
I have found the breezysys website too and it looks promising until I looked at the supported cameras. With the program costing $100 and the cheapest supported camera costing around $500, I'm back to square one.
They may have updated their site as I found cameras on their list available on ebay very affordable.
http://www.breezesys.com/PSRemote/photobooth.htm has a program that only cost about $100 and you get to try it for free (fully functional)
ngez5 years ago
Any One can please help me to find good Photo-booth software that can run in full-screen kiosk mode , and easy to use , that will work with Canon G10 .
also can give you option to select templed 
Thank you 
davider02 ngez5 years ago
HI i am also intresting build a photo booth machine what is your recommendation which software you finnay select ? Thanks for advice David
jumpfroggy6 years ago
I love the design of the "photobooth" backlit cutout! Looks great. I actually made a photobooth for my own use, though it didn't look nearly as nice as yours. I'm going to start selling the software soon (http://photobooth.rocketmonkeys.com/), since I really feel like there should be another option besides the $600 photoboof software (!!).

I've noticed that this can be a big hit not just as an installation, but if you bring it to events like weddings, birthday parties, etc. If it's small and portable, you can start bringing it places you never thought of. I'd love to make a booth similar to this that can be easily broken down and fit into the trunk of a car. If I end up making it, I'll post up an instructable.
HI i am also intresting build a photo booth machine what is your recommendation which software you finnay select ? Thanks for advice David
The URL above is old.  It's now http://www.seemonkey.net/

I'm also working on putting together a site dedicated to all things photobooth related.  I'll post when I have it online.
If you ever do an instructable of a portable booth, I'd love to see it! I'm very interested in doing this too.
I'll put one up soon. I've already got another instructable in the pipes for a unique monitor stand... it'll be interesting :). After that, I'll do the photobooth one. Stay tuned!
I am wanting to build a photo booth using these plans with a few modifications of my own. I thought I would make it in two pieces that can be stacked on each other for portability. I would be very interested in purchasing the software from you if you can let me know it will work in a photo booth of this type with the subjects in control of the remote? I look forward to hearing from you. FYI I am not versed at all on writing my own programs.
The way it works is that after you set it up, it can be completely run by the guests. A guest can sit down, press the button, then it'll take 3 pictures (with a delay so they can repose) and then print out their photos. So once you set it up, you should be able to just leave it working.
1spartan955 years ago
Me and my sister really want to build one of these things!
jonesphotog6 years ago
What was your overall cost for this project?
jchorng (author)  jonesphotog5 years ago
I had gotten a school grant for $500 and used it all to buy all the materials. I'm sure if you're clever enough you can repurpose/recycle stuff and do it for much less!
How did you get the grant? I'm going into college this year so I'm curious.
zachschi5 years ago
Looks great! What type/size of photoprinter did you use?
thepartycow8 years ago
Awesome job on the photobooth. Awesome! I made the photobooth @ Shine and will be releasing it open source shortly. In short, it currently runs php pages on apache, a javascript countdown and then fires some python to take the images. After all four images are captured, using imagemagik, it creates the photostrip and adds the watermark and saves it. There is an uploader that runs in the background that is constantly looking for new images and uploads them to flickr. example image: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/shinesf/286486188/"><img src="http://static.flickr.com/103/286486188_a16db43b55_m_d.jpg"></a> I also took each of the individual images, and using mencoder, put them together as a timelapse movie. We will be incorporating this into the API of one of the video services and I will be releasing the source code for this as well!
LOL bless the girls not to shy to flash the camera,
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