Step 4: Frame

Now that I had the internal electronics functioning it was time to start working on the frame of the photo booth.  I had originally considered making the frame out of wood, but quickly realized that it would not be possible to pack up the end product in my car and drive it across three states.  I ended up settling on a PVC plastic frame.  It is light enough for transport, easily breaks down, quick to cut, and pretty inexpensive. 

Unfortunately the local home depot does not sell the necessary corner joints to build structures out of PVC.  I found a small online vendor that sold furniture grade PVC , and offered the 3 & 4 way joints I was looking for.  I opted to go with 3/4" PVC pipe that offered the best price/weight/strength combination of the available sizes.  Link to PVC joint supplier: http://shop.dpsbargainbasement.com/

Once I had collected all of the PVC parts I started to experiment and determine the proper dimensions.  The height of the booth should be ~ 6', and the width should be 40".  This width  would allow two chairs placed next to each other to fit easily, and that height would allow some privacy for the people in the booth.

I first built the frame that would enclose the electronics.  This would be 18" in length, and provide a shelf at waist height to hold the camera & monitor in place.  I found that the weight of the monitor was too much without some additional support, and I came up with the two PVC support legs you can see in the picture below. 

The second part of the frame would be where the two chairs are placed.  This mirrors the electronics enclosure in size (6'x40"x18"), but is left open on one.  The two large frame structures are then connected by two additional pieces of PVC that were 30" in length to tie everything together and complete the structure.

The shelf was made from scrap pieces of an old Ikea headboard, and contains a small support for the red start button.  You may notice some pipe pieces are black. These were spray painted since some portions of these pipe may be visible once fully assembled.

Parts Breakdown
10 3/4" PVC Pipes
10 3/4" T Joints
2 3/4" Elbow Joints
10 3/4" 3-Way Joints
12 3/4" 4-Way Joints
Scrap wood for shelf
<p>Check out Social Booth for another <a href="http://www.photoboothsolutions.com/socialbooth/" rel="nofollow">photo booth software</a> option. It will let your guests post to Facebook, <br>Twitter, Email and SMS right from your booth.</p>
<p>This looks great! I was also buidling a booth but I wanted to build in a tablet instead of a notebook/computer. If you are interested visit <a href="http://www.photowaldes.de" rel="nofollow"> www.photowaldes.de</a></p><p>Here you can find a sample image <a href="http://www.photowaldes.de/2015/03/projekt-photobooth-es-werde-licht/dsc01698" rel="nofollow">http://www.photowaldes.de/2015/03/projekt-photoboo...</a></p><p>Tobi</p>
<p>This looks great, but aren't the PVC joints hard to disassemble? Did you do anything special to the PVC joints to make it easier to take apart?</p>
<p>Great job! I realize this isn't that new anymore, but I'm using your booth as a template for my own raspberry pi photo booth, and I really appreciate your link to http://shop.dpsbargainbasement.com/ - It was a real lifesaver! Thanks again for posting such a great write up!</p>
<p>Congrats for this DIY photo booth! </p><p>About the printing part, you can use this <a href="https://www.sharypic.com/en/features/do-it-yourself-photobooth-for-events" rel="nofollow">DIY Photo Booth</a>. </p><p>Moreover, by syncing your photos with sharypic, you can <a href="https://www.sharypic.com/en/features/live-photowall-slideshow" rel="nofollow">broadcast all photos big screen</a> during dinner or any other moment of the wedding. </p>
This was one the best DIY on making a photo booth, after spending about 3 hours searching on the web and google. Thank you so much. Now it will my turn to create my photo booth
Awesome job-- I just posted my own Photo Booth enclosure and am exploring light options. Did you just use your camera flash (I have the t3i, so basically the same model) or did you use other lights as well?
Only 1 supplier in the UK :( <br>www.ixi-devices.com
Love the concept, this would have been a hit at my wedding. Will keep it in mind for the next generation!!!
Hi, would like to copy your booth but since it's a PVC construction did you have a problem on instability? did you add any other support to keep it stable? <br> <br>Thanks
Nice! http://www.orlandophotobooth.net/
DSLR Remote Pro was a bit pricey for me at $175 and seemed pretty complicated. I did some searching and found <a href="http://dslrbooth.com" rel="nofollow">dslrbooth.com</a>. As far as camera settings, much better to put the camera in manual once you've setup your lighting. Put shutter on 1/60 and experiment with ISO and aperature till the picture is bright enough. If you don't want to bother, just put it in Program mode.<br>
hi what was your setting on the camera? auto or manual, thanks
HI Dohjoe nice photobooth, I'm working on 1 too for my daughter's 16th bday and I hope you don't mind if I copy your design. I like that push button idea but I'm clueless with wirings and soldering. How did you construct this big red button? any schematic or plan from start to finish and parts list, I would greatly appreciated, thank you.
I have recently built a photobooth for our upcoming wedding, and I decided to write my own photobooth software. It will be available as &quot;open source&quot; here soon probably on source forge. If anyone can use it, let me know! (its for canon cameras only)
dohjoe - Where did you get your arcade push button? I've been looking for one just like that but I can't find anything that looks like the &quot;Big Red Button&quot; concept.<br><br>Any ideas?
The best place i found to order this size push button was at spark fun http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9181
I was able to find the 3-way joints at Lowes.
Probably a stupid question but I really need to know for the background .. What are the Dimensions.. How tall and how wide should the booth be ? I want to create a background and not sure what size the average photo booth is!<br><br>Thanks :)
Very cool. You can also get the 3-Way and 4-Way PVC joints from formufit.com. Another great source.
An idea, instead of leaving a pair of scissors out - I would suggest buy a perforator for a few bucks and just perforate all of your 4x6 photo paper before hand.<br><br>I would have liked if the alignment of the photos was a little better positioned (there was alot of negative space) maybe making the curtain area smaller would have helped to have better framed shots.<br><br>Cool project though, very nice.
Never would have thought to use a perforator... guess you'd just have to test it a couple times on a few printouts to preforate at just the right spot &amp; not chop any of the photo, but it definitely saves you from imposing the the hassle of having folk cut (and potentially mess up with) the photos themselves. GREAT idea, joeny1980!!
Has anyone looked at Sparkbooth? Its a lot cheaper then DSLR Remote Pro.
hi! I am the president of a club on my college campus and thought it would be great to have one of these booths not only for taking pictures, but for also showing short video clips of our club and power points. <br><br>we have all the techonology, but need an easy to set up, portable booth like the one you built. would it be possible for us to buy the one you made or pay you to make one? <br><br>thanks and have a great day!
Very nice. I built a booth for our wedding. I like your use of PVC as it looks alot more portable than our wooden one which now resides outside on our porch. Our frames looked similar. But I did build the main unit in two pieces which were held together with bolts and butterfly nuts. This allowed me to fit it into my Prius with two trips. The outside is paneling which I painted. Inside the booth, I had my MacBook running a program called Partybooth. I had an external monitor, and a hole big enough for a web cam. Below the monitor was a button similar to yours. It printed out 2 copies of 2x6 strips. One for them, one for our book. We also had a box of props which turned out to be alot of fun. The party lasted longer than expected because everyone wanted to do the photobooth again. It was a hit!
Awesome colors palkster! Do you have an 'ible on this? What does the inside look like? Thanks!
I didn't take the time to document my work. Mainly because I started two days before the wedding, So it was thrown together at the last second. But the inside had a monitor with a webcam hole above and a start button below. On both sides of the monitor I cut out and installed fluorescent lights so people weren't dark blobs, and because our reception was at a park at night. We had a generator running to power the booth's peripherals as well as the other lights and music at the party. Sadly, after taking up space on our porch for four months, I dissembled it and the parts are now waiting to be used on some future project.
Very nice! Our friends built a photo booth for their wedding as well, only out of plywood, metal framing and it had white-board on the outside so folks could write messages. Inside had a bench and a touch screen.<br><br>Cost was kept relatively low because things like the printer, software, and high end camera was already owned by the bride's brother, who does event photography. They were even able to use it again for when the bride's brother got married two weeks later. Plus it makes appearances at all the parties.<br><br>
I love this mhudnall! Do you have an 'ible on this? Thanks!
Do you happen to remember which model PictureMate you used?
I love it when nerds get married. It gives me hope for humanity's future...<br><br>Another idea is that you could put a dry-erase tablet and tethered marker inside of the booth, so that the subjects could scrawl out a message :-D<br><br>
LOVE that idea! Dry erase tablet! Going on my list! Thanks!
Very nice! Some people get very creative with only four photos and can actually act out a story line. Well, maybe not with the addition of alcohol.
The alcohol might make it a bit more interesting of a story line... in my group of friends it would be R rated at least! lol! Great comment!
did any one try to use one way mirror for the camera ?
Wow! Really neat idea! I am going to do some research into that and see if it would be a better alternative. Good idea! Thanks!
Awesome Idea!! Ive always wanted something like this for parties. Also Great work on the Instructable itself!<br><br>What did the software run you? Also can you can you give a Ballpark figure on total costs?<br><br>Nice Work!
The construction cost of the booth (not electronics) was ~$225 for all of the fabric/pvc/etc. The retail price of the software is $175, although they do offer a fully functional 30 day trial.
I bought the DLSR software but having trouble setting the <br>photo size . Could I ask your help on settings ?<br>papadoo1atgmail.com<br>Thanks,<br>Smitty75
Great Setup!<br> Check out another example Photo Booth from a recent wedding at <a href="http://vigorotaku.blogspot.com">http://vigorotaku.blogspot.com/ </a>November 1st.<br> 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 link to the specific page is <a href="http://vigorotaku.blogspot.com/2010/11/photo-booth.html">here</a>
Very good ideas here! Check out another example Photo Booth from a recent wedding at <a href="http://vigorotaku.blogspot.com">http://vigorotaku.blogspot.com/ </a>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 <a href="http://vigorotaku.blogspot.com/2010/11/photo-booth.html">here</a>
Very good ideas here!<br> <br> Check out another example Photo Booth from a recent wedding at<br> <a href="http://vigorotaku.blogspot.com">http://vigorotaku.blogspot.com/ </a><br> November 1st. It was a lot of fun and a really big hit!<br> <br> I have some diagrams of what I use with explanations and an example pic.<br> <br> The specific Photo Booth is <a href="http://vigorotaku.blogspot.com/2010/11/photo-booth.html">here</a>
Great information! I am so glad you are sharing!<br>I would like to test this out with my Macbook Pro and the Photobooth software that's already installed.<br><br>I need see if this will work at kids party, birthday parties, anniversaries, and baby showers. I see that David Ciine used his macbook as a photo booth.<br><br>I am a photographer and I love how my DSLR camera delivers good quality pictures. I am not sure how the print-outs will look from using the photo booth on my Macbook pro.<br>
Great design. . .I want to build one.<br>What's the cheapest camera I can use with<br>the DSLR Remote Pro software ?<br>The Canons are a bit pricey.<br><br>Smitty
Aren't you an amazing groom?? This is soooo adorable! Your bride must have been sooo happy. Congrats!!

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