Introduction: Instagram Inspired DIY Photo-Booth

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I decided to build a simple photo-booth as a fun addition for events, this goes through the basic steps of how i went from a few pieces of wood to a fully functional booth. I have also included a photo of what the images look like! 

Please note that this photo-booth is simply a fan project. The photobooth is NOT endorsed by Instagram, and is NOT for sale! 

Step 1: Cutting Wood

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Square sheet of MDF, 600mm x 600mm with a Red Dome Push Button recessed at the bottom. 

Step 2: Access Holes

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Holes were then cut out for camera lens and tv monitor. 

Step 3: Monitor Trim

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A wooden frame was then fitted to surround the hole for the tv to add depth.

Step 4: Rounding Edges

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Corners were then curved using a jigsaw.

Step 5: Fitting Sides

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Sides were then cut just short of where the corners start to bend. Screws and 90 degree brackets temporarily attached them to the back piece.

Step 6: Building Corners

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The rounded corners were made from short strips of wood, glued to form the rough shape of the corner. These were also temporarily screwed and attached using 90 degree brackets while the glue dried. 

Step 7: Rounding Corners

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Once the glue had dried on the rough corners, they were shaped using a wood plane and sander.

Step 8: Added Details

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A recessed section was made on the front right, simply to add depth and additional detailing. 

Step 9: Flash Holes

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Holes were then cut to contain the 3 45mm seven segment displays, and two larger holes at the top for the flash guns.

Step 10: Shell Finished

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The two holes for the flash guns were covered on the back with a hard translucent plastic to seal the unit and diffuse the light passing through, reducing the harshness of the light. 

Step 11: Electronics

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Wires were attached to each of the 7 segment displays, these were then covered using heat shrink and the 9 wires coming out of each 7 segment was then bound together using larger heat shrink to keep everything tidy. 

Step 12: The PCB

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There was a total of 28 transistors, 29 resistors a few meters of red/black wire. 

Step 13: PCB Headers

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PCB header plugs were soldered on to each individual seven segment display PCB. This allows them to be easily removed and replaced without having to work out the order of the pins every time, this also made troubleshooting easier. 

Step 14: Finished PCB

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The finished pcb, with the push button soldered in and a red LED light on the button, to control the camera a 2.5mm jack was soldered in and attached to a transistor, when the transmitter is closed, it connects the ground of the camera wire to the autofocus and shutter trigger at once. Note: the camera will be set on manual focus, therefore there was no need to have the booth autofocus beforehand, the only reason the autofocus cable is attached is because cameras will not allow the shutter wire to trigger them unless autofocus wire is already engaged. 

Step 15: Arduino

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The arduino (Blue part on the picture) is a microcontroller. Basically, you write code on the computer, upload it to te arduino and it will carry out functions. 
In my case, i coded it to start the photobooth sequence once the big red button was pressed. 

Here is a basic run down of what the code is doing;

Start -

[Press Button]

Red Button light switches off

Right hand side seven segment display illuminates with the number 4
Top two seven segment displays count from 10 to 0
Camera Triggers

Right hand side seven segment display illuminates with the number 3
Top two seven segment displays count from 10 to 0
Camera Triggers

Right hand side seven segment display illuminates with the number 2
Top two seven segment displays count from 10 to 0
Camera Triggers

Right hand side seven segment display illuminates with the number 1
Top two seven segment displays count from 10 to 0
Camera Triggers

Red Button light turns back on
All seven segments switch off 


Step 16: Power/Support

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For the power i wanted to use a standardised plug so it could easily be removed for transport. I used a kettle plug which was recessed into the base underneath the top hat of a speaker stand which i used for support. The reason for placing it under the top hat was so i could run the cable up the speaker stands centre post, meaning there was no cables dangling from the booth to get snagged.
You can also see the two 60mm 12v fans i used for ventilation. Due to the heat coming off the tv, flashes and arduino i wanted to prevent overheating, one blows cool air in, the other is reversed, sucking the warm air out.  

Step 17: Hardware

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The camera used was a Nikon d3200, and a 18-55 kit lens. I used 2 Nikon sb900 flashes to light the subjects. 

One of the flashes was connected directly to the camera using a TTL cable and then the two flashes were connected using pc sync cable. Both flashes were set to manual power at 1/8.

The TTL cable was required so the camera knew flash was being used and automatically set the exposure for liveview, without this the brightness of the liveview would be that of the actual exposure settings. Basically, without flash connected liveview would expose at iso 100 f/11 1/30 (really dark on liveview indoors). With flash connected the camera would automatically choose the brightness of liveview using iso even though my settings were locked in at iso 100 f/11 and 1/60.

To mount the camera and flashes i made a simple bracket out of wood, bolts and some brackets.

You can also see the tv bracket below which held the tv in place. 

Step 18: Finished Internals

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Just a closer look at the insides of the booth once it was finished. 


davidandora (author)2013-03-17

Top notch work! (and a really great instructable). This is one of the very best all- in one photobooth setups I've ever seen, and I work in the event industry. So cute and inviting. Your design and construction is just fantastic! A+

evil_knievel (author)2016-04-29

Perfect work!
I wan't it, I wan't it.
I already ordered the Parts.
And the Arduino Code is almost ready, I think.
I have to clean it up, but I hope the main functions are working.

NathanD118 (author)evil_knievel2017-11-25

Hey what are you displaying, and anyway you can post your code?

gleemonex69 (author)evil_knievel2016-07-02

I'm also building my own. Where did you find the speaker pole mount?

rjdainty1 (author)2017-02-18


I'm just getting things ready to make this but I'm a little stuck with the flash(es). I've managed to get a Nikon d5000 and a main power supply so that I don't have to worry about batteries, however I can't seem to find a flash with the ability to run from the mains. Has anyone else found this to be a problem, and does anyone have a solution?

I'm building it for my own wedding so I didn't really want to be changing the batteries throughout the evening.

I'm a newbie to flashes so any assistance would be appreciated.


bstockley (author)rjdainty12017-11-25

i was having same problem. i found a battery eliminator on great

JulienMolina made it! (author)2016-08-29

Thank you so much for this great Instructable. My version really looks like the original, don't you think ? ;)

Joseagb33 (author)JulienMolina2017-11-16

Hello! can you help me with arduino part¿? please!

krogers17 made it! (author)2014-08-03

thank you for the Great Instruction. Mine is not that perfect as yours, congrats to the high quality work, but we have upgraded it with a direct photo printout on the back. That was quite positively mentioned by the guests.

vishcolor (author)krogers172015-01-01

Hi Rogers. Just like to check if u also do custom built for other. Also can you share your desing internal how to designed for prayer etc.

krogers17 (author)vishcolor2015-01-05

Hey there,

thank you for your interest. I can post some pictures and detailed comments if you wish to have.
The most problematic point that can prevent building custom style was the fact that I have used a notebook placed inside. This uses a licensed software that needs to be purchased after 30 days. It was good enough for my use, just one wedding, but makes it more expensive (if I remember correctly it was round about 300$).
If this and shipping from Germany wouldn't be a problem, I could do it of course ;)
I Try to take some detailed pics and post them.
kind regards, Kevin

kwhite1231 (author)krogers172017-04-26

Hey @krogers17, wanted to know if you ever made that post with the more detailed instructions? If so would you mind emailing it to me, I'd love to give this thing a whirl!

rhysgregory (author)krogers172015-10-18

Hey Rogers. It would be great if you can make me one and send to the UK. I would really appreciate the help / input thank you. Email -

vishcolor (author)krogers172015-01-11

Can you tell how did u attached the booth in tripod stand. Which part u used and when you bought it. I mean the mount which connects The booth and the light stand

vishcolor (author)krogers172015-01-05

Do u have Skype or other pm?

sjmccurry (author)krogers172016-02-02

Hi would you be able to send me a detailed description of how you built this with the printout on the back?

balazsiosif (author)krogers172015-09-28

Hallo Rogers,

Ich habe nächstes Jahr Hochzeit und leider bin kein DIY Person und würde wahrscheinlich so etwas nie machen können. Könnten Sie ein für mich machen, natürlich werde ich das zahlen. Ich lebe in Österreich, also Versand sollte wahrscheinlich kein Problem sein.

Vielen dank!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Balazs Iosif

Mjvlisa (author)krogers172014-12-07

Hi can you kindly help in providing dimensions / sizes detailed specs cutting the box

krogers17 (author)Mjvlisa2014-12-17

Hey There,
I just added my design drafts for you. The rest was done on the object ;)

Mjvlisa (author)krogers172014-12-17

Thank you for your kind help. Would you be so kind to email me the attachment to I can't view it clearly in your message. Thank you

kosstep (author)krogers172014-09-17

Can you tell me, what printer did you use???

CristianL31 (author)2016-11-27

How much would you charge to make this and ship to Romania?

Please email me at


bstockley (author)2016-10-12

great idea, inspired me to make my own version. pc build with touchscreen

AngelaV30 (author)2016-09-30

Per quanto riguarda l'interno della scatola di legno, visto che non sono molto pratica con l'elettronica ma vorrei provare a crearne uno mio, è possibile avere delle informazioni più dettagliate dei prodotti da acquistare e il codice arduino da utilizzare? Grazie...Vi lascio la mia mail per contattarmi

gleemonex69 (author)2016-07-02

Great build. Can you provide the link for the pole mount? I can't seem to find it.

taraerdem (author)2016-06-04

how much would it cost you to make it and ship it to the USA?

Muzaklover619 (author)2016-06-01

I bought my membership because of this project. I want to personally thank you for putting together such a detailed and easy to follow project. Your executions was fantastic. I'm already ordering my supplies and will share my pix when it's complete.

carias (author)2016-04-06

How much would you charge to make this and ship to USA?

SandraM101 (author)2016-03-28


How much would you charge to make this and ship to USA?


carias (author)2016-03-16

How much would you charge to make this and ship to USA?

JessicaB129 (author)2016-02-15

How much would you charge to make this and ship to USA?

Email is

MURUGANG (author)2015-12-16


It would be great if you can make me one and send to the INDIA and how much will be the cost!


boogielights (author)2015-12-07

Hi, email me when you have time. Luv. Your wk!

tarìg2 (author)2015-11-16

who sends me the project because I can not buying not having a credit card??

at this account

rnkingston (author)2015-11-10


I love have one this photo booth!

It would be great if you can make me one and send to the Australia and how much will be the cost!


stehaa made it! (author)2015-08-24

Very nice project:

Since I do not own an Arduino I used a Raspberry Pi as a controller just as in this project:

I added a WLAN-Router for management purposes. I also made it slightly smaller in 500x500mm.

tlc1992 made it! (author)2015-06-04

Great idea. So good that I had to make one myself. As I had no idea how to code the arduino I made a few changes. Mine runs off a laptop using the NKRemote photobooth software which is operated using the touchscreen. The booth will contain two flashes when operating but only one is shown in the photo. The button plays funny sounds when pressed (wolf whistle etc.)

In the software it gives the user the option to email their photographs. I did not intend on printing them. I can also add facebook upload but this will take a lot of time and probably cause queues.

I just have to wait until my wedding now before I can use it. I plan on printing the photographs to send as thank you cards.

I hope you like it!

MDLEACH (author)tlc19922015-06-17

How did you make the flashes link together

MDLEACH (author)tlc19922015-08-07

Thanks That Helps

Alfie101 (author)2015-07-20

Hi Alex
Would you be able email or Skype me please?

prunge (author)2014-12-23

My version with a touch screen and barrel flash with constant light.

fstop570 (author)prunge2015-06-03

any chance you could provide a wiring diagram please.

If you post it, you gotta provide the Arduino code

rhodalynnea (author)prunge2015-01-31

Hi. it looks very well put together. I'm trying to build one myself. What tripod did you buy to support the weight of the booth?

vishcolor (author)prunge2015-01-11

How are you attaching the light stand which party you used and where u bought it from

moore36 (author)2015-06-03

I do not have the tools time or the knowledge to do it myself. Can I buy a booth from you or can I ask you to make me one I have a different idea not in the shape of the instagram logo. Please reply to my email

gleemonex69 (author)2015-05-21

How big is this thing and can you supply a link for the code? Would love to add this to my DJ business.

gerard.mendoza.357 (author)2015-03-03

Seems the OP is not responding to a lot of questions posted here in the comment section. Can we send him an email instead?

irakim (author)2014-07-26

this is very creative & i want to try it...however, i am just wondering about the image of the camera..would you get in trouble if your copying the icon of instragram?? please let me know coz im very excited to start building this.

probinson12 (author)irakim2015-02-10

I was thinking the same thing. Just have to be creative and make it your own. You don't necessarily have to stick to the instagram branding.

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