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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! 
 
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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. 
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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+

It is cool. But how do we connect the camera to the screen? and the people can looks at the screen when they pose

krogers178 days ago
I used a Canon Selfie. It is very small and the pictures are finished within 15 seconds. Just cutout the slot for the paperbank.
kosstep12 days ago

Hi,

Very cool =)) Good idea!

I saw a small devise like on the photo. May be know what printer do they use?? It's like polaroid camera and printing on the papper and it's very small, can't find... which one I can use...

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krogers17 made it!1 month ago

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.

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

maubau114 days ago

Could be interesting to use UDOO to have the possibility to send directly the pictures to Instagram and add some particular effects and text.

irakim2 months ago

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.

lsalazar63 months ago
How much did it cost for everything?
antennas6 months ago
Great idea and execution Alex. Can you print the photos from this right on the spot?
Thanks!!
BartHumphries7 months ago

It looks like it's been about 10 months. Has a decision been made as to whether or not to post the code?

mass379 months ago
This is awesome! You must be making big bucks renting this out for weddings
hi! great invention! can you please tell me how people displayed on the monitor, as a mirror or as is?
gnolasco11 months ago
This is awesome! What did you use to create the camera lens in front of the box? Thanks.
djsfantasi11 months ago
Great instructable. However for readers of the article, search for other resources in addition with regard to soldering techniques.
BOHtiki12 months ago
Awesome... Thanks so much for sharing ! LOL, Best use I can think of for my otherwise useless SB-900's !
colincliff1 year ago
This looks amazing. Is your camera connected to the TV via HDMI? how do you get the D3200 to automatically stay in Live View mode without having to press the button on the back? When I have attempted this in the past the camera drops out of Live View mode after each shot.
nudatech1 year ago
Your project has been featured in the article: "20 Arduino projects of 2013".
Rudz1 year ago
Mostly finished with mine based on your design. Thanks for sharing!
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funkytaco1 year ago
First of all, Alex, it looks great. But, this isn't much of an Instructable. It basically shows you how to make a rounded box and has a parts list for a photo booth. It's not even a good parts list at that. Plus, no code, no schematics, no equipment list, no true parts or suppliers list.
Can anyone out there help with the code for this? It's AWESOME!
yukimoko1 year ago
Nice job! great idea..where do you put the printer? and what is the dimension of your photobooth without the stand?
morfuud1 year ago
Great idea!
How do you trigger the Nikon from the Arduino?
Would you share the arduino code?
anderc951 year ago
any chance you could provide a wiring diagram please.
nismo8081 year ago
was hoping that the pdf would have more details on the electronics and programing but no dice.
edduyn1 year ago
Would you share the code?
Amazing! I just want to make one for my kids.

Any chance you could make a detailed list of hardware you used (including electrical) along with directions for working with the electrical side?

Also, where you purchased some of the stuff like the red button.
hyiu1 year ago
This unit looks awesome.
I'm curious on how you are supplying continuous power to the camera and 2 flashes?
Also how is this unit connected a printer?
silvorus1 year ago
What software did you use to format and print your pics?
Fantastic! I love the way you solved a few problems in building a photo booth. I've designed and built 2 for event rentals and love the way you solved a couple of the logistical problems. Impressive!
kodykin1 year ago
awesome build, its amazing. could you share the arduino code?
kabinud1 year ago
Anyway to get specs, pcb design and arduino code......this is amazingly beautiful
david1521 year ago
Have you considered adding a coin-op mechanism to this?
onecrofly1 year ago
Can't wait to incorporate into game plan. Love it.
Totally amazing and awesome! Great job!
romwhite1 year ago
Can you share more about your Arduino code or a wiring diagram? I didn't see anything on how you connected your PC power cable to power everything inside the box?
skootles1 year ago
I really like how clean the wiring on the 7-segment displays is. I'm sure you're probably aware, but using an Arduino DUE for this is a little overkill. I mean if you have one laying around, sure, but anyone who would have to buy one could easily get away with an Uno or Leonardo.

Also wiring each segment to its own pin uses up a lot of pins. A good way to go is to use an LED driver like the MAX7219 or MAX7221. Those two chips will use only 3 of your digital I/O pins, they're daisy-chainable, and they can each drive up to 64 LEDs or 8 seven-segment displays. Those chips also have a digital brightness control, and my favourite "feature" is that you only need one resistor to limit the current on all the LEDs attached to it.
mmccarney11 year ago
Whow this is very cool, is there any chance you could up load the code? I know it sounds cheeky but I really want to make one and my programming skills isn't much!!
rmrclean1 year ago
Great design! Have you thought about how you might allow for a printer, or uploading to Facebook?
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