For this build, I used:
-A case (approx 13" x 18" x 6")
-The foam that came with the case
-Cheap pair of computer speakers
-1/8" thick wood panel
-Ikea LED lights
-Portable Photo Printer
-Photobooth software- (I'm using Sparkbooth)
-Various tools such as a Dremel, Hot glue gun, Utility knife
-Various Nuts, bolts, velcro and other items I could find to hold various items in place
Step 1: The Case
Step 2: Where to Cut
For tablet cutout, I simply made a template and used my dremel tool to cut out a nice rectangle.
Update: I later upgraded my tablet, as the software didn't work well with an Atom processor (Way to slow)
Step 3: Fitting Components Inside the Case
In one of the pictures, you will see the transformer for the cheap speakers. I cut and shortened all the wires to cut down on clutter. I also made sure to enclose the transformer and inverter portion to keep hands away when there was power to it.
For the speakers, I cut the speaker case and glued the front grill portion to the suitcase so I had something more solid to attach the speakers to. I attached the volume control to the top of the lid and cut a hole on top for the volume knob to stick out for easy access.
The power strip, speakers and transformer fit nicely behind the divider I made. It was nice the case had grooves on the sides.
Step 4: Fitting Even More in the Case
Of course I do not want to shorten the power cable for my tablet, as I want to use my tablet outside of the photo-booth. I also did not want to shorten the wires for the Ikea lights, because they give out the harshest light possible and I will figure out a way to better soften the light at a later time, so those may come out. I do have a soft box to use externally, (modified to use two 5000K CFL bulbs) which is better for lighting. The only downside is the Sparkbooth software is unable to support a flash.
I wanted to use the suitcase portion for printer storage, so I had to figure out a way to manage the wiring I did not want to cut. I put everything (except the camera) in the case, along with all the necessary wiring to see what all was involved. From there I was able to figure out how much space the wires and power bricks would take up.
Step 5: Looking More Finished
Also bought a canon selphy photo printer, which fits nicely inside the case. Maybe not exactly the ideal printer for major events, but it was a fun little addition so I could officially have a complete all-in-one photo-booth. The printer does need to be taken out of the case when in use, as there is a paper tray that attaches to the printer. I also use another (bigger) photo printer if necessary.
The case I bought came with the eggshell and the pick out foam, as shown. I used the foam to my advantage to protect the printer and paper tray as well as to hide other imperfections.
The left side of the case (where the paper tray is) is a cover over the wires and power bricks.
Step 6: Finished Product (almost)
The photos do not show the LED lights turned on (all the holes on the sides). They are harsh, but I do have a separate soft light I use. Maybe I will figure out a way to diffuse these lights later.
Step 7: Update
I cut a larger hole for the screen and managed to find an alternative way to hold the tablet in place.
Because the software runs so much better, I am also able to add an external monitor (via HDMI) and use FastStone Image Viewer to play a live, updating slide show of photos taken with the photo booth.
I also rearranged how the printer fits in the case, to better manage the cables.
I also made sure there was plenty of airflow for the tablet, since it has fans. I cut out vent holes on the lid cover (the one shown in step 5)
Now its ready for the next event!
Step 8: Setup
A few things have been added that don't fit inside the case, but make for a much better experience (for me and the guests!)
1. My home printer- I normally use this because it is easier to add paper when I see it is running low with no down time- and ink will last for hours of constant use with minimum down time if I need to swap out an ink cartridge.
2. Soft Box- I actually cheated with this one. Since the software I use does not support DSLR cameras, it does not support flash. (Although I will one day want to upgrade) I actually use two CFL bulbs. I'm using 5500K, 100 watt bulbs. Not perfect, but does the trick.
3. External monitor- I use a second piece of software (FastStone Image Viewer) on the 2nd monitor as both a photobooth sign ( to encourage guests to use the photobooth) as well as to display the photos that are taken during the event.
4. Props!- Every great photo booth has props!
I may try to add a curtain for a more traditional style photo booth at some point, but it works out just fine how it is. It is not a perfect setup, but I am not to worried.