Photo booths are fun! They can inspire goofiness in just about anyone.
For my first project with the Raspberry Pi I built a photo booth for a party. This was a great project for learning to tinker with photography and electronics on the Pi. People were happy with the booth, and curious how it was built, so I thought I'd share what I learned.
This project tutorial assumes a very basic knowledge of linux/bash and the ability to solder a simple circuit.
Overview: four main components of the booth
Parts needed for the controller:
Powered USB hub
GPIO ribbon cable
Perma-proto-board Pi cobbler
LED-illuminated momentary contact switch
LED indicator lights
wire for making connections
soldering iron and solder
SD card reader
computer to set up the SD card
monitor/TV with HDMI
USB keyboard and mouse
Do you already have your RPi with Raspbian installed and can access it through SSH? Then skip to Step 2: Connect the Camera. Otherwise, grab your RPi, an SD card, an SD card reader, and another computer and:
1) Prepare an SD card with a Raspbian install
2) Boot up and configure
Enable the SSH server during configuration, so you can run your RPi headless, i.e., without a monitor or keyboard, via the command line from a remote terminal.
3) Set up a network connection
Open Midori to test if you are connected to the internet. Then, once you are successfully connected, open a terminal window and type "sudo ifconfig" to get your ethernet IP address; write down this number (something like 10.0.1.19).
4) and lastly, set up SSH
Log in to your RPi from another computer on the network. Now you're ready for the next step.