We are thrilled to announce that Steve Bliesner is joining Breeze as Brand Ambassador. He has been using Breeze since 2011 . We can’t think of anyone better to spread the word about our software and how to best to use it.
Steve is known to many of you from Facebook groups, his innovative photo booth businesses Wilkes, The Lab and Photobooth Guys; and his presentations at Photo Booth Expo and PBPI. If you haven’t come across him already you are in for a treat…
Breeze have always respected our customers’ privacy and that of guests captured with our software. Our software is sold worldwide; our customers have differing ethical and legal responsibilities about processing and handling data (including photos and other images).
No Breeze photo booth program (ie DSLR Remote Pro, Webcam Photobooth, DSLR Remote Pro for Mac, and PSRemote) shares photos online by default; photos are only shared if the program is explicitly set up to do so.
Breeze Kiosk was developed to enable social sharing. The current release Breeze Kiosk 1.4.4 will only transfer images to/from any social media site if the program is explicitly set up to do so.
Note: Older releases of Breeze Kiosk defaulted to allow images to be uploaded to Facebook. Images are only uploaded to other social media sites or downloaded from Instagram and Twitter if the program is explicitly set up to do so.
Breeze Systems have no access to or control over guest images or data generated by our software, with two exceptions documented in the help files:
When animated GIFs are shared on Facebook, Breeze software stores a copy of the GIF on GIPHY
When images are shared by MMS and ‘SMS + Image’ using Twilio, the shared images and file names are stored on Breeze servers for 7 days and then deleted. The mobile number is not stored on Breeze servers. It is possible (although not necessary) for a user to generate image file names which include personal information about the event or guests. The Breeze servers are hosted by an EU based ISP.
The current versions of our photo booth software and Breeze Kiosk allow you to offer ‘opt in’ consent to image sharing.
Where oursoftware enables users to upload, download, and store photos the user controls where and how the images are sent; often using third party services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Dropbox. Don’t forget that it is your responsibility as user to ensure the third-party services you use are appropriate for your events and the jurisdiction you are working in.
Check a single box in the Photobooth Setup Wizard to shoot and print square photos using Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.
Usually photo booth images are shot in ‘landscape’ mode; so that you can comfortably include several people in the shot. Sometimes we want to vary this.
Run the Photobooth Setup Wizard
Start DSLR Remote Pro and run the Photobooth Setup Wizard (1) to set up a basic booth, selecting a square live view (2) at Step 2. DSLR Remote Pro allows you to customize your booth setup without connecting the camera.
In this example I have chosen a single photo (3) at Step 3.
Customize the print layout
When you open the Print Layout Editor you will see that the print layout is square. Customize your print as usual.
Start the photo booth
The Photobooth Setup Wizard has cropped both the live view and print layout for you.
Square photos can be combined with filters to give a pop art effect, or used singly for a ‘polaroid’ look.
Ready for more? You can also create round (or any other shape) photos using a live view overlay and print overlay. You will need to create these overlays in an image editor such as Photoshop. The DSLR Remote Pro help files explain how to customize screens and prints in more detail.
Copy the zipped file to another folder to unzip it. I have copied the file to my templates folder Sue Photobooth Print Templates which is in the same directory as my PhotoboothImages Folder.
Start DSLR Remote Pro and run the Photobooth Setup Wizard
At Step 3
1. Check the printer is set correctly.
2. Choose the print layout closest to the template you are using
3. Click on <Finish>
If you look at the Print Layout Editor now you will see the default 1 + 3 print layout. (Cancel to leave the Layout Editor).
Drag and drop into DSLR Remote Pro
DSLR Remote Pro allows you to drag and drop a print layout into the main screen or into the Print Layout Editor
You will be asked to confirm whether you want to import the template:
Select Yes and the Print Layout Editor will display the template you imported.
Customize and save the revised template
First save a backup copy of the original layout using Export Layout, then customize the layout to meet your needs.This post does not explain how to use the Print Layout Editor; you can find detailed instructions here. In this example I will change the caption.
The changes are shown immediately in the Print Layout Editor.
When you have finished customising the print layout, export the template to save it.
Alternative: Use the Print Layout Editor to import templates
There is an alternative to dragging and dropping templates into DSLR Remote Pro. You can copy templates into a folder accessible to your booth, then import the template you need using the Import Layout (1) button in the Print Layout Editor.
(2) Select the folder containing your layout(s), and then the layout you want to import. (3) Click on OK to import the layout into the Print Layout Editor. You can edit and save the customized template as before.
Webcam Photobooth users need to select the “DSLR template compatibility” option at Step 3 of the Photobooth Setup Wizard to use templates designed for DSLR Remote Pro.
Zipped files: many templates are downloaded or copied as zipped (compressed) files, which need to be unzipped before they can be used. The example here uses a zipped file downloaded from the Breeze website.
Printer drivers: you may need to download and install drivers for your printer to the computer you are using.
Using a second computer to edit print layouts. You do not need to create and edit print layouts on the booth computer. Keep a copy of DSLR Remote Pro on an office computer to design, customize and edit your print layouts; export them from the program and either store them somewhere accessible to your booths, or copy the complete layouts to each booth computer.
Please note an additional charge is made for premium workshops.
Multi-Camera Arrays Tuesday March 13 (9:00 – 10:30am)
Chris has a unparalled worldwide reputation in multi-camera arrays. DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera has been used in block buster movies, the video games industry and high-profile activations for more than 10 years. Multi-camera activations are increasingly popular at events, and attract premium prices.
The multi-camera workshop has just 20 places. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to learn from Chris
What you can do with a camera array
Five, fifteen or ninety five cameras?
Choosing equipment and triggering the cameras
Time it right – syncing with flash
How to create animated GIFs and MP4 movies from your images
PBPI delegates last month enthused about a pre-release version of the program. One even exclaimed “I’ve fallen in love with Breeze again”. I am delighted to announce the release of DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 on Valentine’s Day.
Improvements to the Photobooth Setup Wizard
Animated GIFs with soundtrack
Extra branding/ logo overlay for animated GIFs
Faster, higher quality green screen processing
Fix for issue with complex HTML emails
DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 supports most Canon DSLR cameras and runs on Windows 10, 8 and 7. This release is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a license on or after 15th February 2017. Customers with an older DSLR Remote Pro license (and any NKRemote license holder) can buy an upgrade license to use this release.
Chris has improved the flow of the Wizard, making it a piece of cake to build a system offering guests choices (such as Photos or GIF), and run the booth with square or full screen live view as an alternative to normal landscape images.
New dropdown list to give guests choices (Photos/Boomerang GIF, Photos only, Boomerang GIFs only, Photo or video, Video only)
New dropdown list to adjust live view
Use the setup wizard to customize the live view. Changing the live view in the Wizard will automatically adjust the animated GIFs and prints created by DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.
New improved ready screen to choose from Photos or Animated GIFs
Choose Photos or Boomerang GIFs and check Single ready screen so that guests start the booth and choose between still photos and boomerang GIFs from a single screen as here:
Shoot and share without printing
Running a ‘shoot and share’ booth with animated GIFs and no printing is increasingly popular. The DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Wizard no longer asks you to select a printer when you offer only Boomerang GIFs or Video.
New animated GIFs with audio
You can now add an optional soundtrack to the MP4 copy of your animated GIFs. Learn more
Enhanced animated GIF branding with additional overlay
New: add a second overlay to animated GIFs with branding & logo. The additional overlay is an easy way to brand animated GIFs you have created yourself or sourced from third parties. Learn more
Greenscreen processing – higher quality and faster
Print higher quality green screened images more quickly. DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 green screen algorithms have been rewritten to be bothfaster and produce higher quality results. Greenscreen photobooth
Start the booth when DSLR Remote Pro is started and the camera connected
To start the Photobooth running as soon as DSLR Remote Pro is started and the camera connected and switched on, select Advanced Settings then check the box Start full screen photobooth automatically ….
Hide the camera controls on the main screen
DSLR Remote Pro allows you to control the camera from your PC. You can find these settings on the left of the main screen (highlighted in green below).
To hide these settings select View then uncheck Show Camera Controls:
The main screen will no longer show the camera settings:
Hide or reveal the large Photobooth Shortcut buttons
The large buttons at the top of the main screen (highlighted in green below) are called Photobooth Shortcut buttons. They are quick ways to control your booth.
To hide or reveal these buttons select View then check or uncheck Photobooth Shortcuts
Choose which Photobooth Shortcut buttons are shown on the main screen
If necessary show the Photobooth Shortcut buttons as above.
Select View then Photobooth Shortcuts Settings to see the Photobooth Shortcut Setp Screen
The standard buttons are highlighted in green above. Check or uncheck any of these buttons to change the Shortcut buttons on the main screen. In this example the operator will only see buttons to start the booth and access the Print Layout Editor (which lets them make changes to the Print Layout)
You can display any combination of the following standard Shortcut buttons in DSLR Remote Pro 3.8.1
Edit QR code
Photobooth Setup Wizard
Reprint Photobooth Photo
Take Test Photo
The default set of five buttons are shown in red in this list.
Change the wording of the Photobooth Shortcut buttons (great for localization)
Select View then Photobooth Shortcuts Settings to see the Photobooth Shortcut Setp Screen.
1. Edit the text of any button; here Start Photobooth has been changed to Go!
2. You can also change the size of the buttons
3. Press OK to save the new settings before leaving this screen.
Password protect or lockdown the settings
You can prevent unauthorized access to the Advanced Settings and Photobooth Setup Wizard using Lockdown.
Select view then Lockdown mode..
Enter a password and press OK to save it.
Lockdown prevents unauthorised access to the Advanced Settings and Photobooth Setup Wizard. Operators will still be able to alter the print layout if necessary during an event.
Note: The lockdown password can be reset if necessary. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Create your own Shortcut buttons to run specific profiles
Profiles are a powerful tool in Breeze software; they are often used to offer guests choices. You can also use profiles to give the operator a menu of common ways to set the booth up, which are tailored to your business model. Profile 1 might be a basic booth with simple prints; Profile 2 a choice of prints or animated GIFs, Profile 3 prints and GIFs with social sharing. See this post for an introduction to profiles
This section explains how to link profiles you have already created to Shortcut buttons. It does not explain how to create profiles.
Select View then Photobooth Shortcuts Settings to return to the Photobooth Shortcut Setup Screen
Check the buttons for each profile you want to use (1), and customise the text for each button (2).
When you have finished, press OK (3) to return to the main screen.
The new buttons for each profile are shown highlighted in green.