Soon after we released support for contactless booths, Breeze user Ewan Sou shared a video explaining how to capture guest data and generate QR codes for contactless operation on your own WordPress website. You can use this approach with both iPad and DSLR/Windows based booths.
Ewan has kindly agreed we can share his very helpful guide with a wider audience through the blog.
Ewan’s work flow creates a QR code containing both email address and guest data. Data is automatically transferred to Breeze photo booth programsBooth (Pad and iPhone), and DSLR Remote Prowhen the QR code is scanned. You will also receive an email copy of data guests enter into the form.
This registration form for an imaginary conference followed Ewan’s approach. NBAll data your enter into the form is emailed to Breeze.
Registration for Imagine Conference 2020
Ewan runs Instantly.sg, a one stop event photography agency that specialises in custom photo and video booth installations for events and brand campaigns in Singapore.
Note: Ewan’s approach supports both Breeze DSLR Remote Pro for Windows and Breeze Booth for iPad users running WordPress websites. More technical users can also adapt our PHP scripts.
A huge thank you to Ewan for creating this video and sharing it with the Breeze community.
It’s important that guests cannot exit your photo booth screens, but you need a controlled way out.
When the booth has a keyboard attached just hit the Escape key from the Breeze Ready screen.
To exit using the touch screen, you need a hidden button. Ideally combine this with password protection.
Adding the secret button and password
This page explains how to add a hidden exit to both DSLR Remote Pro and Webcam Photobooth. Add the exit command to your touch screen settings.
Getting to the touchscreen settings in DSLR Remote Pro
Getting to the touchscreen settings in Webcam Photobooth
(1) Start the program and go to the touch screen settings for your Ready screen. There will be a short pause before you see the next screen:
Right click anywhere on this screen to show the current screen and add new actions.
Actions make something happen when the screen is touched in a particular area. This screen already has actions to start the booth and switch between color and black & white. We are going to add a new action to exit the Ready screen.
(2) Select Add Action
(3) Choose the action Exit Full screen photobooth from the drop down list
(4) Drag and drop the action to a convenient location. Use an empty corner of your screen for hidden buttons. Guests won’t see them but you and your staff will find them easily.
(5) Right click again and choose Exit
6) Add a password in case a guest guesses the location of your button, or touches it by mistake.
Remember to save your changes as you leave each screen.
What this looks like in practice
Your Ready screen looks exactly the same, there is no clue that the button exists:
Anyone finding the secret button the can’t exit the booth without knowing the exit password I added at (6) .
Did you know that Breeze has a proven track record running unattended at tens of thousands of events?
The market for drop off and unattended booths has been growing for several years, and we are seeing significant interest in 2020. Many operators who usually run attended booths are considering switching to drop off booths during the current Covid outbreak.
There’s a new tutorial for DSLR Remote Pro users switching from attended to drop off and other unattended booths, which takes you through
Thank you for your feedback as you started using QR codes over the last few months. You asked for touch free sharing by text as well as email, and some of you had trouble scanning QR codes in harsh lighting conditions.
We have added touch free texting (SMS+Image, SMS and MMS) to DSLR Remote Pro and Breeze Booth for iPad, and a unique algorithm to DSLR Remote Pro to read QR codes in bright light outdoors. There is also a new online form for contactlessbooth.com to quickly build the custom screens your guests see when they create QR codes.
What’s new in each new release?
New in Booth (iPad+iPhone) 1.1.1
Texting now supports SMS+image and MMS (USA and Canada only) as well as SMS
Contactless sharing by text
More accurate face-tracking for virtual props
New in DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.2 aka Booth (DSLR+Windows)
Contactless sharing by text
Improved ability to read QR codes in bright high contrast lighting
Fixed issue reading QR codes on portait oriented sharing screens
New at contactlessbooth.com
Guest QR codes now auto text images as well as sharing them by email
A new contactless form designer makes creating custom webpages where your guests generate their QR codes faster and simpler.
New in Hub 1.2
Texting now supports SMS+image and MMS (USA and Canada only) as well as SMS
This has been a long few months and it is great that events are restarting at least for some of us.
Make sure you are ready. If DSLR Remote Pro is new to you, please download a copy and try it for yourself. There is no charge for the first two weeks. If you have an older license and would like to try v3.15.1 before committing to buying the upgrade, please email me at email@example.com including your current registration.
Articial Intelligence (AI) based background removal is a fantastic alternative to green screen. The quality is awesome, there’s no cumbersome backdrop, and lighting is much simpler. It doesn’t even matter when your guests wear green.
Use background removal with both DSLR Remote Pro and Booth (iPad + iPhone) slideshow GIFs and prints
Who hasn’t wanted to escape to a different place recently?
Transport guests to the location of their dreams
Replace less than perfect backgrounds
Make the most of small spaces and dispense with backdrops
Attract visitors by facing your booth towards them
Three background removal services to choose from
At present Breeze supports background removal services from AI Background Remove, Gadbooth, and removebg . These are paid services offered by third parties. More
Please see Partner Information below for important information on 3rd party programs and services.
Reliable Internet: AI based background removal is a web based service, so you need a reliable internet connection at the event.
More about background removal with DLSR Remote Pro and Booth (iPad + iPhone)
The ability to upload to and download from third party applications such as AI Background Remove, Gadbooth, and removebg is subject to each third party concerned continuing to allow such interactions.
These features are tested before they are released but may cease to function or be removed without notice if the third party concerned no longer allows such interaction, or changes the method/protocol required.
For total control have guests enter data into your own webpage, generating a unique QR code they can use to power virtually every aspect of the booth. Feel free to start from this sample PHP script
Touch free sharing
Improve guest experience, encourage repeated sharing and reduce queuing. Guests enter their email addresses once using their smart phone, and scan their unique QR code each time they want to share an image.
Fantastic for festivals, theme parks and other large venues with multiple booths. Great for groups – everyone quickly scans their details into the sharing screen to receive a copy of the image.
Turning the QR code concept on it’s head, you can also display a QR code on your sharing screen for guests to scan with their smart phone. Use this to direct guests to your online gallery for immediate social sharing.
Pre-register your guests as they wait in line. Each guest receives a unique QR code they use to control your booths and kiosks. Make this a fun and efficient way to collect valuable data.
Use Breeze Booth for iPad registration stations for engaging surveys and printed badges with the QR code, or design your own webpages to collect the same data and generate the code without guests touching a booth.
AI Background removal
AI based Background removal is a great alternative to green screen. The quality is awesome, there’s no cumbersome backdrop, and lighting is much simpler.
Corporate clients will love the ability to shoot against a busy background..
… and get prints like this
We’ve made it much easier to incorporate background removal into DSLR Remote Pro. At the time of writing, we support third party background removal services from Photobooth Deluxe, Gadbooth and removebg.
Google changed the requirements for authenticating Gmail emails this year. As a result many Gmail users found they could no longer send emails from third party apps.
Gmail users now need to ‘authenticate’ ie approve third party applications which send emails from their gmail accounts.
The ability to upload to and download from third party applications such as Photobooth Deluxe, Gadbooth and removebg is subject to each third party concerned continuing to allow such interactions. These features are tested before they are released but may cease to function or be removed without notice if the third party concerned no longer allows such interaction, or changes the method/protocol required.
You will need to authenticate Gmail emails for Breeze on every PC sending gmail emails from DSLR Remote Pro. The remainder of this post explains how to do this.
*Update 8 June 2020: Kiosk 2.0 supports Gmail’s new authentication requirements
How to get your Gmail emails working again:
DSLR Remote Pro 3.15 users should go to the Email Server Settings screen, and
(1) Set Host to gmail.
You may need to select OK, then return to Email Server Settings window before you see the Gmail authenticate… button.
Select Gmail authenticate… to go through Google’s online authentication process.
When you press Gmail authenticate.. for the first time, a web page is displayed where you complete the authentication process. When you finish, Google sends you an email confirming what you have done :
If you have more than one gmail account, you may be asked to select the one you use to send emails from Breeze.
Give the program permission to send emails on your behalf:
Confirm the level of access you are giving to the program. Breeze apps just need consent to send emails.
Google will confirm that the app can send emails, and you can close the browser window.
Google also send an email confirming that you have allowed Breeze Booth to send emails:
Before you leave the DSLR Remote Pro Email Server Settings screen, send yourself a test email (2):
(3) DSLR Remote Pro displays a message confirming that you have been sent a test email
Please Note: if you are using a free Gmail account, the Email address used at (4) will be ignored by Google and the email will be sent using your ***@gmail.com email address:
What about other Breeze programs?
We will be adding Gmail authentication support to our other Windows apps in the next release of each program.
For the time being we suggest using an alternative email service to send emails from Breeze