Breeze software is veryefficient. DSLR Remote Pro and Webcam Photobooth both run on low powered Windows computers running Windows 10, 8 or 7. The programs may run more quickly and print faster on a more powerful machine.
Breeze software is incredibly flexible. You can use it in many ways to produce and share photos, animated GIFs, slow motion and other videos. Some operators demand lightening fast results, others offer a more leisurely service. This short post is intended to help you choose the right computer to power your photo booth.
A budget laptop with an i3 processor and at least 4GB RAM should be fine for still photos. If you are planning to capture and playback boomerang GIFs, HD video or use green screen you may need a more powerful computer.
Touchscreens are flexible and an easy way to offer guests choices, share images and collect data. Laptops with built in touchscreens are popular, but not essential. Other ways to control the booth include buttons, coin operation, a wireless presenter and remote sensors.
Most photo booths need two USB 2.0 or 3.0 ports to connect the camera and printer. You can use a USB hub to increase the number of ports.
Green screen and boomerang GIFS
A more powerful PC will process green screen images and animated GIFs more quickly. A low powered PC is likely to take longer to produce the same result. Processing speed is affected by many other factors including the size of the image, background, overlay and print. Individual operators have different views about how fast their booth needs to work.
Try before you buy
If possible try the software either on the computer you plan to use, or a machine with a similar spec. You can download and try out DSLR Remote Pro and Webcam Photobooth for up to two weeks before buying the licenses.
We are often asked which camera is best for a photo booth. Canon cameras have very good live view quality, an important attribute for photo booths. The models below are not the only cameras you can use. Many older Canon DSLR cameras work very well. You can find a button linking to a list of the cameras you can use with Breeze DLSR Remote Pro here.
At the time of writing* (May 2018) we believe the ultimate photo booth camera is ….. the new (mirrorless) Canon EOS M50.
The standard kit lens ( EF-M 15-45mm STM ) has a flexible 15-45 mm zoom. For a super slim booth, try the EF-M 22mm STM lens
Best: Canon EOS M50
Update: February 2019 Canon have released firmware version 1.0.2 for the M50 which fixes the issues with triggering external flash. The new firmware can be downloaded fromCanon’s UK site
A big thank you to Caroline Winata of Giggle and Riot Funbooth for sharing this example of slow motion video (EOS M50 with DSLR Remote Pro 3.10)
120FPS Slow motion video with no additional processing
Similar performance to the Canon EOS 200D/Rebel SL2 including Canon’s excellent dual pixel auto focus in live view.
Suitable for video with external microphone socket.
Compact, slim and light; the M50 will fit in a smaller housing than Canon’s DSLR cameras.
July 2018 This post has been updated to include cameras supported in DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.2 ie the Canon EOS 1500D (aka Canon EOS 2000D/Rebel T7/EOS Kiss X90) and Canon EOS 3000D (aka Canon EOS 4000D).
The photo below shows the different sizes of the new EOS M50, EOS 200D/Rebel SL2 and new EOS 2000D/1500D/Rebel T7:
Access for external power is underneath the camera instead of at the side.
Update February 2019
Canon have released firmware version 1.0.2 for the M50 which fixes the issues with triggering external flash. The new firmware can be downloaded from the Canon UK site (There was a bug in the original firmware of the Canon EOS M50 which meant that triggering an external flash or studio strobe via the hotshoe could be unreliable. We reported this bug to Canon, who have fixed it.)
Good for video: 200D/Rebel SL2, 800D/Rebel T7i
These cameras do everything the M50 can do except slow motion video. They are larger and heavier than the M50.
Excellent auto focus in live view
Suitable for video & have an external microphone socket
Update of the Canon EOS 1300D/Rebel T6 with a higher resolution 24 mega pixel sensor. Unfortunately Canon have removed the center contact on the hotshoe. This means the camera cannot trigger most external flashes or studio strobes so is not recommended for photo booth use.
New Canon EOS 4000D/3000D
Similar to the Canon EOS 1300D/Rebel T6 with the same 18 mega pixel sensor but cheaper build quality (plastic lens mount, fewer buttons, no remote release socket and no cable access for external power). This camera also has no center contact on the hotshoe. This means the camera cannot trigger most external flashes or studio strobes so is not recommended for photo booth use.
Web cameras & iPad booths
This post does not cover booths powered by web cameras or the built-in cameras provided with iPads, laptops and tablets. The new Breeze Booth (iPad + iPhone) uses thedevice’s built in camera. Breeze Webcam Photobooth software will run a booth with either a webcam or built in camera in a Windows 10, 8 or 7 PC or laptop.
*This post has been updated in February 2019. As new cameras are introduced this post will inevitably become outdated.
120FPS Slow motion video with no additional processing
Support for small new mirrorless camera: Canon EOS M50
Support for new DSLR cameras: Canon EOS 2000D/Rebel T7 and EOS 4000D
Touchscreen designer: Set photo , print and sharing preview areas
Process individual images for sharing (includes resizing, sharpening and new overlay)
Limit number of prints per session
Custom messages when print counter reaches limit
New keyboard shortcuts to accept, retake and abort previews
New option to save XML copies of emails and texts
Privacy information added to the “Sharing Photos” section
Fixed an issue when using transparent green screen backgrounds with Instagram style filters or B&W styles
Fixed an issue with the full screen live view setting when the camera and screen are in portrait orientation
Canon EOS M50
Smaller, lighter and slimmer than conventional DSLRs, this is the first model which can capture high quality slow motion video in a photo booth with no addional post processing.
Video is captured at 120 fps without sound and is saved at 30 fps resulting in high quality play back at 1/4 normal speed.
Canon EOS 200D/Rebel T7
Update of the Canon EOS 1300D/Rebel T6 and virtually identical but with a higher resolution 24 mega pixel sensor.
Canon EOS 4000D
Very similar to a Canon EOS 1300D/Rebel T6 with the same 18 mega pixel sensor but with cheaper build quality (plastic lens mount, fewer buttons, no remote release socket and no cable access for external power).
DSLR Remote Pro 3.10 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a license on or after May 1st, 2017.
Steve explains how to create event specific versions of Breeze DSLR Remote Pro on your desktop (Facebook Live video 24th April 2018)
This video shows Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
“Inverted commas” aka quotation marks aka double quotes
The path of the settings file should be enclosed in inverted commas e.g. “C:\Program Files (x86)\BreezeSys\DSLR Remote Pro\DSlrRemote.exe” “C:\profiles\settings.xml”
If your path contains spaces and is not contained within inverted commas it won’t work.
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.
This post explains how to set up your booth with the Photobooth Setup Wizard in DSLR Remote Pro.
Note: This post was updated in November 2018 and shows DSLR Remote Pro 3.12
We recommend everyone from beginner to expert uses the Photobooth Setup Wizard as a start point for setting up a booth. The wizard also helps generate profiles quickly. This is a simple, speedy and safe way to generate a working system.
This video shows how easy it is to prepare your system using the default settings:
Create a GIF/Photo booth in less than a minute
Now let’s run through how to customize your own booth using just the wizard.
The 3 Step Wizard in more detail
Select Photobooth Setup Wizard (1). First you will be prompted to save your current settings
Step 1 simply asks you to name the folder (2) where your photo booth images will be stored. These ‘images’ are the set of screen designs and layout images you will use. (This is usually a subfolder for your PhotoBoothImages folder.) Press Next (3) to move on to Step 1.
The second step is to define the screens used by guests to interact with the booth. Adjust the default settings to meet your needs.
Dropdown list to give guests choices (Photos/Boomerang GIF, Photos only, Boomerang GIFs only, Photo or video, Video only)
Single 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 in the video above)
Dropdown list to choose a predefined theme
You can create, load and save DSLR Remote Pro themes containing screen background, touchscreen button, and caption sets, or buy them from third parties.
Your themes may include localized sets of captions in a variety of languages. DSLR Remote Pro 3.12 is shipped with English, German, Polish, Italian and Romanian captions.
Dropdown list to adjust live view
Changing the live view in the Wizard will automatically adjust the shape of images in both animated GIFs and prints created by DSLR Remote Pro 3.12.
Color of the background screens and text
Editing individual captions
Import complete captions sets using themes as above. Change (or remove) the text for individual captions using Edit captions:
The first 5 check boxes highlighted in green tell the Wizard whether you are using a touchscreen, whether guests can choose between color and B&W prints, whether to display a preview of each photo after it is taken and the maximum number of prints allowed.
The next five check boxes tell the wizard whether a sharing screen (after the photos are taken) should offer uploads to guests Twitter* accounts, share photos by email or MMS/SMS, or offer optional printing.
Hint: some operators prefer to offer browsing and sharing from a kiosk separate to the booth. You can use Breeze Kiosk for this. To share and print photos away from the booth leave these boxes unchecked.
*Facebook No Longer Available
Please note: On 1st August 2018 Facebook withdrew the permissions required to upload photos from a desktop app in response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. This means that it is no longer be possible to upload photos to Facebook directly from DSLR Remote Pro. Photos can be shared on Facebook by emailing or texting them to users where they will be able to share them using the Facebook app running on their own device. Alternatively upload the photos to a website or microsite and provide sharing links to allow users to share the photos on Facebook when they view the page on their device.
Inactivity timeout & use default settings
The inactivity timeout is useful if the photo booth is not in continuous use because it disables the live view display and puts the booth into standby mode. Disabling live view will allow the camera’s sensor to cool down to avoid possible overheating problems. The booth can be reactivated by touching the screen. To use the inactivity timeout, just set the number of seconds after which you want to put the booth into standby.
Select Use Default Settings to restore the default settings for the photo booth.
Next takes you to the third and final step (unless you chose only GIFs or video, in which case you skip Step 3).
The wizard offers a choice of 8 popular layouts; if you want something different choose whichever is closest to your design (you will be able to change this using the Print Layout Editor later).
Running a GIF booth with animated GIFs and no printing is increasingly popular. The DSLR Remote Pro Wizard no longer asks you to select a printer when you offer only Boomerang GIFs or Video.
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