A Different Angle – Shooting in Portrait

Many photo booth operators ask how to shoot in portrait with DSLR Remote Pro,  so I have added a new tutorial for mirror booth users and others shooting in portrait. This tutorial takes you through

  • shooting in portrait
  • portrait oriented screens
  • portrait oriented prints and GIFs
  • touch free mirror and portrait booths
  • using the reprint selection screen in portrait

Read Shooting in Portrait with DSLR Remote Pro

Mirror booths usually shoot portrait oriented images

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 sales@breezesys.com including your current registration.

DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.1 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 13th May 2019. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

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Make your own booth touch free

Featured image Overlay courtesy of SMOVE

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Kiosk 2.0: Contactless sharing and clipboard

What’s new in Kiosk 2.0?

We have added a bunch of great new features in the latest release of Kiosk. Guests can collect and share several images using the new clipboard. You are loving Touch free operation in DSLR Remote Pro and Booth (iPad + iPhone), so we have added touch free sharing to Kiosk.

There’s more –  Kiosk 2.0 introduces a QR code based filter you can use so guests see only their own images.

Kiosk 2.0 also adds a new startup screen displayed while Kiosk loads the first images, an improved algorithm for caching thumbnails, support for Gmail’s new authentication requirements, and a few fixes.

Select and share several images

Guests can select several photos, GIFs or videos and share them in a single email with the new Kiosk clipboard

You can choose the look and position of the clipboard, and set a limit to the number of images guests can share.

Kiosk display with clipboard below main image (Breeze Kiosk 2.0)

Scan to share

When you run a contactless booth with Breeze DSLR Remote Pro or Breeze Booth (iPad + iPhone), guests can use Kiosk to share photos, GIFs and videos  by scanning  the QR code used to control the photo booth.

Emailing photo by scanning the QR code used to power a contactless booth (Breeze Kiosk 2.0)

Guests can also scan to share  all the clipboard images in a single email:

Scanning a QR code to share the clipboard images in a single email (Breeze Kiosk 2.0)

Guests see just their own images

At large events and those where GDPR or privacy is a concern, guests scan their unique QR code and display just their own images at the kiosk. Learn more about automatic image filtering.

Image filtering using  a unique identifier ssuch as email address (Breeze Kiosk 2.0)

Note:  When filtering images include email address* or another unique identifer in both QR code and DSLR Remote Pro or Booth (iPad + iPhone) image filenames.

New startup screen

startup.jpg is a new screen displayed while images are being loaded into Kiosk each time it starts.

Usually only the operator sees this screen. To replace it with your own version  add  a jpg called startup.jpg to the Kiosk screen images folder. Like other screens startup.jpg should be the same size  in pixels as the screen on the device.

Gmail authentication

Google changed the requirements for authenticating Gmail emails this year.

To send Gmail emails from a PC running Kiosk you will need to ‘authenticate’ ie approve third party applications which send emails from their gmail accounts. Go to the Kiosk 2.0 Email Server Settings screen and enter gmail in the Host field. You can find step by step instructions for DSLR Remote Pro here. Authentication for Kiosk works in the same way.

Try Kiosk 2.0 for yourself

Breeze Kiosk 2.0 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased Kiosk after 5th June 2019. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

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* Filtering by email address may fail if the address contains unusual characters such as /\ : * ? ” <  or >

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Do share the post with others who may find it useful.

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AI Background Removal with Breeze

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)

Find the new introductory tutorial here

Step by step instructions for replacing backgrounds in DSLR Remote Pro

More on replacing backgrounds in Booth (iPad + iPhone)

Partner Information

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.

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Contactless operation & remote login/setup for iPad booths

Breeze are delighted to announce the release of Breeze Booth (iPad + iPhone) 1.1 . This release introduces  touch free operation for iPad booths, plus quick set up.

Contactless booth operation is a game changing innovation introduced in our DSLR based booth software earlier this month.

Breeze Booth 1.1,  Event Editor 1.4.1 and Hub 1.1.3 also add

What is a contactless booth?

Like magic, but more hygienic. The complete photo booth experience without touching the booth. Breeze touch free booth software takes and shares photos, burst and slideshow GIFs without guests or an attendant touching the booth.

Video showing contactless operation Breeze Booth (iPad + iPhone) courtesy of David Dolder, die-fotokabine.ch

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.

Learn more

What does a touch free booth offer now and in the longer term?

  • Better guest experience
  • Less waiting in line
  • Improved hygiene
  • Contactless data collection
  • Pre registration and data collection support

Quick Setup

Show Breeze Booth a single QR code to log into the App and load events. A totally new way to set up unattended booths, virtual and white label events, and other remote devices.

Quick setup offers

  • Improved customer experience for unattended booths
  • Simple secure setup for white label events
  • Virtual events run on guest’s own devices
  • Limit the number of devices used
  • Automatic log out when event expires

How to use quick setup on your own devices

Email and cell phone logging

Log guest  email addresses and cell phone numbers in Breeze Hub 1.1.3.

Originally designed as a companion app to Booth (iPad + iPhone), Hub is free to all Breeze customers and also supports  Booth (DSLR + Windows) aka DSLR Remote Pro and Kiosk.  Hub sends and shares photos, GIFs and video in the background of other tasks. No more waiting for images to upload before the next session starts, and minimal use of Internet bandwidth at events.

Log of SMS/MMS shares from Breeze Booth photo booth and Kiosk software (Breeze Hub 1.1.3)
Log of email shares from Breeze Booth photo booth and Kiosk software (Breeze Hub 1.1.3)

Email and SMS/MMS logs can be copied and pasted into Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet applications.

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.

Booth (iPad and iPhone) now  supports third party background removal services from Photobooth Deluxe, as well as Gadbooth and  removebg.

Download Breeze Booth, Hub & the Event Editor

Upgrades to the latest versions of Breeze Booth for iPad, Hub and the Event Editor are all free. Download the current versions here

  • Breeze Booth for iPad runs on iPads and iPhones running iPadOS and iOS13.
  • Breeze Hub and Event Editor run on both Windows 10 and Windows 8
Check which version you are currently running on your iPad/iPhones

Open Breeze Booth and select Settings. The program version is displayed at the very end of this screen.

Check which version of Breeze Booth for iPad you are running on the Settings page

You can also check whether there are updates available by selecting Breeze Booth in the App Store. If you are running an older release you should see a blue UPDATE button.

New to Breeze Booth?

There’s no charge to try Breeze Booth – Get started

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Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.1 released

Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.1 is a maintenance release fixing a  couple of issues in v3.15. This release

  • fixes an issue scanning QR codes in the sharing screen after a boomerang GIF or video session
  • fixes an issue with the {uid} and {uid2} tokens not being expanded in QR codes displayed in the sharing screen

Learn more about the game changing features to DSLR Remote Pro in v3.15

DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.1 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 13th May 2019. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

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Sue 13 May 2020

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New tutorial – How to run a contactless booth

Many of you want to run a touch free booth as business restarts in your area. This new tutorial will help you get started.

How to run DSLR Remote Pro as a contactless booth

NB We are also releasing a maintenance upgrade (DSLR Remote Pro 3.15.1) today. This release fixes a an issue sharing GIFs in contact free mode.

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DSLR Remote Pro 3.15 – Contactless booth, background removal & more

Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.15 is a game changing release providing touchless booth operation and pre-registration support.

There’s much more. DSLR Remote Pro 3.15 also supports AI background removal for photos and slideshow GIFs with minimal fuss, and adds a new dimension to your print and GIF overlays.

What do I get from DSLR Remote Pro 3.15?

  • Better guest experience
  • Hands free operation
  • Faster, touch free sharing
  • Less waiting in line
  • Contactless data collection
  • Pre registration and data collection support
  • Easy to use background removal* for prints and slideshow GIFs
  • Random print  overlays and backgrounds (not a profile in sight)
  • Gmail authentication

*Background removal requires third party services

Touch free booth control

Offer your clients totally hands free operation and a better guest experience with contactless data collection, touchless start, and fast hygenic  sharing.

Video courtesy of The Photo Booth Guys

Touchless start –  show the camera pre-designed QR codes on a cell phone or print.

Guests can trigger the booth by QR code, or touch to start as usual – DSLR Remote Pro 3.15. (Image courtesy of The Photo Booth Guys)

Fast & hygenic touch free emails

Guests type their email address once into their smart phone,  generating  a unique QR code they use to power the booth and send emails. Fast, simple, hygenic.  Genuine contactless booth operation.

Generating QR codes for each guest at your events

Point your guests to our webpage to generate their QR codes, or host your own page.

Add your own branding and title to the Breeze QR page to make it your own.  We hosted this page with the  generic domain name contactlessbooth.com to avoid giving away whose software you use.

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.

Fast, simple and hygenic scanning – touch free QR code scanning replaces typing out email addresses (Image courtesy of The Photo Booth Guys)

See this taster video for more details.

Online tutorial

Touch free links to your online gallery

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.

Add a QR code on your sharing screens to direct guests to their images on your microsite (Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.15)

Pre-registration

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.

Pre-registation with background removal on the Breeze stand at Photo Booth Expo 2020. Visitors used the QR code printed on their badge to power photo booths.

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..

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… and get prints like this

Print layout courtesy of The Photo Booth Guys

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 DeluxeGadbooth and  removebg.

Gmail authentication

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.

DSLR Remote Pro (v3.15) adds support for Gmail’s new authentication requirements. Get Gmail emails working again

We will roll Gmail authentication out to Breeze Kiosk, Hub and Booth (Windows + Webcam) aka Webcam Photobooth  in the next release of each product.

There’s more…

  • Add random backgrounds and overlays to prints, slideshow and burst/boomerang GIFs (without using profiles)
  • Select print, slideshow and burst GIF overlays and backgrounds in repsonse to survey questions (again no profiles)
  • tokens can define initial value of text fields in touchscreen keyboards
  • Fix for issue positioning MP4 animations in screens with live view enabled

Upgrade to DSLR Remote Pro 3.15 today

DSLR Remote Pro 3.15 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased DSLR Remote Pro after 7th May 2019. Customers with older licenses need to buy an upgrade license to use this release.

Download DSLR Remote Pro    Buy DSLR Remote Pro

Make your own booth touch free

Stay safe & prosper,

Sue

Partner information

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.

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Gmail Authentication – sending gmail emails from Breeze

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.

How does this affect emails from Breeze?

Gmail users now need to  ‘authenticate’ ie approve third party applications which send emails from their gmail accounts.

If you do not use gmail to send emails from Breeze, this post does not affect you.

The latest release of DSLR Remote Pro (v3.15) adds support for Gmail’s new authentication requirements.  Similar support will be rolled out to Breeze Kiosk *, Hub and Booth (Windows + Webcam) aka Webcam Photobooth  in the next release of each product.

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.

Accessing the Email Server settings screen to authenticate Gmail (Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.15)

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.

Google authentication process 1 of 5

Give the program permission to send emails on your behalf:

Google authentication process 2 of 5

Confirm the level of access you are giving to the program. Breeze apps just need consent to send emails.

Google authentication process 3 of 5

Google will confirm that the app can send emails, and you can close the browser window.

Google authentication process 4 of 5

Google also send an email confirming that you have allowed Breeze Booth to send emails:

Content of email confirming successful authentication Google authentication process 5 of 5

Before you leave the DSLR Remote Pro Email Server Settings screen, send yourself a test email (2):

(2) Sending a test email from DSLR Remote Pro 3.15. (3) , and (3) confirmation that the email has been sent

(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:

Test email sent by DSLR Remote Pro 3.15

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

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New tutorial: printing from the DSLR Remote Pro Sharing Screen

Check out the new tutorial explaining how to print from the sharing screen in Booth (DSLR + Windows) aka DSLR Remote Pro.

This is a great way to streamline the booth workflow when your guests choose whether to print and/or email their photos.  The tutorial also covers limiting the number of prints, customizing the text on the sharing screen and adjusting the preview image for best effect.

Find How to print from the sharing screen here.

Note: Webcam  users can also use the setup wizard to print from the sharing screen.

Breeze Booth (DSLR + Windows) aka DSLR Remote Pro is a highly configurable, yet simple to use photo booth application, easy to configure for small operators and scalable for organisations running hundreds of photo booths across multiple cities and countries. Learn more and try for yourself.

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