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Getting started: choosing a computer for your photo booth

Breeze software is very efficient. 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.

Breeze Booth for iPad

This post covers our Windows based Breeze Booth software, DSLR Remote Pro and Webcam Photobooth. Find out more about Breeze Booth for iPad

Which DSLR camera is best?

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Which camera is best for my photo booth?

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. This table lists the cameras you can use with DSLR Remote Pro 3.10.

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

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.

The photo below shows the different sizes of the new EOS M50, EOS 200D/Rebel SL2 and new EOS 2000D/Rebel T7:

Photos of Canon EOS M50, 200D and 2000D with kit and pancake style lenses
[top to bottom] EOS M50 with EF-M 22mm STM lens, EOS M50 with standard kit lens EF-M 15-45mm STM , EOS 200D/Rebel SL2 with 24mm pancake lens, EOS 2000D/Rebel T7with 18-55mm kit lens

Disadvantages

  • Access for external power is underneath the camera instead of at the side.
  • Live view cannot be switched off, which may make this camera prone to overheating. (Note: live view display in DSLR Remote Pro can still be switched off using Advanced Settings)
Photo of Canon EOS M50 showing power cable attached to base of camera
The external power cord connection for the M50 is on the camera base

Good for video: 200D/Rebel SL2, 750D/Rebel T6i

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

Budget: 2000D/Rebel T7, 1300D/T6

Good for still photos and boomerang and slideshow animated GIFs. Slightly higher resolution live view than 200D or 750D.

Disadvantages

  • No external microphone socket so not a good choice for video including sound.
  • Power zoom is not supported.
  • Autofocus less reliable

New Canon 2000D/Rebel T7

Update of the Canon EOS 1300D/Rebel T6 and virtually identical but with a higher resolution 24 mega pixel sensor.

New Canon EOS 4000D

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)

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 for iPad will use the camera built into an iPad. 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.

*As new cameras are introduced this post will inevitably become outdated.

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New in DSLR Remote Pro 3.10: Slow Motion Video & Mirrorless Camera Support

Breeze are proud to announce the release of DSLR Remote Pro 3.10 today.

Highlights

  • 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

More

  • 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

New cameras

Canon EOS M50

Image of Canon EOS M50 camera
Canon’s new mirrorless M50 camera has great potential for photo booths

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.

Download  DSLR Remote Pro 3.10       Buy your own license

 

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Smart Use of Breeze Shortcuts

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.

Want to learn more?

Join the Breeze Booth Facebook user group to watch Steve’s Facebook Live videos

Find out more about shortcuts in the program help files

Download DSLR Remote Pro to try for yourself

 

DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Photobooth Setup Wizard

This post explains how to set up your booth with the Photobooth Setup Wizard in  DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.

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.

Enhancements in DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 and 3.9 have made the setup wizard much more powerful than before. A more detailed description of the wizard can be found in the program help files.

This video shows how easy it is to prepare your system using the default settings.

Easiest way to create a GIF/Photo booth

Now let’s go 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

Saving your current settings before running the Photobooth Setup Wizard DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

Step 1

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.

Shows Step 1 of the Photobooth Setup Wizard in DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Step 1 of the Photobooth Setup Wizard DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

Step 2

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)

This drop down list is a super-fast way to set up the booth to offer guests choice (DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2)

Single ready screen to choose from Photos or Animated GIFs

Check this box for single ready screen (DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2)

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

Selecting a predefined theme to use with DLSR Remote Pro 3.9 at Step 2 of the Photobooth Setup Wizard

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 3.8 and 3.9  are  shipped with English, German, Polish, Italian and Romanian captions.

Button placement

Button placement using the Photobooth Setup Wizard in DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Buttons can be placed down the side or across the bottom of the screen by the wizard. (DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 Wizard Step 2)

Dropdown list to adjust live view

Showing drop down list for selecting live view shape DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 setup wizard Step 2
Live view drop down list – choose from normal, square and full screen (DSLR Remote Pro 3.9 Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2)

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 3.9.

Color of the background screens and text

Defining colors of the background screens and fonts (including custom colors) with the Photobooth Setup Wizard in DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

Editing individual captions

Import complete captions sets using themes as above. Change (or remove) the text for individual captions using Edit captions:

Showing individual caption edit in the Photobooth Setup Wizard DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Editing individual captions in the Photobooth Setup Wizard DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

Additional checkboxes

Checkboxes in the Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2 DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

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.

Sharing checkboxes in the Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 2 DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

The next five check boxes tell the wizard whether a sharing screen (after the photos are taken) should offer uploads to guest’s Facebook and/or Twitter account, 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.

Inactivity timeout & use default settings

DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 wizard Step 2 highlighting inactivity timeout and 'Use default setting' button
Inactivity timeout and ‘Use default setting’ button DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 wizard

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).

Step 3

Showing DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 Photobooth Setup Wizard Step 3
At Step 3 you choose the print layout and adjust your printer settings if necessary( DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 Photobooth Setup Wizard)

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 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.

 

How to create your own Breeze themes

Customise your screens      Customise your prints

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Shooting Square photos with Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.9

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.

Selecting square live view using the Photobooth setup Wizard: DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Selecting square live view using the Photobooth setup Wizard: DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

In this example I have chosen a single photo (3) at Step 3.

Photoboth Setup Wizard: selecting a singe lphoto DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Photoboth Setup Wizard: selecting a single photo DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

Customize the print layout

Print Layout Editor button DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 main screen
Opening the Print Layout Editor DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

When you open the Print Layout Editor you will see that the print layout is square. Customize your print as usual.

Shows DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 Print Layout Editor with single square print
Square Photo layout in Print Layout Editor DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

Start the photo booth

Select Start Photobooth to run the booth DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

The Photobooth Setup Wizard has cropped both the live view and print layout for you.

Default ready screen for square photo DSLR Remote Pro 391.jpg

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.

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How to import print templates into Breeze DSLR Remote Pro

This post explains how to import readymade templates into Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1. Webcam Photobooth 2.4 works in a smilar way.

I have used one of the free templates kindly provided by SMOVE as an example. Import your own templates in the same way.

There are two main ways to import layouts into DSLR Remote Pro.

  • Drag and drop the template directly into DSLR Remote Pro (best for single templates).
  • Copy the templates into your template folder, then import each template into DSLR Remote Pro using the Print Layout Editor when you need it (more effective for collections of templates).

First set up your printer

If necessary, download and install the printer drivers to your computer.

This example will import a 6” x 4” (15cm x 10cm) print layout. Before you start you need to load the printer with 6” by 4“media and set it to 300dpi.

Put the print template(s) into an accessible folder

Whether you download print layouts from a third-party website or copy them from another computer they need to be kept in folder(s) accessible to your booth computer.

In this post I will copy the template into the template folder on my PC. You may prefer to store templates in Dropbox or another cloud-based system accessible to multiple booths.

Download the photo booth layout  and open zipped files

In this example I am using a 6” x4” template with a 1 +3 layout.

To copy this example  on your own computer, download this template from the Breeze website at http://www.breezesys.com/Photobooth/templates6x4.php

Copy the templates to your templates folder

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

Shows dragging and dropping a print template into Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Drag and drop a print layout template into Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 main screen
Shows dragging and dropping a print template into DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Drag and drop a print layout template into Breeze DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 Print Layout Editor (also works for Webcam Photbooth 2.4)

You will be asked to confirm whether you want to import the template:

Shows Print Template import confirmation window DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Print Template import confirmation window DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

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.

Editing a caption in the Print Layout Editor DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1
Editing a caption in the Print Layout Editor DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1

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.

Importing a layout into the Print Layout Editor DSLR Remote Pro 391
Importing a layout into the Print Layout Editor DSLR Remote Pro 3.9.1 (also works with Webcam Photobooth 2.4)

(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.

Notes

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.

Selecting DSLR template compatiblity mode Webcam Photobooth 2.4
Selecting DSLR template compatiblity mode using the Setup Wizard in Webcam Photobooth 2.4 S

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.

Download DSLR Remote Pro and try this for yourself

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Breeze Workshops & Seminar at Photo Booth Expo 2018

Do you want to learn how to run Multi-Camera activations or become a DSLR Remote Pro Ninja? Chris is running two premium workshops at Photo Booth Expo 2018 this year. These are small classes with lots of opportunities for interaction and questions.

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
  • Sharing your GIFs and movies
  • Providing printed take-aways

This  workshop sold out last year – secure your place now!

DSLR Remote Pro Wednesday March 14 (9:00 – 10:30am)

This popular workshop explains how to get more from your booth with DSLR Remote Pro, and includes

  • Letting the Setup Wizard do the hard work
  • Branding your screens
  • Customizing prints
  • Using Profiles to offer choices
  • Boomerang GIFs – basics, branding, animated overlays
  • Effects and filters using Photoshop Droplets

There are just 25 places. Book early to be sure of yours!

Light Painting seminar Monday March 14 (1:00 – 2:00pm)

Chris will be giving a light painting seminar open to all key pass holders.

Breeze at the PBX trade show

Check out the new Breeze Booth for Ipad, the latest features of DSLR Remote Pro and DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera in action at Booth 923 during Trade Show hours. We are looking forward to meeting you!

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