The Selfie-Booth

  • The Selfie-Booth
    Building a photo booth and deploying it at a wedding party in Berlin
     

    I made a photo booth using a GoPro camera, some LED lights and a door bell. The "Selfie-Booth" was made
    in the days leading up to our friends' wedding and became an instant hit among the guests. The photo booth
    was busy all evening (10 hours straight) capturing hundreds of images, with the supplied costumes and
    props used extensively from beginning to end.

    Concept / Design / Engineering / Photography: Lars Brandt Stisen
    Assistant: Mette Beate
    Location props: Bianca Schnellbacher / Isabella Maimone
    Studio: MADDOCMAN BERLIN
  • The finished Selfie-Booth in action with its illuminated button and sparkling lights. The photo booth
    contains a set of timer and relay circuits that are setting events in carefully timed sequence to reproduce
    the feel of a classic photo contraption (view animation further down).
  • Drilling holes and gluing wallpaper onto the housing.
  • Designing, printing and cutting decorative elements. My girlfriend and assistant Mette helping out
    cutting and sewing diffuser elements for the LED lights.
  • Soldering tiny wires under loupe and creating the main circuit board with timers and relays. Making an
    electromagnetic trigger (totally oldschool) and modifying the acoustic signals generator (door bell).
  • Meanwhile our part time studio-doggy Cash is asking Mette for treats.
  • A look inside the finished prototype. The Selfie-Booth sports a 12MP camera with a 14mm/f2.8 lens element
    (GoPro HERO3+ Black Ed.) and memory for approx. 10.000 exposures. The small sensor size results in a
    higher depth of field than you would expect from a DSLR for example, hence the sharp images at f2.8 (see
    image examples further down).
     
    WiFi for instant web publishing, shielding, tidy wiring and additional circuits for enhanced functionality will
    be ready for the next version. Enhancements will include integrating a tablet PC and writing custom software
    to add filters with preview and online publishing options.
  • All that remains now is pressing the button...
  • Images from the Selfie-Booth:
  • Animation showing the timed sequence in high-speed (pressing the button repeatedly
    is ignored to prevent interruption of a running sequence).
  • To my great contentment the original images from camera looks so good that finalizing adjustments
    becomes trivial.
  • And last but not least a "Selfie-Booth selfie" (hehehe...)
     
     

    — By the way, I think I'll just let the machine do the work on my next
    photography assignment, while I sip a coffee in the corner :D
     
     
    Thank you for watching!