Advice on making a rugged photo booth in a public street
November 15, 2010 10:24 AM Subscribe
What pieces of technology and equipment would you use to build a rugged, public, 24 hour, photo booth on a public street in a large city? This isn't a commercial project so I'm trying to come up with a creative and cheap solution.
posted by aychedee to Technology (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I need to clarify a bit here as well. I'm not planning on putting a physical box on the street. Instead the idea is to have a camera behind a grill or letter slot on a public street with a single button and some simple instructions. Probably with some perspex over the camera so that it doesn't matter if someone sprays it or stabs something at the lense.
A detached flash up high would also be part of the idea but might end up being too expensive and maybe hard to control depending on the type of camera I use.
Current thoughts are to use a Canon Powershot SD1000 with an Eye-Fi card set to automatically upload the shots to an FTP server. The Canon doesn't support remote control of the shutter so perhaps I could build a mechanical switch with a simple servo to physically depress the shutter after a 3 second delay. I already own the Canon. Might there be a decent quality web camera that would do the trick? Maybe there is a cheap point and click that you know of that I could remote control? I'm just at the planning stages so would really welcome some ideas and I just know that there are probably some pieces of technology that I'm unaware of that might be perfect.