[EDIT 4/1/13] Update: Mountain Lion (10.8) seems to have deprecated/broken many Automator actions and functionalities. I have submitted bug reports to Apple, but we haven’t seen any updates since. At this time, the workflow will only work with Leopard 10.5, Snow Leopard 10.6 or Lion 10.7.
[EDIT 1/11/12] Update: Receiving scattered reports of errors for some users across all operating systems. Worked closely with some users, but I must admit I’m no master software guru, so I try my best to help others get their machines up and running, however I cannot offer 100% support for your setup. So- some of you may have to be a tinkerer, depending on your own personal situation.
August 16, 2009: In the early stages of planning for my sister Helen’s wedding, we saw advertisements for real photo booth rentals–like the ones you see in the arcade! We liked the idea a lot, but didn’t want to spend the money (and why pay someone else for equipment you can use only for 1 day?)
We decided that we would use our Macs, Automator, and some brainpower to create our own, personalized photo booth that would function exactly how we want it to, cost little to operate, and be available for future special occasions!
I wrote an automator workflow that:
1. Prompted the user for their name (which was inserted in the filenames of the images)
2. took the user’s picture 3 times
3. arranged the photos vertically in a strip
4. displayed the photo strip to the user
5. printed the photo strip
6. saved both the individual images and photostrip pdf file in a folder on the mac
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After the wedding, we uploaded everybody’s images online to a photo album.
the hardware involved:
2. EPSON PictureMate Dash printer – prints 4 x 6′s which we pre-printed with designs the date of the wedding on the sides
3. “Photo Booth” which we made out of an old wardrobe frame which happened to fit two seats, and colored shower curtains from IKEA
To see the photo booth in action, check out this quick clip below:
If you’re interested in using my photo booth code on your Mac, you can donate & get the application from me.
Upon receiving your donation, I will email you the necessary files (usually within 12 hrs) to get your own Photo Booth up and running.
System Requirements: Macintosh running OS X 10.5 (Leopard) to 10.7 (Lion) with either a built-in iSight, or Mac mini with Mac-compatible webcam (UVC Device)
Note: This application is for personal, non-commercial use only. Use of this workflow is at your own risk. If you’re not comfortable with minor mac tinkering, I can’t guarantee that this is your one-stop shop.
Thank you to all those who have written about this