Retiring the photobooth…

After a few updates to Mac OS X, my photobooth isn’t working with the few latest versions of the Mac operating systems. I’ve decided, for now, to retire this photobooth project. I sincerely thank you to everyone who has offered their support and of course everyone who has smiled and captured memories in the photobooth.


Photo Booth: Some Customer Feedback and a Hello

Hi Folks!

It’s been a few years since I started working on this photo booth for my sister (in 2008!) Crazy!

Just wanted to pop on here and say Thank You to all of you who have contributed and used my booth at your holiday parties, Friday night gatherings, weddings, birthday parties, fundraising events, school celebrations and graduation parties!

I’ve heard a ton of great things from many different folks from around the world, so I just wanted to share a few with you!

“We used this last year for our wedding and it worked perfectly!  I said that I would donate some more money if we used it and I finally got around to doing it, thank you so much!  It was a really awesome addition, so many guests did it and loved it.  One of the bridesmaids liked it so much they asked we bring our stuff to her wedding this weekend.” -Kyle

“Thanks it was a big hit last night! I’ll send people your way if somebody asks about it.” – Ritchie

“Everything works great! Thanks for making this available for others.” – Amanda

“This is awesome!  Thanks so much and great job!”-Tursan

“I bought the photobooth application from you back in 2011 for my wedding, and loved it.” – Kevin

“You are a GENIUS!  And I appreciate you more than you will ever know!  🙂  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!” – Angel

“Oh my gosh!!!!!  This is wonderful.  It was so easy to get working and I am absolutely ecstatic about having to use at a wedding!” -Beth

“I’ve seen your photobooth in action at one of my friend’s wedding. It was great! =)” -Chris

“Installed it on my fiancee’s computer…. works like a dream! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DOING THIS!” -Hannah


It makes me so happy that folks all around have been able to enjoy the booth! Keep smiling!




MAKE Magazine!

Thank you for all of your support so far. I’m happy to announce that my DIY Photobooth has been featured in the latest copy of MAKE Magazine. It is a quarterly publication that showcases many neat DIY geekeries. Go pick up a copy at your local bookstore!

The digital preview is available here.


Well it’s not my nostalgia cause I wasn’t alive, but I’ve spent the day converting and editing some old film found in my grandmother’s attic. These are from 1950’s..probably around 1956 or so, and some from the 60’s as well. I projected the film onto a wall and filmed the output with my Canon HD camcorder. I put some cheesy music over the videos, as they are all silent films. Enjoy!

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Update: DIY Wedding Photo Booth: real ‘strip’

So for some reason, I never thought of doing this: cut the 4 x 6 sheet in half, so that it is 2×6. The automator workflow prints perfectly to this size, and it seems like most photo printers have paper size adjustments to hold the strip. Here’s some photos:


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DIY: Wedding Photo Booth

[Edit: November 24, 2013  After a few updates to Mac OS X, my photobooth isn’t working with the few latest operating systems. I’ve decided to retire this photobooth project for now. I sincerely thank you to everyone who has offered their support and of course everyone who has smiled and captured memories in the photobooth. -David]

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

photo strip

Continue for more information and instructions on how to download…
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this is for  the mac users:

miss polaroids? use this application to make digital ones!