- 6 years ago
- Wedding: March 2013
That is a great job, how did you get it to work? Is the printer behind the curtain? Do you have to have someone take the picture? or is it by remote, where they can snap it themselves? Is there a program that you will be using?
Love it, sorry so many questions but I would love to build one of these for weddings that I do.
i would love to know how you did this also.
Oh geez, It’s been 3 weeks since I checked this! But I’ll try to answer questions as best I can. It took a LOT of work and I wish I had written everything down step for step, but I really just designed it off instinct.
I made the frame from PVC pipes and joints and PVC glue following these specs
The “guts” are over here your guests will be over here
All of the horizontal squares are permanently glued with PVC bond, so that when I go to se it up all I need to do is add in the vertical bars. By doing this it breaks it down into smaller pieces. Still very lightweight, but very portable.
We added a wire rack on the top square on the “guts” side to hold laptop, printer and to mount the monitor.
It was covered with black and red twin sized sheets (purchased at Wal-Mart) sewn together with velcro added in places to hold the fabric tight, thus adding a bit more sturdiness. The white part where you see the light coming from is white poly-satin. It’s nice because it adds a subtle glow without having too much light.
The “Guts” Electrical-
Laptop – Kind of a necessity
The program used is Sparkbooth it costs i think $59 but it’s able to be customized in so may ways, different layouts, color options, skins.. you name it. The only drawback is that you HAVE to use a webcam. We bought a USB webcam that offered great pic quality, so it’s fine.
You will need a monitor so that your guests can see what’s going on as they take their photos. It was mouted via pipe straps bought at Lowe’s ( you just have to find the right sized strap.) We were fortunate enough to have run across a touch screen monitor in a secondhand store for about $12 (they obviously didn’t know it was touch screen). Sparkbooth allows for usage of touch screen. If you are any good with tech-junk, you can buy a kit for about $70 to make any screen touch compatible. If touch screen is not something that you are interested in, there are a number of other methods such as using a mousekey…. we didn’t do that, seemed like too much work.
We decided on the Cannon Selphy printer, approx $90 and prints 4×6 (which is what Sparkbooth photos are) dye sublimation prints. Dye sublimation is what professional photoprocessing businesses use, so your photos will be crisp, clear, and hold up well towards time and many elements. The downside of this printer is that it has a low capacity of sheets, so paper must be refilled fairly frequently.
I’m sure I missed somthing there… ask away if there are more questions, and I’ll try to answer before another 3 weeks passes. 🙂
I need some help! I took your plans to a PVC place and got a quote back for almost $400!!! I wasn’t expecting it to cost that much, how much did you guys spend on it? is this normal?
i guess the other question is what size pipe did you use? my quote was for 1 1/4″ pipe cuz they told me that it wouldn’t be strong enough with anything less than that. were you able to get away with something smaller?
thanks so much for your help!