1. To get started, purchase and install the SLR Booth app from the Google Play Store on your Android device.
2. Plug your usb cable into your camera and Android device. Finally, turn the camera on – the app will launch and you’ll be ready to start taking pictures right away! You can also launch SLR Booth by clicking on the app icon.
Getting Started: The Main Screen
When you first launch the app and connect your camera, you’ll be presented with the main screen, and the app will search for your connected DSLR camera. When it finds the camera, it will start a live preview on the screen. Once the preview is running, you can take a photo one of the three following ways:
- Touching the camera icon in the centre of the screen
- Pressing the space bar key on an attached keyboard (or USB pedal configured as a space bar)
- Pressing the “volume up” button on your device (or using a Bluetooth remote shutter, which sends the “volume up” signal)
Once engaged, the app will begin a countdown to take the photos required for your current layout. If the countdown was launched with a touch, after each photo the subject will have the opportunity to accept or delete it. Once all the photos for your layout have been taken, you’ll have the ability to print, email, and upload to Instagram or Twitter.
Once the photo has been taken, it will be downloaded and displayed on screen for review. You can choose to either keep or delete each photo.
If you keep the photo, you’ll have the option to print, email or share the photo via Twitter and Instagram. You can set up custom hashtags for each event which will post along with the photo, making it easy for guests and customers to view event photos on their own devices in real time.
The first time you press the Twitter button, you’ll be asked to log in. Once you sign in and give SLR Booth access to post on your behalf, you won’t need to sign in again. If you need to logout and sign in as someone else, hold down the twitter button for two seconds.
The settings screen contains all the preferences that control your photo booth experience. It is broken up into three sections:
Photo Shoot Settings
These settings control how your photo booth behaves when taking pictures:
- Layout Footer Image: Lets you select a custom footer image to be used when using a template with a logo placeholder
- Album Name: Organizes your photos into a named album, allowing you to keep photos from different events separate
- Countdown Delay: How many seconds will the countdown timer run for before triggering the camera
- Shutter Delay: Delay (in milliseconds) between pressing the shutter, and the camera taking a picture. This needs to be set by trial and error so that the camera actually triggers right when the countdown expires. On a Canon 60D in “quick” live view auto focus mode, this is about 1200ms. Switching the camera to manual focus reduces the delay to about 50ms.
- Print Automatically: Controls if photos are printed automatically. This is intended for use with a foot-pedal or remote control triggering mechanism – if guests are using the touchscreen display, they can choose to print the photo or not.
- Printer: Searches for nearby photo printers, and allows you to select one to print to.
Social Media Settings
These settings control the interaction between the photo booth and Twitter
- Upload to Twitter: Controls if photos are automatically posted to Twitter
- Twitter Hashtag: Adds a #hashtag to photo posts, allowing easy searching
These settings control the account used to send email
- Email Server Name: Name of the email server. ie, smtp.gmail.com
- Email Server Port: Port the mail server is listening on. 587 for gmail
- Email Username: Account name. ie, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Email Password: Password for the above username
- Use SSL: Enable for email providers that require SSL
- Use TLS: Enable for email providers that require TLS (Turn on for gmail)
- From email address: Email address the email will be sent from. Usually the same as the Email Username setting.
- Subject Line: Subject Line of the email which will be sent
On the gallery screen, you can view the photos that have been taken with SLR Booth. The gallery will only display images in the current album. Initially, you’ll be shown thumbnails of all the photos in your album. You can scroll quickly through these thumbnails by dragging up or down. If you choose a photo by touching it, you’ll switch to the fullscreen view where you can delete, print, email, tweet or instagram a photo. You can also scroll between images in this view by swiping left or right.
The about screen displays information about the developer and libraries used in the application.
Copyright (C) 2014 Greg Perkins
This product uses the following libraries licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.
JmDNS – Copyright (C) Rick Blair
ACRA – Copyright (C) Kevin Gaudin
Android Platform Base – Copyright (C) The Android Open Source Project
RWC – Copyright (C) Nils Assbeck, Guersel Ayaz and Michael Zoech
Twitter4j – Copyright (C) Yusuke Yamamoto
Facebook4j – Copyright (C) Ryuji Yamashita
Harmony – Copyright (C) The Apache Software Foundation
Details of the Apache License, Version 2.0 can be found at http://www.apache.org/licenses/