All posts by Karl Palmer

30Nov/18

How To Make A Homemade Photobooth For Less Than $500

I just finished building a fully touchscreen photobooth with a DSLR camera and a flash and I’m going to show you all the things that you’re going to need and how to do it.

In order to build this photo booth you’re going to need a few things. First off you’re going to need the casing.  The casing is made out of the IKEA gun urn medicine cabinet it’s approximately 12 by 24 inches. I took off the front and the back plate and then I had ordered this aluminum plate.  You can actually create and design your own whole system and everything.  The next thing you’re going to need is a tablet.  The one used here is a Windows 10 tablet.  It is made by Vulcan which is some random no-name brand but it runs Windows 10 which has the software that I need and it only costs 85 bucks.  Next thing that you need is your camera .  This is my older D-7100.  It’s a cropped brand body and it has a 28 to 70 lens on here which should be perfect.  I’m going to switch out with a wider angled lens a little bit later but it works just for right now.  Next up is the flash.  This one is just a cheap four AA battery digital flash.  It’s just fully manual and it works perfectly for what I needed to do.  On the bottom right here and on the top of the camera as well are a couple really cheeky little flash triggers.  This allows the photobotoh to be wireless so I don’t have to worry about having a lot of cords going all over the place.   And then last, but not least, I have the canon Selfy CP910 printer.  There’s the CP 1200 out right now and that’s only for 95 bucks, which was about the same price that I paid for this one.  This was new a long time ago but it’s great.  It does dye-sublimation and you get photos that come out as a 4×6.  Also another good thing to have is a stand.  I just bought a simple speaker stand on Amazon.  It’s about 23 bucks and you’re able to just mount that right on to the bottom of the photo booth.

I have the stand connected to what’s called a top hat on the bottom of the photo booth.  It costs $7 on Amazon and really it’s just four screws that you’ve got to drill in to the bottom.  It just connects and you have your adapter stand right there for the photo booth.  Like I said, I had designed this online and then I had sent it out to be made and sent to me.  You can actually have it designed and made by any local CNC laser maker and you can use either aluminum or polycarbonate.  I should have used polycarbonate, but this is white aluminum and it just works really well for it.   I actually used an epoxy to be able to hold the front panel onto the medicine cabinet and it’s completely cured and dried in.  It is holding very steadfast.  I also had to use the same epoxy to make sure that the stand stays there.

Putting it all together, I have velcro on each corner of the tablet and then I have the adjacent pieces inside.  This just makes it easy for me to be able to take it out and in whenever I feel like using the tablet.  This is a touchscreen tablet.  The software that’s on it is called DSLR booth.  It’s the professional version which lets you customize and make different templates.  It’s pretty awesome so I definitely recommend looking into it.  It’s about 160 bucks though.  All I did was buy a really cheap swivel mount camera holder and on the bottom it has a 1/4 screw. The thread is number 20 and it just screws right into the bottom.  Then you have it mounted.

Now, you should have the camera mounted inside.  What’s great about this is that it’s a ball head.  I can raise and angle it or lower it however I need.   This is important if you have a lot of shorter guests or clients.

That’s pretty much the setup.  What I’ll also have is an umbrella that I use as a soft diffuser.  It really is pretty big.  You can get the umbrella from any camera store.  You can get them online on Amazon as well.  They’re fairly cheap.  Now, I actually have it facing the opposite direction and am using it as a bounce flash.  It is a shoot through umbrella so it is going to be a little bit more softer and you are going to lose some light.  But, if you’re using a silver reflecting umbrella, you’re just going to be shooting a really harsh light onto the people and they’re not going to come out as good as you think they would.

Now that it’s all set up, we need to connect it all.  Turn it all on and then see how it works.  The tablet itself came with this right angle cable, which makes it so much more convenient especially because it’s a little bit of a tighter space.  If I had a regular USB cable, it wouldn’t have enough room to be able to connect into it.  What I actually do is I connect this to this four way USB splitter, which has a cord that connects to the camera and then I also have a cord that connects to the printer.

I turn on the program and it should come up.  Once the program has started, you can see how easy the customization is, especially with the settings templates.  You can do print settings with the images camera wizard.  This is when you hook up your camera and it will automatically read it.  With my photobooth, the program recognizes that I have the D70 100, then I can setup the flash controls and everything.  To make it bigger, all you got to do is hit the little corner screen and it will be full screen.  I recommend you do this so that the clients won’t be able to get out of that screen and mess with things, ruining the camera settings.

After all this, you are now ready to go.  All you’ve got to do is just have the clients touch the touch screen to automatically start in Live View.  It’ll give you a five-second countdown for the first photo.  Everybody gets ready take the photo and the camera snaps the first photo.  You’ll see how crisp it is.  It then gives you about three seconds to view each photo in a three second countdown after that.  Mine is set to four photos.  You can actually do however many photos you want.  Normally three to four is really good.  If you want to do just one big photo, you can do one.  It’s pretty versatile and, like I said, with the templates you can change it however you want.  After it’s all done, it’s going to say “processing” and then it’s going to give you an option to print.

Most photo booths cost about five or six thousand dollars to buy.  This one cost me about five hundred dollars to build with everything else that I had included.  Thanks go to the Photobooth Forum and its members for the advice that went into this build and also to That Photo Booth Guy for the inspiration and photoooth design which mine was closely modeled after.  Happy photo booth building!  Now go out, build some booths and create some smiles.

19Jul/18

What to Know About UV Light Energy

Where light energy is concerned, you would find UV light energy to be quite prominent and popular. In terms of wavelength, you would find them to be shorter than visible light but longer than X-rays.

Even though a lot of UV radiation would be generated by the sun, you would not find it to be the only source. This is because a lot of artificial devices would also be able to generate these waves. Some of the most common ones would be as follows.

Black lights

These have been found to be the most common source of UV radiation. These kinds of lamps would generate UVA waves but with a very little amount of light which could be deemed visible. For instance, the black lights would use a phosphor coating on the interior of the glass tube. Higher grade black lights would also use the same principle. These would usually be used for theatrical displays and concerts.

 

Lasers

The lasers can be manufactured in a special way so that UV light could be produced. Based on the materials that could be used and the laser technology, the entire UV band could be covered.

In the case of applications of lasers, you would find the range to be quite diverse. Some of them would include dermatology, laser engraving, chemistry, keratectomy, optical storage, integrated circuit manufacturing, and communications.

 

LEDs

This would be one form of UV light energy which you might have heard a lot about. In today’s times, you would find it to be manufactured in a special manner so that UV light could be generated. These kinds of devices are normally being used for sterilization, UV curing applications, chemistry, and skin therapy.

 

Health issues

You would find that UV radiation would have a combination of beneficial and harmful effects on human health. When it would be used in moderation, it could be quite beneficial. Conversely, if you would be exposed to too much UV radiation, then it could be harmful.

Harmful effects

When exposed too much to UV radiation, it could be harmful to the skin, eye, and immune system. Other than that, it could also cause sunburn. In some cases, it has been found to be the cause for some kinds of skin cancer.

 

Beneficial effects

While the harmful effects of UV light energy seem to be highlighted the most, it would still make sense to look at the good side as well.

  • Vitamin D

When the human body would be exposed to UV radiation at a moderate level, then you would be able to get a healthy dose of vitamin D. this would help in the regulation of insulin secretion, calcium metabolism, immunity, cell propagation, and blood pressure. Thanks to your vitamin D being higher, it could result in lower stroke, heart disease, blood pressure, and diabetes.

  • Skin conditions

Specific skin conditions could be treated with the help of UV radiation. These would include dermatitis, eczema, atopic, localized scleroderma, rickets, psoriasis, vitiligo, and jaundice.

  • Hypertension and cardiovascular

Patients who would be suffering from a deficiency of vitamin D and a high blood pressure, exposure to UV light could help to reduce that.

 

Other Benefits to UV Light

UV light can be used to charge things. In fact many people run their entire homes off just UV light energy. This is used in conjunction with solar panels that collect the light from the sun, capture the energy and send it to an inverter which then converts that energy from a direct current into an alternating current. These types of systems can be found on this Power Portable Solar website.

 

28Jun/18

Tips At The Time Of Installing Solar Panels In The Home

We talked about renewable energy, where solar energy was, which is clean and ecological and is absorbed by solar panels that we can see in large fields. But these panels are not only for large surfaces or structures that require a lot of energy but also can be installed in your own home to obtain a much lower consumption at the end of the month in the electricity bill.

The installation of solar panels is not incredibly complicated. What we will need is a certain amount of prior knowledge and some tips that we will give you below. If you do not believe that you can install them by yourself, you can always contact a professional, but now we will leave some tips so that you can place them by yourself.

Then we will leave tips, types, and problems that arise when installing solar panels in our home.

TIPS FOR INSTALLING YOUR SOLAR PANEL

Evaluate the installation area: you must take into account the orography of the land and above all things, the climate. Needless to say, if the area where you live is exceptionally sunny, the panels will produce more energy due to the intense rays of the sun. On the other hand, if the weather is usually cloudy, with lots of rain, it will not be the best idea to place a solar panel.

Know how much energy you consume: you should know your energy consumption in your home correctly to understand the necessary amount of solar panels that your house will require to satisfy that need.

Right orientation: when installing the solar panels you should know perfectly the direction they will need to obtain sunlight as long as possible. We will have to orient them correctly and with an adequate inclination for the best performance. They must also be located in places where nothing can come, such as trees.

Continue with your energy provider: whether the solar panel is installed by a company dedicated to this or us, we should never unsubscribe our electricity provider. In most cases the solar panels will provide extra energy, it will not reach us to be able to live solely on them. These will be a short-term investment to save medium and long-term on your energy bill.

Maintenance: we remember that it is necessary to do good support of our panels. For maintenance, we are talking about a continuous review that everyone works correctly, especially after a hail where one can break. It could also be dirty because of the birds. The latter could lose 40% of panel performance.

27Jun/18

Solar Panel In A Box

The panels Solar in a Box consist of a pre-built board that at first glance is aesthetically beautiful. They have a framework that is simple to install. These are built by Mitsubishi and are of the best quality and high efficiency. It could be the best thing you can put in your home today, and it comes with a high range of colors for your choice.

If despite the above, you are worried about the installation, we inform you that it comes with a straightforward and detailed instructions manual that will simplify the installation immensely, it will help you in the process from start to finish.

The advantage of Solar in a Box panel will be that by choosing them, you will be saving money since you can do the installation on your own without hesitation. What to select another type of panel perhaps if you require and that will be a large sum of money lost.