One of the coolest features of Photobooth Creator is the ability to
set up a real-time slideshow of the pictures taken in your booth thus
far. This feature emerged from one of the early proto-booths
that was set up for an office party we had. To get people to
participate, we (using arcane, nerdy computer magic) transferred all the
pictures taken to another computer as they were taken. This other
computer then ran a slideshow on a projector we had in the office,
occasionally reloading the pictures to grab the new ones.
Man, what a headache! As fragile things often do, this "system" kept
breaking, requiring me and my coworkers to patch and repair it, in
increasing states of inebriation. Nonetheless, it was a great hit and it
served the purpose wonderfully: our party attendees would go and take
crazy pictures of themselves just to see them show up on the screen.
Luckily, for Photobooth Creator users, it isn't nearly so complicated.
Because your booth is hosted on the internet, all of the photos you take are
automatically available to other computers as well. Setting up a
slideshow like the one at our party is as simple as finding another
computer or laptop you can hook up to a TV, projector, or computer
monitor! If you're not using Photobooth Creator, you can still have a
slideshow, but you'll need something like
Dropbox to glue it together.
Setting up a photobooth slideshow
Here's how to set up your slideshow using Photobooth Creator:
Get your photobooth set up and ready to
go.. Though not
strictly necessary, your slideshow won't work until you have some
pictures taken, so go ahead and take a few to test it out. You can
always delete them
Find another laptop, computer, tablet, or something else you can
hook up to a screen: TV, projector, screen, etc. From that device,
go to your booth URL (it was sent to you in your receipt email). You'll
have to enter your password again, but when you do you'll be at your
From your photobooth dashboard, click the button underneath "Set up
a slideshow!" This will bring up the Slideshow page:
You can optionally set a timeout value from this screen. Feeling
frantic? Choose 1 second.
Hook up your device to your screen, and click the "Enter
fullscreen mode" button. Your device will go fullscreen and cycle
through your pictures randomly.
As you take new pictures, they will appear automatically in the random
rotation. At this point, you can leave your slideshow running for the
duration of your party.
Here are a couple tips to get the most out of your slideshow.
Make it visible. Unlike the photobooth itself, which benefits
your slideshow should be as front-and-center as you can make it. Having
the party in the living room? Put it on the flatscreen. At the office?
Bring the projector out into the main area. You want people to see the
slideshow to encourage them to use the photobooth.
Take some seed shots. In my experience, the slideshow creates
a sort of contest among the guests: who can produce the craziest
picture? To get this going, you should take some crazy shots of
yourself, and ideally take several. This way the slideshow doesn't
repeat the image of you trying out the booth for the first time.
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