Shooting tethered to Photo Kiosk

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Donald Norris Fessman

23 May, 2018 01:27 AM

I'm shooting an event coming up and they want a photographer at the photo-op wall. They also want onsite printing. Usually I have someone sitting in front of lightroom on a computer for this while tethered, BUT... if I could shoot to my photo Kiosk it would be SO AWESOME and save me hiring a technician. Can the software do this? If not.. is there a way to shoot into my sparkbooth DSLR software as a tethered photographer (camera in hand) and have the photokiosk work normally?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Joe Connell on 23 May, 2018 01:37 AM

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    Sorry, no... the software is created for a photo booth style set up.

    A layout is created with 1 to 4 photos on a 4X6 print out.
    When the photo(s) is taken, it is added to the layout and
    sent to the printer AND also saved to the computer.

    All of this is done with a camera CONNECTED to the computer
    and a printer CONNECTED to the same computer.

  2. 2 Posted by Donald Norris on 23 May, 2018 02:01 AM

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    Hi Joe,
    I use my booth all the time and I'm familiar with the software (i'm also
    bit a tech nerd)

    The camera and printer are connected to the sparkbooth DSLR system which is
    connected to my Photo kiosk as usual, the only difference would be instead
    of pushing a button on the screen, I have a person pushing the button on
    the camera. I know this isn't the normal use, but there is a demand for
    this type of setup as well.

    Actually, I think if I had the camera connected to both versions of
    sparkbooth and set my tether folder to the same folder sparkboothDLSR puts
    the images, the images shot from the camera would show up on the Kiosk for
    printing and the system would work just fine. Thoughts? Concerns?


  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Joe Connell on 23 May, 2018 02:09 AM

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    The Kiosk mode only monitors a folder where
    the photos are saved it has nothing to do with
    capturing photos... only printing and uploading
    what is selected from the saved folder.

    RE: (i'm also bit a tech nerd) I guess you know more than I
    and I will let John reply when he is available.

  4. 4 Posted by Donald Norris on 23 May, 2018 02:36 AM

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    You actually just confirmed what I thought. As long as I tether the images
    into the Sparkbooth folder where the Kisok is monitoring, everything should
    work just fine.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Rob (ZCZ) on 23 May, 2018 02:02 PM

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    That's actually very interesting. Not being a photographer I hadn't considered you could have the booth photos AND a remote camera send photos to the kiosk as long as the remote camera can save into the Sparkbooth photos directory. DSLR photo size could be an issue, but that could be auto-resized with a little software magic also.

  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by Joe Connell on 23 May, 2018 02:39 PM

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    Rob, (and Donald)

    I just did a test - created a folder and dropped in
    a few (36) photos from one events singles folder then
    I added 3 more photos from a different event to that folder
    and they were added at the beginning...
    Then I did an email test with one photo and it worded fine
    (as I expected) but these are all the created photos that were
    done with the PB software (not DSLR size photos) -

    So I then added 2 DSLR size photos and they were added
    to the album listing and I did an email test with one of the
    DSLR size photos and it also worked fine (as I expected) -

    BUT the time it took to send the normal SB photos compared to
    the DSLR photos was about 4 times longer wait
    (due to the file size being sent)

    SO it can work for what Donald is trying to do as long as
    he has a way to add the photos to the folder from
    his camera via WiFi or manually with the SD card inserted.
    ...and no resizing required (unless needed for social media
    uploading that may not accept images of full size DSLR.)

  7. John Wu closed this discussion on 31 May, 2018 08:32 PM.

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