For their Chicago-based rent-a-photobooth business Fotio, event planners Nick Harvey and Theresa McMullen created a custom camera rig that looks like a vintage view camera. The ingredients — besides the wooden shell and bellows — included a DSLR and an iMac.
Harvey took the 20-inch iMac and sawed off the stand to make it a simple computer-equipped display:
He then paired the display with a Canon T4i, and stuffed the two devices into a view camera shell created using solid oak, brass, and leather.
The resulting photo booth is extremely easy to use. Guests simply step in front of the camera and push a red wired shutter release button to trigger a shot.
The booth (and the software it runs) does the rest of the grunt work. Photographs are processed and then displayed on the camera’s giant 20-inch “LCD screen.”
Harvey and McMullen currently rent the camera to customers for $600 for 6 hours of supervised fun. As each guest snaps a photograph, he or she is given a red ticket with a number used to view the photo through an online gallery.
Here are some sample photographs captured using the photo booth:
Image credits: Photographs by Nick Harvey/Theresa McMullen/Fotio and used with permission