TPB #22 – Building a Photo Booth

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This week I show you how I built a photo booth. The main elements used are:

Sparkbooth Software
Microsoft LifeCam
Photo Printer
Red Button
Old Mouse

And here are the resulting photos.


About the Author:

Maurice is a computer engineer, photographer, and all around renaissance man.


  1. antonio  November 3, 2011

    man, thank you very much! i was trying to do something like that and you just save me a lot of thinking

  2. antonio  November 5, 2011

    got a big cuestion, what if i want to print 2×6? you like a strip what printer should i buy? i having trouble with that

  3. Jackie S  November 26, 2011

    Great video! I always used my iMac 27″ or my MacBook Pro and the KIDS and Parents, loves it. David Cline has a great photobooth program also.

    I am trying to build my booth as well but I rather use a P&S camera or a DSLR. The image quality is way better than using a webcam.

    Did you try other or more professional photobooth software like these; breeze system or Snap Photo Studio, or the Social Studio llc entire concept (booth).

    Stay tune, I will try to put up some images.

  4. Maurice  November 27, 2011

    For the small prints I was making with (4 photos per 4×6 inch print) the quality benefits from a dslr setup didn’t matter. I have everything (except the software) I needed to do a dslr photobooth so I thought about doing this option for a long time. Eventually I went with the web cam because I liked how this make live update with the Sparkbooth software work well. If someone else tries a dslr photobooth feel free to put a link here since I’m sure for some people the quality of that setup would be worth it.

  5. Lo_88  January 18, 2012

    Can someone tell me more about how to make a button? I’m building a booth for my wedding and have a set-up in mind, all I need is the button. I saw some USB ones online but they were really expensive. Maurice can you explain more about how you made yours? Did you have to position the mouse to then use the button? Any info would be great guys, you can email me if easier.



  6. Maurice  January 18, 2012

    Hi Lo,

    I took the mouse apart and then it was obvious where the left mouse button was soldered. I then soldered two wires on to that left button of the mouse and had them go to my big red button.

    • Teddy  June 10, 2012

      Thanks for the video! As for the button, where did you change the Sparkbooth setting to start with the push of the mouse button. The only options I see are with Enter and Spacebar.

      Please help.


    • jose  February 7, 2014

      thanks!! but where you program de mouse as a space bar or enter? I did’t see that option in photo booth

    • Tee  June 14, 2014

      Hi I wanted to know if the photo paper comes with the printer for that size picture or where do I purchase it from? I am doing my sons 1st birthday and since I have everything to do it I don’t want to pay anyone lol. Also how much extra knk cartridges do you think I will need

      • Tee  June 14, 2014


  7. Sleman  March 13, 2012

    Maurice, for better quality pictures take a look at software. They also have some other good tips on what else you need for the photo booth.

  8. delta  March 24, 2012


    can we use different type/unit of webcam on this? pls reply to my email address. thanks a lot!

  9. Brian Kehoe  April 19, 2012

    Hi Maurice,

    Thanks for the great video. I like your idea of using an old USB mouse, seems much easier than using Teensy boards to emulate a keyboard.

    I was looking at the red button on Sparkfun and see that there are 3 contacts but only 2 wires go to the USB mouse. Is there one unused contact on the button?

    • Teddy  June 11, 2012

      Hi, did you figure this out yet. I’m not sure how to make the mouse simulate the enter or Spacebar buttons. I’m thinking there’s an option in Sparkbooth to switch the start to the left mouse click but haven’t found it. Any suggestions?


  10. Sam  July 12, 2012

    Wow, that is so cool I was at a 50th birthday party and they had a rental booth there. $600.00 for 4 hours. And at one point it ran out of photo paper. I jus
    I just revieved my big red button in today and will build me a booth in a week or so to rent out. Will get a big photo printer that will hold 250 photos.

    Thanks so much for your help

    By the way nice photo, look like you have great friends and family. Good luck


  11. Bec  March 5, 2013

    Thank you so much for the ideas.The button idea is great and that platform sounds like an awesome idea.
    I am also creating one for my wedding and was just wondering if anyone has run into a free program which is semi ok for what I am going to use it for.
    Instead of printing I was going to get a program which saves the pictures onto the PC and then as a thank you gift would email or print them off later with the thank you card attached to it. Maybe even do a computer edited photo strip with a couple of added photos of the groom and myself. I wouldn’t think I would need a very complicated version but something easy to navigate would be good.
    Another question……… far away did you place your camera? Any added ideas or advice would be great…I just think this is such an awesome idea and it makes sure you get photos of everyone at the wedding as some people like to hide >.>

  12. Jelly Morgan  July 24, 2014

    This is an pattern of the Photo Booth using the Lasolite red conditions. It makes for a set photograph at your marriage. I use the photo Frame to bring more fun to the portrait and have company the guests.

  13. Crystal  April 13, 2015

    Hi what wire is used from labtop to printer? I just need to figure out what wire so that way I can print pictures off my labtop to the printer. Thanks!

  14. Maurice  April 13, 2015

    It’s a standard usb cable.

  15. Jason  September 26, 2015

    Hi Maurice,
    With wiring the button to the left button of the mouse I opened mouse and discovered three pins to solder to. What two of the three do I use.