Sparkbooth Photo Booth Software News

Offer a table of props for your guests to use in the photo booth. Some great ideas include:

  • For funny pictures, use a variety of hats, wigs, nerdy glasses, sunglasses, feather boas, fake mustaches, Hawaiian leis, Mardi Gras beads, viking, roman soldier, biker helmets, stuffed animals toys or sports equipment.
  • For holiday parties, use Santa hats and reindeer antlers, and mistletoe as props. The resulting photos make a great holiday card.
  • A small chalk board or whiteboard that guest can write messages and photograph with can be used as a guestbook.

When setting up a photo booth at your event, consider:

  • Placing the computer, webcam, and keyboard on a table in a well-lighted area. Don't forget a chair or stool.
  • Adjust webcam height to eye-level.
  • Use a directional lamp to provide enough lighting.
  • Turn off instant messaging and other applications on the computer, and run Sparkbooth in full-screen kiosk mode.
  • Consider a plain, neutral background like a wall, screen, or curtains.
  • Create a sign that says "Photo Booth Entrance" to indicate where the photo booth is located.

Here are some real-world examples of Sparkbooth at events:

Great job everyone!


Here are some useful resources if you are building your own photo booth with Sparkbooth:

Please email me if you have other recommendations, I will post them up here.


  • Add test button for output and uploaders
  • Count down timer goes 3, 2, 1
  • Set wait time for user prompts
  • Fixed photo filenaming issue
  • New EULA

-John


Automatic printing has been a frequently requested feature for Sparkbooth. I have been working on a solution which is waiting on the release of Adobe AIR 2.0. [Note: Please do not install Adobe AIR 2.0 beta and run Sparkbooth. I am getting reports of webcam and printer issues when running the beta. Only run Sparkbooth on the latest release, Adobe AIR 1.5.3]

In the meanwhile, wedding photographer Josh Rodriguez has come up with a solution in Mac OS X using a simple Automator script. Check out Josh's article. Great job Josh!

[Update April 2, 2010]: Someone has pointed out AutoPrint as a similar printing solution for Windows users. If you are using this, please let me know how well it works.


Setting up a photo booth for a Valentine’s Day party? Here are some useful tips.


New series at DoItFromScratch on building your own photo booth using Sparkbooth. Looking forward to seeing this project progress!


Check out this great Valentine’s idea using Sparkbooth over at Mommy Mishmash.


  • New photo preview
  • Option for black & white, or sepia photos
  • Fix for photo layout rendering issues

-John