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Watch the Setup
SETUP VIDEO (Start here) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTP0-UBBltw
Electronics, touchscreen, and intro to software - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnYn0eA4A34
Run slideshow on external Monitor - https://youtu.be/_1WXlbuYoKc (DON'T USE DARKROOM SLIDESHOW)
Basic Troubleshooting (PLEASE WATCH BEFORE YOUR FIRST EVENT) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUvoJC-Uw3s
Positioning the flash - https://youtu.be/n5gduDj4M1U
Packing the bench - https://youtu.be/kY_TEbWz2Rg
Darkroom videos - http://www.darkroomsoftware.com/products/booth/video-tutorials/
Trouble Shooting Manual Online - http://www.inventivephotobooth.com/TroubleShooting.html
Tips for Google Adwords - http://www.inventivephotobooth.com/adwords10.html
My Two Cents on Advertising - http://www.inventivephotobooth.com/TwoCents.html
Printer paper and ribbon: Imaging Spectrum. They are the best. (214)342-9290. Tell them you need a box of 4x6 print media for the DNP rx1.
Flashdrives: quickturnflash.com. I order the cheapest 2 mb ones. They should be able to put your name on the side for free.
Scrapbooks: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001105SHI/ I use these albums, but replace the white paper with black. I buy the black at a local Joanne's. I used silver gel pens to write on the black. I buy the pens at Amazon.
Props: I get cheep props from my local dollar store and from orientaltrading.com. I get expensive props from Party City and Amazon.
STEP BY STEP:
The printer shelf can fold out square or fold down flat. The best place to start the setup is by standing up the printer shelf in the center of your area.
The first piece should be the back portion. ( this is the piece that once unfolded has a sign that reads Photo Booth.) attach this to the printer shelf by sliding a bolt (#1) through the hole in the printer shelf into the thread on the back. (If there is no thread to fit a bolt into, you have the wrong piece or the wrong position. You should have the long piano hinge on top and the black rubber feet on bottom. The half with the feet attached will have the right thread and should be on the inside touching the printer shelf)
Use the tool to tighten it, but it does not need to be over tightened.
Then do the same thing to bolt on the front face. (This is the piece with a cut out for the computer and camera.) the bold, hole and thread should be the mirror image of the last bolt you put in.
Now you should have three sides up.
The two narrow sides split into two pieces for transport. If you have a large enough vehicle you can leave them attached all the time. The tabs with the protruding silver buttons slide into the square tubes. There won't be any holes for the buttons here; they're not needed.
You can assemble the back narrow side ( the one with no printer hole and no monitor hole) before or after you bolt it in. It is easy to figure out. There are two holes higher and two holes lower. Put a bolt through both the lower ones into the corresponding threads.
Before you put the forth side in place, make sure you have an extension cord running in under the feet. It will be hard to put in place later.
When you have both the narrow sides assembled, you are ready to flip the front side up. Flip it up and put a bolt in each side.
Leave the back fielded in half so that you can install the electronics.
The front of the curtain rods rest on top of the booth and are bolted in with two bolts each. There are holes this time to lock them in. There is a special screw to use on the back of the legs. Screw them down through the curtain rods into the top the the legs. Use the tool to tighten. Place the backdrop across the top. The holes in both sides of the square piece of wood will fit over the pegs on the special screws. Unroll the backdrop and attach both bottom corners with a bolt (not shown) This will stop it from wobbling side to side. (Remember when you roll the backdrop up to roll from the bottom, tight around the ROUND rod, to keep it from creasing.
Pull the pins with the key-chain loop out of the bench. It ships with only two, but there are four, if you ever want to use all four. Without the pins the bench dolly will spin freely. Flip the wheels around and place the bench rubber side down. When the bench is in this working mode, it does not need the pins. Keep them in your pocket to use again in the transport mode.
******UPDATES: We now use a Dell computer tower with a touchscreen instead of an all in one. The touchscreen needs to connect through VGA, but also need to connect through a USB cord. (TWO cords between the touchscreen and the computer.) All the other USB connect to the computer the same way. The computer can just sit on top of the printer, where is can be accessed well through the printer door and the photo booth sign door.
ALSO, WE DON'T CURRENTLY RECOMMEND THE DARKROOM SLIDESHOW. KEEP IT TURNED OFF
The stand on the computer makes a pretty good handle or you can grab it at the bottom. You can grab it however you want, but want to make sure you have a good handle on it and don't let go until it is strapped in tight. Strap the strap on the left across the Velcro already on the machine. That should hold it tight when you put the strap on the right tight. Plug it in and turn it on.
Find the flash and attach two wires to it. One for power. One goes to the camera. Turn the brass knob on the back all the way to "+". Attach the translucent plastic shade. The opening of the shade should be turned away from where the subject sits. Turn the flash on and made sure the modeling lights off. I made a video just for the placement.
Now plug the wires into the camera. There will be three. The power should already be connected. Connect the USB to the left side of the camera and to the computers USB port labeled C. Connect the cord that runs to the flash into the small adapter on top of the camera. Then put the camera into its hole.
There is a trick to installing the camera. Do not slide the lens in the hole as far as it can go. Slide it in all the way, then back it out about an inch. Then tilt the butt up and the lens down as far as you can. Then pull the top Velcro over it tight. When done right, the camera's handle (on the right) should not be touching the panel. There should be a hairs breath of air between.
The external monitor is pretty easy to figure out. Strap it in to the side and connect the USB to an unlabeled USB port. There is NO power cord for monitor.
Put the printer on the shelf. That side of the booth can be pulled off so that you can access the printer. Plug in the power and attach the USB to the port labeled P. When the computer detects the printer, it will finish installing the drivers automatically. You might see a green progress bar in the icon in the task bar at the bottom of the screen for a few seconds. When its done, You should restart the computer.
A trick I've learned to make sure darkroom recognize the camera is to turn the camera on before you start the software.
The computer comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse, but you don't really need them. The only thing that is easier with a mouse than the touch screen is making templates, so keep the mouse handy just for that.
There are many many options to customize darkroom the way you want it. But it is ready to use now. Open darkroom and hit the "start booth" button. To exit the photo booth mode and return to the software options, you can hit ESC on the wireless keyboard. There is also a hidden exit button - it is in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, the exact spot where the standard Windows "X" would be.