Sparkbooth Photo Booth Software News

Kids party graphic Every year presents a variety of special occasions that call for hosting a children's party. Birthdays are definitely the most popular reason, with holiday's such as Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas coming in at a close second. This means that there are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to host a party for children and accordingly there are plenty of ideas and/or themes out there that can help you create one of the best and most enjoyable children's parties ever!

A New and Exciting Fun Party Idea!

Now, think about all the previous parties you've had for your child. If you happen to notice that all your child's parties so far seem to be the same, know that there is something new for you to try that is sure to be the hit of your next party-Sparkbooth!

If you're currently looking to make your kid's party a truly fun and unique experience, then you must try Sparkbooth. Sparkbooth is a DIY Photo Booth that lets you create your very own customizable photos. You won't have to imagine for very long just how excited your guests will be when they find out that you will be having your very own Photo Booth at your next party,as you'll be able to see it on their faces when they start posing! You can use Sparkbooth as the centerpiece of your party or it can simply be one of the many elements, it's completely up to you!

What Exactly Is Sparkbooth?

Sparkbooth is an exciting way for you to take and share photos. Remember the old-style photobooths? The ones that were so hard to pass up because it was so much fun to get 2 or 3 friends together in order to squeeze in to this compact photo booth, and then printed out those 4 vertical prints that you probably still have tucked away in a box somewhere?

Welcome to Sparkbooth!

Sparkbooth is not only tons of fun, but is also super easy to use, as all you need is the software, a computer webcam, and a printer.

Know that Sparkbooth can be used over and over again, as it is a program that will never get oldbecause there are always new and exciting ways to use the software. This is one of Sparkbooth's best features, as it allows you to customize the photos so that they reflect a particular time and/or party.

Why Use Sparkbooth?

Sparkbooth is a great asset to any party! It is affordable, easy to utilize, and can be used over and over again because taking photos will never go out of style! Sparkbooth simply brings your photo-taking to another whole level by allowing you the versatility to change the photos, truly making them your own by applying your own special twist to them.

How to Use Sparkbooth

Although using Sparkbooth is very simple to do, there are a lot of great options from which to choose from. Below is an overview that will inform you on how to use Sparkbooth so that you are able to fully enjoy all the benefits that it can offer at your next child's party.

Setting Up: Gather together a computer (with Sparkbooth software already installed), webcam,and printer, and set them up somewhere that is easy to access yet out of the way. For example,try to find an empty wall/corner space where you can set up a table for the computer, etc. so that the camera is pointed at the focal point. The focal point should have a background/backdrop that supports your party theme, and if done right, will be the hit of the party!

Suggestions include:

  • Creating a "Photo Booth" Sign. Creating a sign lets the guests know that you indeed have a Photo Booth available where they can take photos of themselves. (Watch their faces fill with excitement once they see this!)
  • Setting up a Theme/Background. You are able to select from one of the themes that are already available in Sparkbooth's library, or you can choose to use your own background on your computer's desktop and use the Invisible theme to let it show through.
  • Customizing the Photo Layout Background. You are able to place a logo or text message on the screen so you can further personalize the photo. For example, if it's Tim's birthday, you can add "Tim's 7th Birthday!". Taking Photos: Stand in front of the web camera, pose and click. It's really that simple! You are able to review before printing, so you are able to pick and choose which photo's you want toprint out.

Printing Photos: Photos are available to print out in a strip of 4 or a 2-by-2 format, both with the ability for you to add in your very own personalized graphics. You are also able to previewbefore printing to make sure they are just right. Know that you can use a USB button in place of a keyboard for simpler operation.

NOTE: Make sure that there is an adult available to supervise the Photo Booth area as although the software is very easy to use, you'll want to make sure that an adult is available to assist with the actual photo-taking.

Some Popular Party Theme Ideas

Kids party photo booth props

Party themes are so much fun! Imagine choosing one of the more popular themes of the day,something that all the kids are talking about, and then bringing that theme to your party. Once you choose your theme, know that there are places available that you can rent and/or buy the appropriate theme-related items.

  • Pirate. Pirate lovers will have so much fun at a Pirate Party! Just imagine all your guests walking around with parrots on their shoulders... while saying 'argh!' a lot, of course.
  • Superheroes. Who doesn't want to pretend they're a superhero for the day? Have your guests dress up as their favorite superhero for your Superhero Party, and you're almost guaranteed to have a party that promises to be filled with fun and adventure!
  • Valentine's Day.Valentine's Day is filled with lots of love, and candy! Have your guests dress up in red,white, and/or pink colors for a real valentine feel! Remember, colors show up well in pictures so the more color, the better!
  • Easter. Easter parties are quite common and can be either casual or fancy. Imagine how cute the photo's will be of your guests on this special day!
  • Halloween. Depending on the age of the child, a Halloween party is made to be fun with some scary elements thrown in. You can even be more specific in your theme and request that your guests all dress up as witches and cats, or as their favorite piece of candy.
  • Clowns. Who doesn't like a clown? Guests should wear their funkiest clothes to a Clown Party, and then allow for some face-painting once there. Imagine how fun your guests will have getting their photo taken with their silly faces painted on!
  • Christmas. Christmas parties can either be fun and relaxing, or more formal and proper. Either way,Christmas photo's are some of the more popular photo's taken all year and are usually meant to be shared with loved ones. Plan on using lots of printing paper if you plan on hosting a Christmas Party.

Additional Props and Ideas

Bottom Line

Sparkbooth is a great way to add something special to your next children's party. Remember, a photo is one of the most cherished items that we carry with us, so when you choose to hosta party and use Sparkbooth, you are not only creating a super fun party atmosphere, you are creating memories that will last a lifetime.


Small maintenance release, changes includes:

  • Added secure Facebook login. If you use the Facebook uploader, you can setting your Facebook account to use secure login (https) with Sparkbooth. To turn on secure login, go to Facebook and sign into your account, in the upper-left select the Account menu, then Account Settings, and then Account Security. In the Account Security section, you can switch on https which will encrypt your sign in information.
  • Cleaned up camera sound
  • Upload log is now split by day

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This is a maintenance release for:

  • Fix About screen on start up even though printer and uploader does not need configuring
  • Move photo booth statistics to About screen for easy viewing
  • Option to not display printer setup or About screen configuration on start up. Go to Settings > Options > Other, and uncheck "Enable start up configuration warnings"

Here is a great article on creating a guestbook / scrapbook using Sparkbooth by Jackki Hirahara at The DIY Guide for the Student Bride blog. She has assembled a list of materials to create her own guestbook / scrapbook with photos from her DIY photo booth for under $100.


Sparkbooth 2.5.10 and Sparkbooth PE 2.4.10 update is now available for download. This update includes:

  • Option to reset video color filter. Go to Settings > Options > Other and check the reset video color setting.
  • Option to change font size of on-screen messages. Go to Settings > On Screen Messages and use the Message Font Size slider.
  • Ability to cancel a photo session using ctrl-Z or cmd-Z. Go to Settings > Options > Other to enable this new feature.
  • Done message display time is adjustable. Go to Settings > Options > Count Down and Timing
  • Add status indicators to About screen to show if printing and uploader is ready and configured.
  • Add notification if background or overlay image is different size than photo layout.
  • Fix upload complete message for custom uploader.
  • Fix saving of Flicker caption message.

Photo booth photos from business event

The way you choose to promote your business or event is critical, and can be the deciding factor for how successful your business and/or event will be. Your goal is to reach your target audience and in today's quickly changing world using social media for promotional reasons is easily one of the best choices you can make. For example, you can use Facebook or Twitter to build your very own social network in order to promote your business or a special event. Although these avenues provide a fantastic way in which you can promote your particular event, you should realize that there is a way to add some additional value to this social media platform, which brings your promoting abilities to another, whole new level: Sparkbooth.

Sparkbooth's Customization and Social Media Features

  • Customize your event
    • by using the layout library. Or you can even use your own background photo.
    • by adding your own personal mp3 voice prompt.
    • by adding specific text or by placing your personal logo on the screen.
    • by choosing the size of the photos.
  • Social Media features include
    • immediately being able to share your photos with your customers and/or guests.
    • a built-in upload option for immediate posting to social networks.

Ideas for Utilizing Sparkbooth to Promote Your Next Event

There are many ways in which you can use Sparkbooth to promote your business or your next event and the following are some of the more popular options.

  • Customize the photo layout with your logo or hire a graphic designer to create an attention getting photo layout background.
  • Use the photo sharing feature to upload and share photos on Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter.
  • Twitter uploader can help increase the number of followers to your Twitter account.
  • Facebook uploader can post to your business or event's Facebook page, helping to increase the number of "Likes" for your page.
  • Use the name and email prompt to collect emails for mailing lists.
  • Print cards with the url to your Twitter or Facebook page so guest can visit to pick up or view photos after the event. Hand out these cards as guest leave the photo booth.

Examples of Sparkbooth Being Utilized at Events

The word of using Sparkbooth to promote your business or next event is spreading fast and we are happy to share how some people are currently using Sparkbooth in order to promote their particular business or special event.

Tron guy in Nerderizer 5000 photo booth

The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge

The Nerdery organized a 24-hour event with web professionals volunteers who donated their development services to 39 nonprofit organizations. To provide some fun for volunteers and to include people online, they created the Nerderizer 5000 Photo Booth and set Sparkbooth to upload photos to their Facebook page for the event.

Big Ben Tavern Grand Opening

This business provided a Sparbooth photo booth at their grand opening. They customized the layout with their logo, a QR link to view the photos, and the creative message "Look! Proof I was at Big Ben Tavern's Grand Opening". Sparkbooth was configured to upload photos to Mobypicture where customer can find and repost/retweet their photos. http://www.mobypicture.com/user/Scenemag/

Kaldi Coffee and Tea

Setup Sparkbooth in shop for their customers. This is a great way to get customers to retweet photos, which links back to your business's Twitter account. http://twitpic.com/photos/4coffee2Kaldi

Kanuhawaii.org

A non-profit for Hawaii environmental and cultural causes. They were the first non-profit to use Sparkbooth for collecting names and emails at their events. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQmLwdm_sEA

Médiathèque François Mitterrand's Festival des arts mêlés

A French arts festival near Paris that provides a Sparkbooth photo booth uploading to Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/58958253@N08/

The Arizona Museum for Youth

Uses Sparkbooth to promote museum events. They also use Sparkbooth's Flickr upload feature in order to customize the photo layout with their event logo along with the museum address and url. http://www.flickr.com/photos/azmuseum4youth/

Vindicat Lustrum

A celebration in the Netherlands that uses Sparkbooth's Twitrpix uploader to post photos to their Twitter feed. http://blog.twitrpix.com/2010/07/vindicat-lustrum-netherlands-12000-poses-in-12-days/

Dutch Festival

Uses Sparkbooth with Twitrpix. https://twitter.com/CityofTalent

uShip

An online shipping marketplace that used Sparkbooth and Twitpic uploader to get noticed at SXSW. http://twitpic.com/photos/uShip

Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

Features some of the best acts in theatre, music, dance and art and used Sparkbooth with Posterous. The festival logo was used as a background for the photo layout and in their photo booth background.

The photo booth is used by guests at the festival and then after the festival they can find and share their photos at http://goloopy.posterous.com/. This is the second year they have used Sparkbooth at the festival

By utilizing the unique twist of Sparkbooth and its fun features, you are choosing to use one of the newest ways to promote your business or special event. Stand out from the rest and let Sparkbooth take your business or event to a new level and remember... a picture is worth a thousand words.


Easter photobooth props

Easter themed photo booth props:

Photo backgrounds:

  • Use Easter flowers like Daffodils, Hyacinth, and Easter Lilies
  • Images of baby lamb, chicks, and rabbits
  • Images of Marshmallow Peeps, Chocolate Bunnies, and other Easter candies
  • DIY Easter Photo Backdrop article

GraphicRiver is also a great source for professionally created graphics which you can use for your Easter themed photo layouts.


St. Patrick

St. Patrick's Day is coming up! Here are some St. Patrick themed props and ideas for your photo booth:


  • Facebook uploader logout button now clears browser session, so login form will be display the next time you need to log into Facebook. Deleting Facebook permissions is no longer needed to change login.
  • Revert back to new Facebook login form now that Facebook has fix their permission page.
  • Photo saving check if file path exists before saving. If path does not exist, photo will be saved to default "sparkbooth" folder in Documents folder.
  • Photo color names (Color, Black & White, Sepia, Fotomatic) can now be changed. Select F1 for Settings > select Options tab > select On Screen Messages in list.