At Edinburgh University’s Veterinary School we were interested in learning more about the capabilities of Raspberry Pis, and seeing if they could be used to help our students, or streamline administrative processes. In the true spirit of hacking and making, I decided to select a project and start coding.
One requirement we have is for students and staff to upload portrait photos to their online profiles. Recently we have become increasingly reliant on people providing and uploading their own photos. In practice, these photos are often not sufficient to identify them, or are uploaded with the incorrect dimensions or file type. A useful project would be to create a self-service photo booth that could take photos for students and staff, and provide image files in the correct formats for uploading to their profiles.
After searching online, I found Chris Evans had shared instructions and code for an animated GIF photo booth he created using a Raspberry Pi (Evans), and adapted his code to serve our purposes. I am creating a blog post of instructions, and sharing our project’s code on GitHub to allow staff and students to use and extend the project.
Evans, Chris. "Raspberry Pi Photo Booth" Drumminhands Design. June 15, 2014. Accessed February 8, 2016. http://www.drumminhands.com/2014/06/15/raspberry-pi-photo-booth/