Choosing the best photo booth app for iPad in 2021

It’s not 2015 anymore: now there are many different photo booth apps for iPad available. Some are inexpensive, others cost a lot. The list of features is huge, and it’s hard to compare apples-to-apples. Which photo booth app is best for you?

There’s no simple answer. You are already on the path of researching different photo booth software options because your needs and budget are unique. We think our extensive feature list speaks for itself, but we often get asked “if we don’t use Wifibooth, what do you recommend?”. We want you to have an awesome photo booth setup no matter what, so we decided to tackle this question!

To keep the length of this article reasonable we chose to limit the discussion to iPad apps. But you could also consider the PC platform, with Darkroom and Breeze being popular options on PC.

Pro or DIY?

If you’re researching apps for your own wedding or just a one-off event then there are plenty of cheap DIY apps available on the App Store, like Pocketbooth. You should also consider that a few pro apps offer per-event pricing, which is a great way to get pro level quality at a DIY price! We found single event offers from Curator (pricing), PicPic Social (pricing), and Snappic (pricing). Also take a look at Darkroom Booth for iPad, which is usable at your event without paying to unlock the extra features and includes email.

If you want to earn money with your photo booth then you need to be looking at pro apps, because it doesn’t only matter if you are satisfied with the photo booth. It matters if your guests will be happy and excited. This article will focus on pro apps, which are tailored to thrill the broadest demographic your guests could encompass. We also assume that you want to run the booth as part (or all) of your business, rather than just a one/two-time thing you’re thinking about.

Money money money

Let’s focus on the cost of operating the app. All of the professional photo booth apps require a subscription (not a one-time purchase), so we’ll discuss the operating cost in price per month. The photo booth app market has three distinct price ranges that each app & plan falls into:
$20 – $50 per month, $60 – $100 per month, and $150+ per month.

We try to keep this page up to date, but prices and features can change at any time. If you notice an error, please let us know on the Wifibooth Community forums!

$20-$50 per month

In this range you can find the following options:

All of these apps take photos, GIFs, and boomerangs. But beyond that, these apps & plans have significant differences.

  • SMS & Email: Darkroom Booth for iPad and Salsa Plus include both; LumaBooth and Breeze have additional costs
  • Printing: Breeze Booth for iPad and LumaBooth include printing, Salsa Plus does not. Darkroom Booth for iPad does print, but using an iOS multi step pop-up experience that might be an issue for your guests
  • Cloud Storage: Darkroom Booth for iPad and Breeze Booth for iPad include Dropbox integration, Salsa Plus and LumaBooth do not
  • Green Screen: LumaBooth appears to be the only app here including Green Screen but we were unable to test it. Darkroom Booth for iPad does offer it, but we understood this offering to be at an additional cost.
  • Online galleries aka micro-sites: Salsa Plus includes basic online gallery functionality, LumaBooth and Darkroom appear to have additional costs
  • The design and appearance of these apps vary wildly. We think Salsa Plus is nicer to use, but that’s just our taste — yours will be different!

In this cheapest price bracket the main features that are missing are around social integration (ie. sharing directly to Facebook or Twitter), and post-event management (analytics, client features, etc). However, LumaBooth gets the win here for including sharing to Twitter in their offering!

$60-$100 per month

In this bracket your options include:

Stepping up to this price point means that all offerings additionally include printing, SMS, email, and an online gallery. Noteworthy differences include:

  • Data capture: You get access to the email addresses & phone numbers your guests enter (“data capture”) if you’re using Salsa Pro or PicPic Social Growth. We’re not sure about the others, and we think you’ll need this functionality sooner than later… it seems weird to us that you’d pay for an app but not have access to information your guests enter.
  • Animated overlay options: Salsa Pro and Simple Booth Lite include them, SnapPic Pro does not. If you think your guests will mostly be taking or printing photos then you don’t really need this feature.
  • Restrictions on number of events per month: PicPic Social Starter and Growth have restrictions, the others do not. We think it’s weird that you might only be allowed to use an app that you’re paying for per month, but PicPic Social has considerable strengths to consider.
  • Social: PicPic Social and SnapPic Pro have better social features like posting photos on Twitter or Facebook
  • Cloud storage: Salsa Pro includes a Dropbox integration, none of the others do

$150+ per month

In this bracket your options include:

At this top price point the options have more differences than similarities. Here are a few noteworthy ones:

  • Social: PicPic Social and Simple Booth have more social sharing features (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Client-facing features: Simple Booth and SnapPic have more client-facing features that matter after the event, such as a client portal & reports for clients
  • Account representative: Curator and Simple Booth include one, which might be important if you get stuck or have custom hardware or software integration requirements
  • Surveys: Curator and SnapPic offer them, which you can use to collect important information from your guests during the event
  • PicPic Social does not appear to offer any cloud storage options like Dropbox

Phew, what else?

It’s worth noting that a feature checklist on one website is hard to compare to a checklist on another website. For example, when one app says “Green Screen” they might mean that you need to lug around a green-colored backdrop and put this up to get the green screen effect. This is called chromakey, an old technology you might be familiar with from the weather channel. Other apps might write “Green Screen” to refer to newer technology that doesn’t require any background at all to achieve the same effect. Some might require specific hardware, such as an iPad with a TrueDepth camera (such as any iPad with Face ID).  Think about what you need to carry around, how it packs up, and how hard it is to set up.

You should also think about what the best photo booth app for you should do, regardless of what’s available. Try thinking about this while you’re not looking at your screen! Got some ideas? We’ll help you: none of the options discussed on this page offer integration with Google Drive or Google Photos, and none of them can connect to a remote iPhone to use its rear camera for superior image quality. We also don’t see any options on this list that can connect to your Canon, Sony, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, or Fuji DSLR / camera.

The best photo booth app has the best support

Photo booths do a zillion things, which means eventually something will not work the way you want it to. When that happens you will need support. Different apps provide different support options. Every app offers some form of online support, but not all of them respond within the crucial few hours between now and your event taking place later this evening. Make sure you work out what support you are entitled to before you make a purchase, and check that it works the way it is advertised.

Are you going to grow?

If you end up growing to the point where you have multiple photo booths all operating at events simultaneously, then you need to be aware of how your app’s plan will work. For example if you are paying $99/month, can you run two events at the same time, or do you need to buy another license for the second iPad?

For most of the apps and plans mentioned you only get one device per license, but additional device licenses are cheaper than the first. Darkroom Booth for iPad is the clear winner here, allowing up to 10 devices to be in use at once on a single license. LumaBooth allows 2, and the Curator Agency Pro plan offers 2 (but is considerably more expensive). PicPic Social is different: since this app limits the number of events per month, it does not limit the number of devices per license.

Don’t focus only on the cost

A photo booth app that has all of the features but is hard to use or looks aesthetically displeasing will not give your business the professional appearance you want. You need to get to know your event guests: at some events, anything that works will do. Other types of events or groups of people can be much more discerning, and would be discouraged by ugly software or booth hardware. You need to know what you are targeting and buy your photo booth app accordingly.

Don’t rush the decision

Once your photo booth business gets going you are going to have zero time to reconsider this decision. You’re going to be incredibly busy, in a good way! But you won’t want to make this decision again. Take your time to think about the features you need. You need to plan how many events per month you expect, so that you can work out what your budget for the app is.

Try before you buy

This might seem obvious but you’d be surprised how many people pay a lot of money for a photo booth app they have never tried before. All of the apps here let you try them without paying, although some make you enter payment information and an “unless you cancel” commitment in order to start. Shop around! Don’t buy the first one you try. Try a few different apps because each has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Wrapping up

Here’s a list of features we think are important to think about. You do not need all of them and this list doesn’t cover all the features that are out there, but sometimes just having a list is helpful.

  • MP4s/GIFs/Boomerangs
  • White label (skin, logo)
  • SMS
  • Email
  • Data capture (emails, #s)
  • Online gallery, Micro-site
  • Offline Queue
  • Printing
  • Regular overlays
  • Animated Overlays
  • Green Screen
  • Custom URL (for galleries etc)
  • Digital props (AR)
  • Event syncing (cloud management of events)
  • GDPR / Disclaimer
  • Instagram upload
  • Instagram download
  • Twitter upload
  • Twitter download
  • Facebook upload
  • Dropbox
  • Google Photos / Drive
  • Post-event email to guests
  • Analytics
  • Reports for clients
  • Client portal
  • Surveys
  • Account Rep

If you’re looking for more information on how to setup the perfect photo booth then please check out our other articles.

Did you know we have extensive videos and help articles to get you started with your photo booth as quickly as possible? We respond within hours on the Wifibooth Community, and we love hearing about what you’re building & dreaming about!

This article is for informational purposes only. Only information publicly available on the internet was used to compile the information in this article. We make no guarantees of any information or prices contained in this article – you need to check before you purchase.

12 easy ways to maximize your photo booth profitability in 2021

Photo booths are a fantastic way to earn more revenue at every event, increase your brand exposure, and make your guests happy. So what’s the best way of setting up a photo booth and your photo booth app?

Lighting is Everything

It doesn’t matter if you have the best software and the best camera, you can still end up with terrible photos if your lighting isn’t great.

To start, decide if you will have:

  • Constant lighting, like an LED light panel, or,
  • Strobe / flash lighting, like a flash as shown in the photo above

If you bought a photo booth setup from a company like Photo Booth International, LA Photo Party, or Atlanta Photo Booth, then it likely came with the lighting included. Use what you have!

Constant lighting is the easiest because because the light is always on. This means you don’t have to synchronize the lights to the camera. You need to use constant lighting if you’re using the iPad camera to take the photos. You also need to use constant lighting when your connected camera is showing the live-view and is unable to expose the live-view differently than the photos. In general a Canon xxxD (like the 750D) has this issue but a Canon xxD (like the 80D) does not. This means that if you want live-view then the Canon 80D could use strobe/flash but the 750D cannot.

Strobe / flash lighting (as seen in the photo above) produces a more studio-like effect, with strong contrast and the ability to “freeze” motion. This is great for when your guests decide to jump or move quickly. To use strobe lighting you need to sync the flash with the camera that you’re using, just like you would do when you take photos with the flash. Your photo booth software needs to support connecting to your camera for this to be possible.

Where you position the light is important

If you’re using constant lighting then you probably need most or all of the light directly facing the guests. You should try placing a second light at 45 degrees to increase contrast. This means that the light is hitting the guests from the side. This will bring out the details because it will create minor shadows on the face. Play with it! A small change in the position of your lighting can have a big effect on the way your guests see the photos.

A setup with one light that’s 45 degrees from the camera

The same goes for strobe/flash lighting: consider having the main light about 30 to 45 degrees away from the camera, hitting the guests on an angle. In the photo above that’s what was used – about 40 degrees to the left (from the camera’s perspective).

Which iPad should you buy?

Yes, that super old iPad that your kids have beat up might still work, but it isn’t going to give the professional appearance you want for your business. The best reason to buy a newer iPad is that the quality of the front-facing cameras has improved greatly over time. Also, the introduction of the TrueDepth camera has allowed booth software to do awesome things with computational photography. For that reason we highly recommend the iPad Pro line with FaceID, because these are the only iPads that have the TrueDepth camera. At the time of writing the two size options are 11″ and 12.9″, and both are great!

Which App should you buy?

Obviously we’re biased, but we want you to be aware of all of the alternatives. Check out this article we wrote discussing all of the different aspects of the available photo booth apps and plans.

Camera orientation: landscape or portrait?

If you’re going to crop the photos to square then you don’t care – skip this section. Otherwise, you need to decide if the camera is going to be portrait orientation (up/down), or landscape (left/right). There’s no right answer, it depends on the event. If you’re going to have large groups taking photos, meaning each group is likely to have more than 5 people, then you should use landscape (left/right) to make sure everyone fits in the photo. Otherwise use portrait (up/down), so that you can get the full body of the guests in the photo. People care about their shoes, especially at weddings!

Green Screen

Green screen means that the photo booth software will change the background behind the guests. The older method of green screen is chromakey, which requires a green-colored backdrop behind the guests. The newer method uses computational photography to replace the background without any colored backdrop at all. It’s far easier to use because you don’t have to buy or carry around green-colored backdrops. The photo booth app for iPad Wifibooth supports this newer method with its SceneSelect feature. SceneSelect even allows guests to pick a photo for the background when they take their pictures.

Booth placement

Where should you put the booth? If you’re using strobe/flash lighting, then some guests might be annoyed if where they are sitting for most of the event is constantly bombarded by flashes. In this case consider moving the booth further away from where guests are seated. Otherwise, you don’t want the booth to be too far away: out of sight is out of mind. Your booth will only be successful if people actually find it and use it! Putting the photo booth in its own room (away from the guests) is a bad idea: it won’t get used. Try and put the booth somewhere where the guests already need to be, ie. on the way to the room/area where dessert is served.

Ideally you should have a space at least 2 meters (6 feet) wide and 3 meters (9 feet) deep for your photo booth. This gives guests the space to walk around the booth. You also need to think about kids running around and drunk guests rushing to the booth. More space means your guests are less likely to bump into your equipment and knock something over. If you have props on a table you need to make sure you have a space that’s big enough. Make sure the guests can easily grab the props between shots. A table just on the side of the booth is one way to do this.

Buy some props

Real booth props are an easy and cheap way to ratchet up your guests’ excitement in the booth! Digital props are cool, but a lot of guests will get a kick out of a good old moustache on a stick. You can buy these props in many places including cheap options from Amazon, Etsy, and Ebay. The trick is to order a few sets from different sellers, and find one that you think is good quality for the cost. You’ll be re-ordering them from time to time, because props don’t last forever: they get stolen and broken. It helps to have a reliable seller you can re-order from quickly!

Get a printer

In today’s digital world you might not think printing is necessary, but prints from your booth are your best way of being remembered. Prints are the most important brand exposure you’ll get from the event. These prints will get put on refrigerator doors, pinned on boards, stuck on walls, etc. That’s your logo and your brand in someone’s home, with a strong associated positive memory (ie. “that was a fun wedding!”). This directly translates to more callbacks and more revenue! It’s important to spend the money and get a great printer for your photo booth.

Make sure your photo booth software supports printing because not all of them do. The iPad photo booth app Wifibooth can print to any AirPrint printer or server, and also to DNP WPS products.

If your booth setup came with a printer then you are set. Otherwise, there are basically two options:

  • Cheap & small printers, like the Canon Selphy series
  • Dye-sublimation (aka dye sub) printers, like those made by DNP, HiTi,
    and Mitsubishi

Get a dye sub printer

Unless your budget cannot stretch, getting a dye sub printer is definitely the option to choose. The primary reasons to get a dye sub printer are:

  • Speed, because dye sub printers are much faster than regular printers
  • Paper capacity, because you don’t have time to constantly be refilling empty paper trays
  • Professional quality prints that don’t smudge or smear if guests have sweaty hands when they pick them up

An excellent printer to consider is the new DNP QW410, which is affordable, small, lighter than most dye sub printers,  supports strip photo printing & cutting, and can optionally be battery powered. You’ll need to buy the optional wireless dongle so that your iPad can print to it.

You need to choose whether your booth prints single large photos (ie. 4×6″), or traditional “strip” photos (a series of 3 photos in a photo strip). If you’re opting for the strip photos then you need to make sure your printer supports cutting the paper for the strips. You don’t want to leave this as an exercise for your guests: scissors and alcohol are not a good combination.

For reviews on dye sublimation printers, check out this article on Lifewire or this article on prizedreviews.

Think about how your guests will get digital copies of their photos

There are a lot of ways for your guests to get their photos. You need to make sure that your business & brand are benefitting from the additional exposure. Obvious options include making sure your photo booth software is configured to send E-mail and SMS (texts). You’ll be collecting e-mail addresses which you can use to market to later on (assuming that you collected the required consent from your guests to contact them). You should also consider using cloud storage options such as Dropbox, because this will be great for the guests who want to see all of the photos (not just their own).

We suggest setting the photo booth app to upload your photos to Dropbox, and then configuring the emails sent from the app to include the link to the Dropbox album. That way guests can get the link to the entire album, which means they do not have to enter their email address more than once. It also lets them see the whole set of photos which is often more exciting than just seeing a single photo.

Think about how your guests will discover what you really do

You should consider configuring your booth software to post the photos to social media like Facebook. Decent photo booth software like Wifibooth can post your photos directly to the Facebook Page that you choose without needing a computer or a micro-site, so make an event Page before your event. If you have your guests get their photos from social media, then they will see your business and what you really do. By directing your guests to your Facebook Page you can make sure they see all of the amazing work you’re doing. This is a great way of pairing the personal on-site experience they have with you at the event with your professional brand & business.

Make sure your guests are informed and consent to their photos being posted on Facebook. Remember, these photos are publicly accessible. If there’s going to be a lot of alcohol involved then consider turning off any integration that posts the photos publicly. You can always review them later and post them manually. This prevents embarrassing photos getting posted which could be a huge headache for you later.

If you’re looking for more information on how to setup the perfect photo booth, or if you want to compare different photo booth software to figure out which is the best for you, then please check out our other articles.

Did you know we have extensive videos and help articles to get you started with your photo booth as quickly as possible? We respond within hours on the Wifibooth Community, and we love hearing about what you’re building & dreaming about!

Seasonal revenue increases of $25K or more: Boost your event photography business with this simple value added service

You’ve worked hard. You’re booked almost every weekend. You’ve raised your prices several times. How do you continue to grow your revenue as a growing professional photographer?

There are only so many Saturdays in a year, and your partner has pointed out that you need to spend non-zero time with them.

There are a couple of popular options:

  • Niche: Become a top talent in a particular photographic niche in your area
  • Agency: Hire assistants, grow them into photographers, incorporate
  • Attached services: Add additional services to your offerings so that you earn more at every event

The first two are difficult. It takes a lot of time and effort to figure out what your local market is missing and then to become a top talent in it. Hiring anyone has a certain amount of risk that you might have good reasons not to take on.

Attaching services will leverage the client relationships you already have

So how do you attach services to your photography business and make more money?

It comes down to what you’re good at. If you’re into music or you find yourself putting together playlists that others like, then offering lightweight DJ services could be a great fit for you. If you’re naturally well-organized, a touch trendy, and know how to be firm when you need to be, then offering event planning services alongside your photography services is an option.

The easiest service for any photographer to add is a photo booth. Photo booths can cost the event host upwards of $1000+ to rent for an evening. If that $1000 is paid to you and you’re shooting 26 Saturdays this year, that’s $26k of additional revenue.

Why would the event host hire you and not a specialized photo booth company?

Here’s why: when you’re shooting a wedding, a party, or any other event, the person hosting the event has already taken the risk of hiring you. What if you get sick, or don’t show up for some reason? They’ve already decided that you’re trustworthy. If the host needs to find another company and hire someone else to provide a photo booth, then they have to take that risk again. That’s why leveraging your existing client relationships to add services will work so well: having you provide the booth means one less person/company the host has to worry about.

Leveraging the value of the relationships you already have with your clients gives you a huge advantage over your competitors for offering additional services.

Be seen, be known

Another huge reason for photographers to offer a photo booth is the brand exposure. Your guests will see you at the event, but will they think of you afterwards? The best way for a guest to remember you is when they look at the printed photo-strip on their refrigerator door. They’ll have a happy memory, and then see your logo right at the bottom of the photo-strip. The best brand exposure is having your product inside people’s homes, associated with a strong positive memory! You will get more callbacks because more people will remember that you were good, and also remember your name too.

If your brand is associated with positive memories and constantly seen, you will get more leads and increase your revenue.

Don’t do it alone

You don’t have to do everything yourself. You don’t have to spend your time at the event fussing over the photo booth — indeed, you shouldn’t. Your top skills are about taking great photos of the moment, so you need to be free to do that. That’s why most photographers hire an assistant or student to handle setup & teardown of the photobooth. You should be able to easily find a minimum-wage student. Students are happy to have a simple paid gig, but also to be able to learn from you. Even if you do pay someone, you’re still going to make a large profit on the photo booth at every single event.

Photo booths pay for themselves within two events. They often earn you profit during the first event itself!

It’s easier than you think to start

You already have the knowledge you need because you already know how cameras & lighting work. If you are staying at the event until the end, or you have an assistant who stays after you leave, then you’ve already got the person-power. The software that runs a photo booth has improved a lot in the last few years, so you no longer need to be a tech expert. No computer required, no software know-how. It’s now super easy to setup your photo booth & for the guests to use it. Wifibooth runs on any iPad and is free to try including all features. This means you can try it on any iPad without a commitment.

You probably already have most of the equipment you need. That older DSLR you’re keeping around as a spare body will work with Wifibooth if it has wifi. If you have a newer iPad then the front camera will be fine for a photo booth if you provide decent lighting. Using the front camera of an iPad with FaceID means you get the benefit of computational photography, because the app can use both the regular camera and the depth camera (TrueDepth) to create amazing effects.


Photo credit: James @ thislovestudio.com

If you’re looking for more information on how to setup the perfect photo booth, or if you want to compare different photo booth software to figure out which is the best for you, then please check out our other articles.

Did you know we have extensive videos and help articles to get you started with your photo booth as quickly as possible? We respond within hours on the Wifibooth Community, and we love hearing about what you’re building & dreaming about!

How to Connect to your Camera

This article is about connecting an external camera to your iPad/iPhone. You can also connect from your iPad to an iPhone, to use the iPhone’s camera – read more here.

Is your Camera Supported?

Please check the list of supported cameras to make sure the camera you are using is supported by Wifibooth.

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Optimal iPad Settings

Make sure your iPad is fully charged, and plugged in. When the battery is low, iOS can throttle the wifi, which causes disconnections, lags, poor live view performance, and all kinds of other issues. Even if the iPad is plugged in, a low battery can still cause all of these issues. Turn on wifi, and bluetooth also! Make sure low power mode is turned off (if your device supports it — most iPads do not), and check that you have lots of free storage space (>500MB).

When was the last time your iPad was turned all the way off? If you can’t remember, do it now: hold down the power button, swipe -> off, then turn it back on again. This is especially helpful if you experience connectivity issues (to the camera, or from remotes).

Is your iPad in a case? Take it out and see if it performs better! Cases have a negative impact on wifi. How much negative impact depends on the case, so experiment without it and see if you get better performance.

Optimal Camera Settings

Use a fast memory card, not your old crummy one! Wifibooth hammers your camera with requests as fast as it can handle, to prevent your event guests waiting for the camera. A slower memory card can cause your camera to get confused and drop requests, resulting in missed photos in the app.

Start with a formatted memory card for best results! Wifibooth will connect to your camera faster if there are just a few photos on the card (ie. format it, then take one photo).

Panasonic & Olympus camera users: you must take at least one photo after formatting the card, or, make sure there’s at least one photo already on the camera.

If you experience the camera continually connecting & disconnecting: try formatting the card, taking one photo manually (using the camera not the app), then connect to Wifibooth

Use manual focus if possible, especially on the Canon 1300D aka T6. Autofocus failures can lead to long delays (stuck on the pink circle / donut screen) and can make people think the app has crashed. If your camera has unreliable autofocus performance (Canon 1300D, low-end DSLRs like the Nikon D3000 series, certain mirrorless cameras), then autofocus should be avoided. You need to turn off autofocus in two places: on the camera (ie. set the lens or camera to MF), and in Wifibooth (in the event settings -> taking photos, turn off autofocus). The Canon 1300D will often fail to take any photo when there is just a hint of focus ambiguity, so for this camera autofocus should be turned off.

If you are using autofocus, choose a focus point on the camera where there is high contrast, such as where people’s faces will be, or where a bright area meets a dark area. If you’re testing wifibooth on your desk, make sure you point the camera at a real subject that’s a proper distance from the camera.

Super huge photos will crash your iPad, so use JPG ‘Small’ or ‘Medium’. Make sure your camera is set to store JPGs at a size as close to your printing resolution as possible, which is by default 1800 x 1200 pixels (6″ paper size width x 300DPI = 1800 pixels width). It is safe to set your camera to store both RAW+JPG – RAW files will not be downloaded. With RAW+JPG you still have the originals, and Wifibooth is able to process the JPGs quickly.

Getting your camera ready for wifi

If you have already connected your mobile phone or iPad to your camera using your camera’s official app, then you already know this procedure. The difference is that you might need to instruct your camera to allow a new app to connect (ie. forget the last connection to the official app). If you have never connected your camera to an app before, then please consult the documentation that came with your camera to learn how to do this. Your camera should be waiting for a connection.

If you have a Fuji camera and you experience problems connecting, then turn the camera OFF, turn it back on again, open wireless mode on the camera, and once the camera is waiting for a connection hit the ‘MENU/OK’ button to forget the last pairing. You might need to do this even if Wifibooth was the last app that connected.

If you have a Canon or Panasonic camera, then you have the choice of having the camera connect to a wifi hotspot or router (“infrastructure mode”), or, you can connect the wifi of your iPhone or iPad to the camera (“camera mode”). Please note that infrastructure mode is highly recommended. Canon users, please read more hereTo get to infrastructure mode on a Panasonic, while the camera is showing the wifi animation and is expecting a connection, at the bottom you should see “DISP. Change method”. Hit the Disp. button, then choose “via network”.

If you have a Sony camera, then you almost certainly need to update the firmware and the smart remote app in order for wifibooth to be able to connect. Please note that updating the firmware and the smart remote app are two separate steps. Sony users, please read more here

Connecting Wifibooth to your camera

First, connect the wifi of your iOS device to either the camera directly (all camera models except Canon), or to the same router/hotspot that your camera is connected to (Canon cameras in infrastructure mode)

Next, open Wifibooth and touch the camera icon at the top-left of the start screen:

In the camera popup, double-check that the wifi is connected to where you expect it to be. Then, touch the “Camera with Wifi” option:

Wifibooth will look for cameras continuously while the “Camera with Wifi” option is selected. Please note that you might need to complete the pairing on the camera, ie. your camera may ask you if Wifibooth should be allowed to connect.

Nikon camera users: sometimes it can take longer (1-2 minutes) than expected for the initial connection to some Nikon cameras, notably the Nikon D750.

If you still have trouble connecting, please follow these steps: Go to Settings App -> Wifibooth, turn on the setting “Slow camera”. Restart Wifibooth (if it is running, kill it), then try to connect Wifibooth again. This is necessary for some cameras, notably Fuji cameras such as the Fuji X-T30.

If you see an error message from Wifibooth, such as the session being rejected by the camera, just wait a minute — Wifibooth will automatically try again. If you experience issues, switch the camera back to the device camera, then back to “Camera with Wifi” again.

Once connected, you can use the small camera button in the camera popup to take a test photo. Test photos are not saved.

If your camera gets disconnected, ie. because you have to swap the battery, Wifibooth should automatically reconnect.

Using SoloLink with Wifibooth to connect your iPhone camera to your iPad

Please note: The BluePrint app was renamed to SoloLink in August of 2019

SoloLink is a free app designed to work with Wifibooth. You can get it here: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id1127641254

Prefer to watch a video instead of reading? Use the Related Video link above. Note that the video refers to the older BluePrint app, which was renamed SoloLink.

Overview

To use SoloLink you need two iOS devices: one with Wifibooth or SoloLink (2a or 2b), and one with SoloLink (1). The most common configuration is Wifibooth on an iPad (2a) and SoloLink on an iPhone (1).

With SoloLink you either share the camera to the other device (1), or, you share a printer and internet access (2).

Which?

If you want to connect Wifibooth to a remote iPhone’s camera with SoloLink (1), keep reading.
If you want to use SoloLink to share a printer or internet access to Wifibooth (2), please see this article instead.

Why?

SoloLink sharing an iPhone camera to Wifibooth on an iPad

A rear-facing iPhone camera is much higher quality than any iPad camera. For this reason alone, using the iPhone camera remotely from the iPad makes sense. But if you have an iPhone with dual cameras (iPhone 8+ or newer), you can also use SoloLink to create effects like green screen (aka magic screen), where the background is replaced even without having a professional/green backdrop behind the guests.

Requirements

  • iOS 12 or newer on both your iPad & iPhone
  • SoloLink installed on your iPhone. It’s free, no sign-up required. App store link: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id1127641254
  • Keep both apps, SoloLink and Wifibooth, updated to the newest versions available on the App Store

To connect your iPhone & iPad:

  1. First, either connect both devices to the same wifi network, or have the iPad connect to your iPhone’s personal hotspot (this will also mean the iPad has internet access, which is necessary for live emails / uploads). Your iPad & iPhone will also connect to each other if wifi is on and both devices are not connected to any network.
  2. On your iPad, in Wifibooth, open the camera popup (near the top-left of the app), and select “Remote iPhone”
  3. On your iPhone, open SoloLink and touch the button to share the camera
  4. Your iPad will find the iPhone and attempt to connect. Your iPhone will ask you for permission for the iPad to connect: grant it with “Always Allow”

That’s it!

On your iPhone, SoloLink offers you the following features:

  • Green Screen effect (replaces the background with a different background). Note that this is only supported on dual-camera devices at least as new as the iPhone 8 Plus, ie. iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or newer. To activate this feature, hit the “Select…” button to choose a new background image. Note: the green-screen effect will only be applied when a person’s face is detected in the frame, and the lighting is good
  • Video resolution: choose the resolution of the live-view feed being sent to your other device. This has no effect on the photos taken. If you experience issues with the live-view / video feed looking blocky or breaking up, then lower the resolution to 480.
  • Flash: choose whether the iPhone flash will fire when a photo is taken
  • Exposure controls: you can lock or unlock the exposure (so that the camera doesn’t change its brightness), and also apply an exposure compensation to make it brighter or darker
  • Save photos to camera roll: by default, all photos taken will be saved to the camera roll on your iPhone. If you don’t want this, set it to “No”.

To conserve your iPhone’s battery, SoloLink will detect when it hasn’t taken a photo in a while, and reduce the frame-rate of the live-video it is sending. As soon as another photo is asked to be taken, or you interact with Wifibooth’s camera controls on the other end, the frame-rate will be reset to its normal rate.

Printing with Wifibooth

Wifibooth is built to get your guests’ creations printed out as quickly and easily as possible!

Prefer to watch a video instead of reading? Use the Related Video link above.

If your iPad is connected directly to your camera’s wifi (ie. your camera is making the wifi hotspot that you connect to), then your printer and your iPad are NOT on the same wifi network, because your camera will only let the iPad connect. This means you won’t be able to add the printer directly in Wifibooth – nothing will show up in the list of printers.

So what can you do?

First, if you’re lucky enough to have a camera that supports connecting to other wifi networks, like Canon and Panasonic cameras, then you can use “infrastructure mode” wifi to tell your camera to connect to a wifi router instead. That’ll mean that you end up with your iPad, camera, and printer all on the same wifi network. Learn more about connecting your Canon camera to a router here.

If you don’t have a camera that can connect to other wifi networks, don’t sweat it! That’s why SoloLink was created. SoloLink (formerly called BluePrint) is a free app that lets you use a second iOS device, usually your iPhone (even an old one will work!), to share your printer and internet via bluetooth. Go to the SoloLink article to learn more.

Printer Settings

There are two places in Wifibooth where there are settings that affect printing: on the printer page itself, and in the event settings.

After you connect a printer, you can see the printer settings on the printer page. Here you can set the following:

  • Whether the guest can print from the gallery screen. If your guests are printing too many photos, try turning this off.
  • The text the user sees after printing. For example, you can tell your guests to write something under the photo or print an extra copy for the bride
  • Insets. These are very small adjustments to the printed image, in case you have a printer that “zooms” (overscans) everything that it prints. Canon Selphy printers are infamous for doing this. If you’re finding that your logo gets cut at the bottom or top of the print, try using the following inset settings for your Canon Selphy printer: Left 32, Right 37, Top 52, Bottom 55. Thanks to Wifibooth Community user Cranfan for these

The other page of settings that matters for printing is the Layout & Collages settings page, which is found in event settings. Here you can set the following:

  • The orientation for collages. This defaults to automatic, which means Wifibooth will guess the best orientation based on the photos selected for printing. Important: if your printer cuts the paper itself, choose “2 Strips”. If your printer is a roll printer, meaning the paper comes in a roll instead of in sheets, then select “1 Strip Roll Printer”.
  • Size. This has two important impacts: the aspect ratio of the collages, and the resolution of photos that Wifibooth creates. The default is 4×6″. If your printer is loaded with 5×7″ paper, things are not going to look good! Set this to the right size for the paper in your printer. Together with the DPI setting, this setting controls the resolution (pixels) of photos when they are printed: at the default of 4×6 at 300 DPI, the resolution of created photos is (4 x 300) by (6 x 300) pixels = 1800x1200 pixels for a photo in landscape orientation.
  • Borders. These allow you to customize the look of your prints – adjust them to your taste. Note that the last “photo borders” setting adds an extra border to the outer edge of each photo, whereas the other border settings simply increase the spacing to let the background show through.
  • Background. You can choose a background color, or a photo. For the photo, you can choose how it appears if it isn’t exactly the same aspect ratio as your paper size. Choose “scaled (keeping aspect ratio)” if the background photo has objects like people in it. Choose “not scaled” if you’re picking a repeating pattern etc. Note: don’t pick a huge background photo! It should be close to your printing resolution (see above). If you pick a background photo that’s too big, ie. 4000 x 3000 pixels, Wifibooth might run really slowly or even crash on older iPads.

Wifibooth In-App Purchase Plans

Trial-mode watermarks are permanent!

Before you make a purchase, Wifibooth adds watermarks to the photos. There is absolutely no way to remove these watermarks from the photos: you must purchase the app before your event. If you are seeing watermarks, do not take photos at your event! After you make a purchase, simply check that you can now take photos without watermarks being added.

Help, I am having trouble purchasing the plan I want!

Please go here.

What plans are available?

There are three plans available. Selfie and Selfie+ are one-time purchases, Pro is a subscription.

Selfie Selfie+ Pro
Take photos, GIFs, boomerangs, & videos
Direct Printing
Brand & customize the app and photos
Cloud Storage
Social integration
Share to your guests

What’s in each plan?

Selfie Selfie+ Pro
Take photos with iPad or iPhone camera, no watermarks
Use SceneSelect for green-screen effects without a special background
Connect to a remote iPhone camera using SoloLink, no watermarks
Connect to your Camera's built-in wifi, no watermarks. See list of supported cameras
Animated MP4s / GIFs are made automatically for your guests
Adjust Camera settings like photo mirroring, and Collage settings like background color or photo
All photos saved to Camera Roll
Play slideshows on Smart TVs, Apple TV, or the Soloslides App - learn more
Remote-control your iPad with iPhones, iPods, and Apple Watch to trigger your camera directly
Event Management: multiple events with different settings, photo albums, etc
Direct Printing via AirPrint, BluePrint, FTP, and to supported DNP WPS products
FTP Server: upload photos directly into the app
Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Photos, and Facebook integration: auto-upload collages, MP4s/GIFs, or all photos
Send photos via text (SMS or MMS) with Twilio
Add photos from Twitter via #yourEvent
Tweet collages to #yourEvent
Branding: add your logo to photos, to your guests' iPhone/iPod app, to emails, to the homescreen of the app
Create beautiful wordmarks without leaving the app
Email: collect email addresses, live-send email to your guests with either a Dropbox link, or the photo directly attached
Offline support: emails, texts, Facebook, Google, and Dropbox uploads will queue while your iPad is offline, automatically send once online
Available as a... One-time purchase One-time purchase Monthly or yearly subscription
PRICE - click the link to App Store listing, scroll down to Information section to see the price in your currency App Store App Store App Store

The Small Events plan was renamed to Selfie+.

The SoloLink iOS app is free: it can use your iPhone as a remote camera or share internet to Wifibooth via Bluetooth.

The SoloSlides iOS app is free, with an affordable one-time in-app purchase if you require its pro features. It displays a slideshow from Wifibooth on a second iOS device.

Please note that there may be differences between the iPad and iPhone versions of the app. Make sure you try out the features you want to use, before making a purchase.

Please don’t make a purchase until you know the app works for you.

Before you purchase the app there are no limitations beyond watermarks, the nag screen, and photo downsizing. So if the app is not connecting to your camera, or some other functionality is not how you expect, then please post on the community forums to get answers to your questions before purchasing.

Where can I see the prices of these plans?

Open the App Store listing and look in the “Information” section for the list of available In App Purchases and their prices in your currency.

What’s a subscription? Why would I want that?

The PRO plan is sold as an auto-renewing monthly or yearly subscription through Apple. Apple will automatically attempt to renew the plan 24 hours before the end of the period (so, one day less than a year after you buy it). You can cancel your subscription at any time – see the unsubscribe info at the bottom of this page.

I bought this on my iPhone, how can I get it on my iPad without paying again?

You can restore your purchase on any devices that are signed in with the same Apple ID (see Settings App -> iTunes & App Store). See the next answer for how to restore your purchase.

I had to wipe my iPad, and now my purchase is gone!

Hit the Restore Purchase button. This is located on the plans screen, which you can get to by opening Event Settings -> General page, and hitting the “Show Plans” button.

The app will check to see if you bought any plans, by connecting to Apple and examining your in-app purchases. You may be prompted to sign-in with your Apple ID. Make sure you use the same Apple ID that you used to purchase the plan! If you purchased a plan and it doesn’t restore properly, check the Apple ID you are signed in with: go to the Settings App -> iTunes & App Store and check the signed-in Apple ID there.

 

I am unable to purchase Pro or another plan, there’s an error!

If you experience an error trying to make a purchase then please try these steps before you contact us:

  1. Open Settings App, go to iTunes & App store, touch the Apple ID at the top and choose Sign Out
  2. Power the device right down – hold down power button and swipe to power off. If you have a newer device like the iPad Pro with Face ID then you need to hold down both the power and the volume up buttons at the same time.
  3. Power back on, go back to the Settings App, iTunes & App store and sign in again. Look for any errors or warnings from Apple when you sign in: you might need to update your credit-card information or re-enter your credit-card’s CVV code, or you might need to accept an updated agreement from Apple to be able to make purchases.

Now you’re ready to try purchasing Wifibooth again.
If you continue to see the error, please follow the instructions on
this Apple webpage. If you do end up needing to contact Apple Support, don’t fear – they’re very good at helping you give them your money! If all else fails, please get in contact with us on the Community and we’ll help you.

 

How do I unsubscribe from Wifibooth Pro?

Please follow this link to Apple to manage your subscriptions (including Wifibooth Pro).

You can also do this in Wifibooth: on the Wifibooth purchase screen (Event Settings -> General -> Show plans), if you have purchased Pro then at the bottom you’ll see the button “Manage Subscriptions”. When you touch that, you’ll be directed to exactly the right spot in Apple-land where you can cancel or change your subscription.