Darkroom Booth Review

Darkroom Software has made reputation for providing top notch event software for photographers all over the world.  Darkroom Core and Professional provide event photographers with both onsite and drop-ship fulfillment options.  Photo Booth software is a new area for the company.  If you have ever been on a Carnival Cruise and had your picture taken, then reviewed the image and purchased it, then you saw Darkroom Core or Professional in use.

I have used a competing product in all of our photo booths for almost a year.  The competing product is solid and reliable, but lacks a good user interface.  Often while creating photo booth strips or trying to set up start screens, I would say in my own mind “if only someone would create an easy to use photo booth software, they would be a hit”.  I had no idea that Darkroom Booth was in the works.

The Darkroom Booth software user interface mirrors the Darkroom Core and Professional presentations.  The user Interface is easy to navigate and intuitive.  The tabs across the top of the screen are easy to move through. A user of Darkroom Core or Professional user can get up to speed with a very small learning curve.

Most photo booth software requires that you are familiar with Photoshop.  Manipulation of the images is expected to be in Photoshop.  Darkroom is a bit different.  Darkroom allows you to literally drag and drop almost anything.  I have taken clip-art and created photo booth layouts and welcome screens in minutes.  I have not had to go to Photoshop at all.  The competitors work well, but to be creative you must have a good Photoshop skill set with the competing products.  My 14 year old can create great strips in Darkroom Booth.

Green Sceen is the hottest option in the photo booth business.  Darkroom Booth comes ready to employ a Green Screen.  Simply select “Chroma Key” in the images option and you are ready to shoot to Green Screen.  Video is also an option.  The video option works well and smoothly.  Video clips of up to 60 seconds can be produced with the software.

Every new piece of software has growing pains.  Darkroom Booth was no different in the early releases.  Where they are different is in that the customer care is excellent.  I feel like I have a personal customer care associate (Wally at Darkroom).  I had one of the first copies of Darkroom Booth.  When small issues such as smoothness of it’s Liveview appeared, I called Darkroom and made a report.  Within 5 days, a full update was issued with the Liveview smoothness issue resolved.  I even got a follow-up call to tell me that an update was available.  Now that is customer service.

If you want to take the customer care one step further, Wally at Darkroom actually did a takeover of my computer and gave me a full tutorial of how to use the software.  I could not believe that.  They score a 100 on the customer care side.  Additionally, a number of informative tutorials are posted by the company online.

What have we had problems with?  The command of Ctrl R is supposed to reprint.  If you have a new trainee (we did) and they hold the Ctrl R down and continue to hold it, it will reprint numerous copies.  I am going to call that user error.  One Ctrl R for each reprint is the thing to remember.  Other reprint options are available also.

Our company, MidAtlantic Photo Booths, has 4 photo booths in our company.  The number of licenses that a piece of software provides is important to our company.  A purchase of Darkroom Booth issues the purchaser 2 licenses.  The computer must be connected to the Internet in order activate or deactivate the licenses.  A number of photo booths can share a single license purchase.  We could probably juggle 6 booths on 2 licenses if we had to.

A Darkroom Booth license can be purchased from the Darkroom Software Website for $295.  If you are in the market for a quality printer, consider pairing your Darkroom Booth software with a printer from Imaging Spectrum.  Imaging Spectrum will bundle a discount for the purchase of any of the Darkroom software with the purchase of most printers.

With all of our photo booths, we have conducted over 40 events with Darkroom Booth.  We feel that we have enough field testing experience to say that we highly recommend Darkroom Booth for your photo booth business.

 

Let’s Welcome Our Newest Team Member

MidAtlantic Photo Booths is proud to announce the addition of a new team member.  Our newest addition represents our 4th photo booth to our group. Ashley Sharrock of Party-Up Entertainment has joined our team. Ashley owns and operates an Atlanta Photo Booth Party Box Photo Booth. Her equipment is state of the art with touchscreen, professional DNP printer and fully customizable presentations. Ashley’s equipment is in full unison with the other Atlanta Photo Booths in the MidAtlantic Photo Booths family. All of our photo booths blend in very well in any environment, both indoor and outdoor.

The addition of Ashley will allow our photo booths to conduct simultaneous operations in North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.   The current capacity of events during any given weekend moves up to 12.  With no shortage of assignments, Ashley will have a huge opportunity to play a key role in our brand.

Ashley comes to us with a special skill set of working with Green Screen. Green Screen adds a new dynamic to our available services. Ashley has already started to conduct operations under the MidAtlantic Photo Booths brand. Recently, Ashley was assigned provide photo booth services at Kirk Middle School in Newark, DE. Ashley did an amazing job as shown by the compliments from the client.  The photos speak for themselves.  The kids had a great deal of fun and the photo booth was the highlight of the event.

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2013 City to Shore MS Bike Ride, Ocean City, NJ

On Saturday Sept 28th, 2013, MidAtlantic Photo Booths had the pleasure of providing a branded photo booth for the participants of the City to Shore Bicycle Race in Ocean City, New Jersey.  We were hired by the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Chapter.  Our coordinator was Caitlin Smith.  Caitlin did an amazing job organizing our participation in the event.

It was amazing to see the dedication of the riders that crossed the finish line.  Most riders were surprised to see the clean and upscale look of the photo booth.  The touchscreen was enabled and a client supplied backdrop was in each image.  The rental period was 6 1/2 hours and the booth did most of the work.  Our booth photographed over 170 sessions with over 700 separate images taken.

MS provided us with the branding images and the theme for the spread.  We presented 4 photos with 1 being a large image.  We used clean white with a yellow border. Branding is very important to our corporate clients and we include a custom branded full-sized layout for all of our corporate clients. The backdrop was branded by Teva, a significant sponsor and supporter of the race.  The images were posted on SmugMug and available for purchase.

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Once the images were live online, we received some requests from participants in the race.  The common request was can we make the individual images in the layout available.  We archive each layout and each individual image in the layout for 1 full year.  We were able to sell individual images and delivered the photo booth image to the participants via email attachment.

Our Delaware photo booth was assigned to this event.  Our lead on the team was Renee with support from Glo and Jordan.  It was a long day but was a successful day.  Thank You to The Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Chapter for allowing us to be a part of this amazing event.

MidAtlantic Photo Booths now serves 6 states from North Carolina to New Jersey with all states in between included.  Contact MidAtlantic Photo Booths for your next private affair or corporate activity.

Photo Booth Printer DNP DSRX1 Review

The DNP DSRX1 printer has been the workhorse of our photo booth company for over a year now.  We thought that it was a good time to post a long term review of the printer in an effort to help others make their purchase decision.  When we purchased the DNP, we had to take a leap of faith based on recommendations from others on which printer would work best for our event photography.  We have used a number of printers in the past 13 years for our event photography but the DNP has been the most professional level unit that we have purchased.

We purchased our DNP from Imaging Spectrum.  Steve Behen was and continues to be our salesman.  Steve had a lot of brands available but recommended the DNP.  We placed our first order for 1 unit for our Delaware photo booth and it arrived a few days later.  We were able to add a 3 year extended warranty to unit for an additional $50.  We felt really good about this unit right out of the box.  After a year of ownership, we still feel good about the printer and particularly feel good about the customer service that Steve Behen has offered.  Believe it or not, he calls us every few months to make sure the printer is working well in our booth.

The instructions on how to use the unit was in print and on YouTube.  We quickly learned to load the paper and load the sub-dye ribbon.  I expected it to be messy or troublesome but it proved to be very easy to load.  Once we loaded the printer, we started to run sample sessions on our photo booth.  It worked flawlessly.  We discovered after running a few session that the printer has a paper cutter embedded in the printer to cut to the traditional 4 x 6 photo strip size.  The cutter is turned off via the printer driver software.  This is a huge time saver at an event.

The prints come out of the printer cut in less than 10 seconds after the booth session ends.  The prints are dry and have a perfect color match.  We had only 1 paper jam after several hundred photo booth sessions.  The paper jam is best described as a paper crinkle.  We cut the paper and reloaded the paper and were back in business in about 5 minutes.  To be clear, 1 jam in a year is not bad at all.

There are 700 prints on a roll and 2 rolls in a box of supplies for a total of 1400 prints.  Cut to 2 x 6, that yields a lot of prints.  A box of paper and dye ribbon is less than $180.  Low operating expenses are very important to a photo booth operator.  The DNP DSRX has been the most reliable printer that we have ever purchased with no requirements to service it during the year.

The true test of if a product is just good or truly great is your future buying decisions.  A good product is recommended to others.  A great product is a product that you would purchase again.  For our Maryland booth, we purchased another DNP DSRX1 printer just a few months later.  Still months later, we purchased a 3rd DNP DSRX1 printer for our North Carolina booth.  To date, all 3 printers have been “bullet proof”.  As we continue to grow our photo booth and event photography business, our first choice will be DNP and Imaging Spectrum.

Wedding Photo Booth, Chesapeake City, Maryland

MidAtlantic Photo Booths continues to expand it’s regional presence.  We recently were the photo booth vendors for a wonderful wedding at the Chesapeake Inn in Chesapeake City, MD.  The venue is known locally by most as a picturesque location located just outside of Delaware on the southern canal banks.  John and Lisa’s wedding reception was on the 2nd floor ballroom overlooking other guests and boaters.106396 106415 106416

The group was a true party group.  They started to use the booth immediately.  The guests used our props and also provided their own props.  All age ranges managed to get to the photo booth.  We provided unlimited prints to each guests along with a scrapbook for the bride and groom.

The staff at the Chesapeake Inn made it really easy for us to transition in and transition out.  Believe it or not, they even valet parked our photo booth trailer.  This was a great venue and a great couple.

 

Thank you for trusting to fun to MidAtlantic Photo Booths.

Quinceanera Photo Booth in Hanover, MD

Quinceanera’s recognize that a young woman is transitioning from childhood to the age of maturity.  What better reason for a party?  MidAtlantic Photo Booths just provided the photo booth rental for Gabriellla’s party.  The venue was the Hotel at Arundel Preserve, Hanover, Maryland.  The hotel is a full service, filled with luxury and feels very chic.This photo booth rental was part of our growing Washington DC / Baltimore market.

At 7pm, the festivties started and the photo booth was in full use.  The guests ranged in varying ages but most were between 13 and 18 years. Old.  Gabriella was the center of attention and had a wonderful time at the photo booth.  Her guests seemed to have a blast at the booth also.  We produced over 120 photo strips with a custom birthday balloon theme.  Our photo booth scrapbook is included with our service.  The scrapbook was work of art on this one.

We owe a special thanks to Sulma (mother) for hiring us.  Sulma could have hired any photo booth company in Maryland, but she choose MidAtlantic Photo Booths and we appreciate it.

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LaFontaine Bleue Wedding Photo Booth

Lafontaine Bleue was the site of our most recent photo booth rental.  This venue is a location that we have worked at previously in our wedding photography company, Donald Pope Photography.  This is part of the Washington DC / Baltimore market.   The venue is built for weddings in it’s design and decor.  It has multiple rooms for wedding receptions, parties and a dedicated chapel.  The wedding chapel is intimate yet colorful.  The set-up and colors are stunning.  While we were not the wedding photographers for the event, the chapel is a wedding photographers dream and perfect for a photo booth rental.

Our bride was Karen & Qusim.  They wedding started on time and the guests immediately started to party at the photo booth.  The booth ran steady for a full 4 hour rental period.  We served over 200 guests in 70 photo sessions.  The client opted for the classic 2 x 6 inch photo booth strip with borders to match the wedding colors.  Every guest received a photo strip and an additional photo strip was placed in the scrapbook to be presented to the bride and groom.  This was yet another successful wedding photo booth rental. Karen & Qusim, Thank you for renting a photo booth from MidAtlantic Photo Booths.   Marshall & Karen Jones continue to lead the path for MidAtlantic Photo Booths as providers of photo booth event photography for Maryland, Virginia and surrounding areas.

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Wedding Reception in Raleigh / Durham Area

photo, booth, rental, rent, raleigh, durham, photobooth, wedding, receptionNorth Carolina was good to MidAtlantic Photo Booths.  We launched our Raleigh / Durham area operations with a wedding reception at the Palladium Event Center in Burlington, NC.  The staff was friendly and it went off perfectly.  We had our equipment set-up, tested and operating in about 20 minutes.  Other photo booth events were scheduled for the Raleigh / Durham area of North Carolina during the weekend that also went perfectly.

photo, booth, rental, rent, raleigh, durham, photobooth, wedding, receptionPhoto Booth Rentals tend to make clients appear really photogenic.  With that said, some clients and guests are work very well in front of the photo booth camera.  We got lucky on this one.  We had a bride, groom and bridal party that photographed well in the booth.  They were not afraid to have a good time.  Kristin…you looked marvelous !!!  Take a look at the pictures from this reception.

Please call us or email MidAtlantic Photo Booths when you need us again.  It was a pleasure.

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Buttonwood Beach RV Resort Photo Booth

Buttonwood Beach RV Resort is located in Earleville, Maryland, just outside of Middletown, Delaware.  The photo booth rental was to celebrate the resort’s 40th Anniversary.  The resort is very quiet and has both short and long term guests on the property.  The guests were from all walks of life and were a pleasure to work with.  We were able to put the logo for the event in the photo strip for a customized look.  We would like to thank Samantha Branham for selecting our photo booth rental service for this wonderful event.  We look forward to the opportunity to return next year.

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Otakon Baltimore 2013

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On August 9, 2013, we were the photo booth vendor for the 2013 Otakon Convention in Baltimore, MD.  MidAtlantic Photo Booths provided 2 photo booth rentals at the corner of Pratt St & Light St, in Baltimore.  Otakon celebrates the Japanese Anime cartoon  Both booths operating to wonderful crowd of attendees for 2 full hours.

Guests were dressed as characters such as Speed Racer, Takuto Tsunashi, and Jasime You.  The amount of time and effort that the guests took to create costumes really showed in the Photo Booth pictures.  These was the true definitions of being a fan.

MidAtlantic Photo Booths continue to provide booths for corporate events, weddings, quinceaneras, bar mitzvahs and most other events.  Our newest market is Raleigh Durham, North Carolina and we are excited about upcoming opportunities to serve that area.

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