Last December, Bird Photo Booth exceeded its Kickstarter funding goal by over twenty percent. Now this one-of-a-kind iOS photo accessory is available for purchase from the company website. I love birds, and was excited to test Bird Photo Booth to see if I could capture any unforgettable shots of my back yard visitors. While there is a bit of a learning curve, I found that not only does Bird Photo Booth take great pictures, but it’s also very entertaining to use.
The Bird Photo Booth was Polaroid Land camera from the ’50s. The wooden case houses either an iPhone or Go-Pro Camera snugly. The phone or camera then communicates either via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, with an iPad, computer, or even another iPhone. The Bird Photo Booth includes both macro and polarizing lenses, to help the user get high-quality close-up shots. Set up Bird Photo Booth either on a standard tripod or directly on the ground.
The unit is very easy to assemble. After putting my iPhone into the foam housing I just attached metal arm and food dish to the outside of the camera, as well as adding an additional metal arm to the top of the Bird Photo Booth so I could hang a hummingbird feeder from it.
There is a wealth of how-to information on the Bird Photo Booth website, which the user should consult before getting started, including a complete list of recommended iOS apps. I used Duplicam to connect my iPad 2 to my iPhone 5, and it worked perfectly. Bird Photo Booth’s creator, Bryson Lovett, recommends using the Go-Pro camera with iPad for best results, but I was very pleased with the quality of the photos I took using my iPhone.
I had a bit of trouble luring birds to the Bird Photo Booth. I have to deer-proof my bird feeders, which are hung from hooks on a rather tall poll. This meant that my usual feeders were too high off the ground to reach with the Bird Photo Booth if I used a standard tripod. After filling the feeder bowl with grape jelly I was able to lure Baltimore Orioles to the Bird Photo Booth, which I set up on my deck.
My set-up was very similar to the one in the following video:
According Lovett, birds are creatures of habit. He explains, “the birds have become accustomed to finding food in that specific location. If you plan on setting up Bird Photo Booth in a new unfamiliar location, my suggestion would be to remove the other feeders and hang them onto Bird Photo Booth’s pole. I would also temporarily sprinkle seeds around the new location, to help birds find it faster.”
Lovett has a passion for bird photography and is a wonderfully patient and helpful resource for Bird Photo Booth users.
What I liked: The photos I took with Bird Photo Booth amazed me, and it allowed me to use my iPad in a new way. This clever accessory made me feel like a real nature photographer! The unit is solidly constructed and performs as expected.
What I didn’t like: Be prepared to wait for the birds to come to you. I hung a hummingbird feeder on the Bird Photo Booth as well, but didn’t get any visitors, even though Ruby-throated hummingbirds frequent my yard.
To buy or not to buy: Nature lovers and iPad enthusiasts alike will love Bird Photo Booth.
- Accessory Name: Bird Photo Booth
- Category: Photography
- Company: Bird Photo Booth
- Price: $149.99