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May 8, 2014 8:39 PM   Subscribe

Photobooth Innards: the inner workings of a vintage black and white photobooth in real time. Via, the most comprehensive photobooth resource on the internet (previously)
posted by Blazecock Pileon (7 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

Where's the screen to login to Instagram?

Also, I never thought about the mess those things could make if you tipped one over. All that fixing solution just sitting in an open drum.
posted by planetesimal at 8:53 PM on May 8

Don't the liquids evaporate, sitting in open containers like that?
posted by Triplanetary at 10:29 PM on May 8


Don't the liquids evaporate, sitting in open containers like that?

Maybe some kind of protective lid was removed for filming?
posted by device55 at 10:37 PM on May 8

Go leave that shape container filled with water on your bench. >90% will still be there in a few days. The machines get serviced/restocked regularly.
posted by bystander at 10:45 PM on May 8

25 cents hahahahahha.

There's quite a few of these left in my town, there must be a service that rents them out ala arcade/pinball machines because new bars open and instantly have one.

They're all $4, at least. Some are $5. I'd do it all the time if they were $1, maybe even $2. But $5? Goddamn.
posted by emptythought at 1:20 AM on May 9

That was much more existential than I anticipated.
posted by JauntyFedora at 3:20 AM on May 9 [2 favorites]

Don't the liquids evaporate, sitting in open containers like that?

So a bit evaporates, making the developer stronger. Meanwhile, pictures are (presumably) being developed and depleting that same developer. Seems like you wouldn't have to worry about it within the context of "crappy instant photobooth print". It's not like it's an 8x10" Ansel Adams camera negative.

The chemistry in the machine would have to be regularly tested/replaced somehow anyways.

(I always wondered how these things work. The reality is pretty mundane...)
posted by neckro23 at 12:51 AM on May 10

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