Photo Booth with remote-control button and timer

Hi guys,

i bought a funduino package and started the tutorials.

But there is a project, which I want to pursue and I havent found too much guidance on how I could design the setup for a Photo Booth with remote-control button and timer.

Maybe, you guys can comment on my setup:
I have a Sony Alpha camera and I want to put the camera into a photobooth. I want to have a button (see picture attached, basically a foot & palm switch like this http://a.co/8KxdoRA ) that one can hit and a picture will be taken. Ideally, there is a two second delay and there is a screen with a countdown close to the camera lens in the photobooth.

Here are my open questions:

  • where would I put the arduino? In the button to use an IR controler to run the camera? Or close to the camera (where I could put the countdown display as well)
  • Do I need an arduino at all? At least for the two second timer countdown, right?
  • can i link the button (see electronics in the picture) to a IR remote control? http://a.co/8L70k2U
  • are there other ways to link to button and have the 2 second countdown visible?

Thank you so much for your help!
Max

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Here are my open questions: - where would I put the arduino? In the button to use an IR controler to run the camera? Or close to the camera (where I could put the countdown display as well) A: where ever is most convenient..close to the camera sounds reasonable. - Do I need an arduino at all? At least for the two second timer countdown, right? A: No. However, it may make life easyier for you, if you ever want to change the timeout in future or add more features. - can i link the button (see electronics in the picture) to a IR remote control? http://a.co/8L70k2U A: Yes, you could just hack it in & supply power from the 3V3 pin on the Arduino. Depending on the circuitry you may have to design something (transistor approach or relay or opto isolator). It may be that your camera has a remote Jack as well, which could remove the need for IR use. - are there other ways to link to button and have the 2 second countdown visible? A: Yes, you could design it using a 555 or RC timer along with some additional circuitry. A good approach is to break each part down (IR control, Timer) and get them working standalone before combining them into the 'full' solution. Finally, Some cameras may have remote control, which supports a 2 second delay. If you can find one like that, all you would need to do would be to wire up a machanical switch to an IR remote adjacent to the camera :) https://www.aliexpress.com/w/wholesale-sony-nex5-ir-remote.html or more expensive: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/hands-review/vello-wired-and-wireless-remote-controls-and-triggering-devices