Photo Booth Outside

11 May 2013 · 7 comments

in Digital & ICT Outdoors, Early Years Outdoors, Technologies, Urban

A couple of days ago I bought a mini iPad. My original iPad was stolen back in February and I decided to hang off from buying another one until I was really sure that I would use it well. I’d been in a bit of a digital doldrum for a number of months prior to this.

Last week as I was uploading photos onto my MacBook with a group of children, they stumbled across Photo Booth. This caused great excitement and hilarity as we changed the background and viewed ourselves in the picture frames.

The iPad does not have such a great range of functions as the MacBook, but this doesn’t matter. The principle of exploration, creativity and fun still applies! These first few photos are all taken by children outside.

With my P2 ASN class, they freely explored the outdoor space. Any child who wanted to investigate the iPad Photo Booth could do so. The school iPads have substantial protective cases which means they can be taken outside and used by children.

The P7 ASN class were challenged to use all 8 different options in different places outside. Interestingly, the children didn’t go roving but largely stayed together in one big group.

To give you an indication of the range of effects,  I’ve stayed in the one place. It is easier to compare then. What is clever is that if you move your finger over the screen, the effect will move, so you can pick which feature you want to “fully effect,” if this makes any sense.

The first two you see are the “Squeeze” and “Twirl.” One of my favourite is “Kaleidoscope” below. This is one of the interesting things about tablets and digital software. Very often they come with all sorts of features which can save buying additional resources.

The “Light Tunnel” produced some beautiful results. The photo below does not do this choice justice. The children were particularly good at putting each other in the centre and producing some Dr Who type of special effects.

The “thermal camera” produces easily the most colourful photos. This was much loved by the younger class.

The “Mirror” is made for investigating symmetry. It’s all very “Alice in Wonderland” looking at the world through the mirror!

The “X-Ray” also produced a lot of “Oohs” and “Ahs” but was the least popular in both classes in terms of the numbers of photos taken. (Some children took a LOT of photos).

It was lovely for the children to explore Photo Booth. The programme takes very little explanation. The children just need to be able to recognise the icon to access, the button to take the photo and the square to change the viewing lens. No child needs to be a photographer to be able to take an interesting photo. Also each effect lends itself to additional explorations and has the potential to add value to a number of different projects. Watch this space!

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over40andamumtoone May 11, 2013 at 10:05

Looks like lots of fun #CountryKids


Kierna C May 11, 2013 at 11:06

Great idea & as more schools invest in iPads I love the idea of showing how they can be used outdoors too!


Coombe Mill May 11, 2013 at 17:13

Lucky pupils having such resources to experiment with and great that they can be outside whilst doing so, thanks for linking to Country Kids.


Juliet Robertson May 12, 2013 at 19:37

I think the outdoor potential of iPads has yet to be fully realised. What is also good is that these sorts of activities allow alternative ways of viewing spaces and places.


Kerin June 7, 2017 at 20:55

Hello, I have tried hunting for the photobooth app on app store, does it still exist? Or has the name slightly changed?

Much appreciated,



Juliet Robertson June 7, 2017 at 21:46

Hello Kerin

This is a good question and something I should have made clear in the blog post. Photo Booth is a built in app on both iPads and Mac computers so if you have either of these you will be fine. If you are using Android technology then I’m sure there will be an equivalent of some sort.

Best wishes – Juliet


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