You've got a big party planned, and want something fun & unique to offer your guests. Why not set up a photobooth with Fedora?
The application we'll be using to do this is called Cheese. You'll also need a webcam connected to your computer. There's a lot of webcams that work out-of-the-box in Fedora; here is one list, and here is another. If you don't have a webcam, you want to be careful to buy a supported model when you go to the store and these lists are great resources.
You can open Cheese up by going to Applications → Sounds & Video → Cheese Webcam Booth in the main desktop menu. In the Cheese application window, select the Cheese → Fullscreen menu item to set Cheese fullscreen. Leave cheese set up this way at your party and let folks have fun!
Cheese lets you both take photos and video. You can switch between these two modes in the lower left corner of the screen - the photo icon is for photos, the movie reel icon for video.
You can press the spacebar key on your keyboard or the 'Take a photo' (or 'Start recording' for videos) button in the center of the screen to take a snapshot (or to start recording a video.) Thumbnails of all the photos and videos you've created appear in the little strip along the bottom of the camera view (see the screen on the right.)
Once you've taken a set of photos, perhaps at the end of your party, you can review the photos by double-clicking each one to view it full-screen. If you'd like to delete a photo or video, you can right-click it and select 'Move to Trash'. You can save a photo or video from Cheese onto your hard drive or a USB key by right-clicking its thumbnail in the bottom strip and selecting 'Save As' in the menu...
Sharing the photos and videos you've taken is really easy. Right click the photo or video you'd like to send in the strip along the bottom of cheese, and select 'Send to' to email it, or 'Export to Flickr' to upload it to a Flickr account.
What makes Cheese really fun is its set of effects. You can use and even combine these to add a bit of fun and sparkle to your photos! Here's the full list:
Now you have a fun idea to try out for your next party! Have fun, and be sure to share these tips you learned with others!