Welcome to Salsa!

Congratulations on your new Salsa photo booth!  Now that you've received your Salsa, make sure you assemble it and start testing things out right away.

You'll have a 14-day inspection window to make sure everything is working just right. If you run into any issues with Salsa in that time, no worries - that's what the 14 day inspection is for! Just reach out to support@photoboothsupplyco.com and we'll take care of it.

Not sure where to start? No worries! You can find the instructional videos below to begin setting up your booth and your first of many events.

These videos will walk you through adjusting up your iPad settings, installing your iPad into the booth, and assembling the booth itself, along with a quick-start guide to getting your first event up and running. Once you're ready to tear down the booth for the first time, please follow the best practices as seen in this article. 


How to set up iPad for Salsa

This video will walk you through the recommended settings for your iPad to make for a perfect experience for you and your guests.

Please ensure both iOS and the Salsa app are up to date. You can verify this by opening the iPad Settings app and navigating to General and tapping Software Update.

To check if Salsa is up to date, open the App Store and navigate to the Update tab.

While not necessary, it is recommended to have a separate and dedicated Apple ID for your photo booth especially if you plan to have the booth managed by someone other than yourself. This will prevent personal information from being loaded into the iPad.

For all Apple ID and App Store support question, please reach out to Apple Support.

For a full walkthrough, click here.


How to install iPad into Salsa

Your Salsa will arrive with the 12.9" 3rd Generation iPad Pro faceplate preinstalled. Have a different model iPad? No problem. You can purchase an alternative faceplate here. Simply remove the faceplate screws with the tools provided, lay the iPad in the center of the enclosure, connect the charging cable and place the appropriate faceplate back on top of the iPad. 

The head unit comes with two serial number labels—one below the fan and one on the bottom of the black stand which connects to the pole. Do not remove these labels as they are unique to each Salsa and may be requested by our team when requesting technical support.

Note: With the 2nd Generation iPad Pro faceplate, the larger hole will be placed at the top to allow the camera to show through. The bottom hole allows for home button access, which can be pressed with the included SIM ejector tool.

The faceplate will rest on the bottom of the front of the Salsa head unit. There will be a gap at the top of the faceplate to allow cooling air to escape.

You will not need to remove the iPad from the booth between events and can travel safely within the included carrying case.

Note: Do not use power tools when removing or replacing screws into faceplate as this may lead to bending or bowing of the faceplate.

For a full walkthrough, click here.


How to assemble Salsa

This guide will walk you through the steps to getting your booth set up for success. It is recommended to watch the video all the way through at least once before starting your first assembly.

Note: When adjust the tilt of Salsa, do not overextend the head back. If you feel resistance when tilting back do not force it further as this may lead to damage to the hinge.

When removing the Salsa head, you can use the accompanying foam padding as a soft place to rest the unit while you assemble the rest of the booth. The head unit will come with a thin plastic film. Remove this film before assembling your booth.

When tightening the rods in the pole into the baseplate and into the first pole, make sure to leave the knobs slightly loose and in an 'X' position as illustrated in the video. The final knobs on the head unit will complete the tightening of the entire stand.

When attached correctly, the seam between the two poles will be flush.

While this video demonstrates how to set up the Salsa at the standard height, the booth can be configured using just one pole. 

When placing the poles back into the carrying case, make sure to face the knobs away from the wheels. While it may feel tight, the snug fitting prevents the components from moving around while in transit.

For a full walkthrough, click here.


How to create an event

An event can be as standard or customized as you want it to be. Feel free to select from our pre-loaded interfaces or upload your own with Sala for the iPad or from your laptop, mobile, or desktop with the Salsa web app. You can use this guide to get the appropriate sizes for your interface and overlays.

You can use the Quick Start Guide to get the ball rolling with overlays, capture modes, filters, and sharing settings.

Want to learn about overlays and how to make the greatest one ever? Head to our in-depth guide on all things overlay!

For the best guest experience, select an interface and LED color or pattern that match. 

Ready to turn it up a notch? Check out the Advance Start Guide for camera settings, Live Gallery, Green Screen mode, and more.

When an event is over, you can easily export all of your event captures, analytics, and more by tapping the download button within the event.

For a full walkthrough, click here.


How to Teardown Salsa 

We know you care about keeping your Salsa booth in perfect condition. To help you achieve just this, we've created this guide of our best practices on how to safely tear down, and travel with, your Salsa booth. Don't worry, if you ever need a refresh on these steps, simply scan (or take a picture using the camera app on your iPad) the QR code we've placed on your case 


How to Safely Turn Off Salsa

After your event, the first step is to safely shut down your Salsa booth. You'll first want to disconnect Salsa from its power source by unplugging the DC extension cord from the power brick.


Then, you'll want to unplug the AC power adapter from your power source. 

After Salsa is unplugged from the power source, your next step is to turn off the iPad. To do this while your iPad is still inside of Salsa, head into your iPad device settings and then into the General settings. Once there, scroll to the bottom and tap "Shut Down", then slide to power off. Your iPad will automatically turn on the next time Salsa is plugged into power.


Tearing Down Salsa

Now that your Salsa booth is safely unplugged from a power source, you are ready to continue tearing down the rest of the hardware.

To start, firmly hold onto the head of Salsa and begin to unscrew the top knobs. Once loose, lift the head of Salsa carefully with one hand while using the other hand to unscrew the DC extension cord from the bottom of the Salsa head.


Once unplugged, use two hands to carefully place the head of Salsa face down on the ground on top of the provided foam that comes with Salsa. This is a best practice to ensure that your Salsa head does not get scratched. 


Now it's time to tear down the poles of Salsa. Starting with the top pole, loosen both knobs and then remove the top pole from the bottom pole. You'll want to place the pole directly into the case to avoid any scratching of the poles as well. 

When placing the pole into the case, it is essential to make sure that the knobs are facing away from the wheels of the case. This is to protect the knobs during transit. Once the first pole is inside of the case, repeat the previous step with the last pole and place it into the case using the foam insert to separate the two poles from each other. 






Now that both poles are inside of the case, place one of the foam inserts over the poles, and the baseplate facing up, with the nuts facing the top of the case to prevent scratching of the poles, carefully on top of the poles. 


Next, firmly grab the head of Salsa by its shell using two hands. Do not grab Salsa by the hinge as this could cause damage. Then place the head and the last piece of foam inside of the case. It is very important to ensure that the lever on the top of the Salsa hinge is rotated LEFT as you face towards the front of the case.




All that is left is to wrangle up your cords and place them into the case along with Salsa. To avoid strain on your cables, we strongly suggest wrapping your cables carefully as seen here



Traveling with Salsa

We know Salsa will travel all around the world with you. For that reason, here are some best practices to use when traveling with Salsa.

While it is okay to keep your iPad inside of Salsa, we strongly suggest removing the iPad from Salsa when traveling long distances or any travel that may be unsafe (Such as airlines or shipping Salsa).

 When shipping or traveling on an airline with Salsa, we also suggest using zip ties or locks on the front of the case to secure the case completely closed. Locks are also suggested to protect your property. 



 Lastly, please ensure there are no small loose items placed inside of the case with Salsa. That way these loose items can't fall out and scratch or get stuck inside of the Salsa head. Please place all the provided tools inside of the provided baggy. 

Most users also travel with a roll of gaffer tape inside of their Salsa case to be ready for any event.

Now You're All Set!

Thank you for taking the time to learn our best practices for tearing down and traveling with Salsa. We hate hearing when accidents happen with Salsa booths, so by following these tips and tricks you will greatly reduce the chance of an accident happening.


If something does happen to your booth, or you have any further questions, please reach out to us at support@photoboothsupplyco.com and we would be more than happy to assist you :)


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