It seems DIY (Do-It-Yourself) photo booth are the talk of the town these days. It became a popular addition to weddings and is a ton of fun for party goers. So skip the expensive rental and create a one-of-a-kind booth with props and a backdrop for your next party or event using these simple set up.
The Set Up
1. The Location
When choosing where to set up your photo booth in the party space, look for an area that doesn’t obstruct the flow of the party but is still easily accessible. Even if you are hosting a large gathering, you don’t need a lot of square footage to set up the photo booth. Tip: Hallways are often underutilized as gatherings; a wide hallway can be an ideal spot for a photo booth.
The space should also have a wall large enough to accommodate your backdrop. Ideally, 5 feet across and 3 to 4 feet tall is sufficient to frame 3 to 5 people waist-up in the shots.
A basic digital camera works perfectly for a DIY photo booth. You’ll also need a tripod that’s tall enough to extend to eye level and a remote shutter release for the camera (available online or at camera shops.) A remote shutter release allows guests to take their own photo, letting you enjoy the party instead of playing photographer all night. Some attach to the camera with a cable, others operate wirelessly.
For a truly professional photo booth, good lighting is a must. A spotlight and photography umbrella (available online or at camera supply shops) diffuses the light and adds a flattering glow to friends’ faces. If you opt against lighting equipment, turn your camera’s flash on or place a floor lamp beside the camera facing the backdrop.
4. The Background
This is where you get to show off your creative skills. Printed fabric backdrops are most common, but why limit yourself to store-bought options? Make one that adds life to the photos.
A larger background might be nice in order to get more people in front of the camera. It would be more than safe with an area covering about 5 feet high and about 8-10 feet wide. If you’re super fancy, white seamless paper on a proper stand would be very lovely.
5. The Props
Props and costumes are part of the fun! Have a box next to the booth filled with stuff from the dollar store and you can’t go wrong. It doesn’t have to be super elaborate, just more options. It’s fun to get variety in the photos, and also to see how your guests creatively use the props.
If you don’t have a stash of costumes hanging around, no need to worry.
- Once you’ve chosen the location, clear all wall decor and furniture from the space. If there are windows in the space, cover them with a dark cloth to ensure that the flash properly lights the photos. Next, measure the wall space to plan the size of the backdrop. Use painter’s tape to mark the area on the wall for guidance.
- Mount the camera on the tripod and place it a few feet away from the wall. Adjust the angle of the camera properly. You can ask someone to stand in front of the camera while you frame the shot. Then, put an X mark on the floor to mark the spot where guests will stand on the floor. Set up also a shutter release and test it before your party begins.
- Props and costumes are part of the fun! Have a box next to the booth filled with stuff for your guest to play with. . There are literally a tonne of places to find printable, free DIY photo booth props on the Internet. All you have to do is search Google using “free DIY photo booth props” or “free photo booth printable props”. Make a simple signboard instructing guests to pick a prop and strike a pose and place it near the prop table.
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